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Thursday, 27 August 2009
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Fly Away Weekend to Zebula Golf Estate

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Fly Away Weekend to Zebula Golf Estate and Spa – (By Debbie from Johannesburg):

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did – so explore, dream, discover – and this is exactly what NAC Training does at least once a year by arranging heart-soaring helicopter excursions for all their past and present students, friends, families and colleagues … Continued

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Wednesday, 26 August 2009
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Upcoming Adventurers’ Events

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Adventure Events

Adventure Events

We’re celebrating Adventures in South Africa this coming month and in keeping with the theme, have listed some notable events that adrenalin-seekers, sportsmen and adventurers may be interested in.

Remember, you don’t need to compete to join in on the fun – spectators most welcome! Come and cheer them across the finish line and maybe get inspired to compete next year … Continued

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Wednesday, 26 August 2009
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Specials in September 2009

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Bushwillow, Hluhluwe

Bushwillow, Hluhluwe

Every month we bring you a few budget savers that prove it’s more affordable than ever to treat yourself to a well deserved break. This month is no exception.

As we’re celebrating Adventures in South Africa in September, we thought we’d bring you special offers from hotels, lodges and other accommodation establishments which also offer adventure activities on site. Think fishing, game activities, kloofing, hiking and lots more … Continued

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Wednesday, 26 August 2009
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Cape Town Kitesurfing Photographs

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Todays photographs are of kitesurfers in Bloubergstrand, Cape Town. Cape Town is considered on of the best kitesurfing destinations in the world and profesional kitesurfers from around the world converge on Cape Town annually from October to March to train … Continued

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Tuesday, 25 August 2009
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High Altitude, High Energy Fun

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Exploring the “Wild Side of the Drakensberg” by foot, pedal, hoof and paddle – Are you looking for adventure, exhilaration and variety from your next holiday? Wild Mountain Adventures based in the stunning Eastern Cape Highlands has the perfect answer. Their ‘High 5’ adventure trail offers you the chance to explore “The Wild Side of the Drakensberg” using a different mode of transport each day: hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and river rafting …

This is your chance to get away from it all in a pristine mountain environment. No work, no cellphones, no traffic. Just clean air, great food and the chance to have an adventure you will never forget … Continued

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Tuesday, 25 August 2009
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Western Cape Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in Western Cape

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Cape Town and the Western Cape make it to the top of most lists when visiting South Africa, and the province is one of the most beautiful in which to seek adrenaline related thrills.

Shark Cage Diving

Shark Cage Diving

Table Mountain, the lap of Cape Town, and the city’s most famous landmark, seems to set the scene as part of an effortlessly glorious landscape teeming with wild seas, mountains, effortless valleys that boast some of the most incredible wines, the arid spaces that make up the Little Karoo, the beauty of the Overberg, the litany of nature reserves and green spaces, and the wild West Coast that all combine to make this an adventurer’s ultimate destination.

And if you want to do extreme Cape, there is enough on your menu to ensure a rather long stay. Whether you are here simply to hike Cape Town or seek even greater thrills, the Mother City and the Western Cape are where it’s happening … Continued

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Tuesday, 25 August 2009
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Mpumalanga Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in Mpumalanga

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Mpumalanga is often referred to as the ‘adventure capital’ of South Africa, and it is not hard to imagine that this paradise of lowveld, spectacular mountains, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests, set on the eastern borders of the country and including a portion of the Kruger National Park, serves as one of the Big 5 experiences of the world and a riveting outdoor activity experience … Continued

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Tuesday, 25 August 2009
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Limpopo Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in Limpopo

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Think Limpopo and it brings to mind images of Africa’s true nature – that part of the country that is practically out of reach of civilisation, and largely unchanged by man and his needs. Limpopo is the land of baobabs, seething hot days, the mountains of the Waterberg, the Soutpansberg, and bushveld plains peppered with thorn trees. It is where one comes to view game in its rightful place, where animals can once again reign supreme. This is the great north.

Large areas of conservation differentiate the Limpopo from most other provinces, where adrenalin seekers find a realm of untouched nature that offers endless opportunities in the wild. If it’s untamed bushveld and wilderness you are after, then the home of the mystical and fabled rain queen, Modjadji, and the treasures of a rich cultural heritage are where you will find them … Continued

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Monday, 24 August 2009
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North West Province Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in the North West

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Elephant Back Safaris

Elephant Back Safaris

The North West Province is the playground of Gauteng, an outdoor adventure waiting to happen. So close to Gauteng it is virtually on its doorstep, it is regarded as outdoors country with a climate to match, and often described in terms of its flatness, smattering of trees and grasslands – it’s the natural habitat of the black and white rhino.

But the stars of the province are undoubtedly the Magaliesberg region and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, which boasts lion, leopard, black and white rhino, elephant and buffalo. And there are also dams, rivers, cliff faces and plenty of sunshine just awaiting discovery.

Hartbeespoort Dam alone is one of the major reasons Gautengers leave their province every weekend to while away time on its shores in a myriad of water sports, or head off for the weekend to the Madikwe Game Reserve for a taste of the Limpopo closer to home, without the fear of malaria. Continued

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Monday, 24 August 2009
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Northern Cape Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in the Northern Cape

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White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting

The gorgeous Northern Cape frequently gets a raw deal. Often ignored or overlooked for the more obviously exciting alternatives of the Eastern and Western Cape or the Limpopo, it doesn’t deserve its Cinderella complex, despite its apparent desert or semi-desert state.

If anything, these beautiful arid plains interspersed with haphazard rocky outcrops, brilliant blue skies, unique fauna and flora and the icy Atlantic that washes its western boundary give it a unique beauty all its own. And when it comes to beauty nothing beats the floral carpets that cover these scrub-covered plains come spring, or the star-filled skies during evenings.

What makes this province particularly attractive to adrenaline junkies is its largely open and unpopulated spaces. Rugged trails, dusty back roads, enchanting caves, diamond fields and the Northern Cape’s oasis – the Green Kalahari – offers endless outdoor adventure possibilities … Continued

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Saturday, 22 August 2009
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Free State Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in the Free State

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River Rafting

River Rafting

Don’t let the fact that the Free State is completely landlocked, and described with  regularity as ‘flat’, deter you from seeking adventure in this hidden treasure.

The Northern Free State, possibly because of its proximity to Gauteng, is fast earning itself a reputation for perfect weekend getaways that include the Vaal River, Vaal dam and numerous game farms that together with the Vredefort Dome, pretty undulating hills, and the ‘golden country’ of the Central Free State – dotted with fields of corn and sunflowers and plenty of modern little towns – and not forgetting ‘Bloemies’, as Bloemfontein is fondly known, combine for perfect, sun-filled adventure opportunities … Continued

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Friday, 21 August 2009
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KwaZulu Natal Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in KwaZulu-Natal

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KwaZulu Adventures

KwaZulu Adventures

KwaZulu-Natal – the part of South Africa endowed with a permanently temperate climate, the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Mountains, the Isimangaliso Wetland Park (Greater St Lucia Wetland Park), the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Park, the Elephant and Hibiscus Coasts, the Dlinza Forest and the Battlefields of the interior. There is enough adventure opportunity here for months of entertainment, never mind days.

This is the land of endless summer. The coastal heart of Ethekwini-Durban and the beaches of the north and south coasts offer endless playground material – extreme water sports, sea and wildlife adventures are two to a dime all the way to the most southern resort town of Port Edward and the far reaches of Kosi Bay and Lake Sibaya. KwaZulu-Natal is where the giant sardine shoal run occurs, and where man follows suite in rigorous events like the Comrades Marathon, the Amashovashova road race and the Dusi Canoe Marathon.

Whether its boating, turtle spotting, canoeing, snorkelling, scub diving, hiking, quad biking, whale watching, rock climbing or mountain biking you’re after, KwaZulu-Natal has something for everyone seeking a thrill … Continued

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Friday, 21 August 2009
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Gauteng Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in Gauteng

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Gauteng Adventure

Gauteng Adventure

Addicted to adrenaline and you find yourself in the place of gold? Then you haven’t far to look for activities that will keep you out of doors under a wide sky and push you to the limit. The gateway to Africa, Gauteng might be the smallest province, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in dazzle and action, particularly when you consider that the young Johannesburg is the powerhouse of Africa.

Not everyone is working and networking all the time, however, and there is plenty of action activity available if you but look.

One is seldom short of something to do in Johannesburg, Pretoria and the surrounds. The Cradle of Humankind, the Magalies Meander, lion and nature reserves, beautiful gardens, an elephant sanctuary and two major cities make for a pretty powerful collection of exciting alternatives … Continued

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Friday, 21 August 2009
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Bloukrans Bridge Bungi photographs (highest bungi in the world)

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Photographs of the famous Bloukrans River Bridge – The Bloukrans Bungi Jump surpasses the position previously held by the Victoria Falls as the ‘highest bungi in the world’. The Bloukrans bridge is 216 m high and the jump is approximately 160 metres. The first photograph gives an idea of the size of the bridge and on the second (zoomed in) photo you can see the action Continued

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Thursday, 20 August 2009
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Garden Route Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in the Garden Route

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Paragliding in Wilderness

Paragliding in Wilderness

The Garden Route is treated as a province in its own right there is so much to do and see. It is not only one of the most scenic and possibly most visited parts of South Africa, but the Garden Route is also high on the adventure seeker’s list of places to visit because of the immediate access to incredible, seldom over-explored nooks and crannies on beaches, forests and mountains.

The Garden Route is described as a ‘secret place’ and for many it is just that. This slender stretch of coast manages to remain wild and something of a garden of Eden with infinite forested areas, rivers that tumble from mountains to wild rocky beaches that refuse to conform to the ‘expected’ sedate, to-be-tanned-on expanses so many prefer.

From extreme adventure day trips to mildly adventurous, pursuing an adrenaline rush takes on new proportions in the Garden Route … Continued

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