Monday, 29 June 2009

Adventure above the tree-tops

Get your adrenalin pumping on a zip line over tree-tops. Feel like an eagle soaring above the forests. Although it is more exciting for you as your brain frantically calculates the gravity, mass, speed ratio which of course greatly exceeds that of an eagle. Humankind has eternally been fascinated with flight. This is a really fun way to play at being a bird.

After skimming along between six to ten platforms roughly 30m above the land, your appetite for adventure should be satisfied for a while.

The vistas you will behold are magnificent. Canopy tours were originally designed by biologists to enable them get a better look at ecological systems in forests. This a view of our natural world from a dramatically different vantage point. This adventure is well loved around the world. The reasons are obvious.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Snow is Falling

Seasonal and therefore well worth the drive. Our fun times in the snow can be brief but are eagerly awaited and the memories are always safely treasured. In South Africa, when it snows, everybody wants to be there. We become highly creative toboggan engineers. Anything from plastic sheeting to masonite is stuffed in the boot to be used on arrival for sliding down snowy banks.

Snowball fights are great family fun, pretty good when you need to exact revenge on a sibling. A well aimed snowball which is swiftly delivered can serve up quite a sting. The pain of course, is short-lived at those very low temperatures that accompany snowfalls.

Somewhere bogged down in abundant snow right now is Shumba Valley Adventure Farm. If it is snow you want, they have loads. You can adventure around on quad bikes, enjoy the fire inside or go along with them on a skiing escapade nearby. This is the season to be merry in the snow

Monday, 22 June 2009

Surf Adventure

The 2008 Mr Price Pro Ballito happens for the first time at it’s new venue. Ballito promises all the same excitement previously on offer, from the 27th June to 5th July 2009 you are going to want to be there!

A total of 19 countries will be competing at the 6 Star ASP World Qualifying Series event, with all eyes on the legendary surfing powerhouses South Africa, Australia and Brazil.

Foreigners number 130 international men and women against our contingent of 68 locals yet South Africa has the highest number of recorded entries per country, with 49 men and 19 women officially entered. Former ASP World Tour campaigner and present WQS Number 8 Travis Logie (Durban) is the top rated South African in the men’s event.

With almost 200 surfers from across the globe surfing their hearts out for a most prestigious title, the heat is on this winter.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Sardines Shoals On The Run

When the sardines run and the excitement is high please remember safety first. Keep in mind that you should only swim at beaches that have shark nets, between beacons, never at dawn or dusk, not in brown water, alone or with an open sore which could be a ‘shark magnet’. We really do want you to survive and enjoy your next adventure.

The Natal Sharks Board carefully monitors the sardine run so that they can remove shark nets ahead of the shoals and allow them to pass freely. Be sure you stay in touch. Look for those beacons and check with lifeguards before you make a splash. The sardine run updates are available on 082 284 9495, save this now and use it.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Sardine Run Adventure

This annual event is an adventure for more than the silvery shoals of sardines moving up the coast. Observe the effect on various predators that pursue this shoal safely from the shore or by diving, boating or flying overhead.

Sardine shoals can extend up to 30km in length. These sardines are herded by an estimated 20,000 dolphins as well as sharks that are eager to consume more than their fair share of the tasty bait on offer. There are always plenty of viewing facilitators about.

Divers may be lucky and spot Ragged Tooth sharks, who will be gathered for their mating season. Also to be viewed are massive brindle bass, moray eels, rays, turtles, Humpback and Southern Right whales amongst others sharing in this adventure escapade.

Monday, 15 June 2009

Scuba Diving

Breathe underwater and you can see how our aquatic friends live. Scuba diving is fun for everybody. See a world you have never seen before when you go scuba diving, trained scuba dive experts will teach you and test your ability before you get out into the big blue. Safety is vital, adhere to all controls and then you can relax and have a blast underwater.

Even in winter, scuba diving is great. Slide into a wet suit and the lower temperatures will be no bother. If you have never tried this adventure sport you are missing out. Beach holidays are still fun in winter. Make your holiday extra special by learning to scuba dive. Just go for it!

Friday, 12 June 2009

Elephant Adventure in Africa

Safari magic! What a fun adventure. This has got to be an awesome experience. What could be more amazing for safari enthusiasts, than the opportunity to see these beautiful massive elephants up close and personal?

Forever this herd have trampled the same path each marula season, to enjoy chomping on their favourite berries. When this new building was erected smack on their path they were not in the least deterred from pursuing their pleasures. We clearly have living proof that elephants never forget, not even when perhaps they should.

To date this seasonal, daily event has not resulted in any harm whatsoever to either elephants or humans.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Ballooning in Africa

I want to be a passenger on a hot air balloon over the Serengeti, Tanzania. This must be the ultimate safari. Imagine giving up all control and allowing an enormous balloon to carry you away on an exhilarating adventure. That must diminish all worldly cares as you surrender to pure pleasure and abandoned awe.

Ballooning way up in the big African sky will ignite emotions unlike any other adventure. While below you life plays out according to it’s ancient and natural rhythm. The beautiful landscape may change form and color under the artistic hand of the mobile herds.

Buck at a waterhole may scatter momentarily at their first glimpse of you in a strange unidentified flying object. Settling soon, as they trust again, that you pose no imminent danger.

This dream adventure is well worth holding onto with two tightly clenched hands. Revisit it often so that it can be molded into an absolute reality.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Birding is so much fun

You have to love that we have such a broad diversity of winged creatures to watch. Add to this a good variety of climate zones, vegetation and loads of precious reserves to find these pleasing creatures in. What a fabulous mix. Well worth preserving as best we can.

Birding is a fulfilling pastime that can be successfully combined with other adventure activities in our gorgeous outdoors. It is essential to source a Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa guide. Keep it in a handy carrier to accompany you on cycle rides, hikes, rambles and even fishing, especially for those rare occasions when the little fellows refuse to bite!

You will also need decent binoculars, a 7 x 30, 8 x 35 or 10 x 40 is suitable. It is also useful to acquire a CD of bird-song and calls, learning these will greatly assist you in identification.

So grab a pencil to record your sightings. Set off on a camping trip, ramble, paddle or drive. You will be well prepared to meet the challenges that face a serious birdwatcher.

Friday, 5 June 2009

What you can do in Cape Town

Headed for the Mother City this winter holiday? Your appetite for an adventure escapade can be satisfied by a number of outdoor activities. Air, land or water. Whatever you prefer, you will find what you are looking for. If water is your choice pack a wetsuit. That Atlantic Ocean is an adventure all on it’s own.

You can choose between the awesome mountain, rivers, sand, the ocean and a great big chunk of African sky. Just begging to become your playground! This is a great spot for unlimited fun. Fabulous for creating that most amazing adventure memory.

All work and no play? Get your company out of the office. Suggest an all weather All Terrain 4x4, Willy’s Jeep Experience. All the movers and shakers are reinventing, reviewing and restyling their business. Do not be left at the bottom of the pile. This shared adventure will shake out the old cobwebs! So go brainstorming in a 4x4!

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Where to go on train trips

Train trips have often been experienced as stories shared by parents or grandparents as though they are handing out nuggets of gold. Such is the rich treasured memory they leave you with. As you listen you can almost smell the old leather seat covers, hear the chug-a-chug and even feel the gentle jiggling on.

My mother took a train to and from school each day while growing up on the Southern Natal Coast. The train trip was just long enough for her to catch up with unfinished homework! That must have been such fun!

The good old banana express provided great excitement for my cousins and I during our childhood. See how our parents loved returning to their memories of the train rides to school.

Beautiful sooty old steam engines still get buffed up all shiny and bright around the country. Usually on a Saturday or Sunday your can hook up for a jaunt into or a loop around the countryside. This is a worthwhile escapade. Keep the magic alive. Train trips may be the adventure your family has been waiting to share.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Have fun flyfishing

Back at the movies with A River Runs Through It. Give me a break please since it is winter and when you’ve had your share of adventure you may also delight in some steamy chocolate and couch time to ease those weary muscles! Back to the point, flyfishing was made popular by Brad Pitt and has since been perfected by anglers countrywide.

This high-end of the market style of fishing has been around forever. It’s all about tying your flies just right, rhythmically unfurling the line and a willingness to wade in and snare that trout come rain or shine, or pike or bass or carp, as it may be since there is a growing fraternity of fly fishermen challenging one another to catch the widest range of species possible.

Be green when flyfishing. Not just with envy at the huge size of your fishing buddies catch but by practicing the correct catch and release method. This helps preserve the quality of a fishery. Trout is a most delicate fish and wet hands are most gentle. The larger the trout the more care you need to take. Holding it on its back can momentarily calm it. When you have the hook out, support the fish in the water with gills submerged until it has stabilized. Just until it shows it is steady enough to swim off alone. This prevents the exhausted trout from suffocating on a muddy riverbed. Share this knowledge with your girlfriend for a free brownie point!