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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Camps Bay May 1st 2014

Well it's been a week. A week of adapting, grounding, and acquainting ourselves with this stunning part of the world. I have to say that out of all the places I've ever been on this planet (so far) this is the first time I've said "I could live here". That being said, I've been in a bit of a bubble here in Camps Bay. Located in the Western Cape, Camps Bay is the Kitsilano of Vancouver, the Rancho Sante Fe of San Diego (adding in of course the beauty of the 12 Apostles and the African flare). It has tourisms and international business person from around the world and it's probably one of the most safest areas for us all to be. Robyn, of Girls4Girls, a naive of South Africa, wanted to ensure everyone had a ... read more
View from our balcony
12 Apostles
Tia Shooting beach side

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng April 30th 2014

I was fortunate enough to get to experience Sun City through work. Maties tennis were playing in a tournament and I had managed to tag on to their tournament. We flew out of Cape Town early on Thursday morning so were in Sun City by lunch time. Im not sure what I was expecting and I'm not sure what I think about the place now. For those who have been to Disney or Vegas then you may be slightly disappointed. While you have to remember your in a 3rd world country you still kind of expect something! As far as I can work out Sun City resort is plotted along one fairly straight road. As you enter in under the Mickey type barriers there is crocodile world. Didn't go there. Then you pass one of the ... read more
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monkey fountain at the valley of the waves

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus April 29th 2014

Hermanus, Cape Town, South Africa Hermanus is a delightfully pretty seaside town, only an hour and half from Cape Town, which is sandwiched between the very scenic coastline of Walker Bay and a high lofty mountain range, afew kms inland. Regarded by WWF and Greenpeace as being one of the world's best locations to watch Whales, it holds the annual week long Whale Festival at the end of September, which attracts over 150,000 eager Whale watchers. Southern Right Whales, Humpbacks and Bryde Whales are spotted, with the highest number of 198 Whales ever being viewed in ONE day. (Whale watching seasonis from early June to early December each year.) Boat trips will take you out to sea to meet them up close, but cliff top viewing spots are everywhere, allowing you many very good vantage points ... read more
Great White Shark cage diving trips, Hermanus
Wine Tours, Hermanus
Cheetah Safari, near Hermanus

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Sandton April 26th 2014

I was supposed to be flying from Manchester to Charles De Gaulle in Paris, then on to Johannesburg. From there I should leave my flight and get on another, to Victoria Falls! Best laid plans and all that eh? Manchester to Paris - easy! Arrived in Paris and saw there were 2 boarding gates for the flight to Johannesburg so I was a bit confused; all was clear when we were boarding; it was the HUGE A380 2 floored plane that looked too big to move, let alone fly! I sat on the ground floor; was pretty nifty really and quite an experience. However, on arriving at Johannesburg we were almost landed when the pilot aborted the landing; it was not nice! As we shot back up at speed the co-pilot said the pilot would explain ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hout Bay April 25th 2014

Back in Hout Bay the guys were getting ready for night of revelry at Sean's bar, Forex. I don't know what inspired it, perhaps a suggestion from Martin or another Dutch intern, but it was King's Day and that would be the theme that night. Still, that wasn't happening till later in the evening and we had a few hours yet. The day passed one way or another until the four of us, Sean, JP, myself and Legend, headed out for a walk up to Chapman's Peak. As I think I mentioned the Chapman's Peak road was visible from Sean's patio. It ascended in a series of gradual inclines and bends from sea level at Hout Bay itself to a few hundred feet a.s.l. at a point opposite the mouth of the bay where there was ... read more
Conquest of Chappies
It's a dog's life
Lone flower

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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek April 24th 2014

When one mentions South Africa to an English person the responses usually fall into one of the following categories: a) Thoughts and conjectures synonymous with the Oscar Pistorius trial (ongoing at time of writing) b) A family connection, but 9 times out of 10 not able to name the town or place where the said family reside/d. c) Cape Town: either a desire to visit it or having actually visited it (but quite often nowhere else in SA). Thus the Cape (read 'Cape Town') would seem to be the most prominent of South African geographical areas in the minds of English people generally. Why is this? Natural beauty is one likely answer. Cape Town is a beautiful town, surrounded as it is by the clear waters of the Atlantic on one side and the Indian Ocean ... read more
Who's the Legend?
Why people live in Cape Town
Motor Museum

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape April 23rd 2014

Well... here we go again. This time however the journey is bound to be more magical than before. Why you might ask? Well...We've partnered with a grassroots organization called Girls4Girls . We have Robyn, founder of Girls4Girls, to thank for being an amazing coordinator, bringing together a group of students from UBC and a new community of leaders who will be joining us. We'll be spending three weeks in Cape Town partnering with a local women's rape crisis center. Together we'll co-create possibilities for everyone involved. As some of you know this last month has been a url=http://globalnews.ca/news/1285306/teenage-daughter-of-woman-injured-in-domestic-attack-wants-to-help-others/rocky one for my family . I leave Vancouver exhausted but with a heart filled of new possibilities and excitement however. Today the ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Sabi Sands April 21st 2014

Things are a bit out of order, but this is Chris' contribution about our third day at Kirkman's Camp. Matt and I woke up at about 5:50, 10 minutes before our wake up call from Sean. We heard the knock on Mum and Dad’s room just before us, so we yelled out “Good morning Sean” I don’t think he bothered to knock on our door, he just replied Ï thought I told you two to sleep until I came” We all got up and started to get ready, brushed our teeth, got changed then got our socks then shoes on. I picked up my ipod up off the bed and creaked open the door slowly as we were told to do because sometimes elephants are outside your door and what do you know….there was no elephant ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Garden Route April 20th 2014

Easter Weekend. We only arranged with a friend to meet at her holiday house the week before. So we had lots to do, well I did as I'm not in full time employment!!! We left early Friday morning to miss the crazy drivers heading out Thursday night for the long weekend and after a brief stop to change cars, to one that was cheaper on petrol and pick up a home made milk tart, a little like an egg custard, we were off. Buffalo bay is approx 4 hours along the coast, just past George and just before Kynser. The only way to describe it is like a peninsular, from our deck we could see the forest to the front of the house and then sea on the other 3 sides. The house was amazing, nice ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban April 19th 2014

I departed Sandton, Johannesburg, as I had arrived: on the airport express service. The train breezed eastwards through suburbs, industry and intervening golf courses to Oliver Tambo International. I disembarked and scurried down the escalator to a help desk. "Where is the domestic terminal?" I asked of a young woman behind the desk. She pointed back upstairs in the direction I had seen various other people from the train heading. Feeling a bit foolish I took another escalator up to the next floor and found the SAA desk. I skirted the self check-in which I still find intimidating and joined a queue. It was being held up by a family who were taking advantage of the free cling-wrap service or whatever they call it, whereby your bags are wrapped in layer after layer of cling-film, allegedly ... read more
Suncoast Beach
Near North Beach
beachfront




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