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26 September 2014

Quad Biking has become a hugely popular activity in Cape Town during summer with various companies offering very cool routes through some awesome terrain. There are trails in Elgin and Grabouw where you would be forgiven for thinking you had landed up in the Scottish Highlands because of the magnificent scenery, or you can opt for a trip through the winelands. There is also extreme quad biking offered on the West Coast at Atlantis Dunes. If you fancy flying up and down sand dunes with a mouthful of sand and pretending you are in MAD MAX then this is for you!
One of Cape Town’s best kept secrets is the Cape Town Monday Night Jazz Jam in Wetton, Cape Town. The surprise of the evening is that you never know which popular jazz musician (local and abroad) you may see performing live here. It has been going for many years. The place is abuzz with music loving visitors from abroad and locals.
For a serious adrenaline rush how about Tandem paragliding off Lions Head or Signal Hill? They tell us its highly addictive and would certainly give you the best views of The Coastline. Fly from Lions Head and land on the field in front of The Bungalow, between Camps Bay and Clifton beaches or over Sea Point from Signal Hill landing on the famous Sea Point Promenade. Or Whale watch while paragliding in Hermanus. It’s very James Bond. We love it!

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South Africanisms


weird and wonderful things about south africa and its people

"Shebeen" - a township tavern or drinking hole. Once illegal and frequently raided by the fuzz, shebeens are now pretty groovy hangouts in the townships. Note- AMEX not accepted here.

Submitted by Justice beeba

"Toyi Toyi" (pronounced TOY-TOY) this is a traditional South African form of protest. It is a knees up dance done by protestors and can be very intimidating.

Submitted by Jaques Du Plooy

“Jizlaaik” is another wonderfully descriptive word we have for “Goodness gracious!” or “Oh My!” so we might say "jizlaaik my China if South Africa wins the cricket i skeem we should have a dop or two to celebrate”

Submitted by Delarey Potgieter

“laaitie” is an affectionate word for a younger person particularly a son so you might say “My laaitie is taking his bokkie to a flik tonight. “Bokkie” in this context would mean his sweetheart and not his pet Springbok.

Submitted by Eric Van Staden

"Now, Now" - When South Africans say that they will do something "Now, now"... It actually means that they will do it later.

Submitted by Ken McKenzie

“Rooineks” Is the name the boers gave to the English settlers in the old days because their necks were always sunburnt from the harsh South African sun. The name stuck and you still see a fair amount of sunburnt necks about.

Submitted by Derrick Le Roux

"A Boer Maak a Plan" Afrikaans colloquialism meaning that no matter what the obstacles are, us South Africans can sort it out. It speaks to our no nonsense sense of the world.

Submitted by Jean De Villiers

"LADUMA" Pronounced LA-DOOO-MAH is a popular cheer used at footbal matches to celebrate a goal being scored. shouted loud, with the emphasis on the middle DOOOO this is exaltation at its height (well in so far as sport can get you ecstatic anyway)

Submitted by Angel Witbooi

"At the Robots, turn left" We don't do traffic lights - it's too much like being law abiding. In South Africa we have robots. Much more exciting!!

Submitted by Maria Van Heerden

"Yebo" a Zulu word meaning yes or used to show approval. For example: Question: "Hi there, can I get a pint in this Shebeen ?" Answer: "Yebo!"

Submitted by Sipho Mahlangu

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