Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ostrich Racing in Oudtshoorn

Being a South African Nomad has its perks if you feel like you could tackle a few extreme sports whilst on your travels through South Africa. One of the favourite pastimes when travelling through the small rural town of Oudtshoorn on the way to Cape Town is to ride an ostrich in Oudtshoorn.

Now you may think it a little strange to ride an ostrich as i'm sure you know they are the biggest birds on the planet. There are only two things to remember when embarking on the awesome feat of riding an ostrich, the first is stay well clear of their feet as they are known to be able to kick a hole through a car door as if it were paper and the second is to hang on for dear life as they can certainly run like the clappers.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cape Town

Table Mountain in Cape Town is probably the most famous landmark in South Africa and is often mentioned when a conversation erupt about South Africa.

Cape Town is also home to the South African Navy, the Kirstenbosch Gardens, The Whales of Hermanus, The South African Breweries hops and barley plants in Caledon.

Other places of interest to tourists visiting Cape Town are The Greenmarket Square, Betty's Bay,Bantry Bay,Llandudno,Fishhoek, The Wine route of the eatern cape,Stellenbosch farmers winery,Paarl, The Kasteel where Jan van Riebbeck established the stronghold in Cape Town upon its discovery.

The scenic drive along Chapmans peak is one of the most memorable things to do on the Mountainside in the surrounds of Table Mountain cableway and Devils Peak and Lions Head.

In this picture you can see the picturesque views of Table Mountain from a waterside restaurant at the Victoria and Albert Waterfront- a must for all visitors to Cape Town.If visiting in April to September pack warm clothes for cool evening weather.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Durban South Africa

Durban has been synonymous with the term"golden mile" for nearly have a century and has always been a port of call for many in the merchant navy.Most sailors will speak fondly of the Smugglers Inn - a landmark pub and grill.

Durban has come leaps and bounds since the 1950's and is now the most chosen seaside destination to visit when visiting the sunny climate of South Africa. The beaches have some of the most sought after surfing spots in the world with a clean right and left break off the new pier and dairy beach pier which is home to the annual Quiksilver Pro.

Durban will play host to the Soccer World Cup in 2010 and is currently spending billions of Rands on infrastructure upgrades to the beachfront, creating a promenade walkway which will start at the Ushaka Marine World and travel North towards the Suncoast Hotel and Casino at Sunkist beach, about 5 kilometres of uninterupted walkways.

The cuisine in and around the town is second to none with many outdoors eateries taking advantage of the fresh summer air and fantastic climate that South Africa has to offer all year round.