• Penguin on Beach
    Destination: Africa

    Chilling With Penguins In Cape Town

    An hour-long drive from Cape Town southwards, along the coastal road through Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town, lives an unusual family. Hidden in a sheltered bay of granite boulders, resides a colony of African penguins. White sandy beaches, peaceful neighbourhood, plenty of swimming spots, Boulders Beach is the perfect place to settle. A few friendly penguins settled into the beach first in 1982. Now their family has grown, and the colony is almost 3,000. It is incredible that so many wild creatures have made this little part of the Cape Peninsula their home. Remember they are wild animals, and those beaks are pretty sharp! African Penguins African penguins are an…

  • Rainbow Parachute In Front Of White Cloud
    Destination: Africa

    Skydiving Over Cape Town

    The shutter door rolls up on the right-hand side of the small aircraft, hovering 9000ft above Cape Town, revealing an expanse of baby blue sky with a spattering of fluffy white clouds. The cold air sweeps in, causing goosebumps. Knees weak, palms sweaty. The skydiving tandem jumper issues his last instructions ‘Bend your knees under the plane, lend back and roll out‘. A short drive from Cape Town is a small airfield home to a well-established skydiving company. They have been operating out of Cape Town and nearby Stellenbosch. The sun beats down on the runway, as divers are meticulously folding parachutes. The place is empty of tourists, and the…

  • Destination: Africa

    Shark Diving in Gansbaai

    The brisk salt air of the South Atlantic Ocean nips as it fills the lungs, in contrast with the gentle swaying of the small diving boat. Twenty minutes out at sea from Gansbaai, an eight-man diving cage attached to the side of the vessel, is ominously lowered. ‘Remember, do not put your hands outside of the cage‘ shouts our guide over the sudden flurry of activity of squeezing into wetsuits. In seeing the immense shadow of a Great White Shark materialises next to the boat, the additional warning was unnecessary. The small town of Gansbaai in South Africa, 100km south-west of Cape Town, is famed for its Shark Diving Tourism,…