If you continue along the beachfront walkway past the lollipop beacon onto the boardwalk it feels like the coastline suddenly transforms. You feel just that little bit further away from the city. I did it during the week early one morning and there wasn't another soul around until I encountered another walker on the way back to my car, but if you feel wary doing it when it's this quiet, do it on a Saturday morning when there are more walkers about. It's really worth it.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
This morning I had the honour and privilege to be involved in the organising and execution of the Port Elizabeth leg of the Travel Massive / National Department of Tourism #womenintourism breakfast event at the Summerstrand Hotel. It coincided with Women's Month and we made use of the opportunity to celebrate the involvement of women in the tourism industry. The theme of the event was Doek on Fleek and most of the women in attendance were wearing a doek with all kinds of styles and colours being represented. Out of a total attendance of about a hundred people, there were only 6 or so men and as one of the organisers and speakers even I donned a doek... or rather a bandana. The event was one of five simultaneous events with the others taking place in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Nairobi, Kenya.
You can few all the photos of the event in an album on my Facebook profile
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Have you ever walked further along the beachfront boardwalk than the lollipop beacon on the corner of Admiralty Road and Marine Drive. This morning I had 20 minutes or so before a workshop at the Summerstrand Hotel and decided to venture a little further down than usual. A beautiful morning with the sea on the one side and among the coastal vegetation yet less than 100 meters from Marine Drive. What an awesome asset the city has in this stunning coastline.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Just yesterday I asked somebody if they also thought that we didn't have a very cold winter this year as I stood sweating in the sun outside the lodge at Mount Camdeboo Game Reserve outside Graaff-Reinet. This morning we woke up to a freezing wind and snow on the mountains in the area. On my way back this afternoon I heard it hailed in some parts of Port Elizabeth. I pulled off the freeway and made a quick stop in Despatch (for a Geocache) and snapped this pic of an empty play park and the approaching clouds. Cold and abandoned. In black and white it feels even colder. Winter just reminded us that she's still here and not leaving just yet.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Every now and then I post a photo or two that wasn't taken in Port Elizabeth or the greater Nelson Mandela Bay. Normally it's because I have run out of PE photos or haven't had a chance to take one. Today is one of those days. I'm posting this from Mount Camdeboo Game Reserve outside Graaff-Reinet where I am attending the Karoo Heartland AGM tomorrow. On my way here I stopped at my favorite two Karoo gnomes a few kilometers south of Jansenville to discuss rugby (seeing that they are dressed in EP Kings and Springbok colours), tourism and the meaning of life.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism has a brand new destination marketing video promoting the fact that Port Elizabeth with Algoa Bay and all it's adjacent game reserve truly is an African Wildlife Hotspot. At a recent tourism conference I attended, a representative of Kruger Lowveld Tourism in Mpumalanga implied during one of the panel discussions that the Eastern Cape doesn't offer visitors an authentic wildlife experience. So let's see what Nelson Mandela Bay and surrounds have to offer.
Algoa Bay with it's 40 km of magnificent golden beaches has one of the most diverse marine eco systems in the world. Bird Island is home to the largest Cape Gannetry in the world (110 000 breeding pairs) while St Croix Island has over 50% of the world's African Penguin population. Add to that the fact that Algoa Bay has been proclaimed as an International Hope Spot for the African Penguin, is the Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the World and offers whale watching and excellent scuba diving opportunities.
The area offers everything from rocky shores to indigenous floral fynbos, stretches of golden beaches and unspoilt sand-dunes (the Alexandria Dunefield is the largest coastal dunefield in the Southern Hemisphere) to lush indigenous forest and untamed wilderness areas. This all means that the nature reserves in and around Port Elizabeth offer a wonderful range of options to the great outdoors.
Then there is the cherry on the cake. Addo Elephant National Park, home to the Big 7, and number of excellent Big 5 private game reserves within an hour and a half from the city means that this region has developed into one of South Africa's main game viewing destinations. Who needs Kruger and the Lowveld when the Eastern Cape has such an awesome and very much authentic (and malaria free) wildlife experience to offer visitors?
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Yesterday morning while taking a walk around Kings Beach Park, my eye caught this piece of graffiti at the top of the steps at the water feature. HELLO ALIENS along with pictures of a rainbow, pegasys, two unicorns and a bunch of butterflies. Does this mean that there are aliens walking among us or is it a welcome for an imminent arrival? Or are we just all aliens?
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
I went for a quick early morning walk around Kings Beach Park before work and got stuck at the water feature next to the lake trying to get a picture of both the waterfall and the lake without getting my work pants wet.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
A bench ideal for contemplation. The difference between this one and others with similar views is that you don't have to hike for an hour to get to it to enjoy it. It's located next to the Baakens Valley on the corner at the bottom of 2nd Avenue and Fordyce Road in Walmer