The Balloon Runner

by tours.co.za on 08/04/2013 - 12:41 pm
Tag: Arts & Entertainment

It’s a bird… no, it’s a plane… no… it’s… a guy, strapped to 200 balloons flying from Robben Island to Cape Town! No, I am not referring the trailer of an animated movie, but an actual event that happened this weekend to raise money for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.
Mr Matt Silver-Vallance said that he had the idea when watching a television show on gravity and how to defy it. He decided that it would be a great idea to raise funds that were needed to build the new hospital. 
So, with no test runs, no practice and lots of petrified people watching, he set off from Robben Island.
Initially, he made good progress and all seem ...

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Cape Town Celebrate Moonlight Mass on...

by tours.co.za on 02/04/2013 - 01:14 pm
Tag: Arts & Entertainment

Moonlight Mass is a casual bicycle ride starting off from Green Point Circle in Cape Town. Except that this is one with a difference, it’s only at full moon! For details of the actual ride route, please click here.
What once started off as a Twitter experiment by Daniel Graham (@Cpt.Grimmy) and Elad Kirshenbaum (@eladkirshenbaum), has now taken Cape Town by storm! Hundreds of people gather, some in crazy outfits, humourous hats and… of course…their bicycles, as they take a casual night ride through the beautiful streets of Cape Town.
This incredible concept even caught the attention of D.A. leader Hellen Ziller who was seen enjoying the cycle!
Their website tells us th ...

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The Persistency of a Lion's Love

by tours.co.za on 28/03/2013 - 03:39 pm
Tag: Conservation in South Africa

Today we came across a story, one that captured our hearts, gave us a watery smile and made our day.  A dramatic rescue captured by wildlife photographer Jean-Francois Largot, was played out in Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve.
A really young lion cub took a tumble and ended up hanging on for dear life from a steep earth wall. The cries of the poor cub were audible and desperate as he lamented his death-defyingly,  impossible and precarious position.
On top of the cliff, however, stood the mother with 3 other lionesses and a male, all trying to edge ever closer to try and rescue him, but falling back because of the sheer incline.  The mother summoned up her courage and ...

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Six Whales Saved from Tragic Beaching...

by tours.co.za on 25/03/2013 - 11:57 am
Tag: Conservation in South Africa

Noordhoek was the scene of another SA tragic whale beaching, as just before 8:00am on Sunday morning 19 Pilot Whales beached themselves.
Media alerted the public to keep well away from the area to avoid road blockages, whilst the NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute) and other coastal disaster agencies and volunteers began the task of relocating, and keeping them alive.
NSRI, posted a blog covering all the ins and outs of the operation. NSRI Kommetjie station commander (Tom Coetzee) said: ”Our duty crew launched sea rescue craft from Kommetjie and from Hout Bay and NSRI rescuers responded. The City of Cape Town Disaster Management, The Department of Environmental Affairs – Ocean ...

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