Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Looking Back At 2008

The Last day of 2008 is upon us and looking back, as with every year that goes by, there’s good and bad to ponder. Global Economic Crunch… BAD, beating the Aussies at cricket in their own back Yard …..PRICELESS.

We can continue along those lines if you like, Liverpool ending the year at the top of the premiership ….GOOD, Captain Steven Gerrard spending the night behind bars for over celebrating ….NOT SO GOOD.

The Boks having come last in the Tri – Nations ….BAD, returning from their European tour unbeaten ……GOOD.

It was another year of brilliant and hard hitting cartoons from Zapiro….GOOD, Zapiro being sued by Jacob Zuma and Co …..BAD

Robert Mugabe gets beaten at the polls….EXELLENT. Robert Mugabe just wont go ….*"!# BAD

And so it goes….

By the By: the above pic of Zapirio was taken at the launch of his cartoon collection Take Two Veg and Call Me in the Morning. :) It was found on and was originally Uploaded by BOOKphotoSA. Although the launch took place way back in 2007, I couldn’t resist slotting it in. :)

For 2008 proved to be our defining year. Our ongoing efforts to keep the site fresh, exciting and relevant to adventure seekers means we are now achieving 250 000 hits and over 9,000 new visitors PER MONTH. As a result, is ranked in the top 500 sites in South Africa and we have succeeded in positioning ourselves as South Africa's No 1 Adventure Activity Web Portal.

For 2009 we will not be taking our foot off the exhilarator and we anticipate an even better year ahead. We take this opportunity to thank all our clients and readers for their ongoing support and wish that whatever it is that truly makes you happy, happens for you in the year ahead. Happy New Year to ALL :)

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Bart Simpson Adventure Personality

The Simpsons Movie - The Naked Skateboarding Bart - The funniest videos clips are here

Adventure personality extraordinaire Bart Simpson, is an icon of adventure activity whose adventure experience portfolio is entirely in a league of its own. At the tender age of just ten years, Bart has participated in motorcycle stunts, BMX riding, adventure running (usually while chased) climbing, fishing and his personal favorite extreme skateboarding.

In 2007 footage of him participating in an awe-inspiring stunt with dad Homer, circling the inside of a massive glass dome on a motorcycle, wowed audiences everywhere, it was however his daredevil skateboard antics that caught our attention. In what proved to be a low point, he was arrested after skateboarding through Springfield in the nude; apparently he did so on a dare and was later heard to say, it seemed a good idea at the time.

Bart rarely gives interviews and it is believed that he fears having to answer contentious media questions, like why his family all have four fingers, are a bright yellow color, and never age. Does it perhaps have something to do with the fact that his father works at a dodgy nuclear power plant, we all wonder. In order to get some insight into what makes him tick, the best we can do is examine some of his better known quotations.

“I never thought it was humanly possible, but this both sucks and blows.”

“I am not the new Dalai Lama”

“Mom, can we go Catholic so we can get communion wafers and booze?”

“Dear God. We paid for all this stuff ourselves, so thanks for nothing.”

“Christmas is a time when people of all religions come together to worship Jesus Christ.”

“All I have left of the tree is that lemon shaped rock. Wait a minute......there's a lemon behind that rock!!”

“You kill 'em, we grill 'em!”

“I don't know! I don't know why I did it, I don't know why I enjoyed it, and I don't know why I'll do it again!”

“Aren't we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa.”

“There's no such thing as a soul. It's just something they made up to scare kids, like the boogeyman or Michael Jackson.”

“I think it's ironic that for once dad's butt prevented the release of toxic gas.”

WELL THERE YOU HAVE IT, words from a ten year old enigma, hope you had a laugh. :) :) :) :) :) The quotes are taken from and if you are interested in real adventure experience, visit

Monday, 29 December 2008

Adventure Quotes

I came across a web portal called that is essentially a massive collection of quotations and had a lot of fun with it. As our own site is primarily an adventure site, we relay some of the adventure activity or adventure experience inspired ones, penned by an interesting mix of characters.

“I like doing things that scare me. I went bungee jumping, but sky diving is just the sickest thing.” Leonardo DiCaprio

“One never dives into the water to save a drowning man more eagerly than when there are others present who dare not take the risk.” Friedrich Nietzsche

“If you spend more time talking about what you used to do, or did do, or can't do . . . you've reached that point in your life when skydiving is now a necessity.” Bill Purdin

“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

“Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.” Chamfort

“Shooting paintballs is not an art form” Bart Simpson

“Phil gets off work in ten minutes, and I've got twenty paintballs up in this ****. He's gonna die.” Bam Margera

“I don't know! I don't know why I did it, I don't know why I enjoyed it, and I don't know why I'll do it again!” Bart Simpson quote

You may have gathered that does contain a huge variety of contributors from great historical figures to modern day actors as well as cartoon icons. You can do a search by topic or author and some of the other Bart Simpson quotes, had me in absolute stitches, who knows, maybe they will make a good topic for tomorrows post. :)

Photograph by fabricadezvonuri, Courtesy of

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Good Beach Behavior

I had a good giggle earlier and “YES” we South Africans do have wicked sense of humor at times. There are people who regularly read this blog and sometimes feel compelled to pass comments of a nature that is sometimes not advisable for repeat.

Nonetheless, in yesterdays post entitled “Gifts for the Adrenalin Junkie” we featured a gadget called the Digital Camera Swim Mask. It’s an underwater digital camera built into a diving mask and is obviously intended for divers wanting to capture images of the awesome marine life they encounter in the big blue. It is in fact a brilliant idea.

Well, it didn’t take to long before somebody suggested that there are some awesome underwater images one could capture in the more shallow waters at Clifton beach. All I could think of in response to the person in question, and the same applies to anybody else with similar ideas, DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT, you will probably get arrested .... YOU MORON. :)

Photo, Clifton 4th beach by warrenski, courtesy of

Saturday, 27 December 2008

Gifts for the Adrenalin Junkie

With Christmas having been and gone now’s probably not the best time to do a post entitled Gifts for the Adrenalin Junkie. I did however in my quest for blog inspiration come across a website that does just that and in some cases is more suited to James Bond junkies, rather than those who like extreme sport. To give you an idea, I have compiled some samples and have best described my understanding of them.

Movies with Motion Racing Chair: From what I can gather this is a chair that simulates the F1 experience.
Magic Wheel: At best this as a really unusual space age looking foot scooter.
Digital Camera Swim Mask: This one definitely has some merit, it’s an underwater digital camera attached to the diving mask.

iDive 300: Ipod type device for those who want to listen to music while they dive.
Speedo Aquabeat Waterproof Player from iriver: It’s a waterproof digital music player. I imagine its intended to float on the water, it does however say it is built to sink or swim.
Oregon Scientific ATC5K Action Camera: This is shockproof camera made specifically for the taping of your own daredevil stunts; you attach to your body and do what you do.

CiFi speaker kit: A hands free music and cell phone kit for bicycles.
Down Low Glow. Not sure I get this one; it’s bicycle that has a glow in the dark look to it, kind of a bicycle version of the fast and the furious.
Vertical treadmill: A climbing wall treadmill, as you climb the wall rotates downward on a belt so you can climb for as long as you like.

Then lastly…..Zenith Defy Xtreme Zero-G Watch: This is a shocker, its clearly the ultimate adrenalin Junkie watch and is marketed as being indestructible, which at a price of $500,000 US, it definitely wont be appearing in my Christmas sock ….EVER.

This comes with the usual disclaimer of course which is these are my own interpretations of something I found on the net, if the above mentioned products are of interests to you, I suggest you google them and find out more. For those who like real life adventure with or without the gadgets, there is always

Friday, 26 December 2008

Best Adventure Vidoes 2008

With the year drawing to its close it gives me an excuse to force some of my adventure activity opinions on you, starting with YouTube Videos.

Adventure No 1

The footage at the top definitely wins the award for best Adventure Activity YouTube video of 2008. I have seen some awesome ones this year and the one below comes in at number 2, followed by our number 3 choice.

Adventure No 2

Just so that you know that the judges are not in anyway bias, it consists of a panel of experts made up entirely of me and the judge’s decision is final. The fact that the winner sports a Coldplay soundtrack, my favorite band, in no way clinched it for them. :) Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Adventure No 3

Thursday, 25 December 2008

A Christmas Tale

Merry Christmas to everybody, and to whoever you are, wherever you are, I hope you had an excellent and joyful day. This year we did something different and traveled up to Johannesburg to celebrate with my girlfriend’s family, where a true Christmas storey unfolded.

There was a family member present who at the age of 16, 30 + years ago, had given birth to a son and due to circumstances at the time, made an exceedingly difficult choice and gave the child up for adoption. Without going into the details of her life, in the years to come she struggled emotionally and was never able to make peace with it, until now.

In 2008 she spent her first Christmas with her son, and what a brilliant Christmas it was. He was up from Cape Town with his wife and daughter and a fantastic time was had by all. As an outsider looking in, for me it’s uncanny just how alike the two of them are and the genuine affection they share for each other, it’s as though they have never been apart.

NOW for the really amazing aspect to this storey, they found each other on FACEBOOK. To anybody who believes the internet is destructive, you should have had Christmas lunch with us. To today’s Blog Post protagonists, I wish you many many happy years of making up for lost time, and thanks for an excellent Christmas.

Image by alexey05, courtesy of

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Cape Town Tourism & Paragliding

I was watching the e-News channel the other morning and found myself making one of those annoying ha ha noises and pointing to the screen. They were running a segment on tourism in Cape Town and how our travel friendly exchange rate during a global economic downturn, has made the mother city a preferred travel destination of choice. They say that out the world’s top tourist locations, Cape Town is now well placed among the more affordable options.

So why the monkey behavior? I hear you ask. The lady hosting the segment was standing on a field overlooking Camps Bay beach, while in the background almost as though on queue, a tandem paraglide was being concluded and could be seen making the final turn to come in for landing, the kind of thing that conveniently supports the presenter’s subject matter.

From the signature colors of the chute, it was unmistakably our friend Steff from Para-Pax doing what he does best. Steff operates mostly from the Signal Hill and Lions head area of Cape Town’s Table Mountain range and in my humble opinion, offers one of the best Adventure Experiences available anywhere.

It's funny how one reacts to seeing people they know on the tele. Nonetheless, If taking in spectacular views while gliding through the skies above arguably the most scenic city and stretch of coast in the world, floats your boat, give Steff a call. I promise you, you wont regret it. To find out more CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Reptilian All Sorts

A realization that has come as somewhat of a surprise to me is my newly found fascination with all things reptile. I have over the last six months, visited many of the reptile parks and have discovered that they are owned and operated by fantastic people who are dedicated conservationists and are passionate about what they do.

All venues give guided tours that are as much fun as they are informative and offer exceptionally good value for money. Kids seem to be mesmerized by snakes and crocs and the tour guides do an excellent job of getting them involved and arousing their enthusiasm. I recently did the tour at Croc Creek and at pricing R40-00 per adult, R20-00 per child, for what was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, you have to go a long way to beat it.

Ndlondlo Reptile Park, up the road from where I live, boasts a variety of species, large and small, venomous and harmless. Owner Neville Wolmarans has been involved with reptiles for over 35 years and is assisted by his son Philip. They also charge a fee of under R50-00 per head and child entry is also discounted.

Then there’s Hartbeespoort Dam Snake and Animal Park, where entrance fee is just R50-00 per adult and R20-00 per child between the ages of 3 and 12 years. Children under 3 years enter for free. On weekends and public holidays seal and snake shows are held twice a day at 12:00 and 15:00 and Boat Cruises are also available at an additional fee of just R25-00 per adult and R13-00 per child. For children under the age of 3 the boat cruises are also free of charge.

In these tough economic times, if you have kids and are looking to treat them to an unforgettable adventure experience this Christmas, without breaking the bank, look no further than any of the above. Photo: Newborn Croc at Crocodile Creek

Monday, 22 December 2008

What's On A Sharks Mind?

Shortly after completing yesterday’s post entitled “Shark Personalities” I came a cross an article in “The Sunday Times” by Bobby Jordan with the header “Great Whites have one thing on their minds (and it aint you)”

It made for very interesting reading and basically says that new research shows that Great White Sharks, are a lot brainier than previously thought and have mostly one thing on their minds – Seals.

It is now believed that they have evolved sophisticated hunting techniques specifically adapted to seal behavior, not human activity. They go onto say that sharks can even make strategic hunting decisions based on changing environmental patterns.

The research was conducted by the University of Cape Town, Simon Fraser University in Canada, the Save Our Seas Foundation and The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. Monitoring is conducted using Hi-Tech acoustic tracking in a five year long ongoing project in Cape Towns False Bay.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Shark Personalities

There have been so many extraordinary stories of late pertaining to sharks that they have become regular Blog material. Last week we featured Thomas Peschak, Shark Photographer along with the awesome photo he took of a Great White trailing behind a Kayak.

We have made mention of the fact that a somewhat unusual adventure activity on offer is diving with Ragged Tooth Sharks, available at the Two Oceans aquarium in Cape Town as well as Ushaka in Durban. We also wrote about Shark Spotters and the alarming picture they took in Fish Hoek in 2006, which has now resurfaced as part of a hoax e-mail that is doing the rounds.

Amazingly our site analytics tell us that one of the most popular blog posts we have ever put together is entitled Michael Rutzen, "Sharkman" and to be fair, was written in a tongue and cheek manner with no disrespect intended. People are clearly fascinated by his endeavors and the YouTube video we attached to support it, is absolutely awesome, if you haven’t seen it CLICK HERE

The reason why I have sharks on my mind again today is that I am feeling quite honored to have received a short e-mail from George Askew via our website feedback form. He thanked us for the mention we made of him and asked for an e-mail address as he would like to make some comments. If you are not sure who George Askew is, Google him, he is another Legendary shark personality who is committed to dispelling the many myths that accompany these creatures.

Friday, 19 December 2008

Allure Land Another Big Marlin

Our resident fishing charter provider, Allure Charters operating out of Durban, went big again, this time they succeeded in bagging a black marlin that weighed in at 220kg. Those of you who follow big game fishing in KZN, are probably very much aware that they do make a habit of this, and have several records taboo.

A little bit of history, Allure was the top tag and release boat over the 2003/2004 marlin season off Durban with 28 fish tagged and released. In December 2002 Allure bagged the record for the biggest marlin caught off Durban, a black marlin of 506lbs. Doing the thought process, converting it into Kilograms places it at 229.5 kg, which means the latest catch was just 9kg short of rewriting the record books.

The Crew onboard Allure has a first-rate reputation for delivering excellent customer service. Their philosophy is that the skipper and the team are there to help and make sure YOU do the catching. They are a dedicated charter operation committed to delivering more than just a superior boat. Consistent success is not the result of luck, it takes a well coordinated crew with better than average tackle and a well designed boat to make it all happen.

Besides the fact that they definitely know how to catch, they are a great bunch guys with a first class boat that has recently been overhauled for the purpose of enhancing your experience. With Allure now boasting some very inviting creature comforts, and the allure of the The Big Blue, give Len a call for a fantastic day out on the water.

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Escaping The Rat Race

The 16th of December is a public holiday in SA and in the minds of many is the official start of holiday season. After the 16th corporate companies are generally down to skeleton staff and a mass exodus, I liken to an Aerial photo of the Great Wall of China, can be seen heading out of Johannesburg and those of us who live at the coast, brace ourselves for the onslaught.

I spent ten years being part of the Johannesburg corporate rat race and I am definitely not going to knock it. I learnt a hell of lot from amazing people who have the most incredible business acumen and at that stage in my life, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was to the contrary raised in Sea Point, and spent most of my youth on Clifton’s 4th beach. I do believe that if you are born and raised in a coastal paradise, there will always be that longing to get back to one. The day came when I decided enough was enough.

Today I call Umhlanga Rocks home, it’s a long storey how I ended up in Natal and I’m not going to bore you with the details, I do however love it here and find myself magnetically drawn to KZN’s majestic Dolphin Coast.

As I sit on my balcony taking in the chaos that has already engulfed my beloved little coastal town, a few bizarre thoughts have entered my mind. For one, Jane and I (the lady in my life) are going to escape it by going in the opposite direction. We have taken the decision to head towards the concrete jungle and spend Christmas with her sister in Johannesburg; we look forward to the peace and quiet.

I envisage it being something along the lines of Will Smith in the movie “I am Legend,” except without the freaky monster people coming out at night to hunt me, unless of course I go into Hillbrow, which I have no intention of doing. I Love Adventure Activity but HEY, I’m not that adventurous. I was thinking more along the lines of skateboarding through the streets of Sandton, this time of the year it’s probably very safe to do so. :)

Photo by: trcyburr, compliments of

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Thomas Peschak, Shark Photographer.

On page 3 of this morning’s addition of Durban based newspaper “The Mercury” they feature a stunning photo of South African Freediver Hanli Prinsloo, swimming among blacktip sharks at the Aliwal Shoal off Umkomaas, on Natal’s South Coast.

For those who don’t know, Hanli Prinsloo is among the top ranked female Freedivers in the World. The underwater pic, was taken by Thomas Peschak who recently won a specially commended prize, in the Underwater World Category of the 2008 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year competition. Prinsloo is depicted casually hovering among these somewhat dangerous sea predators, seemingly at ease and unperturbed.

Unfortunately I could not get hold of a copy of the particular photo I refer to, I did however upon searching the net come across several others taken by Peschak which are every bit as good. I ended up spending quite a bit of time on his website and was left quite awe-struck by the sheer magnificence of the images he is able to produce.

The above pic is just one of many outstanding images that can be seen on and the script the site contains also highlights some of the recognition he has received. The following paragraph is taken from the website and is his account, of the reaction he got to a newspaper article that was featured in the Daily Mail.

"On January 3rd 2008 the Daily Mail, Britain's second most popular daily newspaper (2.3 million copies sold) published my white shark kayak photograph as a double page spread. The publication resulted in 70 000 different people visiting my website in just 24 hours and many hundreds of e-mail enquiries. I am thrilled about the continued interest in the image and even happier that it seems to have inspired so many people to see the great white shark in a different light, as a majestic and beautiful animal, rather than a mindless killing machine."

Absolutely Awesome……….. GO VISIT HIS WEBSITE, click HERE

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Dolphin Coast Adventure

One of KZN’s best kept adventure secrets is to be found nestled in the hills on Natal’s Dolphin Coast just 15 minutes inland of Ballito, I refer to the scenic Esenembi Valley, home to both River Quad Trails and Skytrails, as well as self catering accommodation and more activity to come.

Owner Johan is on a mission to create Durban’s premier adventure activity destination and is thus in the process of increasing his offering. His venue is incredibly scenic and with it being so close to Ballito, Dolphin Coast holiday destination of choice, he certainly has all the right ingredients to make it happen.

He has already gone a long way towards staking his claim, Skytrails is the only Zipline operation within reasonable proximity to Durban and River Quad Trails is one of South Africa’s top10 quad biking venues, as rated by Suzuki. At the moment they are busy building a dive pool and the paintball range is all but up and running.

At present they are only doing paintball as part of a team building program they offer and plan to open it to the public as a stand alone activity from mid January onwards. As much as they have invested in equipment and getting the venue geared for it, the difficult decision was taken to hold off on Paintball till after peak season, when they will have the time and manpower, to manage the process properly. Having been there and seen it, I can’t wait; it promises to be a good one.

Monday, 15 December 2008

Action Flights

Photograph: One of Thunder City's three BAE Buccaneers.

In compiling today’s post I feel as though I’m working Gary’s beat, Gary is the other Blogger on this site who usually covers aviation related topics. Just to put you dear reader in the picture, He is a pilot himself who’s particular passion is Glider flying, which he escapes to the Drakensberg to do as often as he can.

As far as South African Adventure Activity goes there are plenty of legendry flying machines about, available for your entertainment. In Cape Town there is the Huey Helicopter Company (one of my personal favorites) which invites you to go on combat mission flights that are as affordable, as they are spectacular.

Just up the road from them, is the one of a kind Thunder City, the only place on earth that offers jaunts in four English Electric Lightning’s, three BAE Buccaneers, seven Hawker Hunter’s, a Strikemaster, as well as a glass cockpit Puma helicopter SA 330.

Interestingly the chances of living out one of my own boyhood flying fantasies, a flip in a Spitfire, is virtually impossible….Virtually. They estimate that there are about 50 Spitfires currently flying worldwide. Of these only five are two-seaters (converted Mark 9’s), three in the UK and two in the USA. In the UK the Civil Aviation Authority is tremendously strict and the old spitfire regrettably, does not meet public transport certification requirements. Similar rules apply in the US.

The owner of one of the two US based Spitfires, as he is willing to take passengers on a cost-sharing basis, presents the only opportunity of ever going up in one. Unfortunately the cost of running a Spitfire is not for the light-Walleted and will cost about $2,500 for a 45 minute flight. The plane in question is normally based in Aspen, Colorado, and Denver, is the nearest International Airport.

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Adventure Enthusiast Seeks Work, KZN

We do receive a substantial amount of e-mail through our website, of which a fair quantity can best be described as weird and wacky, as they say in the classics, there’s a lot of weirdo’s out there! That aside we do also regularly get adventure enthusiasts contacting us, in which case we will always do our best to respond accordingly.

The following is a mail that came through in the week and my reason for sharing it with you is, perhaps there is somebody out there in the Adventure Industry who is in need of staff, possibly even a business partner, and the person who wrote in may just be what you're looking for.

It’s addressed to my partner Dianne and in his opening line; he makes reference to a photo of her he found on our site wearing skydiving kit. The photo was taken just after landing, upon completion of a tandem skydive she did sometime ago.

“Hello Dianne I hope that you are a paraglider pilot, or is that a skydiving kit? I am looking for work. My sports are paragliding, white water kayaking & Canoeing, Flyfishing and Snow Skiing. Next January I will be unemployed for the 1st time in 25 years and then I plan to have some fun and make some tom at the same time.”

He’s name is Andrew and is based in Pietermaritzburg, I’m sure he wont have a problem traveling down the N3 towards Durban, if need be. He further says “I am looking for outdoor employment. Much appreciate it, if you hear of anything, please give me a shout.”

I do have all his contact information so if you can help out, or know of anyone who can, please contact us and I will forward his details onto you. A long shot I know, nonetheless, it’s amazing how often it’s the long shots that pay off. :)

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Cable Waterskiing, Cape Town

Nestled at the foot of the spectacular Helderberg Mountain range, a stone's throw from Sir Lowry's pass, Somerset West and just 30 minutes from Cape Town, is a beautiful crystal clear fresh water lake, home of Blue Rock Cable Waterski.

Blue Cable Waterski is an Ideal place to bring the whole family for a day offering of healthy outdoor fun. Cable Waterskiing is becoming an extremely popular watersport in South Africa and participants do not have to be adept skiers to experience the thrill.

As a beginner you can use a kneeboard and being particularly sporty or fit, is something you need not worry about. Skilled waterski instructors are also always in attendance to offer helpful hints and tips.

If you find yourself in Cape Town this summer and looking for a great day out of fun in the sun, give this one a try, healthy outdoor enjoyment is absolutely guaranteed and the crystal clear blue water is incredibly inviting, especially on a hot summers day.

Friday, 12 December 2008

Crocodile Creek

The above picture sequence was taken at Crocodile Creek, a crocodile farm that boasts over 7000 of the “Little Beauties” and is situated on Kwazulu Natal’s Dolphin Coast. Species include Nile, Alligators, Caimen, Slender Snouted and dwalf crocs.

Now’s a good time to go, as the crocodile eggs are hatching, eggs hatch between December and March and on both occasion I have been in last two weeks, I have got to see new crocks come into the world, its awesome.

There is also a guide there named Sean Cruz who is a real character and whose enthusiasm for crocodiles and giving tours, knows no bounds. It is very inexpensive activity and one that is well suited to children…. I highly recommend it.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Aerial Photography, World Cup Stadium

Those of you who regularly read this blog, millions Im sure, :) would have possibly come across a previous post pertaining to Jason Barker, owner operator of a company called skyimaging. These are the guys who have become legendary, for producing world class Aerial shots using remote control aircraft.

They are essentially in the business of offering a very cost effective alternative to the more common hellishly expensive technique, of hiring a photographer along with a helicopter.

As a brilliant example of what they are capable of, they have been keeping a photographic record of the FIFA World Cup 2010 Durban stadium development, and have been nice enough to share it with us. The above sequence, is the first installment sent through just over two weeks ago, below are the latest ones, we recieved them yesterday.

To find out more about what it is they do, or, for no other reason than just to see some brilliant photographs, visit

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

GPS, is Best

Every now and then in life, you come across somebody that introduces you to something new that before long, you end up wondering how you ever survived without it. In my case one such product is my Garmin's Nüvi 310, and the person who introduced it to me was one Mr Mark Roach. Thank You Mark.

I am one of those people who spend my life traveling in my motor vehicle looking for places that are sometimes very difficult to find. I call on Adventure Activity operators around the country, and prior to having my Garmin, I spent more time lost than not, for me, it has been life changing.

One feature, I find absolutely fascinating, is that it estimates your arrival time, and is so pin point accurate. I recently drove from Cape Town to Durban and right from the start; it predicted a time of two hours later than the calculation I had prepared in my head. No matter how fast I went or how many trucks I got stuck behind, as well as thunder storms I drove through, it kept to its prediction within a ten minute variance. Needless to say, it proved itself to be a lot smarter than I am.

It is an incredibly simple device to use and is very affordable, it’s a must have for anybody who does a lot of traveling or regularly calls on addresses that are not familiar to them. Regular visitors to our website, may have seen a banner ad on the top right hand side of our home page for Gismap GPS Shop. Gismap is the on-line business owned by Mark Roach who as I alluded to earlier, supplied me with my new favorite gadget.

If you are interested in finding out more, visit his site at where you can purchase you Garmin products on-line. Think about what a fantastic Christmas gift it will make for that special adventure enthusiast somebody, and you wont have to go to the dreaded mall to fetch it.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Festive Beer

In Today’s post we take the opportunity to thank all our readers and activity operators for their ongoing support, and to wish each and every one, a great Christmas and a prosperous 2009. For those who are traveling, take it easy and as they say, make sure you Arrive Alive. For those who are inclined to party, please drink responsibly and if it’s Adventure Activity you seek, look no further than Enough with the lectures…….

On the subject of seasonal fun, here’s an interesting theory regarding beer that was forwarded to us by Greg Willis :) hope you enjoy ……….

'Well ya see, Norm, it's like this. A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.

In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers.'

Photo: By grizzly_lightning, courtesy of

Monday, 8 December 2008

Mad about Paintball

Hi All, here’s another little beauty I came across on the net, written by Matty Marshall Spoke by Original Team XSV. I’m not sure what that means but clearly the lad is passionate about Paintball. I share it with you for two reasons; firstly our analytics tell us that the paintball pages on our site are among the most popular, secondly, I really enjoyed reading it and although probably not how it was intended, I found it extremely amusing. Here goes……..

“It's a sick and perverse thing, we know. But it's what we're good at. Shooting people for a living, playing paintball. Ya that's right…paintball. And the real world thinks this is lame, or crazy, or fun, or a waste of time. They don't understand what we do, or how hard it is. Even the wives, the girlfriends, the family, the friends, they don't understand the battle, our battle. For glory, for money, for the people you believe in, but mostly for respect. And for this fight, that nobody gives a **** about.

We've traveled hundreds of thousands of miles, to hundreds of towns. Been shot thousands of times. Slept on floors, in trains stations. Bounced rent checks. Because we're good at this. Because it's hard and humbling. Because some days, you really can be a hero to your friends. And if your boys, and my boys ever meet on the field in a gun fight. WE WILL ********! - H4AD Written By Matty Marshall Spoke by Original Team XSV”

There you have it, sorry about the censorship ….But Hey …it’s a family site.
Regarding the above pic, well sometimes, as Matty Marshall tells us in his own unique way, Paintballers too have to suffer for their Art. :)

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Blog Tools - Finetune Radio

We would like to make your reading experience on our Blog as pleasurable as possible, so we added a nifty little gadget called Finetune Radio. To locate this gadget, scroll down the right Nav, just below the Clustrmaps.

This cool little widget, allows you to enter in the name of your favourite band and it will continue playing a selection of tracks from that band/genre. It really is a great tool and a neat way to listen to your favourite tunes, whilst reading up on the most awesome Adventure Activities in South Africa.

Happy Reading / Listening!

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Abseiling, Howick Falls is proud to have Over The Top Adventures onboard as they do, along with other exciting adventure activity, present us with the awesome prospect of abseiling down the cliffs at Howick falls. If you’ve never abseiled, yet have partaken in extreme sport such as Bungy jumping or Skydiving, don’t make the mistake of thinking that abseiling is to soft for you, it is a completely different experience and is just as unforgettable.

Big mouth here, talks from experience. The first time I ever abseiled was off a cliff face in Parys in the Orange Free State. The company I worked for at the time took us away on team building weekend which in truth was a waste of time and money; I won’t bore you with the details of that, but for some reason corporate people roughing it for 3 days never seems to get the desired result, from my experience if anything, it makes staff resentful.

Anyway, the highlight was on the Sunday morning where we were given a choice of going abseiling or horse riding, needless to say myself and a few others climbed on the abseiling Land Rover and off we went. I wasn’t at all nervous or concerned as I had previously participated in several other activities that one would consider far more extreme, including Bungy jumping at several different locations.

When we arrived and I saw that the cliff was only about 12 meters high, my enthusiasm turned to disappointment as it looked totally unchallenging and uninspiring. The others, mostly ladies from the office, had never participated in anything like this and were all a bit apprehensive; knowing my reputation they looked to me to set the example.

We climbed up the path that took us to the top and suddenly once there, it took on a whole new perspective. One could see for miles and looking down it didn’t seem so unchallenging anymore, it felt a damn side higher. Once the rigging was done and I was kitted out to go, the instruction was, while holding the rope to control leverage, to stand on the edge facing away and lean back.

The sensation of leaning backwards off a cliff to the point that my head was almost parallel to my feet, ranks up there among the most amazing heart pumping adrenalin sensations I have ever experienced. Once you start kicking backwards off the sides to ascend down the cliff face, you quickly realize how easy it is to control. Once you get a feel for it and become more confident you take bigger and bigger jumps till eventually you feel like you are flying down.

Abseiling is an absolutely awesome experience and Howick Falls with Over The Top Adventures, rate among the best venues in South Africa at which to do it. If you have never abseiled you have to try it, I rate it up there with the best of Adventure Activity available and don’t make the mistake that I did, and under estimate it. The venue in Parys was Mickey Mouse compared to Howick. :)

Friday, 5 December 2008

Another Croc

I had meeting with one of those real salt of the earth type characters Peter Watson who owns and operates Crocodile Creek on Kwazulu Natal’s North Coast. Among other things we discussed his vocation, how long they’ve been going, what it’s like working with crocodiles, and how it is they make a living out of it.

At some point during the conversation Peter asked me whether or not I had ever seen a crocodile hatch. Upon replying not in real life, we took a walk up to a temperature controlled facility where the croc eggs are stored. The eggs are incubated among what are either small stones or very course sand, in large polystyrene containers kept in a warm room.

Peter opened one of the containers scratched around until he found an egg that was ready hatch and we took it into the room next door. There was a basin of water ready and waiting to greet the newcomer and we literally stood there and watched this little croc come into the world. For somebody who had never seen it before, it was absolutely enthralling.

Once it was out of the egg Peter immediately put it in the water and amazingly this little creature probably about 25cm long, was moving around with the energy and enthusiasm of a champion, ready to take on the world.

After giving it a minute or two in the water, I was able to pick it up and hold it, scratch its nose, stroke its back and contemplate whether or not Peter would allow me to keep it….NOT. When they are born they are the most unbelievably cute playful little creatures, the challenge I suppose is as they get older, you are likely to encounter some serious TEETHING problems.

For me it was a brilliant experience, for which I would like to again say thank you, to Peter and the team at Crocodile Creek.

Photo by 3D Photographers, Courtesy of

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Canoe With A View

Something that always gives me a tremendous sense of pride is when new clients come onboard and have instant success with our product offering. By clients I refer to activity operators on, our philosophy is simple; the success of our clients is our success, its win win all the way.

One of the newer additions to our site Coastal Kayaks, received an enquiry within hours of their page having been uploaded. They are a Cape based adventure activity provider who conducts scenic canoe trips to Clifton beach. Their activity is exciting and in many ways unique, its not at all surprising that interest has been immediate. The opening paragraph to their listing page reads as follows:

"What makes our Kayak outing, a very special occasion, is that by launching from Three Anchor Bay near to Sea Point and heading along the Atlantic Seaboard, paddlers get to take in spectacular views of Lions Head, Table Mountain as well as Cape Towns most famous beaches. From Three Anchor Bay we embark on a 3 - 5 km journey South towards Clifton Beach, a route that is sheltered from the Capes notorious South Easterly winds. "

Sound Good to You? For more information click Here.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Taking The Bus

On Monday afternoon in Cape Town I discovered an adventure experience that combines the skills one acquires from playing Paintball with Monster Truck racing all for a cost of under R5, 00, its called Taking The Bus, and thousands of people do it on a daily bases.

The Opel Corsa van was in for a service which meant I was stuck in Cape Town’s city centre for the day without transport. I decided to take a bus into Observatory to visit an old colleague and for me the sum total of the experience was that of sympathy, for the masses who have no choice other than to use our horrendous public transport system.

I arrived at the Bus terminal which at best can be described as filthy dirty and made my way to pick up zone D3 as the signage indicated I should. While waiting for the bus to arrive, is where paintball skills came in handy as I spent most of the time strategically positioning myself to avoid perceived threats. There where some really shady people hanging around the bus stop and instinctively, I did my utmost to ensure that should one of them make a move, I could immediately turn defense into attack.

I did this by having my hands on my notebook backpack strap, SO YES, if anything were to happen, I was going to hit them with my bag :) I’m pleased to report that other than the exchange of some really nasty stares, as if to say who the hell are you and what the *#!?* are you doing here, nothing untoward occurred, until the bus arrived anyway.

The bus itself was old, cranky, very uncomfortable, overcrowded, and the driver drove like an absolute maniac. The seats are hard and very close to one another and being thrown around in them by the appalling driving of a monster truck driver wannabe, was all part of the experience.

What amazed me was the amount of people onboard and how totally unperturbed they seemed, showing no emotion whatsoever. To those who take the bus on a daily bases it has clearly become an excepted norm, they are immune to the dangers and the driver simply couldn’t care. The only saving grace was the cost, at R3,90 it makes for a great low low budget Adventure Experience.

Photo: Bigfoot Bus by ßlϋeωãvε, Courtesy of

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Santa Really Can Fly

For those who doubt the existence of Santa Clause, he was recently spotted flying through the air in the Orlando suburb of Soweto. The above picture was taken at the Orlando Towers Power Swing venue, and we at, are extremely pleased that the jolly old chap is taking a bit of time out to enjoy some great Adventure Activity and unwind, before going into his busy season.

As you can hopefully tell from the pic, he chose a superb summer’s day to put the famous swing to the test. He was apparently overheard saying to Mrs Clause, “look I’m flying and no rain dear.” Ho ho ho :)

That being said, the highlight of Santa’s day, was hearing that there’s finally a chimney for him to go down, without having to face the usual tight squeeze. They are busy building the long awaited new platform that faces INTO the tower, this in preparation of the INTERNAL SWING.

It won’t be long before you and Santa both will be able to launch yourselves into the centre of the cooling tower, facing nothing but radiating spokes of concrete 100m below you...Aaaaaargh!!!!

Now that is something to be jolly about. Ho ho ho.

Monday, 1 December 2008

Shark Spotters

Photo courtesy of

Ever since running a blog post some days ago about the hoax e-mail doing the rounds pertaining to the Great White Shark that was supposedly spotted at Fish Hoek on the 25th of October, I have spent quit a bit of time on the Shark Spotters website.

That is where I got my information from and discovered that the photo supporting the e-mail was in fact two years old. Nonetheless, it still concerned me that a great white shark can be hovering around so so close to the shore, the kind of thing some think only exists in bad movies.

My cousin Andy who lives in Fish Hoek and is a huge diving enthusiast, informs me that some of the guys he knows dive in the hope of seeing them, and that although the divers in False Bay do always pay the creatures the respect they deserve, they don’t live in fear of them.

I on the other hand saw Jaws 3 in 3D as a child and let’s just say it had a lasting affect on me. I do when it comes to Sharks like to be informed and don’t like leaving things to chance. If you’re like me and are interested in knowing where the Sharks on the Cape coast are, is a great site to visit.