What’s the best way to spend a workday Friday?

23 09 2014

If the recent Jenman Product and Marketing experience is anything to go by, out of office on a team building event is the definite answer. After running through a host of suggestions and options, all of which fell short for one or other reason, we finally hit on a sure fire winner. The red bus with City Sightseeing!

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Our Product and Marketing on a team building day out

Starting off with a somewhat brisk walk from Constantia Nek up the contour path, we braved the wet into Kirstenbosch Gardens, to experience the newest attraction in the gardens: the Boomslang. Not recommended for those with vertigo, the aerial suspension bridge gives one an amazing view over the canopy of the gardens and the perfect setting for those touristy photos.

A quick coffee stop at the Kirstenbosch Tea Room and we were ready to board our bus for the first leg of our tour. We chose to do the Blue Mini Peninsula tour (with a free Purple Wine Tour) and given the size of our team, choosing which of the 19 stops we would hop off at was a feat of logistics in itself. Luckily planning such things is our business and we quickly had our day set out. With 4 different tours and routes to choose from, the red bus is an amazing and relaxing way to learn more about Cape Town and surrounds. The commentary, which is offered in more languages than I can ever hope to speak, is very informative and covers a vast range of subjects; from history, horticulture and local geography to economic structure with a humorous bit of local slang thrown in. Thankfully the fickle Cape Town weather chose to work in our favour and what had started as an over cast morning had cleared nicely by the time we reached our first hop off of the day: Beau Constantia.

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Wine tasting in beautiful Beau Constantia

The 22 hectare wine farm, set on the steep slopes is beyond picturesque and the tranquil setting soon had us forgetting that this was in fact a work day. On arrival we were quickly set up in the tasting room and our much anticipated wine tasting had begun! My personal favourite, being a Merlot fan, was the Beau Constantia – Lucca; although I am in full agreement of the general group consensus that the Pas De Nom Rose; the 2013 addition to the range of wines created in tribute to farm manager Oom Japie Bronn, was too good to not take a bottle or two home. Given the relaxing atmosphere and no doubt enhanced by the wine tasting, we over stayed our planned departure time but this is never an issue with the Red bus as pickups are 20 to 25 minutes apart, depending on your route. Leaving behind our two fallen comrades who drew the short straws of Murphy’s law and did the obligatory locking keys in the car during a group outing manoeuvre , we hopped back on the bus and continued our tour down Valley Road into Hout Bay where we chose to stay on the bus, despite all the obvious attractions. Our next hop off was Camps Bay were we chose to have lunch on Victoria Road, overlooking the beach, on what has started to become a perfect summers day.

The beach and Table Mountain

Lunch at the beach and with Table Mountain behind us.

We allowed for spontaneity and selected Ocean Blue Restaurant for lunch, as the offering of seafood, steaks and pasta chartered to our diverse little group and what a good choice it was! With the slightly rustic décor and excellent service; even with such a large group all meals were delivered at the same time, we quickly settled down to the serious business of unwinding. I could have stayed for a much longer visit, but unfortunately had to catch the last bus of the day back to Constantia Nek to collect vehicles, while the remainder of our group continued on the Blue Tour to the Waterfront, the perfect setting for end of day sundowners.

With the informative commentary, the helpful attendants at all stops, who ensure the bus stops for all guests and readily provide you with information, to the convenience of the timetables and flexibility to plan your own day, not to mention not having to drive one’s self or worry about parking, the Hop on, Hop off Bus has proven a splendid way to plan an enjoyable day out in and around Cape Town!



10 things you did not know about Zambia

23 09 2014

Formerly known as Northern Rhodesia, Zambia is a legendary landlocked country in southern Africa that delivers travelers to the beauty of the Victoria Falls, the tumultuous Zambezi River, an abundance of wildlife, and an unrivalled wilderness that leaves a lasting impression on all who visit it. Not only is it the perfect destination for those who wish to experience the magic of an African safari, but also those who would love to learn more about this land of little known facts.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls



We’ve created the best way to view the Mother City in Luxury

23 09 2014

As one of the top tourist destinations in Africa, let alone the world, Cape Town ought to be at the top of your list when it comes to travel. Our 4-day 5* lodge tour package will allow you to experience all that this incredible destination has to offer, while showcasing one of the finest luxury accommodations that the city has to offer.

View over Capetown

View over Capetown



The Mountains Talk

16 09 2014

Past clients of Jenman Island Safaris now use their private 18-day trip to Madagascar, coupled with their love for the island, as part of a presentation they give to people who’re interested in learning more about it. Full-to-bursting with fascinating information, it’s a talk that not only offers a unique glimpse into the sights and sounds of the island, but is also guaranteed to inspire wanderlust in absolutely everyone who is lucky enough to witness it. We’re giving you a little glimpse of some of what they talk about, as additional inspiration to get you booking your tour to the truly spectacular island of Madagascar.

Madagascar Beach

One of the beautiful beaches of Madagascar

 



The Heartbeat of Africa is the Beat of a Drum

28 08 2014

Drums hold a very special place in African history and culture. For the Western world, drums are mainly relegated to the realm of entertainment, adding another musical dimension to songs and other performances. In Africa, drums hold various symbolic meanings that have played an important part in the history of the people who call the continent their home.

Drum


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Mount Kenya – The Second Highest Mountain in Africa

20 08 2014

Second only on the African continent to the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya registers its height at a staggering 5 199-metres. Perched upon a now extinct volcano, the Mountain has two peaks, which can only be reached by technical climbers, with a third that is accessible for hikers. This third summit is known as Point Lenana and offers nature lovers from around the world the chance to witness a variety of African wildlife that call these slopes their home.


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How Creative Africa Can Be

11 08 2014

It’s no news to anyone that Africa is a beautiful continent filled with amazing people. But many of you may not be aware of how amazing these people really are! Many African countries may not have much, but they make up for this with their creativity. Below is some incredible photos which show just how creative African people can be!

Thank you FunFunky.com for these wonderful pictures

Motor bike back seats are quite uncomfortable! Why not take the couch you’re not using and strap that on instead.


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My Top 10 Highlights of Botswana and Zimbabwe

8 08 2014

Just before my trip while I was packing my bags, I got this familiar feeling of butterflies in my tummy. I was preparing for my long journey ahead through Botswana to Zimbabwe for the next 16 days.

So off I went and joined the Jenman tour called the Botswana Untouched, as I waited in anticipation for that highlight of my trip that I knew would make my whole trip worth it.

Little did I know I would enjoy so many things on my trip. I just have to share this with everyone.

Highlight 1: Khama Rhino Sanctuary
As we made our way from Johannesburg to Serowe within 3 days, we visited the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. I truly found peace in my heart for the Rhino’s. I didn’t realize how strong I felt about the rhinos and the protection of rhinos until I came here and saw them healthy, and in their own space. Our group sat in that vehicle in awe to witness the peace and the protected environment the rhino’s are in.



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