5 South African Bucket List Destinations

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To say I love to explore and adventure around South Africa is an understatement. It should be a country on everyone’s bucket list as a destination one has to visit at least once in their lifetime just as it was on mine. This country is special and no amount of words can begin to describe the sheer beauty and abundance of amazing attractions one can expect to experience. South Africa has the perfect mix of affordable holidays, natural beauty, good weather, abundant wildlife and can rightly claim the title of being the adventure capital of the world.

Some of my favourite South African destinations that have made my bucket list include…

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God’s Window

 

Cape Town Travel – The haunted houses of Cape Town

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There are things to do in Cape Town that you’ll find in many places across the globe. Every now and then, however we like to highlight a little something special, something that is unique to Cape Town and something which others are bound to find exciting.
In this blog we’re looking at the top haunted houses in Cape Town. If you spend a few nights in the Mother City, you might want to check out a few of these places yourself.

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Haunted house

What’s the best way to spend a workday Friday?

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If the recent Jenman Product and Marketing experience is anything to go by, out of office on a team building event is the definite answer. After running through a host of suggestions and options, all of which fell short for one or other reason, we finally hit on a sure fire winner. The red bus with City Sightseeing!

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Our Product and Marketing on a team building day out

 

 

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We’ve created the best way to view the Mother City in Luxury

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As one of the top tourist destinations in Africa, let alone the world, Cape Town ought to be at the top of your list when it comes to travel. Our 4-day 5* lodge tour package will allow you to experience all that this incredible destination has to offer, while showcasing one of the finest luxury accommodations that the city has to offer.

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View over Capetown

5 ‘Manly’ things to do in Southern Africa

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There is nothing more exciting and fulfilling than planning an adventure with your friends, and yes there is more out there to be explored than just sharing some beers around the braai stand and watching sport. Southern Africa offers a lot of exciting options when it comes to some good old fun and adventure from quad biking in Namibia to taking a road trip, why not try some of these exciting excursions for your next adventure:

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Hiking

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Have you been to that restaurant?

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Cape Town has a great offer of many delicious gastronomic specialties from all over the world. In this blog we want to show you our most favorite places.

GOLD Restaurant
“Celebrate the culture of an African Restaurant, experience unique African and Cape Malay cuisine as GOLD Restaurant takes you on a taste safari.”

This is how the popular GOLD Restaurant describes itself. You will have the possibility to sample cuisine from their Cape Malay kitchen or enjoy their well-loved traditional African inspired dishes. The menu is served at the table as a set tasting menu either in sharing or individual portions. It is one of the best places to enjoy tasteful food while relaxing in a beautiful dining area adorned with unique African decoration and entertainment. While you eat, African drumming, interactive Djembe drumming session and a soothing hand washing ceremony provides for incredible, immersive entertainment.

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Food at Gold Restaurant

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Learn about the Magic of Madiba as You Follow in His Footsteps

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Madiba Magic. It means something different to everyone, but to anyone it’s real.

To South African rugby fans for example, it’s the sense of hope that they felt as President Nelson Mandela, donning a number 6 Springbok jersey, held the hard-won Rugby World Cup Trophy high above his head, watched by the millions of faces of the young democratic nation of South Africa.

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Nelson Mandela

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The Ship Wrecks of the Cape of Good Hope

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The ‘Graveyard of ships’ is the apt name of the Cape of Good Hope for this coastal line is marred with nearly 3000 sunken ships. So many stories lie at the pit of this merciless ocean and only a few of them have submerged to keep the ships alive. In this blog, we take you through the most famous along with where you can go find them and their stories next time you book your stay with us in Cape Town.

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10 OUTRAGEOUS THINGS TO DO IN CAPE TOWN

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Cape Town was recently voted the number one destination to see and visit in 2014 by the prestigious The New York Times Travel ’52 Places to Go in 2014’ list earlier this year. This comes as no surprise as this magical city has so much to offer all of its visitors. Depending on what you are looking for, be it a cultural experience, adventure filled holiday, to trying some of the world’s best wines, Cape Town offers all this and more. Most people are unaware that Cape Town also offers a host of adrenaline-pumping activities that will get your heart rate going. Here are some of the outrageous activities you can look forward to in the Mother City…

Shark Cage Diving – Outrageous at it seems yes people actually love to dive in the ocean and get up-close to these ocean predators. With over 40 species that can be found in Cape Town, this makes the city a popular attraction for the heart-pumping shark cage diving activity. We recommend making the journey to Gansbaii, known as the white shark capital of the world.

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Shark cage diving

 


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One country, one big tradition – Zulu Reed Dance

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Every year in South Africa an annual ceremony known as the Mkhosi woMhlanga or the Zulu Reed Dance, a centuries-old tradition takes place once a year, right at the start of spring over several days, at the eNyokeni Palace in Nongoma, Zululand.

South Africa has over the centuries advanced and modernised; but in this part of the country they still hold onto their tradition with this event that see’s young virgin girls sing and dance half naked with a skirt and partake in other activities such as collecting and presenting cut reeds in homage to their culture. This festival is designed to help young Zulu girls prepare for womanhood; and is a highlight for many tourists visiting the country who join the friends and relatives of thousands of young girls attired in traditional Zulu dress to watch them sing, dance and celebrate their culture. This is an emotive, powerful and moving experience.

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Girls with traditional reed

The festival takes place every year in September. More than 10,000 maidens from all over the country come to the KwaZulu-Natal region, to celebrate this significant part of the Zulu heritage. The ceremony lasts for several days and is a very popular South African tourist highlight.

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Getting ‘artsy’ with food

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If you are a real ‘foodie’, then you’ll understand the frequent urge to let your taste buds loose and try something new, wonderful and exciting. My wife and I are like this, which is why we recommend you try the Spice Route in Cape Town.
Some of the finest craftsman in South Africa have come together to create a unique experience for your senses. French Pizza, home grown beer, chocolates made from coco beans from across the world, local wines, local biltong and skilful attempts to blend these tastes is what has made the Spice Route such a tourist attraction.

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View from the restaurant

 

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Hang Ten in the Mother City

The Western Cape coastline of South Africa is one that’s dotted with numerous points and bays, which – as any surfer worth his weight in board wax will know – are two of the ingredients that go into the making of some gnarly waves!

 

With a range of diverse locations sprinkled along the Western Cape coastline, each with its own attractions, we’ve decided to give you the low-down on where you can hang ten, regardless of whether you’ve been surfing since before you could walk or have never touched a surfboard in your life.

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Hang ten in the mother city

 

 

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Trees so big you can live inside them!

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The idea of living on the inside of a tree is something that many of us will only ever hear about in fairy tales or fantasy novels. But in Southern Africa and Madagascar there is a tree that grows so large it enables people to do just that. The Boabab tree can grow to 11m in diameter, the length of an average truck, and has been known to reach heights greater than a 10 story building. Definitely big enough to live in!

 

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Malagasy child in Baobab Alley

It’s the tree of life because…

To many African people, it is capable of looking after basic needs. It is hollow on the inside like a cave, allowing people to build rooms within it, the bark is fire resistant, the fruit is rich in Vitamin C and the trunk can store up to 30 000 gallons of water. In recent years, people have been known to host shops and bars in these trees as seen below

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Searching for Sugar Man? Find his story in Cape Town

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Can you imagine being famous without even knowing, being an icon on the other side of the world, having your album standing next to Simon & Garfunkel and The Beatles and being even more famous than Elvis? And can you also imagine your fans believing you’re dead and only years later discovering the truth? Well the Mexican-American musician Sixto Diaz Rodriguez probably couldn’t have imagined all this but then a website changed his whole life. Read the story of a ‘no-body’ from America who become an Icon in South Africa and whose story is now preserved for the public to see at the Mabu Vinyl in Cape Town.

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The musician Sixto Rodriguez

Above: The musician Sixto Rodriguez

 

Rodriguez is an American born musician who never became famous in his own town, let alone by his own country. However, his record reached the South African Shores through a girl bringing the record home to her boyfriend. The album was quickly copied from tape to tape and soon Rodriguez was the norm in white South African households. ‘Anti-establishment’ was the theme in each song and these songs were the anthems to most White South Africans living in the 70’s who detested the Apartheid laws.

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Cross it off your bucket list

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Skydiving

Skydiving has already on my bucket list for more than 3 years. Ever since a friend of mine went into raptures over her skydive in Arizona I was fascinated by the idea of jumping out of an aircraft to experience a feeling of total freedom. But somehow I never ended up having enough spare cash to afford this adventure and therefore had to postpone it to “one day”. And as we all know “one day” is mostly never going to happen… Therefore, I decided last weekend to finally to listen to my inner voice, turn this imaginary day in the future into “tomorrow” and to make an appointment to spontaneously accompany my roommate the next day.

 

 

On Sunday morning we were picked up by our cab and brought to a place about 40 minutes outside of Cape Town. Once we had arrived we had to fill in a form and we were immediately ushered into our training for a “leap in the dark”. Our instructors shortly welcomed and briefed us and after we’d put on our gear we were ready for take-off. Together with another girl and her guide the 6 of us squeezed into the small aircraft. For about 20 minutes we slowly soared into the air and enjoyed the view of the shimmering sea and beautiful scenery below us. Contrary to expectations I didn’t feel nervous at all and was only looking forward to this incredible experience… Knowing that my instructor already jumped more than 6000 times might have helped. Then the time had come – the door slowly opened and we were about to jump out of the plane. I sat at the edge, looked down, knew I couldn’t change anymore what was going to happen…

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3 Day Garden Route – An Unforgettable Experience

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Garden Route Mountains

Last weekend I did a 3 day tour to explore the beautiful Garden Route. We started in Cape Town and drove through the mountains on the famous Route 62. On our way we saw many baboons sitting next to the road watching the car which was really funny. It looked like they wanted to thumb a lift…
On our first day the drive was long but the surrounding was so beautiful with the baboons, wild animals, green bushes and trees that we completely forgot about the time. Sometimes the driver stopped for us so we could take some pictures before continuing our journey. I was really amazed to see how the landscape changes within few kilometres… In one area the Mountains were reddish brown and one of the guys said that he feels like driving through Mexico – but just a short distance later and everything was green and it looked like a fairytale forest!

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Cultural Heritage Day and a Private Township Tour

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Kids in Gugulethu

Each year on the 24th of September, on Cultural Heritage Day, people in South Africa celebrate and acknowledge their great diversity with regards to people, culture, religion and languages. Since 2005 this day has also been known as “National Braai Day”… So what could be better than following the lead of the locals and to have a braai on this public holiday? Together with two friends I went to Mzoli’s, which is a butchery in the township of Gugulethu, close to Cape Town. It’s a well-known and buzzing hot spot for tourists as well as locals. The concept is easy: buy your own meat, give it to the kitchen staff, find a table, wait for the food to be cooked and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. Well-known bands and DJ’s as well as other kinds of live entertainment contribute to a pleasant experience.

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Cape Town – my happy place…

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On top of Lion’s Head

“You know all of those things that you always wanted to do? You should go and do them,” my sister said to me when I asked her if I should do the internship at Jenman Safaris. I told her how much money I would need to go and live there, that I don’t know anyone there and that I have no idea how the culture and the people will be like. “You know how you are always talking about seeing the world, travelling somewhere else than Europe, and experiencing things you have never experienced before and maybe never experience again? Now, this is your chance, if you don’t take it someone else will.” She was right. It was about that time to see the world, to find new friends, to make memories that will last forever… to let my dreams come true.

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Charmain explores Cape Town on our Cape Point day trip!

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Mariska and Charmain with the beautiful mountain behind them

Despite having lived in Cape Town for three years, I still struggle to consider myself a local, due to how little of the area I have seen. My recent Cape Peninsular day tour highlighted this, and has brought about a new mid-year’s resolution – become a weekend tourist in my new home town!

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This City Lights Up My Life

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The most delicious and tasty food at the Old Biscuit Mill

Hello everyone, my name is Jacky and I’m the new Product and Marketing Intern at Jenman African Safaris. I’m from Germany and studying International Tourism Management…. this internship is therefore a great opportunity for me to learn more about this significant and interesting industry. I love travelling and since Africa has so much to offer I’m really looking forward to exploring as many places as possible and experiencing the fascinating cultures and sceneries found here.

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Fantastic Feedback on our Northern Experience Safari – great guides, vehicles and more…

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A mokoro excursion on the Okavango Delta

I took part in a Jenman Safari from Cape Town to Victoria Falls commencing April 7 & concluding on April 28. It was the trip of a lifetime for me, made more special by the intelligence, professionalism and friendliness of the two guides – Charles & Sam.

We were a small group of 7 at the beginning of the safari, comprised of 5 Australians and 2 Germans…

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Northern Experience Safari: heart-warming feedback all the way from Canada!

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Indulge in a Northern Experience Safari

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To all of you,

I can honestly say that my Jenman Safaris Northern Experience overland tour has been for me a once in a lifetime dream come true! It made me see and discover amazing countries, explore so many breath-taking sites and experience beautiful cultures!

By travelling on a safari 4×4 truck, it allowed me to go to incredible remote places that I wouldn’t have been able to see any other way. Every day was a new adventure which developed in me a sense of curiosity as I looked forward to the daily activities.

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