Saturday, 31 July 2010

Discover Ballooning Adventure

We’d like to introduce you to a Discover Ballooning adventure. Not many people realize that ballooning is actually the safest aviation sport around. It makes sense if you give that a moment’s logical consideration.

Ballooning is slower that other air sports, gentler and somewhat nostalgically romantic but no less adventurous for all these characteristics!

Technically speaking there are three main components to a hot air balloon. The basket, envelope and burner. The basket is woven out of wicker. It is exceptionally sturdy and totally able to absorb the shock during bumpier landings. The square holes in the sides of the basket function as steps so that passengers can climb in and out of the basket easily. It’s rope handles enable the crew to load and offload the basket during transportation of the balloon.

The envelope is the large pretty parachute like portion of the balloon which fills up with hot air. It is made from an anti-porous treated rip-stop nylon fabric with load bearing webbing tape.

The burners are fueled with propane gas which heats the air inside the envelope to create lift. The burner is attached to the basket and the envelope by wires and support poles. There are hoses which feed propane into the burners from the cylinders.

The process that gets you the adventurer, off the ground requires that the envelope of the balloon is unrolled and spread out on the ground. The crew attaches the envelope to the wicker basket and burner frame. Petrol fueled fans are used for cold inflation, which is the process of blowing air into the envelope to partially inflate the balloon. This allows enough space at the mouth of the balloon to use the burners to heat the air inside the envelope. After enough air in the envelope has been heated, it will begin to rise above the basket.

Now that you know more about how it works you must be as eager as the horses racing in today’s Durban July to book you Discover Ballooning adventure. Book here.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Spar Ladies Race 2010

The Durban Spar Ladies' 10km & 5km road race takes place in Durban on Sunday 29th August 2010 and in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday 5th September 2010. There is R10 000.00 up for grabs for the winner! PLUS more prizes for various age groups.

In Durban the race will start and finish in the People’s Park at the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Sunday 29 August. In Pietermaritzburg the Spar Ladies Race begins at Park Drive outside the Oval Cricket Stadium in Alexandra Park and finishes at the Oval Cricket Ground.

The event which is major running fixture on the road race calendar as well as a popular social and team-building occasion drew a field of 12 373 women in 2009, with 7,985 women participating in the 10km event, and 4,388 in the 5km.

Crowds in the past have been huge and enthusiastic along the course creating a festive and supportive vibe for the participants.

A new technical development for this event is that Mr Price will provide the race data management including the results using race timing chips.

Hundreds of ladies and their support teams enjoy this memorable and rewarding experience. Even more rewarding is that SPAR is able to raise significant funds for the race charity, and this year has selected Independent Newspapers Community Projects as the official race charity.

Entries to the Spar Ladies Race 2010 can be collected at any SPAR, SUPERSPAR or KWIKSPAR stores. You can also visit or for more details.

This is just one of many annual events South Africa offers healthy adventurers. Keep visiting for more fun outdoor adventures.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Woman’s Day at Centurion Quad Rides

This year on the 9th of August we challenge you to celebrate being a woman and all that means by spending some time doing something adventurous and fun. This may be quite an unusual choice for many women who would usually enjoy their coffee with cake in a mall after a movie. It may be time to embrace a new activity that acknowledges women can be as strong as any situation may require.

Where – Broederstroom (Close to Hartebeespoortdam +/ - 45 min drive from JHB & PTA)
When – 9 August 2010 – 10:00; 11:30; 13:00 and 14:30
Price – R 360.00 p/person
Includes – 1 hour quad bike outride, coffee or tea & a slice of decadent chocolate or carrot cake.

The Centurion Quad Rides venue consists of 800ha of undeveloped land and is situated in the Broederstroom area, this is ideal for all our activities. The duration of the trails is 1 hour and promises a beautiful, scenic experience.

About our trails:
We provide you with the quad bike, helmet and goggle for all the rides. Our facilitator will start the event with a short introduction course and signing of an indemnity form, he will provide assistance on the out ride at the various obstacles should the need arise. The trails are exhilarating fun and includes some obstacles, mud (weather dependent), and flat surfaces.

Please note:

• Exclude expenses of a personal nature. Cash bar available
• Subject to availability.
• These prices are valid for 9 August 2010 only.
• The participants are required to sign an indemnity form.
• No alcohol allowed prior or during the adventure activities.
• Unfortunately Pregnant women are not allowed at all.
• Your booking will be confirmed upon receipt of proof of payment. Full payment required 48 hours prior to the event.
• A R200 non refundable handling fee will be changed upon cancellation less than 24 hours prior to the event.
• Centurion Quad Rides CC cannot be held responsible for any liability of whatsoever kind arising from damage to, or loss of property, injury to any person and/or loss of life.

Book your quad biking adventure for Woman's Day at Centurion Quad Rides.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Elandskloof Trout Festival

The Elandskloof Trout Festival at Elandskloof Trout Farm is the 5th of these popular annual events. It happens on 20th, 21st and 22nd of August this year. Five of the dams on the farm will be used, this is the oldest trout farm in Mpumalanga.

Entry will be limited to 80 anglers on a first entry received basis, so send your completed entry form as soon as possible.

The format of the weekend will be as follows:
* Registration and water draw on Saturday 21 August from 05h30,
* Fishing will be split into four sessions,
* Competitors will fish at each dam over the course of the competition,
* Saturday morning 06:00 – 09:00 and 09:30 – 12:30,
* Saturday afternoon 14:00 – 16:00 and 16:00 – 18:00.
* Dinner and prize giving will be held on the Saturday night from 19:00.

This event will be a fun weekend with competitive fishing but there will also be an element of fundraising for the old age home in Belfast.

Various prizes that will be handed out on the Saturday Night at dinner. The overall winner with the heaviest fish, the heaviest bag and most fish caught as well as various spot and other prizes will be awarded for fun categories.

The entry fee is R390 for adults and R190 for kids under ten, this includes:

* Entry into the competition
* early morning coffee, rusks & Old Brown sherry (sorry kids, none for you),
* snacks & softdrinks at the waters, brunch,
* 3 course buffet Prize giving dinner,
* a contribution to Belfast Old Age Home.

An event of this nature needs sponsors and donors to be a success. Elandskloof would appreciate any form of Sponsorship or donation of prizes, or goodies for the gift bags. Please contact us if you would like to provide a prize.We look forward to hearing from you in this regard.

Check out more information about Elandskloof Trout Farm and all the other adventure opportunities they offer at

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

iSimangaliso with Advantage Tours

Adventure Escapades recently hooked up with Advantage Tours on the Greater St Lucia wetlands Park. In the middle of winter we enjoyed a sunshiny summer’s afternoon gently skimming across the waters of the estuary. The Advantage Cruiser is custom built to travel in shallow water. This boat has environmentally friendly engines which minimize any impact on the ecology of this world heritage site. There is a lower covered deck, with a little bar for select refreshments as well as a deck upstairs for sun seekers.

Steve our informative skipper punctuated his wealth of knowledge with some dryly humorous lines, just to keep everyone entertained. With his guidance we enjoyed views of some of the largest vegetated dunes in the world, a variety of prolific bird life including the giant secretary bird and mangrove swamps.

The first stirring of excitement was created by a pod of hippo on the right-hand bank, as Steve took us in, closer than we thought safe, he suggested we look a little more to the left. There we spotted three well camouflaged crocodiles basking in the afternoon sunshine. Nobody hasd even noticed then as yet, so well did they blend with their environment.

This relaxing boat ride presented loads of opportunity for the avid photographer, during the stops en route.

We felt so proud to live in this beautiful country as we noticed that so many of the other passengers were tourists, here we were just three hours from home in a well preserved area of tremendous natural beauty. What a blessing!

This is stunning winter holiday destination. For locals and international visitors we highly recommend Advantage Tours for a closer look at the wetland life. See iSimangaliso with Advantage Tours, this truly is ‘the place of miracles’.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Adventure with Paris and Leo

Horseback Africa recently shared adventure with Paris and Leo. Both Paris Hilton and Leonardo Di Caprio visited Horseback Africa and their relaxed expressions in holiday snaps taken suggest they truly enjoyed their stay.

You would also be smiling also, who wouldn’t when met with the MacRae family’s warm hospitality, the best of African wildlife and esteemed equine experience?

Horseback Africa remains passionately active in nature conservation which proves their hearts are huge and rightly placed. It also provides visitors with the assurance that when they return the same plus more will be on offer. They proudly manage a breeding programme that focuses on Lion, Serval and African rock python. The last two being endangered species.

Fable has it that once you spend time at Horseback Africa you are destined to return. May good fortune smile on your adventure and perhaps you will share your Horseback Africa Adventure with Paris and Leo on their return.

Saddle-up and enjoy wildlife, polo clinics and great photographic opportunities in a warm environment. Taste a little of what appeals to Hollywood’s glamorous people when they holiday in Africa. Book your Horseback Africa adventure escapade today!

Friday, 2 July 2010

Football Adventure in South Africa

The Quarterfinal Soccer Adventure begins at 16h00 today, 3rd July 2010. Feel it! It is here!

Just eight teams will fight it out to get their hands on the trophy.

After two rest days filled with fun adventures booked at soccer fans will be psyched to have more football action. World class action at that! Brazil will meet the steady orange lions from Netherlands at Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth in the first of these mighty matches. Whoever you support and whatever the result you will be able to celebrate or be cheered up with homegrown Eastern Cape adventures after the great game.

Ghana hold all of Africa’s hopes and dreams in their hands as they will challenge Uruguay in Gauteng later today. Check out loads more action happening there.
Saturday showcases more fabulous soccer games in Cape Town where Argentina face Germany at 16h00. The last of these quarterfinals will be in Gauteng at 20h30 with Spain taking on Paraguay.

South Africa is buzzing with the energizing vibe this football festival has brought to our beautiful land. We hope all our visitors will return again and again to this wonderful and welcoming holiday destination. When the soccer adventure in South Africa has run it’s course and the trophy has been presented the adventure passionate crew at will continue to keep a finger on the pulse of more than 1000 awesome adventures to tempt visitors back again!