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Exploring the Cape Town City Bowl – what to see and do

 

After slogging my way through a monster backlog of work and surviving the Cape Storm of 2017, I finally got out of Observatory and into the heart of the city, which is known as the Cape Town Bowl. I didn’t get out to see everything, but I hit the big spots…

V&A Waterfront

An oceanside re-development that has brought a touch of class to downtown, the V&A Waterfront is an awesome place for shoppers and foodies to spend a lazy afternoon.

The food market is a big draw for many visitors. I ate lunch at home, but I did have some Millionaire’s ice cream from a vendor here. Vanilla ice cream with bits of shortbread … yum.

Can’t have a touristy place without a giant chess board. I didn’t partake – not in the mood to get checkmated in five moves like a chump 😛

The V&A Waterfront also has a giant Ferris Wheel built in the style of the London Eye. Would have gone up, but it was closed for inspection in the wake of the Cape Storm.

Bo Kapp

The traditional home of the Cape Malay people since they arrived in Cape Town in the mid-17th century from Indonesia, Bo Kapp stands out from the downtown core with its brilliantly painted homes.

Feel free to walk through the streets of this community and snap pictures, but be sure to respect the privacy of the residents who live here.

Within one of the pathways leading between homes, you’ll find these murals which depict the heritage of the Cape Malay people almost as well as any book you’ll read on the subject.

Castle of Good Hope

The Dutch first established the Cape Colony in what would become Cape Town to serve as a refuelling point for ships heading to/from the Far East. Unfortunately, the remoteness of the region opened it up to attack from pirates. The Castle of Good Hope was built to counter this threat.

Despite what you might think, today’s downtown core doesn’t pose a threat to this fortification, but back in the day this cannon and others guarded it against on-land offensives.

The ramparts of the Castle of Good Hope are particularly impressive. The rainy day, while tricky to photograph in, makes for photogenic cobblestones.

With multiple levels and rooms within this elaborate structure, plan to spend at least an hour exploring and finding amazing things to photograph.

Been to these attractions while in Cape Town? Share your experiences in the comments!

Plettenberg Bay – the crown jewel of the Garden Route

Cape Town had some serious gravity to it – with all its amazing things to see and do (and a buttload of work to get done), I spent three weeks there to start my time in South Africa. After catching up on projects, sightseeing, and waiting for the aftermath of the vicious Cape Storm to be cleared away, I was free to finally hit the road in SA.

The ranchlands of the Western Cape between Cape Town and the Garden Route

Destination #1: The Garden Route. Not an easy place to visit, as there are numerous places to stay – George, Knysna, Jeffery’s Bay – all these places had a pull to them. Once I typed in ‘Plettenberg Bay’ into Google Images, though, my fate was sealed: I simply had to make this my base in this beautiful region.

Shortly after arriving, I knew I had made the right choice.

I only had time for a quick look about town before retiring for the night. The next day was a wash, giving me a convenient excuse to get further caught up on work. With 20 degrees Celsius and sunshine predicted for the following one, though, I would quickly fall for this beautiful resort town

 

A well-deserved beer after a fun day walking this incredible beach

A well-deserved beer after a fun day walking this incredible beach

Oh, I forgot to mention something – despite it being officially winter at 34 degrees South Latitude on this particular day, the water was 17 degrees Celsius – bearable for hardy swimmers and plenty warm enough for experienced surfers.

Ever been to Plett? Geek out on how awesome this place is in the comments below!

Guide to Ghana: the Best Adventures to Take Part in

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The nation of Ghana is located in West Africa and is the perfect place to take part in adventurous activities. If you are planning to spend some time here it is recommended that you get a hold of a car, which is the best and most convenient way to get around the country.

If you check local classifieds online, you will find plenty of cars for both rent and sale. With that in mind, here is a short guide to some of the best things to do in Ghana.

Going on Safari

Ghana boasts a large number of enchanting national parks, which are home to a diverse range of wildlife. Taking a safari through
Ghana’s national parks offers visitors the chance to get close to safari animals and view them in their natural habitats. Safaris come complete with local guides, who will make sure that visitors enjoy a fun and safe experience while getting as close as possible to the wild animals.

Hiking and Trekking

The rainforests and savannahs of Ghana feature hiking and trekking trails that take visitors to areas of pristine natural beauty. Visitors can choose to go hiking either alone or as part of a group, although it is a good idea to take along a guide
on your trips.

Camping

Many of Ghana’s national parks feature campsites, which offer adventurous travellers the chance to sleep underneath the stars. Waking at dawn to find yourself surrounded by nature is one experience that should not be missed. Before your trip, pick up a tent at www.onlysportsgear.com so that you are properly protected from the elements…

Deep Sea Fishing

Set sail in the Atlantic Ocean for the chance to catch fish such as yellow and big eye tuna, barracudas, blue marlin and even marko shark. A number of operators offer deep sea fishing trips from parts of Ghana such as Miemia Bay and Ada
, and successful fishermen have the chance to keep their catch of the day.

Paragliding

People who have a real head for heights will be able to experience Ghana in a whole new way while they get their adrenaline pumping. Ghana’s stunning scenery makes this the ideal location for paragliding trips and several flying centres can be found around the stunning Kwahu Mountain Range.

Mountain Biking

Use peddle power to speed through the dry savannah while pausing to explore traditional Ghanaian villages along the way. This is an exciting experience for visitors who really want to get off the beaten track and mountain bikers will have plenty of time to experience the true natural beauty of Ghana.