Fair Trade Accreditation

FTT HOLIDAY FOR WEBOur association with the Fair Trade label indicates our continued commitment to fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing and operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. It also ensures that the people who contribute their land, resources, labour and knowledge to tourism are the ones who reap the benefits.  and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. It also ensures that the people who contribute their land, resources, labour and knowledge to tourism are the ones who reap the benefits.

An unexpected noble penguin mission

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As a newbie consultant and guide, I decided to take a trip out to Gansbaai and put some names to the faces I have been emailing since working for PG Tops. Upon arrival, I was greeted by the hustle and bustle of the Marine Dynamics headquarters, excitement was definitely in the air, as is expected from a Shark Cage Diving and Marine Eco-tour operator. A friendly lady welcomed me, and when it downed on us that we’ve been “pen pals” for a while now, it was hugs all round like long lost friends! Aletta was as amazing in person as over the phone or via email. As it was a Sunday, I had my fiancé join me for the day, to brag about what an awesome job I have! We spent some time exploring the Marine Dynamics facilities and chatting to some of the personnel, all very warm and professional. I was blown away by how well everything was set up and organised, as well as the infectious positive attitude of everyone we met. Heading back to the parking lot right by the boat launching area, we noticed some action at one of the Marine Dynamics boats – personnel gently loading boxes onto the boat while being filmed. This indicated that something cool must be going on, so we took a closer look. That’s when we met Wilfred, owner of Marine Dynamics. He asked whether we had time, as this boat was heading out to Dyer Island to reintroduce some rehabilitated penguins into their natural habitat. We didn’t think about it twice and couldn’t believe our luck to be part of such a momentous occasion!

We headed out to sea, man and penguin, side by side – the little fellows safely in their protective cases. The mood was very cheerful and the rather choppy ocean added to the sense of adventure with a thrilling boat ride! The Marine Dynamics penguin team whizzed behind us in our wake on their rubber duck like knights on their horses heading out to save the day. They took all the penguins to the island while we cruised around just off shore waiting for the big moment, and what a big moment it was! They set all the penguins in their cases down in a row on the beach and opened them simultaneously, and I swear I could hear Chariots of Fire playing somewhere in the background. The little suited black and white birds ran out to the water and all jumped in as if they were competing in a swim gala! Laughter and cheers filled the air as the penguins headed further out in the ocean, all too happy to be back in the water, where they belong. It was an experience that will never be forgotten! Thank you so much to Wilfred and his team, their hospitality and making us part of this noble mission!

5 Star Shark Cage Diving

Just two and a half hours’ drive from Cape Town, you’ll find a company called Marine Dynamics, situated in Kleinbaai… the hub for the Great White Sharks. Upon arrival, my two colleagues and I received a very warm welcome from the Marine Dynamics team and they directed us to the restaurant where a delicious breakfast was ready for us. Kelly, the Marine Biologist from Australia, then briefed us on the company and the work they are involved in. She was very enthusiastic about the work they do and it all resonated in the manner in which she delivered the information to us. She ensured us that we would be safe and there was no need to be afraid. Apparently the most dangerous part of our day was our drive to Kleinbaai!! LOL

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As we left the restaurant, we started feeling nervous, but quickly ‘convinced’ one another that “we got this”! The crew members assisted us with our life jackets and water jackets before heading out to the boat, Slashfin that was awaiting us for our diving experience. Slashfin was purposely built for shark cage diving. This means it contains similar qualities of the Great White Shark such as “its sleekness, elegance, power and steadiness in order to Dyer-Island-Cruises-Logoenable the boat to slice through water and to endure extreme sea conditions” (Marine Dynamics, 2015). Off we sailed and along the way we experienced great views of the sunrise as well as different birds flying over the boat, pure magic!

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Quickly we arrived at our diving location which was within close proximity to Dyer Island that is renowned for its Cape Fur Seal colony, with approximately 60 000 seals on this Island.

 

With our wet suits on, it was time to decide who would get into the cage first. As soon as Kelly had suggested we should get in first, my immediate response was “yes, of course!”, but my colleague Sofie said “no ways, we’ll rather be part of the second group”. She sounded a little frightened… I must add. While waiting for our opportunity to get into the cage, sea sickness got the best of me and thus I was unable to stand upright. While my other colleague Thami, and Sofie were enjoying watching the other people and their 20150513_SF_Trip1_KBaker_IMG_00220fearful faces, I sat in a corner trying to be strong. After drinking a glass of water, I then told myself, “shake it off Nela and get into that cage!”

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We did it!!! The water was extremely cold, but THAT was the least of our concerns. We had roughly 10 shark encounters with one female and the others were all juvenile male sharks. What an amazing experience to see those wild ocean creatures up close! Once one of the sharks slammed into the cage with its tail and we all jumped backwards as we were frightened from the sudden knock. It was simultaneously scary and awesome! After 45 minutes in the cold water, we were more than ready to warm up. I remained at the front of Slashfin for our return trip as the sea sickness crept up on me again. According to Thami and Sofie, viewing the sharks from the top deck was awesome! Needless to say, I was a tad bit jealous as I could not make it up there. However, the Marine Dynamics team took really good care of me and I appreciated their efforts.

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Before heading back towards the harbour, our skipper Pieter steered the boat towards Dyer Island, for a close up of the Cape Fur Seal colony. Upon our return to the Great White House, warm soup was waiting for us in the restaurant, which was really delicious after being in the cold for four hours. During that period we were able to watch the video of our experience, which was so surreal!

 

Before departing to Cape Town, the team also introduced us to their Penguin and Bird Sanctuary, which opened February 2015 as a marine bird rehabilitation centre for diseased, injured, oiled, abandoned and displaced marine birds and African penguins.

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Feeling the “Africa”!!

Safari Cape Town Big Five!

A very early morning start to our day it was indeed… I was more excited than ever as I would see Elephants and Giraffes for the very first time in person!!! The drive to the game reserve was picturesque and makes you appreciate nature so much more. One would literally snap copious pictures before even reaching the Big Five.

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Upon arrival at Aquila Private Game Reserve, we received a very warm welcome. It was freezing cold there as the reserve is situated in the Little Karoo, the semi desert part of South Africa. The safari experience started with a scrumptious breakfast buffet and we definitely looked forward to it as the variety was plentiful and… we were starving!!! Before embarking on the game drive we had an opportunity to explore the surrounds of the game reserve and the views of the adjacent mountains are truly breath-taking. My colleague, Thami immediately spotted the elephants from afar and with my other colleague Sofie and I’s bad eyesight, Thami had to explain several times before we both got a glimpse of those beauties. This happened throughout the entire duration of our game drive as he spotted most of the animals before anyone else.

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Finally the game drive was underway. Our ranger Freddy started our game drive with a visit to the Animal Rehabilitation Center (ARC), as the game reserve highly accentuates wildlife conservation in order to re-introduce the wildlife such as Cheetahs, Crocodiles, Leopards and Lions within the Cape Region. It was sad to see this wildlife in confined areas and not in their natural environment, but I do understand the cheetahs are a captive bred and are thus controlled to ensure the worldwide cheetah survival initiative. As for the Lions, they have been saved from a heart-rending destiny whereby these animals were placed within small areas and hunters would be granted permission to shoot them.

As the game drive continued to the main reserve Freddy stopped the vehicle, he would then pick up animal manure and ask us all which animal within the reserve did we presume it could belong to and of course there would be one or two individuals who would get it right. I thought it was a great way to obtain knowledge about the wildlife on the game reserve and made us use the knowledge we had about the wildlife. Freddy had a great sense of humour as he would occasionally engage in jokes and it helped us all loosen up and feel more at ease during this experience. We then continued our drive along the waterhole where we came across Hippos, my colleagues and I named them the “lazy ones” as they laid in the same position we had left them. There was a moment that were Freddy stopped our game vehicle in the middle of nowhere as our refreshment stop, we hopped off the vehicle looking up to the beautiful African blue skies, mountain views, the wildlife within a distance and of course some sparkling wine! This was truly an incredible moment… “time stood still” for a little while here.

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Before game drive Freddy stated that there was a possibility we might not see the Big Five or the other wildlife on the game reserve, however we were fortunate enough to see the Big Five (Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant, Leopard & Lion) as well as the other wildlife on the game reserve (Elands, Giraffes, Hippos, Ostriches, Springboks & Mountain Zebras) .

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After our game drive we indulged in a delightful lunch and yes…it was just as marvelous as breakfast! With such a fantastic day behind us a little snooze on a way back home to Cape Town was essential.

Welcome to Africa!!!

Flying Around

Apparently I enjoy being in the sky…this started with my first visit to my grandparents in Cape Town (lived in George) with South African Airways. It was a short effective flight and one amazing experience for a 14 year old boy. My next flight was when I was a manager at a guest house in Port Elizabeth with two Canadian clients – this was in a helicopter ride over the coast.

After that I took a few more domestic flights, mainly to visit family in the “many” holidays I got in those days.

With PG Tops I managed to do 5 flights…

My 1st flight was from Johannesburg to Cape Town after our excursion to Kruger National Park and watching the Boks play at Ellis Park and Bafana Bafana in Mbombela

The 2nd trip was a helicopter flight with my colleagues in Cape Town with Cape Town Helicopters. Here I got my first “bird’s eye view” of Cape Town which was great!

My next 3 big trips happened within a period of 3 months… 3rd was a trip to Turkey – AMAZIG! 4th was a hot air balloon flight in Göreme (Turkey) with Mohamed as my pilot – early start, light wind which is good.

5th and most recent was my paragliding experience with Cape Town Tandem Paragliding and oh my! Again? YES PLEASE! I was in the capable hands of my pilot, Mias, he has been a pilot for the last 12 years and well, if you look at the pictures and videos you can see his tough working conditions…thought we had it tough.

This activity came as a bit of a surprise – a very pleasant one if I may add. This experience was totally amazing and something that I would recommend to everybody! You get to really experience Cape Town from a different angle with only the wind in your ears – no engine sounds – nothing…well, except your shrills of pleasure and the instructions of the pilot (I got to steer a little).

If you are in Cape Town and not 100% sure what to do…call us, we will sort you out. If you want, we can book you with Cape Town Tandem Paragliding and with the help of Manu and his team give you a few minutes in the sky whilst you contemplate what else you would like to do during your visit to Cape Town.

 

Till next time! RH

PG TOPS Jan 2014

PG TOPS – Roll on 2014


We’re already raced halfway down January 2014. The only reason I’m aware of how fast time is flying by is by the size of my dog, who is statistically oustripping PG TOPS’s growth, and that is no mean feat.
PG TOPS TRAVEL AND TOURS is in its sixth year of operation, and so I would like to focus on the number six for this newsletter:

SIX IN NUMEROLOGY
SIX PG TEAM MEMBERS
SIX STAR WARS MOVIES
SIX SIGMA
THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN
THE BIG SIX

 

SIX IN NUMEROLOGY:

Six is the most harmonious of the single digit numbers. It is the motherhood number, and the glue that keeps a community together.  It’s all about sacrificing, caring, healing, protecting and teaching others.
Five (by this logic last year’s number) is the dynamic, energetic number. And Seven is the deep soul- the introspective, spiritual number.

So in PG TOPS context, last year we energetically built the business and sat on our Blackberrys 24/7, this year we’re going to nurture and care for it, sacrifice a lot for it and do a lot of teaching by educational, book and app, and next year we’re just going to sit around and think about stuff. Not really email clients back, you know. Just think about it. Deeply.

SIX STAR WARS MOVIES (CURRENTLY, BUT LUCAS HAS SOLD THE RIGHTS TO DISNEY, SO EXPECT MORE IN THE NEW FUTURE)

If PG TOPS was a box office conquering scifi franchise, that would make sense too. Think about it. And let’s do it in terms of chronology, not the actual sequence in which the movies were made…
EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE – PG starts the business. He is menaced by the really obvious lack of clients. He is saved by the Force – in the form of a the British and Irish Lions. KUUUDDDUUU. Bad movie, disappoints on most levels but some promise shown.
EPISODE 2: ATTACK OF THE CLONES – We are invaded by Hundreds of Thousands of Football Fans for the World Cup. PG Speaks a lot of Spanish. Doesn’t help us to defeat the Mexicans. South Africa is the big winner though, and the world takes notice. Better movie. Not good yet though.
EPISODE 3: REVENGE OF THE SITH – the best movie of the prequels. The best year for PG TOPS so far, as things start to get busy.  Yolanda Bekker starts. The Force is strong in this one.
EPISODE 4: A NEW HOPE –a classic movie. A classic year. Roelf Hamman joins the team, much like a young Luke Skywalker. He eventually tells PG to stop asking him to “feel the force”.  The fans look back at this episode as the foundation for the franchise, and the legend.
EPISODE 5: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK – widely believed to be the best of the series. The number don’t lie, and the stellar cast of Luke (Roelf), Leia (Yolanda), Han (PG) is joined by Simba (Chewbacca),  Bianca (C-3PO) and Rudi (Artoo Detoo).
EPISODE 6: RETURN OF THE JEDI – the first one I ever saw, and probably my favourite. This chapter will tie up all the storylines. Darth Vader dies (there is a major political shift as South Africans vote) but not really, the force is too strong in him as he redeems himself in the end (introduces a youth wage subsidy) and returns stronger than ever. In the end there is a helluva interstellar party with a lot of dancing teddy bears (this might be JZ).

 

 
THE BIG SIX
Take your pick. This could refer to:
Robben Island, Table Mountain, Cape Point, Boulders Beach, Kirstenbosch Gardens, The V&A Waterfront
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The CBD, The Townships, The Peninsula, the Winelands, Shark Cage Diving, Safari
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Bungy jumping, hiking in the forest, kayaking in the wilderness, Paragliding in Sedgefield, skydiving in Plett, ziplining in the trees
OR
Lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalo, leopards and squirrels
OR
Sabi Sabi, Singita, Lion Sands, Londolozi, Kruger Park, BotlierskopThat last one was a shameless plug for new business Luxury Safaris South Africa.We’ll be launching it with all the bells and whistles within the next SIX months… watch this space.Take care of yourselves, and each other!

PG
www.pgtops.com

 


SIX PG TEAM MEMBERS

Less esoterically, I now have six troops on the payroll. Yolanda  remains the Queen Bee and Operations Manager, Roelf our stalwart allrounder, Bianca our very pregnant control tower, and Rudi our happy go lucky tour guide. They are joined this month by Caren Schoeman who will be the reservations manager for new business unit www.luxurysafaris.co.za, and Sofie Otto who will take care of things for Bianca while she takes care of the motherhood business. Welcome to the newbies, they walked into absolute chaos as PG TOPS has been absolutely swamped with enquiries both large and small. Roll on the good times.


SIX SIGMA (SOUNDS LIKE SIMBA)

Six Sigma was Jack Welch (of General Electric Fame)’s pet project that drove that business to the top of the food chain. The nerds describe it thus:  Six Sigma at many organizations simply means a measure of quality that strives for near perfection. Six Sigma is a disciplined, data-driven approach and methodology for eliminating defects (driving toward six standard deviations between the mean and the nearest specification limit) in any process – from manufacturing to transactional and from product to service.
This kinda works for me. At PG TOPS we strive for perfection, and we’ve built systems that enable my amazing team to be the best at what they do. We’re not perfect, and we make mistakes, especially with the strong growth we’ve had… but I do believe the Quest for Zero Defect is valid and sustainable.
Having said that, we made a few mistakes over the incredibly busy summer weeks. The business doubled in turnover, we dealt with a whole bunch of products and variables that were new to us – but I hope we learned our lessons, and we’ll walk away stronger for it. Thanks to our loyal support base and fantastic subcontractors for bearing with us…

 
SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN
Or as we called Steve Austin when I was a kid: Die Man van Staal.
“We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic manSteve Austin will be that manBetter than he was beforeBetterstrongerfaster.”
That’s the guide team at PG TOPS. Better. Stronger. Faster.
And if you don’t believe me, check out the more than 117 reviews on Tripadvisor. They love us. Well except for that one angry lady.

The Famous Garden Route and R62

Once in a while you want to get away from the daily hustle and bustle and then I think about all the fun we had by ourselves and with clients on the Garden Route.

There is something magical about the Garden Route; it is the home away from home and the nature lovers retreat with various wonderful activities to see and to do! We all have our favourites and preferences.

Depart Cape Town and drive via Route 62, if you are not the driver, stop off at Arabella Wine Estate for a wine tasting and be sure to buy some! After the tasting head towards Barrydale, here you stop off at the Country Pumpkin and enjoy a “lekker” lunch before continuing your journey.

Ronnie’s Sex Shop is a stop that one MUST do – even if it is just to use the loo – the idea here would be to have a brandy and coke, seeing that this is the drink that made Ronnie’s famous!

From Ronnie’s you follow the road towards Oudtshoorn; if you love Port have a stopover in Calitzdorp where this town boasts with some award winning ports. If you find yourself here between 14 and 15 June 2014, join in the festivities of the Port and Wine festival…no surprise that R62 is known as the world’s longest wine route.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your final destination will be in Oudtshoorn for the day. It is a bit of a drive and fully packed. There are quite a few places to stay but De Denne Country Guest Lodge, once again, one of my favourites!

The next day you can have a leisurely lie in, enjoy some breakfast and then go exploring! Oudtshoorn has a few good attractions. There are the Cango Caves, The Highgate Ostrich Farm, Cango Wildlife Ranch and various museums, art galleries and restaurants.

From here you get onto the N12 and go down the picturesque Outeniqua Pass. Be sure to stop off at the four passes view point and, well, enjoy the view! Knysna I would put next on my list as it is not that far. There is however another option, if you like a younger “backpacker” vibe then definitely check out Afro Vibe on Myoli Beach in Sedgefield! They can organise various tours and activities for you and the vibe is just great! The rooms are clean, linen is provided and the owner, Lyle, is one amazing guy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Knysna there are also a few “not to miss” activities. One is a walk/view of the Knysna Heads. A trip that I enjoy here is the Knysna Featherbed Experience. Here you get to go on a boat, do a fun 4×4/trailer drive, have some excellent views, have a nice walk in local flora and see some various fauna – if you are lucky you can see the little Blue Duiker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plettenberg Bay is also a quaint little town that gets crazy busy during the December months. There are some great activities out here as well; Birds of Eden, Monkeyland and the Elephant Sanctuary are some great spots. Within an hour drive from Plettenberg Bay you can visit the World’s Highest Bungee Bridge, have an awesome hike within the Tsitsikamma National Park and see the suspension bridges and then a stop at Stormsriver Adventures – locally run and supports the community – will also be able to keep you busy for some time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, depending on your time and how you feel, I usually turn around here and start heading back to Cape Town, having another night at Afrovibe and the next day drive towards Mossel Bay via the N2.

In Mossel Bay I enjoy to visit the Diaz Museum Complex and The Point to do the hike to the Cape St Blaze Lighthouse and then, the most important, have an ice cream from the ice cream hut there – respect my culture!!!

Spending a night in Mossel Bay is optional; from here I like to continue the road towards Cape Town and then taking a detour to Cape L’Agulhas, the most Southern Point on the African continent. Here I enjoy the views from the lighthouse and naturally visit the little beacon showing you where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet geographically – more about that when you visit Cape Point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a tranquil evening and a dinner at the The Michael Collins Irish Pub – my favourite – you take the easy drive back towards Cape Town via the towns of Hermanus, Betty’s Bay – the Botanical Garden and the Penguins are quite a sight – Strand and Somerset West. If possible, make use of Clarence Drive. If you are an adrenalin junkie, don’t miss Kleinbaai! Here we have the Shark Cage Diving which is an adrenalin thrill!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then ease your way into Cape Town, sleep at one of the many hotels in the area and welcome to my slice of paradise and most importantly, welcome to my life!

Now, if you do not feel like going through all the hassle of driving and booking accommodation then just contact us and we will sort you out!

Hope you enjoyed reading the article as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Till later RH

South Africa: More than the big five

Speech 16 October: New York Travel Adventure Expo, Pieter Geldenhuys

I’m a lucky man. I get to live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, inhabited by a Rainbow Nation of different cultures and creeds. Today, with you, my business is to showcase the reasons why South Africa is one of the most amazing places in the world.

My name is Pieter Geldenhuys. I am an Afrikaner, and I am proudly African and South African.

People generally perceive Africa as a wild, untamed savannah where herds of antelope run free and lions are still the king of the jungle. This holds true in parts of southern Africa, and particularly in the majestic Kruger National Park, but South Africa is so much more than the Big 5.

What is the Big 5? Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo… but in fact, we are the only country in the world to boast the BIG 6. Whos is no 6? The Southern Right Whale, which annually visits our southern shores for calving. But South Africa is about more than the Big 5, or even the Big 6!

Allow me to share what is South Africa:

South Africa is Cape Town, arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the home of iconic Table Mountain.

South Africa is the Cape Winelands, from where fourth generation winemakers are exporting noble cultivars to the four corners of the world.

South Africa is th e Wild Coast of KwaZulu Natal, with its tropical vegetation, rugged coastlines and rich heritage.

South Africa is the picturesque Garden Route, where iconic surfing destinations and secluded forest biking trails are only topped by the world’s highest bungy jumping bridge.

South Africa is its abundant national parks, ranging from savannah lands to desert to indigenous forest.

South Africa is the small village of Mvozu, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela, where ancient African traditions are alive and well. South Africa is the city of gold Johannesburg, Africa’s economic powerhouse.

South Africa is the hospitality of its people, who will make you feel welcome in 11 different languages, or in their home no matter how fancy or modest it may be.

South Africa is Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nelson Mandela, first president of democratic South Africa and a global icon.

South Africa is groundbreaking surgeon Professor Christiaan Barnard, the first person to successfully transplant the human heart.

South Africa is democracy and vibrant debate. It is growth and expansion. It is poverty and wealth. It is tropical rainforest and desert flatlands. It is a majestic mountain peak, it is a rare flower. It is a lion, leading Africa forward into the brightest of futures.

Powerful rhetoric apart, let’s be honest. South Africa has its challenges, and we are dealing with them as best we can. But our greatest asset is in our people, whose unrestrained enthusiasm and sincere hospitality contributed so visibly to the unqualified success of the 2010 Football World Cup.

If the United States is a melting pot, South Africa is a kaleidoscope. We like to think of ourselves as the rainbow nation, where all colours, religions and cultures can co-exist harmoniously.

Can I share with you some facts and figures? We hosted more than 400,000 visitors during this year’s Football World Cup, and they had a great time. Slick infrastructure, friendly locals and an absence of crime-related incidents has led to a massive shift in the world’s perception of South Africa.

Yes you can go on safari and see Lions, Leopards and Elephants! Yes you can go be pampered at one of a number of luxury safari camps, go on game drives and sip sunset champagne in the bush. But for the budget or youth traveller, there are affordable options to also experience a bush safari for under $100 a day.

At the southern tip of Africa, lies iconic Cape Town. According to Conde Nast magazine, it has some of the finest hotels and restaurants in the world. But for the adventure and youth traveller, it is also a paradise. Its rock star budget activities are visiting the myriad of pristine beaches, hiking the many mountain trails or simply exploring the beautiful city centre.

But Cape Town also has a history steeped in cultural diversity. Architectural gems dating back to colonial times are juxtaposed by the reality of the economic divide as evidenced in the shanty towns. Visitors have the opportunity to get involved through several safe and professional voluntourism projects, working to uplift these communities. Or they can immerse themselves in everyday shantytown life through a locally arranged day trip.

Beyond Cape Town, there is a variety of activities on offer. Some examples are: Touring over 300 wine farms in the Cape Winelands by bicycle, minivan or self drive. The exquisite landscape and historic towns will never fail to enchant. Or go swimming with Great White Sharks, take a surfing or kite-surfing lesson, fly down a forested slope on a mountain bike or go deep sea fishing round the Cape of Good Hope and see some whales close up while you’re at it!

Our experience as the South African Youth Travel Industry has taught us that our visitors, particularly from the US, do not just want to do the traditional tourist meccas like Cape Town and the Kruger National Park. They want to immerse themselves in our rich culture, traditions and even problems. They will balance their contribution with the following popular itineraries:

Option A: The Garden Route is the stretch of coast in the Southern Cape between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. On this 500 mile route, one can ride an ostrich, visit ancient caves, go canopy ziplining through rainforest, hike rugged coastline, visit secluded beaches, visit with monkeys, go see the whales calving, visit the world’s largest bird sanctuary, swim with sharks or learn how to surf in legendary Jeffreysbay. Not to mention the world’s highest bungy jumping bridge at over 650 feet!

Option B: Overlanding: This safe and adventurous way to explore Africa runs out of Cape Town or Johannesburg to our northern neighbours, namely: Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and beyond. The Skeleton Coast and the Namib Desert! The Okavango Delta! Victoria Falls! Lake Malawi! Mount Kilimanjaro! The Serengeti! Depending on time and need, it all starts in South Africa…

Option C: Visiting our wildlife parks. The most popular parks are driving distance from Johannesburg, including the Kruger Park, the Pilanesberg or a number of private game reserves. Big 5 viewing opportunities abound, and one could take a safari in a truck, a hot air balloon or even on the back of an elephant! And while you’re in the area, why not swing by nearby Mozambique, or visit the kingdom of Swaziland…

And I haven’t even touched on our untamed Wild Coast between Durban and Port Elizabeth, voted by youth travellers as one of the most chilled out areas in the world. South Africa’s lush coastal regions frame the arid landscapes that comprise our interior. These desert highlands, so obviously inhospitable and worthless, ironically turned out to yield the world’s richest diamond and gold fields. Recently the route from metropolitan Johannesburg to Cape Town has been voted by Newsweek as the world’s best road trip.

700 million years ago, the rest of the world split off from mother Africa. Our journey since then has been an interesting one. Through time and tribulation, joy and sorrow, South Africans have weathered the storm, and the joy and resilience of our Rainbow Nation has been an inspiration to many. Our people, our places, our national treasures stand ready to welcome the world. Come visit us, and be part of an amazing journey in a country where history is made every day.

South Africa. Live it. Love it. Thank you.

— Pieter Geldenhuys
PG TOPS Travel and Tours

Welcome to my life….

Cheese Festival!

The annual Agri Cheese Festival is coming up again in April and we will be providing daily transport from Cape Town CBD and Durbanville (Toys R Us) to the festival at R200.00 per person return.

We will depart for cheese festivities at 09:00am from Heritage Square in the city and 09:30am from Toys R Us in Durbanville we will return from the Cheese festival the afternoon at 16:30pm.

To book call Pieter on +27 (0)83 288 4944 or email info@pgtops.com

We also have private transfers available, for rates please contact us.

For more information on the festival click here or Contact us!

 

 

South African Coat of Arms

We all see the Coat of Arms everywhere, on our money, identification documents and well, just about all over…but do you know what it means?

It illustrates the extraordinary creativity of our people through the ages. It inspires our united and diverse nation to shine as bright as the sun!

The words in the Coat of Arms is that of the San people and calls for the nation to unite in a common sense of belonging and national pride!   !KE E:/XARRA //KE

Campbell, D. 2011, Awesome South Africa, Awesome SA Publishers.