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CITY SAFARI Going for the source of the Liesbeek - adventure in the city

CITY SAFARI Going for the source of the Liesbeek - adventure in the city

04/10/2013 - 02:57
Today’s adventure travel is a lot about reaching peaks, personally and literally. Thousands clamber up Kilimanjaro or Mt Fuji to boast of catching a sunrise above the clouds. The fascination with reaching the top (and less so the dreary bit of having to schlepp back down again) differs from what pushed serious explorers in the 18th and 19th centuries in Africa. Their road to prestige and riches followed the course of a river rather than that of a towering peak, as they tried to discover its source and to link it with its mouth. It was the successful exploration of the Kongo, Niger, Zambezi and Nile that brought fame to the likes of James Bruce, David Livingstone, Mungo Park and Henry Morton Stanley.

South Africa never had many river explorations in its colonial history. Although today you can raft a section of the Orange River and go kloofing the Cape’s clefts, few have emulated the explorers of the 18th and 19th centuries. It was with this idea in mind that I set out to follow the Liesbeek, Cape Town’s gem, from its mouth in Paarden Island to its source somewhere on the flanks of Table Mountain.  read more
LOOK FOR IT IN ANTARCTICA: The other 021

LOOK FOR IT IN ANTARCTICA: The other 021

01/10/2013 - 00:00
How well do you know your city? 021 tests your knowledge with three unusual questions about Cape Town.
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Best of the Cape: where to go dancing

Best of the Cape: where to go dancing

27/09/2013 - 11:04
Winter is cold, dance is hot. Check out the page for everything on where and when to dance in Cape Town this season. Be it Salsa, Tango, Swing, Langarm, Pole Dancing, Biodanza, Nia, Belly Dancing, 5Rhythms, Blissdance, or dancing the night away in a shebeen, you name it. We list it. Enjoy! read more
Best of the Cape: Where to golf in summer

Best of the Cape: Where to golf in summer

07/09/2013 - 13:27
Summer in the Cape brings back the swallows. This term describes the many international visitors who regularly return to the Cape to avoid the wintery forces in their own countries. Our excellent summer weather, with glorious temperatures often softened by the off-shore breezes, makes for a golfing summer paradise.  read more
Best of the Cape: Where to golf in Autumn

Best of the Cape: Where to golf in Autumn

03/09/2013 - 00:00
Autumn is when my friends and I go “gardening” – which is our expression for golfing in the Garden Route. Yes, for a period of time we change our 021 numbers to 044, as we savour the pleasures available in this wonderful part of South Africa. It is a golfing Mecca and the cooler weather at this time of year allows us to enjoy all that is on offer.  read more
BUNGEE JUMPING at the Bloukrans Bridge

BUNGEE JUMPING at the Bloukrans Bridge

26/07/2013 - 17:42
Am I suicidal? That question plagued my mind since the moment I decided to take on one of the highest commercial bungee jumps in the world: 216m. That’s more than jumping off the ABSA building!

From Cape Town, our group of five takes the N2 to Bloukrans Bridge, the scene of the premeditated crime. Once past Plettenberg Bay, the excitement rises with every stretch and turn. As we drive across the bridge, hardly able to fathom its immense depth from the passenger seat, my heart rate turns surreal. Another moment of truth and inquisition passes, as I pay my R750 fee and sign waiver forms.

From the counter it takes 15 minutes to reach the jumping platform. While walking down the footbridge, vertigo sets in. A guide tells us how to jump. I only remember the phrase “Do like an angel”, and truly hope I won’t become one soon. So much for my suicidal tendencies.  read more
THE TRIO OF SIGNAL HILL

THE TRIO OF SIGNAL HILL

01/05/2013 - 00:00
Drive up Signal Hill, and meet Ismael the painter, Gino the ice-cream vendor and Fatihaad the coffee maker. read more
BEYOND THE MOUNTAIN: VIVA MAPUTO

BEYOND THE MOUNTAIN: VIVA MAPUTO

19/03/2013 - 22:12
021’s editor Bernard Franz stays clear of beaches, prawns and Rum & Raspberry as he investigates Mozambique’s capital.

Before I leave for Maputo, I get plenty of advice from my friends: Jerome recommends the fish market, where seafood goes straight from the sea via the grill onto a plate, with no sauces added; Senait reminisces about couples kissing and holding hands; Sofia, who is from Maputo, advises me to check out real estate on Ka Tembe, the sleepy peninsula just opposite Maputo, that is soon be connected with the city centre by a $750 million bridge; Moreira tells me about the lively music scene; Mark wonders if the bullfighting arena is still in use; Suzy fell in love with a sad gorilla in the local zoo, and Ryan, my neighbour, raves about the architect Pancho Guedes, who, in the 1950s and 1960s, helped transform the city into Africa’s most exciting architectural metropolis. Tristan Tsara, one of the founding fathers of Dadaism, remarked after a visit: “One has indeed come to the end of the world to find the most extraordinary things, a whole architecture of the imagination.” read more
POLO in Paarl

POLO in Paarl

01/01/2013 - 00:00
021 visits Val de Vie, the first International polo venue in the Cape to explore the aristocratic appeal of polo.
An inscription on a stone tablet on the Silk route between China and the West declares polo’s regal standing: “Let other people play at other things. The King of games is still the game of kings.”
Passing through the gates of Val de Vie is like stepping into an unreal world.  read more
CHAMPS BAR IN MOWBRAY in search of Africa

CHAMPS BAR IN MOWBRAY in search of Africa

01/01/2013 - 00:00
021 visits Champs Sports Bar in Mowbray to
watch a game between Ghana and Ivory Coast, and finds out that "Africa" is an ellusive concept. read more
JONKERSHOEK NATURE RESERVE IN STELLENBOSCH

JONKERSHOEK NATURE RESERVE IN STELLENBOSCH

01/01/2013 - 00:00
On a recent trip to Jonkershoek Nature
Reserve, Dawn Kennedy discovers
that the restorative powers of nature are
sometimes only an hour away. read more
SECRETS OF THE CITY: Holy Commute

SECRETS OF THE CITY: Holy Commute

01/01/2013 - 00:00
Some claim that the train ride from Cape Town Central Station to Simon's Town is the best commuter train ride in the world. Yet Sibulele Sikuni sings the praises of the “gospel train” that runs from Khayelitsha to the Southern Suburbs. read more
THE BLISS OF TOPLESS DRIVING

THE BLISS OF TOPLESS DRIVING

07/12/2012 - 16:01
At first glance, it seems the only reason men really buy cars is to attract members of the fairer sex. I find this hilarious, because almost every woman I’ve ever spoken to couldn’t care less about cars. Gents, we’re wasting our time. Or are we?


In my privileged position as a car tester, and thus having the opportunity to drive just about every new car on the market, I have discovered that it’s not the brand of car, the type of car or even the price of the car that impresses. It’s how the car makes the person in the passenger seat feel. read more
WEST COAST SPRING: Fossils, the San and a bouquet of flowers

WEST COAST SPRING: Fossils, the San and a bouquet of flowers

01/09/2012 - 00:00
With the Namaqualand daisies showing their colours in early spring, it’s time to point your wheels north and take the R27 out of Cape Town. As well as kaleidoscopic carpets of colour, the West Coast offers a peephole into the past. 021 visits some of the historical attractions. read more
BEYOND THE MOUNTAIN: SNOWBOARDING IN THE MATROOSBERG

BEYOND THE MOUNTAIN: SNOWBOARDING IN THE MATROOSBERG

28/05/2012 - 11:53
I guess you could describe Jeremy Johnson as a downhill kind of guy, someone
who loves sliding down slopes. The champion surfer has a lesser-known passion
– snowboarding. Every year, Jeremy and other members of the Ski Club of South
Africa head towards the Matroosberg near Ceres which, at 2 249m, is the Western
Cape’s highest peak. read more
BEYOND THE MOUNTAIN: SEARCHING FOR THE AURORA AUSTRALIS

BEYOND THE MOUNTAIN: SEARCHING FOR THE AURORA AUSTRALIS

28/05/2012 - 11:45
“There are not many natural phenomena that have intrigued me as much as the auroras.
Not only for their intrinsic beauty, but for what I discover, while looking for them.” BERNARD FRANZ

Like that one time in arctic Tuktuyaktuk, home to a dozen Inuit families. After
some long nights of unyielding auroral observations, only nurtured by strong coffee
and thin slices of whale meat, I was initiated instead into a true wonderland right
underneath my very feet: accessed through ladders made of driftwood, we climbed
down into the permafrost, where walls covered in ice crystals – formed from people’s
moist breath – had been carved into a labyrinth of caves, which slowly revealed
the ghastly sight of a huge white beluga whale – frozen in time in this underground
natural fridge, it had supplied the very whale meat I had chewed for the past few days. read more
Travel the Cape: From Stellenbosch to stud farms

Travel the Cape: From Stellenbosch to stud farms

28/05/2012 - 10:55
About 300 years ago, Stellenbosch residents would keep a coffin in their lofts in case an
unexpected death left them with a corpse on their hands. Then it was a day’s journey between
Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Nowadays, our tour takes us from Cape Town to Stellenbosch in
30 comfortable, air-conditioned minutes. However, no matter how fast the journey, the oaked
city still takes visitors back in time. read more
Enjoy Cape Town for R100, bed included

Enjoy Cape Town for R100, bed included

01/01/2012 - 00:00
Sarah Picton finds out how much fun she can have for R100 in Cape Town, bed included.
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QUIETLY, CONFIDENTLY GREEN: THE NEW HONDA INSIGHT HYBRID

QUIETLY, CONFIDENTLY GREEN: THE NEW HONDA INSIGHT HYBRID

01/06/2011 - 00:00
When I first heard that I was to drive the new honda hybrid for a week, I wasn’t overly excited. Like most petrol-heads, I want my cars to be loud, fast, and perhaps occasionally spit flames from the exhaust. But I soon realised that if I approached the week with that mindset, I would have a horrible time with the Insight. So I changed gear mentally, and decided to pretend I was a 40-something father of three, who wasn’t interested in doing 300km/h on the way to work, but rather saving fuel, keeping the kids happy and accomplishing those homely tasks like recycling. In this mind frame, the honda immediately made sense.  read more
GONE FISHING

GONE FISHING

29/05/2011 - 00:00
Two unusual treatments at Lanzerac spa in Stellenbosch will leave you floating in an ocean of bliss. Isn’t life wonderful? Just when you’re getting a slightly jaded, ‘been there, done that’ kind of feeling, suddenly you hear of a new craze that restores your faith in human wackiness. Take the latest beauty fad: exfoliation by fish. Dubbed Dr Fish, the treatment consists of fish nibbling dead skin from your affected body parts. This raises a myriad of questions: Does it hurt? Do the fish get indigestion? Is it ethical to feed fish on a diet of athletes feet? On a quest for answers, I set forth to Lanzerac spa, the only place in the Western Cape offering this bizarre treatment. read more
DREAM WHEELS

DREAM WHEELS

06/05/2011 - 04:52
021 test drives the new Opel Astra and asks racing driver Deon Joubert about his favourite stretch of tar.

Deon Joubert’s Dream Road, Dream Car One of only a handful of truly professional South African drivers, Deon Joubert is one of those people with blood in his petrol-stream. An excellent and exciting racer, he has successfully competed in highly modified Trans-Am sports sedans, stock cars in the USA, and Super Touring Cars in South Africa and Italy. As a sought-after stunt driver, you will definitely have seen Deon driving on the screen, as he appears in anything from Hollywood films to the latest adverts. Deon’s an absolute gentleman and happy to talk for hours about anything carrelated.
His favourite road is what he calls The Glen, which you will find on the maps
as Kloof Road. Red Bull used to stage a downhill run here, and it’s easy to see why. Sharp and winding twists, hairpins and fast straights, the road challenges drivers to get the best out of their machines. His dream car for the drive would be a Lamborghini Superleggera, a lightweight, slightly insane version of the Gallardo, which is already not far short of madness. He says that would be a “proper blast”. read more
O ON KLOOF

O ON KLOOF

08/12/2010 - 00:00
An increasing trend among Cape Town’s Cosmopolitan crowd is to spend a weekend in a Local spa. One of the city’s trademarks is that it offers world-class spa facilities at a fraction of International prices, making them attractive to Overseas visitors and residents alike. “We could be in Monaco,” says the smiling Londoner, who is celebrating his honeymoon at O on Kloof. We raise our glasses of complimentary Champagne to toast our good fortune at having found a sliver of perfection in the midst of the city. It’s easy to miss O on Kloof. The nondescript exterior belies the chic comfort and understated elegance that await inside. read more
TAKE TIME OUT AT THE TAJ

TAKE TIME OUT AT THE TAJ

17/04/2010 - 00:00
021’s Dawn Kennedy was initiated into ayurvedic massage at the Jiva Grand Spa in the new Taj Hotel. Ayurveda translates as knowledge of life in the Vedic science of health. My Ayurvedic treatment begins with a 30 minute consultation with Dr Hemanth Kumar, who was performing
surgery before relieving stress. As he peers at my pupils, I’m certain that late-night computer sessions and early morning jolts of caffeine are easily visible to his penetrating eye. Based on his observations, Dr Kumar recommends four specific oils to be rubbed onto my body during an
Abhayenga (A bee-yan-ga) treatment. Before the oil is applied, I dress into a dhoti, a traditional Indian loincloth. read more
THE OTHER AFRICA: ETHIOPIA'S GHION – PARADISE

THE OTHER AFRICA: ETHIOPIA'S GHION – PARADISE

01/01/2010 - 00:00
Ghion is where the thundering Blue Nile crashes 40m down from the bed of an old lava stream. Granted, other waterfalls may carry more water, but to Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, Ghion is Paradise, the place where Adam and Eve frolicked before the fall.

This explains the fervent attachment of the Ethiopian faithful to Ghion. To some, it is holy because it is the garden of Eden. Others praise it as a fountain of fertility, sexual energy, and wisdom. One monastery boasts holy water reputed to heal all ailments. Oral tradition links Ghion to the remarkable legend of a monk who, it is said, surfed upstream on a pillar of basalt until he reached the waterfall. On stepping ashore, he lost his Bible. Devastated, he implored the river to return it to him, but to no avail. Unwilling to leave without his Bible, the monk remained on the riverbank, persisting in prayer and meditation until the river bed twitched, belched loudly, and fl ung the Bible before his feet.
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THE OTHER AFRICA: ETHIOPIA - PLACE OF PASSION

THE OTHER AFRICA: ETHIOPIA - PLACE OF PASSION

20/12/2009 - 23:59
021 travels Africa in search of the unexpected and discovers that Ethiopia is a country with a logic all of its own.

‘WHY ETHIOPIA, OF ALL PLACES?’ the elderly lady asks, ‘What’s the attraction?’ Before I can think of a reply, the highspeed train we are travelling on is sucked into a tunnel, shutting my ears tight with the pressure of too much air. For a moment, everything is silent. What strikes me is the total lack of imbalance, as if we are all securely suspended in a hot-air balloon, or submerged in a deep crevice in the earth, holding our breath. read more
THE OTHER AFRICA: ETHIOPIA - IN SEARCH OF HEAVEN

THE OTHER AFRICA: ETHIOPIA - IN SEARCH OF HEAVEN

18/12/2009 - 00:01
Where is the Garden of Eden, or the grave of Adam? Where did Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus live after they fled from Egypt? Many schools of western theology tend to simply overlook these questions.

The average Ethiopian orthodox Christian, however, might have an answer.You can try it yourself. Stop a farmer in the streets and ask him for directions to the arc of the covenant or to the graves of Isaac and Jacob, and chances are you will see an index finger rising towards its location. Then again, by the time you reach the imperial town of Axum, the monasteries of Debre Damo or the underground church labyrinth of Lalibela, some questions you had at the beginning of your travels might not matter any longer. Take Lalibela: after a journey of three days, the bus scales one final rise and comes to a halt. I see nothing but a village set in the magnificent landscape of the Amharic mountains. What is this tiny hamlet’s claim to fame?  read more
 
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