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Never a dull moment – winter activities for the adventurous

If you are a Cape Town resident, chances are you’ll have grown accustomed to panoramic mountain views and a fabulous city lifestyle. The easily accessible coffee shops on every corner have a way of lulling us into a rhythm of sip, work, relax, repeat. But don’t get stuck there! It’s time to embrace all our city has to offer and break out of that customary cosmopolitan cycle of life!

Behind the façade of commercial Cape Town is an undercurrent of interesting activities waiting to be explored. We have picked five of our favourites for you to try while we wait for sunny weather.

Nothing standard about this jazz

Jazz in Cape Town is as much a part of our heritage as Cape Malay koesisters, and just as full of authentic flavour. A tour of our city would not be complete without exploring those smooth tunes for yourself. Coffeebeans routes offers a Jazz Safari tour which visits the homes of a few of our best local jazz artists. Over about four hours you will tour from place to place, enjoy traditional Cape Malay dishes and experience the talents of local musicians.

Past performers have included South African greats Hilton Schilder, Blackie Tempi and Mac McKenzie. The safari takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays or there is the option of booking a private tour.

The standard cost is R1 500 per person but a special of 10% off runs until September 2018. Do not miss out! Contact info@coffeebeansroutes.com for more information or call them on 021 813 9829.

Winter is for wetsuits

The drought hit Cape Town residents hard. The plus side? With our minds on water, we can turn that preoccupation into an adventure!

The perfect crazy activity to try right now is coasteering. Although similar to kloofing, where you clamber over rocks alongside a river and occasionally jump from them, this activity takes place along a protected coastline. The entire outing should take around two to three hours, so set aside a morning to go nuts.

As it is a fairly strenuous activity, children under the age of 10 years are not advised to participate. The starting point is at Windmill Beach, Simon’s Town and after building up your appetite there is the option to stay together for lunch. Minimum group size for bookings is four. Contact adventure@gravity.co.za for more information or call them on 021 638 3698.

Into the wild

When it comes to food, it’s time to literally get back to our roots, The Cape Point area is basically a buffet for foragers, who eat indigenous plants directly off the land. Experts Roushanna and Gael Gray guide groups through the process of sustainably harvesting edible fynbos and other indigenous plants.

It doesn’t end there, though as you are also taught how to use the different plants gathered by cooking and eating a three course meal using your crop. It is definitely a unique experience and can be remembered by purchasing a plant from the Good Hope Gardens Nursery. The prices for the full experience range from R650 for adults to R350 for children (2 – 17 years). Contact roushanna@hotmail.com for more information or call 072 234 4804.

Hugs instead of hamburgers

The word vegan can be controversial in culinary circles. However, we’re confident that you’ll be singing plant based praises when you experience an adorable calf named Baloo batting his big eyes in your direction. The Farm Sanctuary SA facilitates exactly these kinds of interactions. Not only is it home to the world’s first ever painting pig, it also houses many domestic animals that have been rescued from cruel factory farms.

This is a lovely day trip and something completely different to the usual vineyard crawl. Plus, entry is free! The farm is open for visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 11h00 to 15h00. If you would like to meet the talented Pigcasso, she is available for autographs on Sundays at 12pm. Contact info@farmsanctuarysa.org for more information or call 084 735 3303.

Mid life crises not included

Finally, it is time for a no holds barred, wind in your hair kind of experience. No, you don’t have to be a well-established male of a certain age to take advantage. Now the opportunity to drive a ridiculously good looking sports car is available to anyone that can pay the price!

The classic Cape Cobra is ideally driven with the top down at awesome speeds while taking in amazing views. Hire the car for a full day from R2 900. For an extra R500 – R750 it can be delivered straight to your door. There is, however, an insane R15 000 refundable insurance deposit. Sigh, isn’t Cape Town fun? To discuss your drive contact rossrenee@capecobrahire.co.za for more information or call 083 321 9193.

Discover the only authorized DJI store in Africa!

DJI Drone Deals is possibly one of the most relevant tech stores in the country today. It has ridden the trend wave and is breaking into the market at exactly the right time. This is mainly thanks to YouTube and Instagram which gives everyone the ability to create and share content of their choice. Because of this, the market for high tech photography and videography gear has blown wide open, and drone footage is standard in many vlogs and social media feeds.

Who is the store for?

Of course, professional photography is also taken into account. The store caters for both beginners and more advanced photographers with its vast range of products. The accessibility of the drone products and global standard of tech is impressive and enables South Africans to join in the international content creation race. Should you feel intimidated by the options, there is a team of highly qualified techies on standby to answer any questions you may have and guide you into purchasing the drone that is right for your needs.

What DJI stand for?

DJI stands for Dà-Jiāng Innovations. It is a Chinese technology company with manufacturing facilities around the world that make unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), aka – drones.

What’s in stock?

Below you will find product descriptions that have been taken directly from the website to give you a taste of the items available and their function from those in the know. Keep in mind when skimming through the options that there are different makes available under each of the headings. Be sure to visit the website directly for a taste of the gadgets available to you.

RYZE TELLO – Perform flying stunts, shoot quick videos with EZ Shots, and learn about drones with coding education. Get yourself a Tello to find out just how awesome flying a drone can be!

SPARK – Spark is a mini-drone that features all of DJI’s signature technologies, allowing you to seize the moment whenever you feel inspired.

MAVIC AIR – The ultraportable Mavic Air features high-end flight performance and functionality for limitless exploration.

MAVIC PRO – Portable yet powerful, the Mavic Pro is your personal drone, ready to go with you everywhere.

PHANTOM – An uprated camera is equipped with a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor capable of shooting 4K/60fps video and Burst Mode stills at 14 fps.

INSPIRE 2 – Image quality, power and intelligence to meet the needs of professional filmmakers and enterprises around the globe

RONIN – Powerful, intelligent stabilizer built for the filmmaking professional.

OSMO – Motion without blur. Action shots without shake. Perfect video footage even when you move.

Service and specials

The store is very hands-on, encouraging customers to “simply bring your DJI aircraft into the store” where “certified DJI technicians will give it some TLC!” This service is unfortunately limited to certain models: the Spark, Mavic Pro, Mavic Air and Phantom 4 / 4 PRO aircrafts.

To celebrate the opening of DJI’s first store in Africa, the technicians will do the check-up free of charge for the month of July. Happy snapping!

 

You can find it at:

130 Strand Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town

Telephone:

021 224 0908

Email:
info@dronedeals.co.za

Security Report – June 2018

We have officially passed the halfway mark of the year! It is the perfect time to reassess strategy and renew focus. That being said, it is also a time to reflect on the good progress made throughout the first half of the year, which we are proud to say our CID team has achieved consistently.

We also appreciate your contribution to the safety of the streets by remaining vigilant and taking responsibility for your personal belongings. Remember to pay particular attention to what is left in your vehicle as theft out of motor vehicles has increased to 9 incidents this month. Please also be aware of where you are parking your car as well as walking, and ensure to stay within the lit areas of the street. There have been 5 incidents of out of order street lights in various areas.

If you care about your community and would like to be part of our continued efforts to improve the area, why not become a board member? You can make a real impact and stay abreast of what’s happening in the area. All we need from you is attendance at four board meetings a year. Find out more information here.

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