Africa’s first geocaching tour is soon to be launched in the Western Cape.
Geocaching is a virtual treasure hunt where participants use a GPS to hide and look for containers called geocaches.
Sixteen caches will be hidden in different locations in Cape Town, the Winelands, the Overberg, the Garden Route and the Klein Karoo.
Specifically designed platinum, gold and silver geocoins will be awarded to geocachers who find a certain number of caches in the province.
The caches could be on beaches, in caves, under waterfalls or in vineyards, making geocaching a huge fun actvity
Cape Town’s V & A Waterfront has launched two scenic running routes : one of 2.2 km and one of 5.5 km The 2.2 km route is marked in yellow and the 5 km route is marked in red and both start at the Tourist Information Centre.
The routes are clearly signposted making it easy for runners to track their distance
New airport tax in Zambia.
Please note that National Airports Corporation has now introduced an Infrastructure and Development charge which is effective immediately.
This tax is applicable for ALL passengers departing from Livingstone, Mfuwe, Lusaka or Ndola Airports on domestic or international flights. The new tax will be applied to ALL tickets for scheduled flights issued or amended after 15 June 2013. The new tax will also apply to all private charters and will be payable along with the departure taxes.
Anyone with a ticket issued BEFORE 15 June 2013 is exempt from paying the tax.
The Infrastructure & Development charge is ZMW 27 (approximately USD 5) for domestic travel and ZMW 54 (approximately USD 10) for international travel.
The tax will be applied for all passengers including infants
Cape Town was designated World Design Capital 2014 by the ICSID (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design).
It is the 4th city to be awarded the status and the first in Africa.
The focus will be on design being used as a problem-solving tool, encouraging collaboration between designers, activists and creative thinkers to generate new ideas and new ways of doing things.
The focus of WDC 2014 will be on four themes :
1. African Innovation : African ideas that speak to the world 2. Bridging the Divide : Design that reconnects our city and reconciles communities 3. Today for Tomorrow : Sustainable solutions for people and the planet 4. Beautiful Spaces. Beautiful Things : Inspiring architecture, interiors, food, fashion, jewellery, craft, art and creativity
5 African Trade Shows in 3 Weeks !!!
ILTM Africa - April 28 - 30 (Cape Town)
IBTM Africa - April 28 - 30 (Cape Town)
WTM Africa - May 2 - 3 (Cape Town)
We are Africa - May 5 - 8 (Cape Town)
Indaba - +/- May 10 - 13 (Durban)
Which one will you be at ? Let us know ……..
Only in Africa –
Where the men are men and ride crocs —— not wear them!!
WHY WE LIVE IN AFRICA
A DTE guest from San Diego sent us these photos with the caption : “WHY WE LIVE IN AFRICA”
Hope you enjoy them as much as we did — Thanks Annie !!
Dare to Explore guests are constantly intrigued by the vegetation of the African bush, particularly two types of trees that both have a very specific appearance : the Sausage Tree and the Fever Tree.
Courtesy Sabi Sabi, here is a little more about these two fascinating trees :
The Sausage Tree is sacred and is protected by tribal people in many parts of Africa. A Sausage tree in full fruit, with its distinctive, massive hanging “sausages” is a constant source of fascination for all guests. Just about every part of this tree is used in traditional medicine. The unripe fruit can be crushed open and dried out in the sun before being ground into a fine powder which will create the base of an ointment to cure skin blemishes. The powder is also used to create a paste which will cure many other skin ailments and irritations including boils, ringworm and fungal infections. (This same ingredient is used in modern herbal cosmetic creams for the treatment of eczema and psoriasis. There is current research into the use of extracts of the tree in anti-inflammatory medications, anti-ageing treatments and as an anti-oxidant.) The sap of the tree is used to treat rheumatism and an ointment made from the bark is said to prevent sun damage and assist in the healing of skin cancers. Legend has it that the tree will keep away evil-spirits and even tornadoes.
The Fever tree contains ingredients which are very popular and are widely traded amongst South African herbalists. The bark of the tree is yellow and sickly looking, creating the belief in the past that it was the tree which caused malaria. It is this yellow bark which is mainly used in traditional medicine, and which is the basis of many compounds to heal fevers and eye infections. The bark can also be infused as an emetic to induce vomiting. To cure a cough or bronchitis, 8-10 leaves from the Fever Tea tree steeped in boiling water will do the trick. Local folk lore has it that if a bath is taken with ground dried bark from this tree, you are allowed to wish for whatever your heart desires. Some witchdoctors use a tea brewed from the bark of the Fever tree to enter into a dream state in which they receive messages from ancestral spirits.
At a special graduation ceremony held at Madikwe Game Reserve earlier this month, four tracker dogs and handlers, referred to as the new K9 team members, were officially introduced as members of the anti poaching squad after having undergone extensive training for three months.
The four new warriors are named Ego, Dextah, Angel and Jana. The tracker dogs, Ego and Angel are Belgian Mallinois, a breed known for their intelligence, dedication and aggression. Dextah is a German Shepherd, the typical ‘police’ dog, while Jana is a cross-bred German Shepherd/Mallinois. Each dog possesses specialised skills and works exclusively with one master.
SHH….. BE VEWY, VEWY QUIET………………….