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FitBit a fabulous fitness tool and motivation, discovering my health and fitness with Discovery!

I have not been fitness-conscious in many years, but in preparation for my Camino walk, I decided to invest in a FitBit, a watch that not only tells the date and time, but also provides information about one’s activity in terms of steps and kilometers covered, calories burned, and one’s heart rate. All the measures are tracked daily and weekly, from the time that one startswearing the FitBit. Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 15 September

imageTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   The United Nations World Tourism Association (UNWTO) World Tourism Barometer reflects that international tourism grew by 4 % in the period January – June 2015. However, tourism in Africa declined by 6% (sub-Saharan Africa declined by 4%). The growth rate of tourism in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Middle East was highest at 5% in the same period.

*.  The National Finalists for the SA Wine Tasting Championships have Continue reading →

Tourism Month 2015: foundation for Western Cape Tourism development in next five years!

Cape Town fogYesterday Tourism Month 2015 was launched by Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde, who spoke at a media briefing about the province’s plans to grow employment in the tourism sector by 100000 by the year 2020.

The Western Cape Khulisa Project focuses on growth-generating sectors of our province’s economy, and Tourism is one of the most important to meet this goal! Minister Winde mentioned the investment of R 179 million by the V & A Waterfront to build a cruise liner terminal, as well as the doubling in size of the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the new R680 million Tsogo Sun Hotel in the city centre, and the new Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 3 February

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   The Tourism Business Council of South Africa FNB Tourism Business Index reflects that the tourism industry is improving, with a score of 108 for the last quarter of 2014. A score of 100 is the norm.  The Accommodation sector did even better, with an Index of 113, despite the impact of Ebola, and the Immigration Regulation changes introduced late last year.  ‘Other Tourism‘ (e.g. transport, food and beverage) scored 104, lower than had been forecast for the quarter.  The exchange rate has played a role in the improving Index.  For the first quarter of this year an average Index of about 102 is expected.

*   The Cape Winelands is experiencing its earliest harvest in 49 years, having started very early in the new year, almost a month earlier than last year.  VinPro explains that three perfect winters with enough cold and sufficient rain, combined with an unusually warmer August, has led to the earlier harvest.  A smaller harvest is expected this year, but is expected to be of a good quality.  Winemakers are facing a challenge in their cellars in that many cultivars are ripening almost at the same time.

*   Cycling in Cape Town is one of the best ways to see our city, writes the Los Angeles Times, describing Continue reading →

Wines2Whales race with a view

A brand new endurance mountain bicycle race has been launched, taking cyclists through wine estates and scenic landscapes never accessed by cyclists before, reports the Cape Argus.

The Wines2Whales MTB Race starts on Friday 13 November, and runs over three days.  It starts at Lourensford wine estate in Somerset West,  and travels through Sir Lowry’s Pass, Elgin, Houw Hoek, Bot River, the Hemel & Aarde valley, finishing in Hermanus, from which they can see the whales.  

The route passes through 13 wine estates and 26 private farms.   Some of the unique farms and areas through which the 262 cyclists will travel on the 262 km route are Morgenster, Wederwill Game Reserve, the Houwhoek Inn, Lebanon, Paul Cluver estate, Oak Valley, Karwyderskraal, Beaumont Winery, Wildekrans, Hamilton Russell estate, and ending at the Hermanuspietersfontein winery.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio : www.whalecottage.com

Dam new Franschhoek attraction

The Berg River Dam is set to become part of the Franschhoek tourism offering, if the development plans of the consultants CNdV Africa Planning & Design are accepted.

The plans include a 2 000 metre Olympic-size rowing course, a guest lodge, restaurants, and shops, reports the Cape Argus.  

The consultants have proposed that only tourism and recreational facilities should be provided at the Dam.    Non-motorised water activities such as sailing, angling, swimming, rowing and canoeing are to be offered.   On the edge of the dam, facilities for cycling, hiking and camping in tented accommodation are to be developed.