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#CapeCanopyTour

Our #CPTBucketList has gone to new heights – having ticked off the incredible experience of zip-lining with Cape Canopy Tours through the Hottentot Holland Mountains in the Elgin Valley.

Only an hour from Cape Town, this adventure will leave you in awe of the mountainous panoramas the Overberg has to offer. It’s not hard to believe that it placed second on Lonely Planet’s list of world’s hottest new tourism experiences for 2015 and number one on adrenaline adventure’s to do in and around the Mother City on #CPTBucketList 😉

The experience starts with smiling faces and a friendly greeting from the Cape Canopy Tour team upon arrival at the base camp. From there, we grabbed a quick hot chocolate from the in-house coffee shop before our 15 minute safety-briefing. We then geared up – the team even had GoPro mounted helmets for us enthusiasts! Organised much? Wow – I was taken aback at how well prepared the Cape Canopy Tour is!

We then hopped into the open-top Land Cruiser where we ascended further into the mountains of the picturesque country side. The rough and rocky climb took us roughly 30 minutes and the vistas only seemed to get better and better as we rose above the incredible fynbos-filled Overberg Valley.

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After a brisk walk to the first cliff-side platform, we had another short briefing before it was time to #FlyAirNature, getting a real eagle-eye’s view of the Hottentot Mountains. One of guides went ahead to receive us on the other side whilst the other stayed behind to attach our harness and safety cables to the steel zip-line. This girl loves thrilling adventures so I was in my happy place as the adrenaline built before my turn.

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Being in good hands, fully secured and suspended a couple hundred metres above the valley floor led to nothing but excitement and exhilaration as we zoomed from one escarpment to the next. The feeling of weightlessness, the air filling my ears and the ability to control speed through the padded glove made for one incredible adventure!

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There are a total of 13 elevated platforms, 11 zip-lines and the most spectacular suspended bridge which overlooks two gushing waterfalls which flow heavily in the rainy season. Adventurers in the winter months are sometimes even lucky enough to zip-line from one snow-capped mountain to the next!  Where else in South Africa would you be lucky enough to experience such icy adventures? Pretty cool – I’d say!

Some of the zip-lines are over 300 metres long, leaving more than enough time to appreciate the breath-taking views. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and informative about the area – having lived in the Vuurberg region their whole life. Jerry, our safety guide, even spent 12 months building the zip-lines, as a part of the construction team. He truly does knows the ins and outs, ups and downs like no other.

Upon completing the zip-lining course, we met up with the Land Cruiser again and promptly made our way back down to base camp. On arrival, there was fresh fruit juice and possibly the most delicious homemade springbok pie, accompanied by two salads.

The Cape Canopy Tour exceeded all expectations and the combination of the magnificent views and adrenaline fuelled zip-lining really made for mind-blowing memories. I was thoroughly impressed with how professional and well-organised every aspect of the tour was. With safety a top priority at all times, the team were jacked-up, informative and a made a concerted effort to ensure that the best possible time was had. Hanging around with Cape Canopy Tour proves to be special all-year-round with each season being special and unique from the next.

On that note, for all you winter #CPTBucketList adventurers, our friends at Cape Canopy Tours are currently hosting an awesome winter special where you pay for three and the fourth flies for free. Rumour has it that some snow is on the way so book now so you can catch if before the amazing offer melts away.

To give you a better idea of the experience we had, check out the video Craig Rhodes-Harrison and I made of our Cape Canopy Tour adventure.

#WackyWineWeekend

While the vineyards are still decked out in the last vestiges of orange and yellow and late autumn starts to tickle its cold fingers down your spine, it is time for our farms to throw open the barn doors and invite the world to come and celebrate at the annual Wacky Wine Weekend from the 4th to 7th June 2015.

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Time has been the winemaker’s assistant and the first of the crop is ready to drink.  Tents are up and tables and chairs dusted off. Musicians come from far and wide and a buzz of excitement vibrates through the air. We rejoice in the product of last year’s labour and the rest that is to come and in life itself.

This much-loved event, with its family-friendly collection of old traditions and novel attractions, has firmly secured its reputation as a “must-do” on the Cape’s annual social calendar. This de-centralised affair boasts a line-up of unique events and activities to suit the fun-seeker, novice or a wine connoisseur. ‘Seriously Wine Thursday’ promises to inspire wine aficionados with a range of tailor-made activities, for instance: master wine-tastings, exquisite wine- and food-pairings, educational wine presentations and private tastings with the Valley’s most esteemed winemakers.00026WWWd

The Wacky Wine Weekend will embrace the usual line-up of fun-filled activities, for example: ‘meet-the-winemaker’ tastings, brandy tours and tastings, river cruises, barrel tastings, cheese- and olive tastings, a simulated rodeo bull, a mountain bike challenge and local performing artists. The Valley will also be presenting a gastronomic extravaganza, with visitors spoilt for a choice of delish delights.

The Robertson Wine Valley has offered a number of transport packages because there is a strong no drinking and driving policy. Please have a look below for the package that best suits you so we can keep our Cape Town roads safe.

So head out to the Robertson Wine Valley for a winter getaway at the Wacky Wine Weekend – don’t forget to use the #CPTBucketList and the #WackyWineWeekend hashtag.

Cost: A R120 weekend passport, must be purchased at one’s first port-of-call, ie at any of the participating wineries. The passport includes: a stylish tasting glass, free 25mℓ wine-tasting samples, and a ‘goodie’ bag with some great surprises, as well as the programme highlighting some special offers. All other activities during the Wacky Wine Weekend will be ‘pay-as-you-go’, with many of the activities free of charge. Visitors will also be able to purchase wine-by-the-glass or a bottle of wine to share amongst friends.
Programme of activities: Visit www.wackywineweekend.com.  Many of the activities need to be pre-booked directly with the respective wineries.
Buddy Bus: Costs vary between R157 and R400 per person. The bus is available from 08h00 until 19h00. Guests will be collected and returned to their accommodation.  Advance booking is required
Accommodation: Please visit www.robertsonwinevalley.com. Advance booking is required
Bus-in Packages: Book Day Packages with A2B Charters. Group bookings of between 7 and 60 passengers for day-trips cost R550 per person and include ‘Buddy Bus’ transport between the participating wineries. Bookings close 29 May!  Contact Jacques on 083 258 4769 or info@a2bcharters.co.za
Fly-In Packages: Book with Beyond Reach:  (023) 614 3937 / 072 203 2457 or info@beyondreachafrica.co.za
Enquiries: Contact the Robertson Wine Valley on (023) 626 3167 Or email manager@robertsonwinevalley.com Visit the Wacky Wine Weekend website. www.wackywineweekend.com.

#TheNightHarvest

Pull into The Night Harvest this Friday, 6 March, for the best Freeride MTB & BMX the Southern Hemisphere has to offer. 2015 is already framing up to be one of the biggest, most badass years for two-wheeled, pedal-powered action with Africa’s largest dirt jump competition growing into the Monster it is today. A number of local and international pro’s will be wall-riding, tail-whipping and back-flipping their way through the freshly rebuilt Potato Trails in Hout Bay. (more…)

#UltimateX

This is a call for all Adrenaline Junkies, Extreme Stunt Enthusiasts and Action Sports Fanatics. Ultimate X 2015 is set to take the backflips, tail whips and superman seat grabs to a whole new level as it lifts the roof off their new playground at the Grand Arena (GrandWest Casino)  this weekend – 27th and 28th February. Cape Town, are you ready for South Africa’s Premiere Action Sport Festival to blow your mind? (more…)

#CPTBucketList on #TravelChatSA

I have the privilege of co-hosting #TravelChatSA every Wednesday evening from 7pm – 8pm on the Twittersphere where 4 questions are posted every 15 minutes with a bonus question. I was lucky enough to have #CPTBucketList as the topic, enthusiasts all over South Africa took part in the conversation with fantastic suggestions with what they would like to tick off their #CPTBucketList.

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#HeritageDay

Heritage day has to be one of my favourite days of the year. A day where all South Africans get together to celebrate our rich heritage and the diversity of our rainbow nation. Most of us celebrate this through uniting around a fire and having a good ‘ol braai with family and friends. This #HeritageDay, Durbanville Hills Wines is having a relaxed Braai Day on their estate. They welcome all Proudly South African souls to come enjoy the live music, breathtaking views, award-winning wine and of course, the delicious aroma of meat on the braai.
Durbanville Hills restaurant will be preparing a variety of gourmet boerewors rolls fresh from the braai at R35, each served with some creative, interesting toppings. They will also be open for breakfast and lunch offering an la carte menu. The tasting room will be open from 10.00 until 15.00 and live music will be available from 11.00 until 14.00.
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Bring your family and friends and come enjoy this momentous day stretched-out under the olive grove with a glass of wine enjoying the panoramic vista of Table Mountain, the vineyards and rolling hills.
For more information you can follow them on Twitter @DHillsWine or check out their website www.durbanvillehills.co.za. Follow @CPT_Girl on Twitter and use the hashtag #CPTBucketList to find out more Proudly South African activities you can get up to this upcoming Heritage Day.

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#Earthdance

This weekend, 20-21 September, the Cape Town Trance Community welcomes the first official festival of the season: #Earthdance. This music festival has moved venues and will now take place at the good ol’ Nekkies-Resort in Worcester, only an hour drive from the Mother City.  Every year Earthdance holds over 500 events in 80 different countries worldwide and shares a vision between like-minded people to come together and celebrate life through the non-stop doof-doof beating of trance whilst stomping away with flowers in their hair and the earth below their feet.

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This trance party is enjoyed by all – newbies are welcome, as long as they show peace, love unity and respect to fellow stompers. This is a good jol for first timers because the Earthdance followers are known to be a great bunch.  This year the legendary festival’s theme is ‘Transformation’ which is being embraced in many ways. Earthdance has reason to boast, with the incredible line-up they have in store for the Cape psy-fanatics: 2 days and 1 night with 3 stages, playing trance, techno or mellow vibes.  The incredible PsyMedia Crew has put together a banger of a set – just under 17 hours long. This SoundCloud playlist features old and new music from internationals Lost & Found, Audioform and  Tristan, as well as locals Prefix, D-Sciple, Chabunk, Silo & Humerous,  Kalahari Kris, Zezia and Disco Volante. 

Since its inception in 1997, Earthdance events all over the world simultaneously join together in the Prayer for Peace – a powerful moment of coherent intention. At 1am on Sunday morning all parties link via the “Prayer for Peace” meditation, a song that is played at all events at exactly the same time, connecting all party-goers at every Earthdance in solidarity for Peace. How cool?

This is a trance party so don’t forget to be organised, a sleeping bag and tent is an absolute must or a friend with those items would come in handy! There will be clean ablution facilities and a strong security presence but all valuables need to be locked away at all times. There are many craft and food stores. No glass is allowed, so decantering of beverages is necessary before entry. There will be a fully-stocked cash bar to keep the masses hydrated!

Pre-sale tickets are R320 at selected retail outlets or R330 through Quicket.co.za. Tickets will also be available at the gate at R350 for the full weekend pass or R200 for some Sunday Funday from 8am on Sunday.  50% of profits sold at the door are donated to charities addressing peace, sustainability, and social justice. Earthdance Cape Town has donated close to 1.5 Million Rand over it’s existence, lets join together and show the rest of the world what our community is capable of,

So whether you are a newbie or a regular stomper, checking out #Earthdance 2014 is an absolute must. Grab a couple of friends and take a spontaneous road trip to the beautiful green lands of Worcester for some fun in the sun. Checking out the vibe amongst the Cape Town Trance Community is a must for your #CPTBucketList.

#MoonlightMass

#Moonlightmass has made riding bikes in Cape Town cool since 2012. Starting out as a social experiment, creators Daniel Graham and Elad Kirshenbaum had no idea that their initial tweet proposing the idea, would lead to up to a thousand Capetonians gathering at the Green Point Circle every full moon, for a night bike ride through the streets of the Mother City.

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#TheArtOfBrick

We all have fond memories of LEGO® but who says they have to remain in our childhood? Cape Town welcomes The Art of The Brick,  world-renowned LEGO® art exhibit which is taking place at the V&A Waterfront from 12 December 2014 until 28 February 2015. LEGO® fans, kids, adults, art-lovers and Cape Town’s creatives can look forward to up to seventy-six 3D  art sculptures on display created from more than a million LEGO® bricks.

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#TheEntertainer

I had the privilege of being invited to a blogger dinner, hosted by @iAmnotMany and @CapeTown. The evening was co-hosted by @EntertainerZA. I arrived at @SgtPepperEatery  with no idea what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised to spend the evening with ten friendly Cape Town bloggers.

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