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FREE HOLIDAY FUN IN THE FRIENDLY CITY

          Seeing that the schools are closing today for a six weeks summer holiday break, I am putting up some holiday fun activities to do in and around Port Elizabeth. RISE AND SHINE! Get up nice and early.  Go for a stroll along Shark Rock Pier to watch sunrise over the Indian Ocean.  What a better way to start your day? BE A VOLUNTEER Sancobb (but you will probably still remember it as Samrec) is always looking for volunteers of any age to help with daily tasks caring for the penguins at the centre as well as to help protect our precious marine life. A GIANT FLAG Did you know that Port Elizabeth is home to the largest flag in South Africa?  Take a walk around The Donkin  and watch the giant flag of 12 meters by 8 meters, sitting on a 65 metre high pole,… Read more >

TSITSIKAMMA GARDENS RESTAURANT

A quaint little restaurant situated conveniently along the N2 highway in close proximity to Storms River, Tsitsikamma Gardens Restaurant is a welcoming stop exactly halfway between Port Elizabeth and George.  Here you will find anything from home cooked South African meals such as Bobotie to lighter lunches such as quiche and toasted sandwiches. This gem can easily be passed by and before you know it, you end up missing the most delicious venison pie and you will have to settle for a garage pie at Storms River petrol station.  At Tsitsikamma Gardens Restaurant, you can park your car in the shade and take a stroll through the beautiful garden or relax on the ‘stoep’ while sipping on the homemade Ice Tea. Or maybe you were adventurous and tired yourself out on one of the many activities the area has to offer.  The refreshing garden salad, all locally harvested from the… Read more >

TSITSIKAMMA ADVENTURE LAND

GUEST BLOGGER:  Inge Situated along the N2 highway halfway between Port Elizabeth and George in the beautiful Tsitsikamma area in South Africa, lies a place that offers you a chance to discover your inner child again.  You can find Tsitsikamma Adventure Land next to Tsitsikamma Gardens, 9km from the Storms River petrol station towards Port Elizabeth. Upon arrival you are greeted with friendly faces and the wooden office already gives you a sense of what lies ahead.  As you walk into the office to do your paperwork, it feels like you are walking into a forest hut nestled in the Tsitsikamma Forest.  A 5min admin break is necessary before you are assigned and introduced to your guide who will lead you to your transport for the day. Do not fear if you are not an experienced quad bike rider and do not think that if you are a motorbike rider… Read more >

BUNNY CHOWS FROM DURBAN

Bunny Chow is actually not a name that I will normally associate with a food dish, but in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, with its large Indian community, it is a very popular dish.  It is things like this that makes us the Rainbow Nation and I am loving it. This interesting dish was first served for the plantation workers and the hollowed out half a loaf of white bread was an easy portable container.  It originated as a vegetarian dish, but over time meat was added – I am sure this is because South Africans just love their meat!  Like many recipes, such as melktert, every cook has his/her own take on the curry recipe filling the bread bowl. The half loaf of white bread acts as the bowl for the curry and gravy filling.  Traditionally you will also get a scoop of carrot salad on the side, which is welcome… Read more >

CHASING CHEESECAKE

          There are many recipes for cheesecake, and everyone claims that they have the best recipe under the sun, but I must say this IS one of the best recipes that I have eaten in a very, very long time. And as you can expect the Country Café also has its own secret cheesecake recipe, made by a local lad from Hoekwil. Locals and visitors come here on a Sunday morning to meet friends and have coffee and some of the famous cheesecake and while enjoying your treat the owner will come around to chit-chat, proudly inform you how many slices they have sold thus far. The café owner meticulously keeps track of each cheesecake slice that is sold in the shop as he earnestly tries to improve on his previous year’s total.  So, guys and girls, grandma and grandpa, go, go, go, to the Hoekwil… Read more >

“YOU ARE MY LIGHTHOUSE”

          This iconic lighthouse which sits upon a rocky feature in Mossel Bay was first lit on 15th of March, 1864, about 100 years before I was even a twinkle in my parents’ eyes – by no means a modern observation post! So, why named Cape St Blaize?   It is so-named because Bartolomeu Dias, the Portuguese explorer, and his crew first landed in Mossel Bay on St. Blaizes Day (3 February) in 1488.  Originally the lamp was visible as a single red light for 15 nautical miles but after several upgrades and electrification on the 6th of April 1931, today it can be seen at 22 nautical miles.  Then in 1914 the lighthouse received its first foghorn and  later a radio beacon with the call sign ZRF was added. This manned lighthouse with a tower height of 14.9 metres is open to the public and is… Read more >

BRAAI – A WAY OF LIFE!

          We have just celebrated Nasionale Braai Dag (National Braai Day) or, as it is officially declared as part of the public holiday system in South Africa, Heritage Day.  This is a yearly celebration on the 24th of September.  I think you can imagine what we as a nation do on this day – we braai!  Although we have 11 official languages in our country the word braai is understood across the board. Now there are no ”official” rules for having a braai.  The people of the Rainbow Nation each has his/her own preference on the when, how and what to braai.  Some of us like to have a basic fire place where you can sit as close as possible to the fire when it is cold – and do not mind smelling like smoke – and some of us like to do a classy braai… Read more >

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