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OK everyone offers swimming with the dolphins, but we can offer swimming with the penquins. In 1983 a pair of African penguins were spotted on Foxy Beach at Boulders and in 1985 they began to lay. Since then the colony has grown rapidly, increasing initially at about 60% a year. By 1997 there were 2350 adult birds. Boulders still remains the only place in the world where one can actually swim amongst the penguins as they have continued to invade more beaches. They are remarkably untroubled by people but one should avoid harassing them by getting too close or chasing them. Beware!! They have a vicious bite
Penguins are flightless, aquatic birds, which live in the southern oceans in climates as varied as Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands on the equator. There are seventeen species in all but the African Penguin is the only one to inhabit the African continent and its inshore islands. It used to be known as the Jackass Penguin
Scientific Name: Spheniscus Demersus
Average Statistics: Weight - 2,1 To 3,7 kilograms (4.63 To 8.16 pounds)
Height - 50 cm (19.7 inches)
Equipment: swimming costume and snorkling gear will do the trick
Written Feb 19, 2007
This is a must for an diving enthusiast. Coming face to face, or face to fin, as a Great White effortlessly glides by is both a terrifying and an awe-inspiring experience. They truley are gracelful and deadly and being in the same water as them you get the feeling that they are well aware of you being there but they are no interested in youat all, at least thats what I kept telling myself.
I dived with a company called White Shark Ecoventures and found them to be very professional (and they need to be) and sensitive to the plight of the often misunderstood creature of the sea. They poicked me up in Cape Town and we drove out to Gansbaai where we boared their boat and made our way out to 'Shark Alley'. The 4 or 5 hours out on the water were magical and I will do it again in a blink of an eye when I am next in Cape Town
Equipment: Snorkel, mask, wet suit and cage (provided by the company)
Written Sep 4, 2006
Phone: +27 (0) 28 384 1741
We took the cable car up to the summit of Table Top Mountain, Me and my Mum absailed down the side of Table Top with beautiful views all around.
Wonderful, stunning, breathtaking.
Equipment: Get to the top of Table Top.
Bring a little courage
Updated Aug 30, 2006
South Africa is a nation of rugby players. And if you dont partake in it, you watch :)
The beaches are lovely areas where people get together to play various sports, beach rugby being one of them. You might not even know the other people playing, people just often join in. Its all very friendly and fun :)
Updated Apr 19, 2006
there's loads of opportunity to hike in cape town, from easy wanders thru to expert trails ... it's really a case of take your pick.
indian venster up the front of table mountain gets a bit hairy in parts whereas the walk up signal hill is a cinch everyone - but either way, the views arer awesome and stretch on for miles and miles.
Equipment: comfy hiking shoes or sneakers, comfy clothing that you wouldn't mind if it got snagged a bit ... a small backpack with water, fruit and energy bars and a light compact warmer jacket/ top - sometimes the temperature drop at the top of the mountain is mad.
Written Mar 30, 2006
Address: mountains are always a good bet ha! ha!
Recognised as the world's highest bungy jump off Bloukrans Bridge on the Garden Route. What an experience! I was not sure that I would do the jump and I really expected myself to bottle it at the last minute but I took that leap of faith and wow what an experience. The guys who set the rig up are fantastic and it was their whole demeanor that helped me to jump they are such cool dudes - thanks guys!
Would I recommend it - YES - if you are into the thrill seeking adrenalin rush this is definately for you. It isn't cheap and paying extra for the video adds up. I paid 580 rand for my jump and then added on the extra of the "Flying Fox" and the video so it wasn't cheap but it was worth it.
Would I do it again - YES - but there again I am mad!!
Equipment: Make sure that you have warm clothing or a least a sweatshirt with you. You can get quite chilly once you are out on the jump site as it is shaded and there is a cool wind blowing up the valley.
Updated Feb 17, 2006
Address: On the N2 from Cape Town, 40km east of Plettenburg
Phone: 042-281-1458 or 083-231-3528
You are standing on Gourits Bridge secured by the harness whilst someone counts 3-2-1 jump and you do - or at least I did. Leap, fall, jump or dive off the platform while being securely attached to the opposite bridge – the ultimate swing. Feel the rush of the air past your face as you swing over the riverbed below, underneath the bridge to the other side. This is great for those who don’t like to jump head first – here you don’t hang upside down but go off feet first ensuring that you are in an upright position at all times.
Cost 160 rand for a single person jumping, 220 rand if you want to jump as a pair. You can get a cd rom of your jump for an extra 90 rand.
Equipment: Make sure you have good suitable footwear on as there is a climb back to the top once you have jumped
Written Feb 17, 2006
Address: 35km west of Mossel Bay.
Phone: 044-697-7001 or 083-414-2380
Newlands vies with The Adelaide Oval and a couple of the provincial Sri Lankan grounds for the title of being the most beautiful Test cricket venue in the world. Have a look at the picture and decide for yourself.
Equipment: Bring sun-cream for a day in the sun. The ground can be reached by train. Newlands station stops right outside.
Written Feb 16, 2006
Address: Newlands, Cape Town
I was lucky enough to get some pics of the The Volvo Ocean Race Yachts. The race is between Cape Town ,Rio de Jeneiro and Melbourn. These boats happen to be docking at the Harbour in Cape Town so if your were at the V & A Waterfront your would surely see them.
Checkout the website provided to get a better insight of the race.
Updated Jan 4, 2006
If there's one thing Cape Town has an abundance of it's wind. Combine this with the fact that we are virtually surrounded by ocean and you get near perfect conditions for the rapidly growing sport - kitesurfing
Equipment: Bring your own or hire locally.
Written Oct 24, 2005
Address: Blaauberg Beach
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