The Donkin Reserve is truly one of the most iconic sites and sights in Port Elizabeth and has been named one of Nelson Mandela Bay’s Top 10 tourism icons. The pyramid (I bet you never knew that we have our own little one here in South Africa) was built as a monument to Lady Elizabeth Donkin, after whom the Friendly City was named, by her husband Sir Rufane Donkin, who was sent to Port Elizabeth to oversee the landing of the 1820 Settlers. The lighthouse was originally built in 1861 and the first lighthouse keeper was Charles Hammond. The cottage next to the lighthouse was erected for Hammond’s family in 1865. Hammond must have enjoyed a lush green scenery from the top of the lighthouse. However, today the view of the city is quite different. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1973 as there were too many city lights interfering… Read more >
One of the things that you will always find in any of our vehicles, is a travel mug. We have learned over the years to carry them with us wherever we go. We have tried and tested so many different shapes and sizes, makes and models, but we finally found the one! And we simply had to share it with you. Being environmentally conscious, we are constantly aware of the products used in the production of the travel mug and even though the now very popular bamboo cups are better than the styrofoam cups, they too have some bad elements that keep them together such as formaldehyde and melamine, which ends up in your hot drink after a couple of uses. Therefore, we decided to make use of a silicone cup. We believe in it so much, that we decided to stock it in our online store. The silicone cup… Read more >
by Inge Triegaardt Global warming is a real thing, it’s happening! Right now! This was my realization when I recently came across FifFis. I’ve always known about global warming (I mean we have learned all about it when we were at school) and I know that we should all strive to reduce our carbon footprint to not contribute to global warming. Recently everyone was bombarded with the “NO plastic is fantastic” campaigns and everywhere you turn you see people using alternatives to the single-use plastic items. This is all good. We are still working on changing our lifestyle to a greener more environmentally friendly lifestyle (we hope you are trying too), but it is difficult at times. You need to buy new/different and sometimes more expensive products and in today’s economic situation in South Africa, it’s not always possible. Great was my excitement when I was introduced to FifFis! It… Read more >
One can easily get entrapped in all the available stuff so my advice will be take time to think things over and make a proper list of what your habits are and what you like and dislike in the department of convenience.
Turn tables are interesting objects which not a lot of people know about or what its function is, unless you have a special interest in trains. I grew up around trains, but never knew that the picturesque town of Knysna had a turn table tugged away in its bowels. This is just another hidden gem of the Garden Route. So, what is a turn table all about? Or before we go there, why am I writing about a turn table of all things under the sun? Because I think it is worthwhile to write about it as it is not something often seen in South Africa. I discovered this one by accident in the beautiful town of Knysna, next to the waterfront at an almost forgotten spot next to a parking lot. On your next visit in Knysna head over to this GPS location to see it: S 34° 02.393… Read more >
Sometimes I wonder if it is only me that spend a lot of time on the internet researching some new destination or is there some other travelers that also get caught up in this. I hope that there is somebody out there that have the same symptoms and it is not only me ….. So, what are the symptoms of a sure travel addict? I do not know, please help me with this one. After pondering a while on this question I came up with the following as sure signs that you are a travel addict: Maps and the globe are part of your life. If you hear about a place and you are not sure where it is, you go and find out to satisfy your curiosity. Google Earth is fascinating, and you easily get lost in that space. You probably know how Tracks4Africa work as you use… Read more >
by Inge Triegaardt #cocoalife #smallthingsmatter What are you doing right now? Eating a chocolate while catching up on your reading? Thinking about how good a block of rich and creamy milky chocolate will be right now? If not, you are guaranteed to atleast go and buy a chocolate by the time you have finished reading this article. If you are like us, who still has all our sweet teeth, a slab of chocolate does not last long. The only time you actually look at the outside of the packaging is the time you buy the chocolate and the reason is only to decide which type you want. What about when you are eating it. You don’t think about what you are actually eating. It is pure indulgence while concentrating on something else. Have you ever thought where your block of chocolate started? Where did the process of turning a cocoa… Read more >