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KHARTOUM – WHERE THE WHITE AND BLUE NILE MEET

As I am sitting behind my computer writing this I am missing Sudan.   Yes, Sudan! Hubby was stationed there for about three years and I was fortunate enough to visit Khartoum four times.  As you approach from a southerly direction you get a glimpse of the White Nile embracing the sprawling city when peeking through the aeroplane’s window.  The below video that I found on Youtube of a Qatar flight approaching the airport is exactly what I saw on my first visit! Stepping off the aeroplane at Khartoum International Airport the desert heat bounces from the tarmac and hits you in the face no matter what time of day or night you arrive.  Immediately I realized that Africa is throwing a totally new experience at me.  Driving from the airport back “home” introduced an unknown world to me – tuck-tucks and taxis negotiating melting tar surfaces, interesting vehicles  and cool… Read more >

COMPETITION TIME – WIN A SCORPION TORCH

We are giving away a African Snakebite Institute Scorpion Torch on Facebook! We made it easy as it is end of the year and we feel like celebrating the holidays with all you travelers! Follow these 3 easy steps to stand a chance to win: 1) Like our TRAVELBUCKET Facebook Page 2) Share our competition post on Facebook 3) Tag a friend that you will go scorpion hunting with in the comments section! This is a SUPER cool gadget to add to your collection and will keep the kids and the adults (kid within you) alike busy for hours! The following clip shows you what difference this torch can make: COME ON, YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT!! Competition closes 31 December 2017. Draw will take place in the first week of January 2018.  Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the announcement of the winner!

TAKE THE QUIZ

  So, you think your general knowledge is good.  Come let’s play a game and see what your score is on South Africa – no cheating or Googling!  Shoot from the head/hip. (Answers at the bottom of the page)   # Question 1: We as the Rainbow Nation has a rich culture and history.  A country at the bottom tip of the African continent, but do you know how many languages we speak? Hope you are off to a good start and got this one right … # Questions 2: America has Route 66, but we have our own Route 62 stretching from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.  Why is our Route 62 famous? # Question 3: My quiz journey now takes you to KwaZulu Natal where the famous Comrades marathon takes place between Pietermartizburg and Durban and thousands of runners participate each year.  Do you know why the first… Read more >

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 >

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