Things Only South Africans Understand

Posted April 18, 2016 by Greyhound SA
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The names of streets change regularly.

 

 

We have regular car watches at our service.

 

 

Most of us still own gas lamps and candles due to loadshedding.

 

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Most people don’t need an invitation to enter your home.

 

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We like our “wors” (sausage) either braaied or dried.

 

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We don’t know how to fill up our own cars.

 

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The pole with a red, green and orange light is our idea of a 21st Century Robot.

 

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When someone offers you ice for your drink, you don’t say “Yes, please”. Instead, you say, “Met eish ja … met eish” and everyone nods in recognition.

 

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Most of us just drive ourselves to the hospital during emergencies since there’s a good chance no one knows the number for an ambulance or the fire station.

 

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Most of us have at least once, in panic, accidentally considered dialing 911 instead of 10111.

 

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Everyone has a Mr Delivery booklet stuck to their fridge.

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Driving on the highway feels more like off-roading due to all the potholes.

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People speak two different languages with one another and still manage to understand each other perfectly.

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When you turn eighteen you can drink and drive … just not at the same time😉

 

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Our films and television shows must have subtitles not for the deaf but for those who can’t understand the other 5 languages spoken by the actors.

 

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The Adrenaline Junkie’s Guide to the Best Adventure activities in South Africa

Posted April 18, 2016 by Greyhound SA
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South Africa is a gold mine for those seeking adventure and thrill. With the rugged mountains, glorious rivers and waterfalls accompanied by the sound of a mighty roar, you cannot help but fall in love with this country. Looking to do something reckless? Here are a few suggestions.

Bungee Jumping

If you ask South Africans about the best place to jump off of, they will immediately give a resounding answer of “Bloukrans”. Why? It just happens to be the highest commercial bungee jump from a bridge in the world. Plunge into the 216m gorge and see the stunning nature from an upside down perspective, that’s if you can keep your eyes open.

Jump!

Face Adrenalin
Tel: +27 (0) 42 281 1458
Email: info@faceadrenalin.com 

Cape Xtreme

Tel: +27 (0) 21 824 3387

Email: info@cape-xtreme.com

Bungee Mogale

Tel: 073 284 9643 (or) 084 698 7514

Email: info@bungeemogale.co.za

Orlando Towers

Tel: +27 71 674 4343

Email: info@orlandotowers.co.za

 

Skydiving

Our clear blue sky and glorious grounds make for the perfect skydiving setting. For those who aren’t afraid to leave what’s left of their entrails on the plain, going skydiving in South Africa is a unique and thrilling experience. Our instructors are professionally trained, friendly and ensure a safe jump every time. Some popular drop zones include Cape Town and KwaZulu Natal.

Think you’re game? Contact one of these places to book your dive.

Parachute Association of South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)21 553 3398

Email: admin@para.co.za

Mother City SkyDiving

Tel: +27 (0)79 337 2443

Email: mothercityskydiving@gmail.com

Witbank Skydiving Club

Tel: +27 (0)82 040 7136

Email: skydivewitbank@ymail.com

Durban Skydive Centre

Tel: +27 (0)72 214 6040

Email: vernon@skydivedurban.co.za

 

Go Hiking

Hiking can be a very thrilling and challenging experience. South Africa offers trails in a wide variety of nature for both amateur and experienced hikers. You have to start at Table Mountain, right? From there on you can go and seek some of the world’s most breath snatching waterfalls in Mpumalanga.

Tie your boot laces and let’s get going:

Footprint Hiking Club

Tel: +27 82 456 7020

Email: booking@footprint.co.za

Active Escapades

Tel: +27 (0)33 3295259

Email: tours@active-escapes.co.za

Cape Nature

Tel: 021 483 0190

Email: reservation.alert@capenature.co.za

High Adventure Africa

Tel: +27 21 689 1234

Email: ross@highadventure.co.za

 

Shark cage diving

There’s a good reason why they filmed the movie (movie) starring Halle Berry in South Africa. Cape Town is essentially the home to these magnificent white sharks and now tourists can get the chance to dive in and see them from up close. Forget snorkelling with tropical fish, if you’d like to see the king of the sea, South Africa is the place to go.

Dive in!

White Shark Ventures

Tel: +27 21 532 0470

Email: sharkdive@iafrica.com

Shark Cage Diving

Tel: +27 (0) 28 384 1418

Email: brian@sharkcagediving.net

Gansbaai Shark Cage Diving

Tel: +27 (0) 28 384 1439

Email: info@gansbaaiinfo.com

Shark Diving Unlimited

Tel: +27 (0) 82 441 4555

Email: info@sharkdivingunlimited.com

 

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South Africa’s strangest attractions in Pictures

Posted April 18, 2016 by Greyhound SA
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If you look beyond the sunsets and Big 5 you will find some downright strange attractions in South Africa. From massive pineapples and shoes to a strange owl house, hop on board and take a tour through South Africa’s strangest attractions in Pictures.

 

  1. Massive Pineapple in Bathurst (image source)

You will find Spngebob Squarepants’ house above ground in Bathurst. This artificial pineapple stands 16.7m tall and the cost to visit this whacky attraction is nothing but a small donation. Browse through pineapple goods and watch a documentary in pineapple production on the observation deck.

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  1. The Cat Statue in Aberdeen (image source)

Hope you’re not allergic. Petronella Lynz and her daughter have created a cat orphanage. This statue built in their honour, can be seen outside the Aberdeen Heritage Archive & Tourism Bureau. The cage does not pose any significant symbolism; it was only put there to protect the statue from being stolen.

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  1. Giant Post box in Calvinia (image source)

This attraction wasn’t always a post box but rather an abandoned water tank which had been transformed into this wonderful attraction. The letters people post here are hand-stamped with a flower emblem.

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  1. Spider Lady in Hanover

You would be surprised to know that it was in fact a woman who converted her house into a living museum of spiders. Her name is Marie de Jager and her living area is filled with cage upon cage housing tarantulas, scorpions and a variety of other spiders. Why she did it, no one would know.

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  1. The Shoe House in Mpumalanga (image source)

It’s amazing what you can fit into a shoe! This attraction has an art gallery, small museum, Alfa Omega Cave, tea garden and a curio shop.

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  1. Eco Shrine in Hogsback

As you walk through a tunnel of hazelnut trees a medieval scene will unfold before you. There is a 6m tree sculpture of an angel carved out of a redwood tree that was struck by lightning. Furthermore, tourists can marvel at the intricate mosaics as artists lead them on a tour explaining the inspiration behind each piece.

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Have you been to any of these strange attractions before? Share you stories with us, perhaps you have seen something stranger than this.

Perfect hideaways in Port Elizabeth

Posted April 18, 2016 by Greyhound SA
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Known as “The Friendly City”, Port Elizabeth has something special to give to every visitor. Its relaxed atmosphere and complete hospitality are two things which will charm the socks right of you. So, without further ado, here follows a few perfect hideaways in Port Elizabeth.

 

Donkin Heritage Trail

Shift seamlessly back into time as you walk along this five-kilometre trail, a scenario closely resembling that of the 1820 Settlers who walked the same path. You will find no less than 47 national monuments and historical sites on this trail and learn some fascinating facts about the city.

 

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Addo Elephant Park

There is no better place to escape than to the Addo Elephant Park set in the picturesque Eastern Cape landscape. Being a haven to over 550 elephants, it is considered the third largest national park in South Africa.

 

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The Township Tour

Immerse yourself in the local culture of Port Elizabeth and embark on a tour where you get to mingle with locals and, for a short while, become part of a culture many may not have experienced before. From home-brewed beer tasting to a traditional Xhosa meal; it is here where you will experience the hospitality I’ve mentioned earlier.

 

Cape Recife Lighthouse

Situated on the south entrance to Algoa Bay, the Cape Recife Lighthouse is considered one of SA’s most iconic lighthouses. In 1902, many sailors and rescuers alike lost their lives to a devastating hurricane.

 

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Emlotheni Memorial Park

This Park is dedicated to six anti-apartheid activists who were executed in 1964 and during the 1950s, this park often served as a meeting place for ANC rallies. It is a lovely way to learn of our vibrant history.

 

Nelson Mandela Bay

Apart from being named after our beloved former president, this destination is teeming with things to see and do. Did you know that Nelson Mandela Bay is the largest wool and mohair producer in South Africa?

 

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Find out what the hype surrounding Route 67 is all about by taking this epic arts journey which celebrates 67 years of Nelson Mandela’s political life through works of art produced by local artists.

 

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Have we sparked a little interest in going to Port Elizabeth? When you are packed and ready to go, don’t forget us. View our route map to see the best possible routes to and from Port Elizabeth and book your ticket with us. Make us your number one means of travel.

 

 

10 Things you can only find in Pretoria

Posted April 14, 2016 by Greyhound SA
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We’re not talking about the Union Building or Jacaranda trees here, we are digging into those things that are authentically Pretorian, things that can only be found in Pretoria.

  1. Park Acoustics

This is where locals and others gather to enjoy one epic concert near the Voortrekker Monument. This concert features top names such as Matthew Mole, Goldfish, Taxi Violence and Gangs of Ballet to name a few. Remember, no bad vibes allowed. Image taken from the Official Park Acoustics website.

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  1. Loftus Versveld and its colourful supporters

The Blue Bulls’ HQ where you’ll see a lot of blue, horns, some more blue and Steve Hofmeyr’s song, Blou Bul, blaring in the background.

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  1. Lucky Rodrigo

A chill restaurant and bar which not only serves good food but also hosts regular vinyl fairs. You can browse around for vinyl records or sell some in your collection to them. Image taken from Lucky Rodrigo’s Official Website.

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  1. Sinkhuis

Yet another special restaurant located on the corner of Lys and Parker. Start your morning off on the right foot with a proper breakfast in the “kleindorp” atmosphere. (Image source)

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  1. Oppiplaas

The place where “Guests become friends”. Enjoy an authentic “boere” meal of juicy grilled meat and chips. Situated in the heart of Jacaranda, this restaurant is a special place to take your family. Image taken from Oppiplaas’ Official Website.

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  1. Menlyn Square

The hub of activity located in Pretoria lined with various restaurants to suit every taste. The atmosphere is synonymous with Jersey Shore vibes. Enjoy a night out and explore some of the local nightclubs. Party like only Pretorians can.

 

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  1. Cubaña in Menlyn

Cubaña is one of the few places in South Africa where you can experience an authentic Cuban night out. Think cigars, mouth-watering food, cocktails with a lot of alcohol in them and add a lot of dancing. Their focus however, is to create a social caffé  atmosphere rather than a club.

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  1. LC de Villiers

An iconic sports ground linked to the University of Pretoria where thousands of students take part in various sport activities. The indoor sports centre is decked out with an auditorium, barbecue area, indoor swimming pool, and rooms for medical practitioners while outside you will find a tartan athletics stadium, numerous squash courts and so much more.

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  1. Statues

Pretoria is famous for its statues commemorating historical events. Some iconic examples include the Nelson Mandela statue, Chief Tshwane and Paul Kruger.

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  1. The irresistible White chocolate and Macadamia Nut Blondie at Carlton Café

This delicious treat is regarded as an institution at this café. The Carlton Café caters to a variety of tastes and hosts the “Delicious Food Shop” where people can buy all sorts of deli food and tea.

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We have various routes to and from Pretoria. Book your bus ticket with Greyhound and take a trip to Pretoria; live like the locals do for a day or two.

 

Yummy Snack Ideas for people travelling on a Bus

Posted April 14, 2016 by Greyhound SA
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Make a smoothie. Not only are they healthy and packed with nutrients, they are also very filling. A great kick start if you have to board the bus early in the morning.

The best smoothie you’ll ever try!

Take the following ingredients …

6 Strawberries

1 Kiwi

1 Banana

½ Cup vanilla frozen yogurt

¾ cup pineapple or orange juice

… and blend until smooth.

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Caramel Popcorn is perfect for travellers with a sweet tooth. Melt a 1/3 cup of butter with 1 tablespoon of honey and a pinch of salt. Add 12 cups of popcorn to this syrupy mixture and stir well. Spread on a parchment lined pan and bake for 15 minutes at 180 degrees. Allow to cool.

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Make your own granola bars. It will work out much cheaper and you can share them with your family and friends.

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a pot with a 1/3 cup honey and a 1/3 cup brown sugar. Add a pinch of salt. Mix 2 cups of rolled oats in the syrup and add nuts and dried fruit to your taste. Add 2 tablespoons of wheat germ and press the mixture into a square pan. Bake for 30 minutes at 148 degrees. Cool and cut into bars.

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Churros are a delicious Mexican treat best enjoyed with a yummy chocolate dip. To make the dough, combine 1 cup of water with 1 cup of all-purpose flour in a saucepan.  Stir over a medium heat and add ½ teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons oil. Stir until it forms a ball and remove from the heat. Allow the mixture to cool before putting it in the piping bag.

Heat oil and pipe strips of the mixture in the oil and allow it to fry until golden brown. Roll in cinnamon and sugar and enjoy with chocolate sauce or Nutella.

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Fruit kebabs are a versatile treat which everyone from adults to children can enjoy. Just pick your favourite fruit and cut it into squares. Skewer the fruit pieces on small kebab sticks or toothpicks.

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Apple moons with peanut butter are the perfect healthy combination of sweet and salty. Cut an apple in moon pieces and slather peanut butter on the pieces. You can add peanuts or almonds for an extra crunch. Try them, it’s delicious!

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Beautiful Botanical Gardens to visit in South Africa

Posted April 14, 2016 by Greyhound SA
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What better way is there to celebrate the remnants of summer shifting to Autumn than a trip to your local Botanical Garden? Every botanical garden in South Africa contributes something unique to our country’s biodiversity and here follows some of the best places to see it.

 

Durban Botanic Gardens – Kwazulu-Natal

As one of Africa’s oldest surviving botanic gardens, the Durban Botanic Gardens features a unique variety of indigenous and exotic plant collections as well as over 80 heritage trees. Visitors should treat themselves to a tour through the Orchid House which holds a magnificent collection of orchids, a colourful feast to the eye.

The entrance is free.*

 

Lowveld National Botanical Gardens – Mpumalanga

Although Mpumalanga has an abundance of glorious attractions such as the Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window, the Lowveld National Botanical Gardens, however, should not be overlooked. Blessed with frequent rainfall, this garden is a green glory with no less than 2 000 species of plants and the biggest collection of cycads in Africa.

The Crocodile River flows through this Botanical Garden where it meets the Nels River and descends into a waterfall, yet another thing Mpumalanga is famous for.

Entrance fee is R24 per adult, R12 for students, children and pensioners.*

 

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

This garden has garnered the reputation as being one of Africa’s most beautiful botanical gardens, even rivalling some of those in other countries. It was in fact the first Botanical Garden to be included within a natural World Heritage Site. Set against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain, this garden is not only a thriving ground for plant species but also a haven for a variety of birds and animals.

Entrance fee is R55 per adult, R30 for SA Students with card, R15 for children (6-17 years)*

 

Pretoria Botanical Gardens

This is the best place to bring your family to witness the gorgeous annual white butterfly migration; only one of the things that makes this garden so special. Although set in the middle of the city, many eagles and falcons have found this thriving garden a peaceful place to build their nests. Amongst the vast variety of plant and tree species, visitors might just catch a glimpse of a duiker or mongoose or, if they’re lucky, one of the bushbabies.

Adults R20, students R12, children R7, children under six free. South African senior citizens enter free on Tuesdays.*

 

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