This Sunday its time for the 2017 Ironman African Championship here in Port Elizabeth. The excitement is building up and the vibe is especially evident on the beachfront. To get you in the spirit of the event, here is the highlights package from last year's event.
Friday, March 31, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Preparations for this weekend's Ironman African Championship along with the related events, Ironkids and the Corporate Challenge, taking place on Saturday is in full swing on the beachfront.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
I took a break on the beachfront yesterday at low tide and walked out on the little wall between Deville and Humewood Beach. Out at the end there are loads of mussels on the wall and it made a nice different foreground for a picture looking towards Kings Beach in the back.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Everybody loves a waterfall. Imagine my surprise when I spotted this unusual waterfall at Willows Resort on Saturday afternoon. It's the overflow out of the tidal pool at high(ish) tide.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Miggie was invited to a party at Willows this afternoon and when we went to pick her up I took a walk up to the corner next to the top of their water worm. A beautiful on a stunning Saturday afternoon. Actually very sorry that we're not camping there this weekend because the weather was perfect.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Usually this time of the year the sardines start to gather off the Port Elizabeth coastline before they start their run up the east coast. It gives divers and film crews the ideal opportunity to observe the bait balls along with all the dolphin, whale, shark and bird activity that accompanies it. Expert Tours based here in Port Elizabeth does a number of tours out to see this phenomenon and a week or two ago they had the most amazing encounter with orcas off the coast. Their footage have now been broadcast on international television and I got hold of the footage on YouTube to share with you today.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
I drove past Landman's Lake (the lake on Lakeside Road) today and could not believe my eyes how low the water level currently is because of the ongoing drought. PE's biggest fresh water lake is but a shadow of its former self. It is so low in fact that there is a beach all around the lake now.
Coming from Kragga Kamma side the whole section that panhandles out towards Like Farm Centre is dry. It just shows how badly we need some big rains to come our way.
Monday, March 20, 2017
With the drought and accompanying water restrictions I have refrained from washing my car in my support for saving water. Unfortunately it got to the point where my car started becoming an embarrassment so I popped by Soapy Joe car wash in Circular Drive. While they returned my car to respectability I had look around and was very impressed with the facility they have at Soapy Joe's. In addition to the standard outside benches, they also have a little coffee shop with inside seating and a basic menu offering things like roosterkoek for you to enjoy while reading the paper. Plus they were cheaper than the petrol station I normally have my car washed at.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
I love spending time at the Supertube at Kings Beach. Once I get going I just can't stop. Yes, I slow down a bit after an hour or so but I'm like a tank. I keep going long after the kids have stopped to look for something to eat or to warm up a bit under a towel. Last weekend we spent a day at the Supertube with Miggie's EP Indoor Cricket team as part of a team building day and believe me, I felt it for a couple of day after. But who need a gym if you can Supertube? Unfortunately I didn't take my camera along but I did grab this pic of Chaosboy coming down the slide with my phone.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
At high tide the rocky stretch of beach between Hobie Beach and Pollok Beach is mostly covered by water, but at low tide it's all exposed and looks rather barren. Bird Rock can be seen on the horizon in the middle of the picture and Chop Rock to the left.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Have you ever wondered what it looks like inside the Volsawagen plant in Uitenhage but have never had a chance to go and do the factory tour? Let me show you through this video I discovered on the Rivista Automobilismo channel on YouTube this morning.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
I know today's photo isn't the typical touristy photo nor one anybody would use to promote the city with. It's still one I would like to share with you. I was at a meeting at Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism in Donkin Street the other day and ventured down to Chapel Street and over to the cul-de-sac overlooking the bottom of Russell Road. Not an angle of the road one get's to see often and hence the share.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
I received a little surprise from SA Tourism in the mail this week. A pair of coffee mugs with the SA Tourim"Welcome" figure on one side and "FireflyAfrica" on the other. I don't get to deal directly with SA Tourism often, probably because I'm not based in Cape Town of Johannesburg where they do a lot of their media activities. It's great though to know that somebody over there notices what I'm doing on this side as a travel blogger and it motivates me to continue doing what I'm doing on both my blogs, Port Elizabeth Daily Photo and Firefly the Travel Guy.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
I'm not a golfer. Not really by choice, more by the fact that I just don't still have time for it as well. I'd rather be out looking for Geocaches somewhere. It's not that I've never tried though. I played the 9 hole Kragga Kamma course probably three times and twice at Sardinia Bay's 9 holes but I don't think anybody who knows how to plat would want to play a round with me. Perhaps one day. Last week I spent a little time with Stefan of Fish River Sun manning a sponsored tee box at a golf day at the Port Elizabeth Golf Club. Yeh, perhaps one day.
Monday, March 13, 2017
In yesterday's post I showed you a photo I took while out on a bit of a Geocaching adventure looking down at Target Kloof. Today's pic was taken from exactly the same spot but this time looking down on Walmer. The Baakens Valley leading up towards Dodd's Farm is on the left with the river visible right in the centre of the picture.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
On Saturday morning I went on a little Geocaching expedition at the bottom of Target Kloof. I had to follow a path to the top of the cliffs overlooking the surrounding suburb and river below and ended up snapping this pic from close to the cache location. Now I would never have seen this view if it wasn't for the cache. #justsaying
Saturday, March 11, 2017
I went to pick up a few Geocaches this morning, one which was next to the Baakens River close to Target Kloof. It's good to see that there is still water in the river even though we are struggling through a severe drought at the moment and levels are quite low.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Two weekends ago we got to do the waterfall hike at Innikloof outside Hankey and I was amazed that even though we are in a severe drought situation, the river and waterfall still had a decent flow to it.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
At had a meeting with Nadine of Passing the Open Window, a fellow travel blogger, yesterday and got to take this photo from their balcony looking down the Baakens Valley towards the harbour. Nice!
Labels: Baakens Valley
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
On passing through Lower Valley Road today I decided to sop and have a closer look at the new mural that has been put up at the Tramways Building. The mural, in black and white, depicts scenes and items linked to the harbour, South End and Central. Included are lots of harbour cranes, trams, city scapes, the Donkin Reserve with the Great Flag and the Grey Institute, birds, a boat and even the St Peter's Church ruins.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Friday, March 3, 2017
Everybody has been making America First, whatever country Second videos so why should South Africa be left behind. I think we've all been waiting for it and now KFM radio station in the Western Cape has done it. An America First, South Africa Second video. I know it's not a Port Elizabeth related video this week, but its just too good not to share.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Robin Hood does it. Legolas killed orcs doing it, Princess Merida did it in Brave, Hawkeye and Green Arrow are seen as superheroes for doing it, Katniss Everdeen has been doing it and Rambo even took down a helicopter doing it. Did you know there is an archery club at Londt Park? Well, on the SAACI Amazing Race a few weeks ago we got to shoot arrows like all the characters above. It's not as easy as it seems though...
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
A couple of weeks ago I participated in the annual SAACI Amazing Race along with my friend Stefan of Fish River Sun. These Amazing Race type fundraisers is a great way to explore the city and take participants to places they've never been to or haven't been to for a while. It does also bring out a very competitive streak in people and once the race gets going the adrenaline literally pumps the whole time.
Selfies made up a big part of the race requirements and the first picture was taken at the first stop at Pine Lodge when were were still fresh and bright eyed and bushy tailed. I'm only posting some of the selfies taken at recognisable locations.
A quick stop at the South African Airforce Museum behind the airport
The Horse Memorial
Exhausted after a run through St George's Park to visit various spots in the park
Mandela at the Athenaeum building
Castle Hill Nr 7 after a dash down the road from the Athenaeum
Sucking in lungs full of air after another dash for answers at Fort Frederick.
After starting in about 8th or 9th after the first task we maintained a position varying between 4th and 6th most of the way before jumping into second spot at the second last Road Block. A position we retained to the end.