Holiday in South Africa

Written by Dirk Wessels

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Your next move will depend on how much you likerepparttar outdoors compared to cities. Port Elizabeth is a fairly small city by most standards and it’s around 80 Kms from Oyster Bay, so most places you’d want to visit inrepparttar 139327 area can be reached from both locations. Whichever way, make sure you visitrepparttar 139328 Addo Elephant park and Shamwari game reserve for a bit of a safari andrepparttar 139329 big five.

From Port Elizabeth, I would fly up to Jo’burg and head out ofrepparttar 139330 country, or if your time/budget allows, jump on a plane to Durban and work your way up to Jo’burg. As much as I loved Durban many years ago, I personally would not spend any more time there. Do your own research about Durban. Beautiful beaches, hot waters and hot weather almost all year long, but… I would rather go up north for some scuba diving in Sodwana. Enough on that, from Durban I would rent a car and travel up to Jo’burg, with a 3-5 day stop inrepparttar 139331 Drakensberg.

I spent a couple of days inrepparttar 139332 Drakensberg with a friend once and onrepparttar 139333 first morning I went for a walk before sunrise. When I got back torepparttar 139334 camp a couple of hours later, my friend had woken up and was standing atrepparttar 139335 side ofrepparttar 139336 tent and waved for me to be quiet. He was busy taking photographs of a couple of guinifowl and was amazed that we were so close to “nature”. I was amazed that he would be impressed by something so small. During my first walk I had sat onrepparttar 139337 top of a little hill to watchrepparttar 139338 sunrise and had a deer walking around a couple of meters from me. I had also watched a falcon gracefully flying around betweenrepparttar 139339 hills, seen quite a few rabbits and “dassies” (don’t know their English name) and monkeys and I had had a swim in a natural pool below a fair-sized waterfall. If you like waterfalls and little mountain streams,repparttar 139340 Drakensberg is a must!! The world’s second highest waterfall can be found inrepparttar 139341 Drakensberg The Drakensberg is about halfway between Johannesburg and Durban. Very roughly, it’s about 350KMs in either direction.

This is just one possible trip if you’re coming to visit South Africa. As I mentioned, there are many other beautiful and interesting places to visit in our country. If your main objective is a safari and seeingrepparttar 139342 big five, then look intorepparttar 139343 Kruger National Park and surrounding game reserves. If you want to go scuba diving there is absolutely NO choice, go to Sodwana bay.

Dirk Wessels is a keen traveller and outdoor enthusiast and is also the web designer for Oyster Bay Lodge. You may freely use this article on condition that you keep an active link to African holiday desitination

Hotel Safety for Your Next Business Trip or Vacation Get-a-Way

Written by Michelle Annese

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-keep an eye out for your luggage both to and from your hotel room.

-locate all fire exits, fire extinguishers and elevators.

-Do not userepparttar stairs to get to your room. Always takerepparttar 139282 elevator. Any secluded part ofrepparttar 139283 hotel is never a good idea to be in i.e. stairwells, parking garages, dark hallways etc.

During your stay ...

-make surerepparttar 139284 windows andrepparttar 139285 between-room door are all locked.

- use allrepparttar 139286 locks on your door every time you’re in your room, especiallyrepparttar 139287 dead bolt, flip lock or chain at night.

-put all valuables inrepparttar 139288 room safe and make sure it is one that is bolted torepparttar 139289 floor. Never leave jewelry, credit cards or cash lying around your room.

-if someone knocks on your door, don’t open it right away. Keeprepparttar 139290 door shut and userepparttar 139291 peephole and askrepparttar 139292 person to identify themselves. If you don’t know them, don’t openrepparttar 139293 door. If they claim to be hotel personnel or security, call down torepparttar 139294 front desk to make surerepparttar 139295 hotel sent them. If their story does not check-out and there is no reason forrepparttar 139296 person to be there, tell them to go away and then notifyrepparttar 139297 front desk.

- Consider purchasing a portable room alarm. They can hang onrepparttar 139298 inside door knob, or a floor device that sounds an alarm if your hotel door is opened. To get these room safety devices, go to they’re small and easy to travel with. They can fit into a pocket or purse.

- always leaverepparttar 139299 ‘do not disturb’ tag onrepparttar 139300 outside of your door.

- When leaving putrepparttar 139301 lights andrepparttar 139302 T.V. or radio on to let no one know you have leftrepparttar 139303 room and it is unoccupied.

-if you loose your key, report it immediately torepparttar 139304 hotel’s front desk and ask to be moved to another room.

-immediately report any suspicious activity torepparttar 139305 Hotel’s staff.

When you check-out…

-search through your belongings to make sure all forms of I.D. are safe and nothing is missing with personal information on it.

-request an escort to your vehicle inrepparttar 139306 parking garage or lot.

-checkrepparttar 139307 inside ofrepparttar 139308 vehicle before getting in.

By following these hotel safety tips, you can increase your protection from a personal assault or theft. Making your business or vacation trip safer and being less of a target for a criminal.

Michelle Annese is a 3rd degree black belt with 15+ years experience teaching self defense and safety for women and children. She is the creator of The Realtor Survival Guide, Protection for Women , and The SafeGuard System for Kids. For more information on how to protect yourself and your family check out other articles by Michelle Annese at and get her free weekly family safety e-newsletter.

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