Thursday, 30 April 2009

Hey Lets Try Fishing




So it’s the long weekend again, and are you sitting there wondering what to do this weekend? Well why not give fishing a try…..

I have heard that fishing can be very therapeutic. It’s a good way to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. I mean even though the week has been extremely short, it feels like you have done enough work for a life time in that space of time. So if you feeling anything like I am feeling, then getting away for a couple days or hours is just what the doctor ordered.

The great thing about fishing is that no matter where you are, there are places to go. If you are near the ocean, well then pop down to the beach for a good fishing session. Or if you are more inland, well then just find a dam or river close by and pack your car and head off for a bit of peace and quiet.

Fishing is a great way to relax and if you are lucky a great way to provide dinner for your family or friends. The great thing about fishing is not the amount of fish you catch or don’t catch, but it’s just a great opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of nature. It’s a time to enjoy some fresh air with some mates or on our own.

So why not think outside the box this weekend and give fishing a try. You can go check out our web site adventureescapades for some cool fishing spots. 

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Taking the Big Leap




Bungee Jumping is one of the most intense and exhilarating adventure activities. If its intensity and shear heart in throat kind of excitement, then Bungee is the way to go….

Bungee jumping is not for the faint hearted, but it is for those real adreneline junkies out there. It is a pure rush from start to finish. As you leap off a bridge or structure, you will get a thrill of a life time. Bungee is known as the one of those once in a life time activities and you haven’t lived until you have taken the dare and jumped, totally letting go.

South Africa offers many different Bungee spots, and also is home to the largest commercial Bungee Jump. At 216 metres, it’s not for the faint hearted. The Bloukrans is on the boarder of the Eastern and Western Cape. So if you have what it takes, why waste your time trying one of the smaller jumps, why not go straight to the big boy of Bungees.

Allow yourself to live life on the edge and be the daredevil of your family or friends. I mean come on what would life be like without a bit of fun and adventure, so its time to live a little and take the plunge. Go ahead give Bungee Jumping a try I dare you. 

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Adventure at its Best - River Rafting




River Rafting is one of the great outdoor activities. It is time to let go and allow the river to take you on an adventure of a life time…..

South Africa offers many great rivers which offer a variety of experiences. Each river is unique and will take you on an adventure. The best season or time for River Rafting is November and May, as these are the rainy months; the rains will cause the rivers to swell and flow, creating more technical challenges. 

South Africa has many experienced and skilled River Rafting companies. So all you have to do is decide on where you want to take the leap. There are many hot spots to choose from, where you can enjoy the beauty of nature as you make you way down the river, or where you can be challenged and thrilled as you make your way through the many rapids.

River Rafting is wild ride from beginning to end. The thrill of staring into the river and daring it to throw you out of your boat. River Rafting is a thrill a minute adventure, that will leave you and your mates entertained. It is a great way to either have fun with a group of mates or to use as a team building opportunity.

So don’t be afraid and don’t allow the river to get the best of you. Take the plunge and experience the rush of River Rafting. “The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare to let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure.” – Richard Bach.

Monday, 27 April 2009

Be Adventurous and try Microlighting




Microlighting the fun starts here. Microlighting is a wonderful experience; it’s a bit like being 3,000ft up in a dinning room chair….

Microlighting is one of those must do activities. It is a pure rush from start to finish and is truly a memorable experience. When conditions are good, hot and dry and plenty of thermals, it will be bumpy enough for you to know you were really up there in amongst it.

Peter Marheine is a guy from Australia who does microlight flights in NSW Australia. He is an excellent and well accomplished pilot. He takes you on a flight over local wine lands, mines and state forests. The flight leaves you feeling on top of the world as you soar above the earth. The view is totally breathtaking and as you make a perfect landing there will be a welcomed cold beer waiting for you to enjoy.

Microlighting is a safe activity to do, as no person or operator may take people up without a qualified pilot’s license. The standard of safety has increased and improved drastically over the years, making this an adventure activity not to be missed.

So why don’t you bite the bullet and suck up the courage to get out there and go for a flight. It is adventure at its best, something that you will remember and talk about for many years to come. 

Friday, 24 April 2009

Sand Boarding is a Great Adventure Activity




Sandboarding will give you a pure adrenaline rush, that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face….

You can enjoy an exhilarating day carving up the sand. Sandboarding is a fun and entertaining way to spend your time. Sandboarding is similar to Snowboarding; it’s just that it takes place on Sand and not snow. So not matter if it’s hot or cold, Sandboarding is a great way to have some fun.

A sand board is much harder than a snow board, and is waxed before every run, to make the board smooth in order to glide down the sand. The record for the highest speed on a sand board belongs to Erik Johnson, who was timed at 82km/h. So if you are looking for a speed fix, then Sandboarding may just be the answer.

With the many large dunes around South Africa and in neighbouring countries Sandboarding is a growing sport that is attracting adventure enthusiasts from far and wide. So why don’t you get out there and try something new, I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Sandboarding is a great way to have some fun and adventure.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Snowboarding a Downhill Experience to Remember



Snowboarding is a wild ride from beginning to end. As you clip the board on, you can begin to feel your adrenaline pumping…

Snowboarding has been inspired by Skateboarding, Surfing and Skiing. So you can imagine it appeals to the extremist and yes even those who are more cautious. What could be more fun than standing at the top of a slop, clipping on your board and just letting go and making your way down to the bottom.

The Snowboarding way of life came about by wanting to rebel against the more sophisticated skiing. So if you have a little rebel in you or have always wanted to be a little bit rebellious, well then it’s about time you gave Snowboarding a try.

Snowboarding has its danger elements, but with good safety equipment and measures in place, it has become a safe and new comer friendly sport. Snowboarding offers you a real thrilling and exhilarating experience. It will leave you feeling like a real rebel who can conquer anything. You will be known as a real extremist who has no fear.

So as winter approaches our usually sunny shores, make your way down to the various Snowboarding and Ski resorts South Africa has to offer. Go check out our site adventureescapades for more information. So come on I dare you to give Snowboarding a try.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Tranquility Lodge Offering a Great Getaway Spot





Is the hustle and bustle of life getting you down; are you tired of the day to day routine? Well tranquility Lodge offers the perfect breakaway.

Tranquility lodge is situated in the perfect location. It sits nestled in the Tsitsikamma forest, where the Ocean and Forest meet in magnificent splendour. At Tranquility lodge you are able to leave the world behind you, allowing your worries to seep away as your soul is renewed and refreshed.

There is a lot to do at the lodge, from taking long relaxing strolls on the beach, or soaking away in the hot tube, to kayaking along the lagoon. No matter what your interest is or how you choose to relax, tranquility lodge offers something for everyone. There are many different hiking trails on offer to those who have the desire to explore.

This area is well known as one of the best birding areas in the Cape, so for the avid bird watcher, there will be plenty of bird species on display for you to enjoy. Also the area offers Golf, bungy jumping, whale watching, dolphin watching, ocean cruises, scuba diving and mountain biking just to mention a few. So no matter what your idea of fun and relaxation is, tranquility Lodge and the surroundings area has it all on offer. Be sure to check out our web site adventureescapades for other great getaways and activities. Be sure to make the most of the long weekend on its way. 



 

 

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Adventure Escapades Needs Your Help




REAL or FAKE….. We need your help to find out if this is true or not.

We have some guys from overseas coming out to South Africa who have sent us this email of a tree in Africa that has been carved and shaped into various different animals. We here at adventure escapades are trying to find out if this tree is real and exists some where in our beautiful country or if its one of those fake emails, which get you all excited and saying things like “wow”, “that’s amazing” when actually its just a hoax.

So if you know for sure whether this is real or not, please let us know. If this turns out to be real then wow this is pretty cool and everyone should go and see it and if it’s fake, well then at least we got to check out some cool fake pictures.

Be sure to check out our web site adventureescapades for some genuine adventure activities, which will leave you wanting more. If its fun and adventure you are looking for, well then look no further, everything and anything you are looking for is at your fingers tips. 

Monday, 20 April 2009

IPL Bringing Fast Paced Action




The IPL has hit the South African shores with a bang. It is hard hitting and adrenaline pumping.

For those of you who don’t know what the IPL is, and are wondering what the big fuss is all about, well let me tell you a little about this fast pace edge of your seat action.

The IPL (known as the Indian Premier League) is a PRO20 competition put together by the Indian Cricket Board. It is the most watched domestic Twenty20 competition in the world. You may be asking why, well the reason is because the competition attracts some of the biggest names in the cricketing world. It even brings the greats like Shane Warne and Shaun Pollock out of retirement.

The IPL consists of eight teams that play each other twice in a round robin system. The tops four sides then advance to the semi finals and then the finals. Eventually leaving the one team at the top of the podium lifting the trophy. The reason why this tournament has even attracted none regular cricket watchers, is the simple fact, that it is a shortened version of the one day game. In which each side faces only 20 over’s and the object is to get as many runs as humanly possible. So it’s fast paced, with big hitting and huge action. Not only is the game itself entertaining, but also there is so much going on off the field. There are dancers, braai’s, fireworks etc at each game, creating a real festive atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy.

So do yourself a favour and get down to one of the IPL games that have come right to our doorsteps. You can enjoy the talents of some of the greats like, Sachin Tendulkar, Mathew Hayden, Graeme Smith, AB De Villiers, Dwayne Bravo and many more. Just be sure to take your hard hats with you, as over the boundaries in this form of the game, is classified as a “danger zone”.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Rap Jumping at Orlando Towers




Rap Jumping is a great adventure activity that will get your adrenaline pumping and your heart pounding.

We have received word that Orlando Towers is having a rap jumping Sunday, this weekend. So if you are in the Gauteng area, be sure to get down to Orlando Towers to get your share of heart stopping entertainment.

The team from Pure Rush will be back this Sunday, and will have the rap jumping ropes set up for your enjoyment. The rap jump is set up inside the west tower, so you rap jump down the contour of the tower for the first 40m until the throat of the tower, where the contour moves away from your feet, and you are away from the wall for the last 60 metres allowing you to fly free.

Orlando Towers presents the first ever heart pumping swing between two vertical cooling towers.  It is an adventure activity of a life time and will leave adventure junkies craving more, not able to hold back from another adventure fix.  The whole experience from the lift up to the towers, to the jump itself is an adventure that will get your pulse racing. Rap jumping at Orlando Towers is guaranteed to give you a pure adrenaline rush.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Scuba Diving the Ultimate Adventure Activity


If its variety your are looking for then South Africa is the place to be. It has an enormously long coast line, which offers great spots for Scuba diving.

The Mozambique currents flow down the east coast bringing warm tropical water with it, and at Sodwana Bay we have the most southerly coral reefs in the world. Here you will find the full complement of pretty colourful fish and some great nudibranchs, including the outrageous Spanish dancer. Whales, sharks, turtles, dolphins and ragged tooth sharks are often seen in specific areas.

The South African coast offers everything a diver could be in search of. From pretty colourful fish, to forests of kelp, to anemones ranging from electric blue to pale pink in colour. The South African coast is rich in sea life and will leave you the Scuba diver in awe and totally amazed at the beauty and wonder of our vast ocean.

If you are wondering how to go about obtaining a diving license, well wonder no more. There are dive schools in almost every centre, even in the landlocked towns and cities.  All you need to do is sign up with one of these schools and they will put you through your training and equip you in the adventure activity that is Scuba Diving. 

There are many schools in South Africa which will offer great services. If you are interested in finding out any more information on Scuba Diving schools in South Africa, either check out our web site adventureescapades or visit Scuba Shack’s site.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Hot Air Ballooning Makes a Great Adventure Activity



Hot air ballooning is something really different and special. It allows you to experience the majestic scenery in an awe filled adventure.

Hot air ballooning with put you in touch with nature itself, as you set sail over the country side. As the country side is bathed in early morning light, you will glide surreally above the earth.  The silence of your flight will be broken only by nature’s early risers. Hot air ballooning allows you to experience an uninterrupted view of the beautiful and majestic land that is South Africa. Hot air ballooning has become an iconic “must do” experience in South Africa.

A hot air balloon is a type of lighter air craft, which remains aloft due to its buoyancy. It is guided by the moving wind.  Hot air balloons obtain their buoyancy by heating the air inside the balloon. They are the most common type of balloon aircraft.

Hot air ballooning is a safe activity. Flights are usually conducted in the early mornings when the winds are calm and the air is stable.  The experience is quite calm and gentle. It will leave you totally lost in your surroundings. What better way to see the beautiful country side of South Africa, than floating majestically over it in a hot air balloon.

Please check out our web site adventureescapades for more hot air ballooning details.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Adventure Escapades Congratulates Greg Minaar



We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Greg Minaar on his wonderful victory at the first leg of the World Downhill Champs. It was a great win on home soil. For the first time South Africa, Pietermaritzburg played host to the world downhill champs. And man what an exciting and great event it turned out to be. The people of Pietermaritzburg came out in full force to cheer on all the riders, especially their man Greg.

The weekend was full of excitement as riders from all over the world came out to compete and try and take honours at the first leg of the world champs. There were loads of great rides, and well as some intense crashes. Spectators packed the course from the very top all the way to the bottom, cheering the riders as they made their way down the mountain. Each rider pushing themselves and their bikes as hard as humanly possible. It was all very exhilarating and intense, which left us the spectators craving more.

The honours however went to Great Britain’s Tracey Moseley in the ladies race and to South African Greg Minaar who took first spot in a thrilling race, which saw Greg race to the finish line in a time of 3min43.44. As Greg crossed the line in a puff of dust, the crowd went wild cheering and clapping and celebrating with Greg and his team.

It was a fitting result to the event held for the first time on South African soil. The fans where treated to great downhill riding as well as the privilege of watching their man take the number one spot on the podium. This victory will stand Greg in good stead for the rest of the series which will see him travel abroad.

We at adventureescapades would like to wish Greg all the best in the rest of the series. 

Monday, 13 April 2009

Quad Biking



Quad biking is becoming one of the fastest growing adventure activities in South Africa. If you are sitting there thinking well what’s the big deal about Quad biking, well sit back and relax, because I am about to tell you.

Quad biking is fun, exciting and very thrilling. South Africa has loads of scenic views and trails to try out. What could be more thrilling than riding through lush green forests on the North Coast or splashing your way through mountain streams in the Limpopo or the Drakensberg. Quad biking has become so accessible these days that you don’t even have to own your own bike. Most Quad bike operators will provide you with everything you need, from the bike to the goggles and helmet.

If you are worried about actually driving a Quad bike, well don’t, they are pretty simple to ride and you will get a quick run down on driving one. Besides what is life without a little bit of a challenge.

Quad biking is for those who like wild adventure and also for those who like the beauty of the great outdoors. Quad biking is a great way to experience the outdoors when you are on your next vacation or simply looking for a bit of adventure over a weekend.If you find this blog inspiring you to go out and get on a quad bike, be sure to visit our web site adventureescapades there you will find some great quad biking operators. So don’t just think about how great getting on a Quad bike would be, but come on go and ahead and try it, you will not be disappointed.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

The thrill of cage diving




Cage driving is definitely one of the most thrilling and adventurous things out there. Well I was shocked to see that not only can you go diving with the most feared predator of the sea, but also with the most feared predator of the wild.

If you are wondering what I am talking about, well here it is. You can now go cage diving with Crocodiles. Yes that’s right, you can actually get into a cage with one of the most feared and ruthless predators known to man.

Cage diving with Crocs is relatively new and is only offered in South Africa, at the Cango Ranch in Outshoorn. Crocodile diving is defiantly not for the faint hearted, you will be diving with Nilecrocs of up to 4m long. That is sure to get your blood pumping and your heart skipping a few beats.

Cage diving whether with the Great White Shark or the ferocious Nile Crocodile, will have you feeling like you have defied death itself, going face to face with the scariest and dangerous animals known to man.  Cage diving is a once in a life time adventure, that promises to thrill you like nothing else will.

And if no of those two appeals to your wild adventurous side, well then be sure to satisfy your taste buds by watching the Sharks vs Cheetahs, this weekend.

Go check out our web site adventureescapades for cage diving operators.  

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Downhill Mountain Biking Champs


World Downhill Mountain Biking Champs are coming to Pietermaritzburg…. 

Check it out this weekend, the 11th April 2009 will see Pietermaritzburg becoming the focus of the mountain biking world. Pietermaritzburg is set to host the opening round for the 2009 season.  There will be over 700 cyclists, from over 40 countries, including our very own home grown world champ Greg Minaar.

Greg has won the downhill title three times and will be looking for a great start to the season, as he goes in search of his fourth title. Greg has checked out the course for this weekend and has given his thumps up. He reckons it’s a solid course and will offer many challenges to the riders.

The course will be challenging to all the riders, as it has some really spectacular drops and jumps that will thrill the spectators.  So make sure if you are in the Natal area, to get down to the championships and give your full support to Greg and the rest of the riders. It will be a thrilling event, which is not to be missed.

If you get bitten by the mountain biking bug, go check out the adventureescapades website.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Adventure Escapades bringing you money saving travel tips


Traveling can be an expensive exercise, but we have decided to help you out with some key ways of saving money while travelling. If you read the list below of helpful money saving tips, you will not only save money, but will become more travel savvy as well. As you follow these tips, you will have more money to do the things every traveler wants to do, have some fun and adventure, oh and also shop...…..ladies J.

 

  • Travel in the off-season
  • Make your first stop the visitors’ information centre for brochures, free maps, discount vouchers etc
  • Stay in places that have free breakfasts
  • Have picnics instead of eating in restaurants
  • Make lunch your main meal of the day, when prices are cheaper
  • Stay in business hotels on weekends when there are often lower room rates and restaurant deals.
  • Try using other means of transport, like buses and trains, instead of Taxi’s which are known to be expensive.
  • If you are travelling by air, buy your tickets in the middle of the week, it works out a lot cheaper.
  • Always exchange your money at a bank and not at an airport.
  • Explore street traders and informal souvenir outlets to find some really different and unique gifts whilst on your travels.

 

Please go and check out the AdventureEscapades website and see what cost effective adventure activities you can find to make your trip truly exciting!

 


Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Adventure Escapades keeping you up to date on the latest



Wanting to travel to Lesotho and you are not sure if you require a VISA or not. Well Adventureescapades has a list of those countries needing VISA’S.

Lesotho is a great place for a bit of a getaway from the hustle and bustle of life. There is loads to do and trust me there will never be a dull moment when visiting the Kingdom of Lesotho.

Lesotho offers hiking, horse riding and mountain biking, rewarding you with a personal challenge, camaraderie and a rich insight into the local traditions of the Basotho people. Go mountain biking or hiking through sparkling clear rivers, streams and waterfalls, magnificent mountain views and unspoilt countryside.

Many of the breathtaking destinations have become accessible by 4x4s, motorbikes and quads. Tracks such as God Help Me Pass (Molimo Nthuse), Impossible Pass, and the Devil’s Steps are now available for off-the-beaten-track enthusiasts. The Sehlabathebe National Park proudly displays its natural sandstone sculptures. The world-renowned Roof of Africa Rally attracts some of the best in off-road racing.

Whether you want to climb or abseil the lofty mountains and waterfalls, you’ve come to the right country. For the more daring, there is 204 m Guinness World Record commercial abseil at theMaletsunyane Falls.

Sit back and relax, because there are quite a few countries that need VISA’S. So check out the list and see if you are one of those places.

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Antigua, Argentina, Bahrain, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Belize, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Chile, China, China (People's Republic), Columbia, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Rep, Ecuador, Egypt, Elsavador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Gilber Islands, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Korea Republic North, Kuwait, Laso, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Luxembourg, Macao, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peril, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Soa Tome and Principe, Slavor Republic, Slovenia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sudan, Surinamo, Syria, Turkey, Tunisa, Ukraine, UAE, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen.



             


Monday, 6 April 2009

Adventure Escapades Latest News

Well what a hectic week it’s been. We’ve experienced a few technical glitches with the blog on the site and hopefully we’ve now got all of that behind us.

Gary and Ernie have moved on to full time employment and I would like to thank them for all the time and effort they’ve put into the site. I’m sure you’ll agree it’s gone from strength to strength and judging by the number of daily enquiries our listings now receive there’s certainly a lot of busy activity owners out there.

The site statistics continue to grow at an exciting rate and the visitors are coming from further and further afield. This is great not only for the AdventureEscapades site but also for South Africa as it is proving that this is still a destination that is very high on the priority list for many adventurous souls.

The movement in the exchange rate makes South Africa a very affordable destination again and with such a lot to offer, in relatively short travelling distances, it’s certainly an attractive one for people that want to explore this southern tip of Africa.