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Safaris

by pinkpoppy

Hi,

I am hoping to be in Cape Town & Port Elizabeth end of Jan beginning of Feb. Can anyone recommend a decent safari company? What am I likely to see? Alot of the ones I have seen so far appear to be 2weeks, ideally I want to spend 4 or 5 nights joining another group as it is likely I will be alone.

This may seem a bit of a silly question, but is it safe to swim in the ocean near PE, namely I am worried about sharks, I have already had an incident with a shark & am now fairly nervous in the sea.
Cheers

Re: Safaris

by lynnehamman

Hi
You can try a safari from Addo Park near Port Elizabeth.
Here is the website:

http://www.southafricaguide.net/national-park-safaris/addo-elephant/safari-to-addo.html

I went to boarding school in Port Elizabeth, and spent all my weekends on the beaches. As far as I know, there is no danger from sharks. This may have changed over the years- shark diving (especially in Cape Town) has changed the behaviour of sharks. No doubt someone living in Port Elizabeth can give you more information regarding this.
In Cape Town, beaches are fine for swimming. The few attacks that have occured are usually on surfers, on remote beaches. There are helicopter lookouts which check the main beaches during summer.

Re: Safaris

by faurec

Hi Kerry
First, an early welcome to our land of sunshine. I know you will enjoy.

Cape Town is not a good Safari destination, and like Lynne said, try PE. Other than Addo, (also try www.addobackpackers.com for tours) you can also try the Schotia Private Game Reserve (www.schotia.co.za) and if your budget permit, Shamwari (www.shamwari.com). You may also like the Addo Rapture and Reptile Centre (www.addoraptorreptile.com)

Sharks are not actively hunting humans along our coast. As a rule, use beaches with lifeguards on duty and they will tell if there is any danger. The beaches around Cape Town is known for its cold water (around 12degC)so you may not want to swim there in any event.

Re: Safaris

by janajakkals

lucky you going to PE, my old hometown!!

i would suggest Shamwari, close to PE. i've been there and it was wonderful. you can even just go for a day drive, if you'd like. they have numerous options and friendly staff.

the beaches at port elizabeth (PE, or "die baai" - the bay, as we call it) are WONDERFUL. warm water, golden beaches and completely safe from sharks. i'd say you'd have a better change to a shark attack in cape town than in port elizabeth. i grew up in PE and never did any of us hear of a shark attack. now, cape town is another story, only yesterday there was a shocking shark attack. the water is also way too cold in cape town to swim for me.

popular beach to go to in port elizabeth is Hobie beach. it is next to shark rock pier (hehe, nothing to do with sharks, really, but you can watch dolphins swimming by if you're lucky!) as well as the casino and beachfront restaurants. the best of those restaurants there at the pier is Blue Waters Cafe. but do have a draft at Barney's - it's an INSTITUTION, a long running tradition!

do enjoy the beautiful eastern cape. it has a lot to offer. i'm thinking it's the most beautiful province of all.

also research the following places ---- nieu-bethesda and hogsback.

GEMS!

greetings
jana

Travel Tips for Cape Town

Little Zulu dancers

by mvtouring

Although they at times irratate the daylights out of us, they still make a great tourist attraction. These youngers in traditional cloth normally perform during lunch time in the St Georges Mall and they are very skilled. The thing I miss most when I leave Cape Town is the "bergies". They are people that traditionally live in the slopes of Table mountain where they get their name from as mountain is berg in Afrikaans. Their use of the Afrikaans language is extremely colourfull and their expressions right to the point.

There's so many different cultures

by cosmopolit

There's so many different cultures living toghether making Cape Town a real meltingpot of cultures, religions, styles and flavours. European, Indian, Madagascan and South East Asian all these people are interspersed with the local Khoi and Xhosa population plus Traders from countries such as Malawi, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Nigeria favour Cape Town, particularly because there's so many tourists read business. Due to this Cape Town has one of the most distinctive identities, strong diversity and open-minded benevolence of all the South African cities. It shows in opening hours at shops if there's x-mas for some it's a plain vanilla day to others and vice-versa.
The result's a delicious Cape cuisine which must be integrated as part of the experience. Don't let sometimes sloppy service get you as this is due to another Cape Town characteristic the very laid-back attitude of her inhabitants.

music in townships

by iam1wthee

Saturdays the townships come alive. There is music in the streets anywhere from gospel on the street with people trying to lift spirits by spreading the good news, to local upcomming rappers in the park, to butcher shops where most of the congregating goes on among locals, to jazz cafes. If you love good music like I do no matter what language it is sung in then don't be afraid get a tour guide like cape fusion -thutka or bonani our pride tours. Some others will take you to workshops where you can learn how to gum boot dance if you dare. You do not have to wait for the sun to go down to experience this. My tour took place at 2pm and ended around 8pm.

Cape Town

by Androidius

There are a lot of nightclubs in Cape Town, some of them shabby some of them not.Try Long Street it's full of clubs, also Green Point.Drugs are quite available on the streets, but beware of the police. Also some of the drugs. like extasy can be just useless pill, well i won't tell you how i figured that one out. doesnt really matter

memorable gourmet experience

by antonela about Aubergine

Aubergine is situated in a character old building 19th century -First chief of Justice lived there.
Owner-chef Harald Bresselschmidt former chef at the famous Grande Roche , Bosman's takes pride and is passionate about what he does. The quality of the food is exceptional of high standard, and interesting menu..It is contemporary, innovative continental cuisine.
Monday to Saturday.

Cinq a sept - 5pm to 7 pm
For Champagne, oysters and hors dóeuvres. Goats cheese souffle with rosemary flavours.
Trio of creme brulee.

Hard to explain, every bite is a piece of heaven.

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