Alan Fogarty of Alan Tours offers a Big 7 tour that starts off with a whale watching excursion with Raggy Charters before heading to Addo to find the rest of the Big 5. Whales visit our shores mostly between April and November with Southern Right and Humpback whales being the big boys to look out for. I picked up this whale watching video on YouTube taken on one of Alan's tours.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Going to the beach in Port Elizabeth usually means heading to Kings Beach, Humewood, Hobie Beach or Sardinia Bay. There are many little beaches and corners in between like Denville Beach next to McArthur Pools. Denville is a popular spot for beginner surfers but not that frequently used by bathers as the surrounding beaches. Denville and Humewood Beach is separated by rocks and I photographed these pebbles on the beach as we were heading towards those rocks on a day of beach exploration.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Addo Elephant National Park is literally on Port Elizabeth's doorstep and is South Africa's third largest national park. Strange how some people still think its just about elephants. These days the park stretch all the way from the coast through the main game viewing area and over the Zuurberg into the Karoo. One of the private concession lodges in the park is Kuzuko Lodge. Kuzuko is situated just over the mountain and has a very different fauna and flora environment than the main section of the park. The lodge is situated on a hill with stunning views and is one of my favorite lodges. I just love sitting on the stoep in front of the room and enjoy the view. Even better at night with not a light in sight and millions of stars overhead.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Most people just associate Fynbos with proteas yet with over 9000 different species of plants in the biome there are many more flowers to be seen. A early morning walk on the Grysbok Trail in the NMMU Nature Reserve had me spot this clump of flowers which, at closer inspection, was actually made up of three different types of flowers. Just shows that one shouldn't go through life with your eyes closed as there are beauty to be found everywhere.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Don't you just love (or hate) it when people do something with all the good intentions in the world and then afterwards realize that they just didn't think it through properly. I spotted this sign at Kings Beach the other day and it clearly falls in that category. The sign is part of the Kings Beach Park development pointing out the skate park, play park, beach and other things. The sign has a backing with a glass front but the problem is the gap in between... It's here where the grass has found refuge from the law mowers and weed eaters. Couldn't help laugh out loud when I saw it.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
This weekend is a huge sporting weekend in Port Elizabeth. The Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens is taking place at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. The NMB 7's is part of the International Sevens World Series and the only leg taking place in Africa. I took the KidZ for day 1 yesterday and we had an awesome time. The weather was superb. The turnout was good (better than last year). The vibe was great and people were having a ball. Today is day 2 and at the time of posting this the BlitzBokke has already qualified for the semi-finals against Australia after beating England. Go Bokke!
After this year's event the contract to host the event is up for grabs again and I'm really hoping with all my heart that it will come back to Port Elizabeth. It really has become one of the city's flagship events and sending it to Cape Town will make it just another event hosted in the Mother City. PE really benefits a lot more from it with exposure, the economic spin-offs and just giving great entertainment to top notch sports hungry fans.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Last Sunday I hit the Grysbok Trail in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Nature Reserve with Drama Princess for a bit of an early morning Geocaching outing. We signed in at 6:50am and set off down the trail at a brisk pace.
The Grysbok Trail really is a gem. One that I bet very few people know of. Not just do you get to see so many different fynbos species and flowers, but a herd of springbuck or zebra can easily cross your path on the way. We had a little duiker dart across the path right in front of us on two occasions during the morning. Best of all, its right in the heart of PE, easy to get to and safe.
There are 23 caches along the Grysbok Trail making for a great morning out combining Geocaching with getting fresh air and some exercise. The main reason we were on the trail that specific morning was that I joined a number of local and national cachers in being honoured with a dedicated cache placed by Navimate along the trail . My cache is called Water Mongoose and here I'm sharing my First to Find with Drama Princess.
Friday, December 12, 2014
A couple of weeks ago the very successful Baywest Port Elizabeth Airshow took place at the PE Airport. I came across this rad video on the Algoa FM channel featuring some GoPro action from inside the cockpit of one of the planes taking part in the airshow.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
This year our December summer holiday was supposed to be a mountain vacation and we were due to leave for four days in Matatiele on Tuesday before heading into the Southern Drakensberg for another 10 days there after. We had a very unexpected and sudden hiccup crop up this week and the Damselfly has to head into hospital for surgery. It means that we will be spending our vacation at home while she recuperates and I'm sure the beach will see the KidZ and I a couple of times over the next few weeks.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Drama Princess doing the "Instagram pose" on the beachfront during the Instawalk a couple of weeks ago. I really like the reflection in the pond along the Kings Beach promenade and she makes the perfect subject. Not that she needs any excuse to pose for a photograph.