Africa Travel

Offset your Carbon Footprint with South African Solution – Spekboom!

Spekboom in Flower - image courtesy of The Nomad Africa Trust

Help us create tomorrow’s environment. Offset your Carbon Footprint with South African Solution - Spekboom! What is your Carbon Footprint all about? A carbon footprint is "the total set of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an organization, an event (such as travelling) or a product.” Carbon Dioxide is one of the main greenhouse gasses responsible for global warming. To help combat this The Nomad African Trust has developed the Spekboom Carbon Offset project to allow travelers to offset the carbon that is created during their African Holiday. During photosynthesis carbon is absorbed from the atmosphere, reducing the unnaturally high levels that mankind has caused. The planting of trees and vegetation is a                  

Africa Travel

Exploring Fascinating Africa!


It’s 4.15 am. Still quite sleepy, I creep out of my tent to be, some minutes later, ready to sit in the truck that is waiting for us. Shortly after 5.00 am, we leave the campsite and after a one-hour-drive we reach our destination. I jump out of the truck and feel the fresh, clean air surrounding me. Above me lies nothing but the still dark and cloudless sky. Immediately, we start climbing “Dune 45” which spreads itself right in front of us. Finally we sit on the ridge of the dune, searching in anticipation for the expectant sunrise. Bit by bit, it edges out of the darkness until its warm rays caress our faces and then the entire plain before us. And as J.W. Goethe’s writes in “Faust” “I am a man here; I can be a man here!”                  

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Nomad African Trust


17 on Loader recognises the need for social responsibility, especially in South Africa. We all share this planet, and as individuals, each of us needs to do our bit to make sure that there is future for our children's children. There are many organisations out there trying to create a better world for us all. Among them in the Nomad African Trust, a Cape Town based Public Benefit Organisation (PBO: 930029752) that was founded in April 2008 and is a registered tax exempt institution. The Trust focuses it’s energies on Southern Africa and has a three pronged approach due to our belief that it is impossible to separate the well being of the people, places and animals from one another. You can assist us in making this vision a                  

New Years


New Years Parties in Cape Town

A new year, A new beginning, A time to reflect. Oh wait, a time to Party. What are you doing for New Years? For most of us, there is this hasty search for that very “special” place to see in the New Year. We all want to know the ‘Where and the When’ of New Year’s parties in Cape Town. There is no doubt about the ‘When’ for this 2012/2013 new year’s, but where are all the parties and how do we find them? We aim to encourage as many party organizers in Cape Town and surrounds to LIST THEIR VENUES AND EVENTS. So, Please email us a flier and/or description of Parties happening in Cape Town on the 31'st December 2012. The info, and fliers submitted will be added to this post to make your choice of where to see in the new year,                  

Interesting People

Sonja Kruse – Ubuntu Girl

Sonja Krouse The Ubuntu Girl

Would you, at an absolute whim after your sister’s wedding in East London, give up everything you have? This, of course, to begin a journey travelling across South Africa with 100 bucks in your pocket and the clothes on your back, in search of the real meaning of “”Umuntu, Ngumuntu, Ngabantu”? Yes, it really is okay, I don’t think many people would! Let alone travel across 9 provinces for a year, relying on the absolute kindness of strangers. One very brave woman has, and she has one heck of a story to tell as ‘Ubuntugirl’. Sonja Kruse has spent a year travelling across South Africa, sans credit card or comfy hotel bed, in a somewhat bizarre, but always incredibly fascinating, quest to                  

Wine & Wineries

SA has best developed Wine Tourism!

Great Wine Capitals

  “Wine tourism is better developed in South Africa than any country we know,” writes The International Wine Review in its latest report on South African wine, part of which it devoted to its wine tourism. The editor, Don Winkler, and publisher, Mike Potashnik, both from the US, visited the Winelands in December last year to evaluate the country’s top premium and ultra-premium wines and at the same time evaluated its wine tourism. The web-based International Wine Review is widely rated as one of the world’s most influential opinion formers on wine. Winkler and Potashnik write that “while the country is located far from most foreign wine lovers, it offers huge rewards to those who visit its                  


This man needs a holiday – and he could win one, with your help!


  Oli Wright is an over worked student who has decided he needs a holiday, and he's doing something about it! Having entered the See The World With Spar competition, Oli stands the chance to win a four month, all expenses paid trip around the globe, visiting twelve countries on four continents and documenting his adventures online as a Spar Reporter. In order to win he needs all the help he can get, so here's what you can do to help him: First, watch his video on Youtube, then comment on it, like it and share it with as many people as you can, it’s that simple! Every time someone interacts with or shares Oli's video he is awarded “social points”. To stand a chance to win                  


Heavy-hitter exposes some big issues

Domestic Worker abuse

      The late April edition of The Big Issue is a heavy-hitter, carrying not one, but two large exposés. The first is an in-depth look into human trafficking to supply South Africa’s sex trade. The report carries a first-hand account of a child survivor of human trafficking, along with a snapshot of the global battle to fight the illegal trade in humans and South Africa’s progress in that battle — or the lack thereof. It also includes a report on how the ANC Women’s League’s call to decriminalise prostitution could, according to advocacy groups, lead to a clampdown on human traffickers. “Human trafficking is by no means a new topic. But we felt it was crucial to                  

Wine & Wineries

Robertson Wine Valley’s Hands-on Harvest.


      This year’s Roberton Wine Valley's Hands-On Harvest will be taking place from Friday, 24 until Sunday, 26 February 2012, and this boutique fun-filled family event promises to offer a wide variety of activities that will appeal to both wine lovers and budding vintners. Here are just a ‘handful’ of the myriad activities on offer at the 2012 Hands-On Harvest. Experience the excitement of harvesting one’s own grapes; Witness the art of wine-making; Enjoy a sumptuous farm breakfast while overlooking the vineyards; Take a ‘breakfast boat trip’ on the Breede River; Make a family event of grape-stomping; Take part in a wine-tasting trail, on horseback or by                  

Eating Out

French Toast Wine & Tapas Bar

Lunch Cape Town

3 FOR LUNCH AT FRENCH TOAST WINE & TAPAS BAR --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FRENCH TOAST, the wine and tapas bar in Bree Street Cape Town is offering a superb lunch time menu that offers outstanding value following the exceptional "Reason to Love Mondays" promotion where all wines under the R400 price mark is halved every Monday. Everyday between the hours of 12h00 and 16h00, patrons can stop by for a quick "in-between-meetings" luncheon or enjoy a more leisurely affair with friends at the pocket friendly price of R89.00 per person. This lunch only menu starts with a hearty "soup of the day" followed by a choice from any two dishes off the lunch menu, which