Friday, 25 February 2011

SA Powerboat Race at Emanzini Country Resort


Emanzini Country Resort on the Vrede dam are hosting a Powerboat race meeting next weekend on the 5th and 6th March 2011. This is the first time the Powerboat Race is being help at Vrede dam which is perfectly deep and has accommodating long stretches for speed heats.

The event kicks off at 7h00 and once the entries are in and the briefing is done there will be some official practice sessions. With heats for different categories building up to the Prizegiving late on Sunday afternoon, this is a highlight on the SA Power Boat calendar.

Emanzini Country Resort is a water sport lover’s dream venue. You can contact them directly from AdventureEscapades.co.za where you will also find other watersport activity providers around South Africa.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

White Shark Africa Adventure




White Shark Africa have been successfully building healthy and respectful relationships between sharks and humans since 1995. Their shark interaction packages have become increasingly popular and their pursuits are backed by their avid participation in shark research.

White Shark Africa gives you the opportunity to see sharks from an entirely different perspective. These experiences are varied and custom designed to snugly fit different clients needs.

A trip they have available at the moment for students is an educational program. The students have a great time being part of the tagging and research activities. Eight students can be accommodated at the time. They get to work not only with the great White shark but also with many other interesting species of sharks swimming in our South African Waters. They get to tag sex and size the shark and physically get their hands wet. They learn different shark identification measures, conservation, shark handling, and much much more.

You can book you package with White Shark Africa today!

Monday, 21 February 2011

Canoe Race Results



The 60th Dusi canoe paddling race was narrowly won by Andrew Birkett (photo above by Lissa Stewart)in one of the most heated finishes ever seen. Below are the top ten male finalists;
1 Andrew Birkett 8:06:08
2 Ant Stott 8:06:09
3 Michael Mbanjwa 8:15:22
4 Sibonelo Zondi 8:22:22
5 Hank McGregor 8:26:23
6 Lance Kime 8:26:29
7 Len Jenkins 8:46:44
8 Piers Cruickshanks 8:48:19
9 Mark Mulder 8:53:31
10 Shaun Griffin 8:53:32

The top ten ladies were;
1 Robyn Kime 9:37:33
2 Abby Adie 9:58:14
3 Hilary Jean Clifford 10:19:37
4 Alex Adie 10:36:20
5 Donna Winter 10:46:54
6 Bianca Haw 11:07:59
7 Tamika Haw 11:08:00
8 Brittany Petersen 11:19:54
9 Nicola Irvine 11:29:51
10 Mandy Rawlins 11:32:01

Paddling remains a popular adventure around South Africa. Enjoy unlimited water activities this summer. Book your canoe, waterski or shark cage dive at AdventureEscapades.co.za

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Dusi Canoeing Adventure 2011



Today the 17th February 2011 saw the 60th Dusi canoeing adventure burst forth in Pietermaritzburg. The race is known this year as The Unlimited Dusi 2011 and the results for Day 1 are in!

1 ANDREW BIRKETT 02:43:56
2 ANT STOTT 02:44:43
3 SIBONELO ZONDI 02:47:03
4 MICHAEL MBANJWA 02:47:38
5 LANCE KIME 02:51:44
6 HANK MCGREGOR 02:54:52
7 THOMAS NGIDI 02:57:35
8 PIERS CRUICKSHANKS 02:57:45
9 NHLANHLAYAKHE CELE 02:59:17
10 JOHN THEMBA NGCOBO 03:01:10

The memory of KZN’s Dusi King Graeme Pope-Ellis who passed on last year will be on many minds today. In celebration of Graeme’s contribution to canoeing, each paddler who crosses the finish line this year will receive a specially designed Pope-Ellis medal. The Dusi King won this race fifteen times and will always remain a legend.

To all the paddlers, seconds and everyone working behind the scenes to make the experience a safe and comfortable one for all participants, good luck for day 2 and 3 of The Ultimate Dusi 2011. For canoeing action in your area browse AdventureEscapades.co.za

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Adventures at the Beach


Our gorgeous South Africa launched the Blue Flag programme in 2001 and we will celebrate ten years of the benefits of this programme in November 2011. Since it is high summer right now we have decided not to wait for November, grab your surfing gear, snorkels and sun tan lotion and soak up some cool surf and soft sand. This is a great time of year to celebrate our beautiful beaches daily.

South African beaches that have achieved Blue Flag status are named below;
MacDougall’s Bay, Port Nolloth
Yzerfontein Main beach, Yzerfontein
Clifton 4th beach, Cape Town
Camps Bay, Cape Town
Muizenberg, Cape Town
Strandfontein beach, Cape Town
Mnandi beach, Cape Town
Bikini beach, Gordon’s Bay
Kleinmond beach, near Hermanus
Hawston beach, near Hermanus
Grotto beach, Hermanus
Lappiesbaai, Stilbaai, Southern Cape
Witsand at the mouth of the Breede River
Santos beach, Mossel Bay
Hartenbos beach, Mossel Bay
Robberg 5 beach, Plettenberg Bay
Dolphin beach, Jeffrey’s Bay
Humewood beach, Port Elizabeth
Wells Estate, north of Port Elizabeth
Kelly’s beach, Port Alfred
Kariega Main beach, Kenton-on-Sea
Umzumbe (Pumula) on the south coast Kzn (new)
Lucien beach near Margate (back in the programme)
Trafalgar beach, south coast Kzn
Marina beach, south coast Kzn
Ramsgate beach, near Margate
Margate beach

Challenges our beaches face include changes caused by climate change and the effect of land-based pollution on the sea water quality. This is grabbing a lot of attention from WESSA, who we can trust to take the required action wherever possible and head up education programmes to minimise any future ill effects. Our world is precious so as you head out to revel in our bountiful beaches remember the golden rule, leave it as you found it. For water action adventures visit www.AdventureEscapades.co.za

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Adventurous Valentines Days


Adventurous Valentines Days are becoming increasingly sought after. Chocolates, flowers, cards and romantic candle-lit dinners are all good but if you really want to knock the socks off of your special someone we’d suggest you plan ahead and make sure 2011 holds a Valentines Day of note. YES we know it is on a Monday but all our venues are open on the Saturday and Sunday before. Be daring, in the spirit of an adventurer jump in and ask your Valentine to commit a day or two early, you have nothing to lose.

Centurion Quads have something arranged for you for the 12th, 13th or 14th of February 2011 at 10h00 OR 15h00. Enjoy a 1 hour quad trail with a picnic basket. There are scenic picnic spots on a cliff overlooking the river. This Valentines Day adventure will cost R750.00 per couple. You can book with Centurion Quads.

Other options could be a boat cruise, the royal treat of a hot-air balloon ride, a horseback outride or a spa treatment. Whatever rocks your boat, if it is action indoors or outdoors, you will have a blast shopping for an adventurous Valentines Day at AdventureEscapades.co.za! Also check out our Specials on the Home Page.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

World Wetlands Day


The 2nd of February each year is World Wetlands Day. Since 1971 in Ramsar, Iran this date has been marked by a celebration of the world’s wetlands. Globally, groups gather together to spread the awareness of the huge value of our wetlands. The 2011 World Wetlands theme is Forests and Wetlands to acknowledge that it is also the UN International Year of Forests.

The slogan for 2011 is 'Forests for Water and Wetlands' a suitable call for us to see the big picture of how our eco-systems interconnect and co-exist to the greatest benefit of mankind and all living creatures. The good health of forests and wetlands help prevent floods and also act as feeder systems for our river systems, which provide the water resources that humans need for agriculture, industry and urban domestic use.

If you are in the Western Cape, Two Oceans Aquarium's Environmental Education Department is holding an exciting competition during the month of February. All school goers from Grade 1 to Grade 12 who visit the Aquarium in February as part of a school group can enter. The prize is a year’s free membership to the Two Oceans Aquarium!

To book your group visit to Two Oceans Aquarium you can contact them here. For others activities in your area visit AdventureEscapades.co.za