Head to “Schotia Safaris” to rekindle your sense of awe.

Head to “Schotia Safaris” to rekindle your sense of awe.

These glorious March and April days remind us of glorious October days of changing light, gentle warmth, cool breezes. They remind us especially of one fine October day last year when we escaped on a Schotia “Tooth and Claw Safari” for a mesmerizing six hour African bush experience. Following on from a long winter of traumatizing ill health and slow business, this wildlife bush sojourn was ‘just what the doctor ordered’ for us. We mingled with excited tourists, took deep breaths as we held on tight and allowed our senses to be transported away from the humdrum we’d fast left behind.

What did we see?
The Big Five as well as almost all of the animals listed on Schotia’s pamplet, wow.
We saw light in all her glory and an abundance of southern stars.
What did we smell?
The Eastern Cape bush, spring ‘vynbos’, fresh dung wafting on the breeze, the distant Indian Ocean.
What did we touch?
Each other and our cameras.
What did we hear?
The noisy silence of the African bush, the sharp twitter of birds, the grunts of animals, the singing of insects, the swooshing of hippos in water, the strain of the Land Rover, the scurry of a warthog, the stampede of a rhino, the crackling of fires at the supper lapa.
What did we taste?
The African dust, delicious coffee brews and preserves on fire-cooked breads, a hearty meal cooked on open fires.
What did we feel?
We felt elated to be so close to so many animals in their beautiful, natural surroundings. We felt comforted by the warm sun on our faces and cool breeze through our hair. We felt privileged to witness the sheer wonder of tourists from every corner of the globe, we felt proud of our magnificent Eastern Cape and of all who are striving to showcase her.

Thank you to Jenny Bean and her knowledgeable staff at “Schotia Safaris” for an unforgettable day packed with memories, a day that most certainly recharged our batteries.

In their own words:

“The Schotia Tooth & Claw Safari is a four hour guided game drive in an open Land Rover with a short refreshments and toilet break at the halfway point. After an amazing experience, where you will view more animals than you thought possible, enjoy a delicious dinner which is prepared over an open fire. We try to show our guests as much as possible on a drive and concentrate on the popular sightings rather than ‘the birds and the bees’. A short, spotlit night game drive providing the possibility of more nocturnal animals completes your experience as we return to our reception area.”
Arrival time 14:45.
Register at our office and sign indemnity.
Meet your ranger and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee before departing on game drive.
Guided game drive from 15:00 – 17:00 (viewing Antelope, Zebra, Rhino, Giraffe etc…)
17:00 Refreshment and toilet stop.
Continue on guided game drive until 19:00 while viewing nocturnal animals, Hippo and LIONS!!
19:00 return to Lapa for a scrumptious meal cooked over open fires.
Night drive as you retire to your accommodation for a restful night’s sleep.”

Contact Schotia Safaris for your “Tooth and Claw Safari”
Tel: +27 (0) 42 235 1436
Fax: +27 (0) 42 235 1368
Cell:+27 (0) 83 654 8511
E-mail:schotia@intekom.co.za

Browse through these:-
www.schotiasafaris.co.za/album/game-sightings-at-schotia
www.schotiasafaris.co.za/album/bird-life-at-schotia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Superb coffees out and about in Walmer.

Superb coffees out and about in Walmer.

Dempsey’s Guest House is surrounded by delicious coffee pit stops, we are spoilt for coffee choice in Walmer.

Urban Espress owner, Donovan McLagan, National Cup Taster Champion has won the national title for fourth time in seven years. Dozens of people from regions across the country participated in the Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa Barista Championships, held in Cape Town earlier this year. McLagan will be heading to Dubai in September to battle it out against the best coffee specialists from 42 different countries. McLagan, a former engineer, gave up his job more than 10 years ago to start up his growing passion. “On a trip to New Zealand in 2004, I realised how big the coffee culture is over there and decided to make my own coffee, grinding my own beans, and it kind of just spiralled into a business from there,” he said.

25 6th Avenue , Walmer   http://www.urbanespress.co.za 

Article from The Herald: Athena O’Reilly

the herald, article athena O'reilly, photograph werner hills

The Herald, article Athena O’Reilly, photograph Werner Hills

Then on Main Road Walmer, Mike Chizeya of Micoffee fame has just been awarded “Coffee Personality of the Year” hosted by Coffee Magazine at uShaka Marine World Aquarium. Passionate about his coffee, staff and business, Mike is deserving of this fabulous award, delivering impeccable service along with friendliness at all times.       152 Main Road, Walmer. http://www.micoffee.co.za/

the herald, article naziziphiwo buso, photograph fredlin adriaan

The Herald, article Naziziphiwo Buso, photograph Fredlin Adriaan

Right behind Micoffee is Banneton Bakery, Café and Bistro, another great stop-off for a richly decadent coffee.       154 Main Road, Walmer    https://bannetonbakery.co.za/

Further on up and over Main Road is the home of Brioche Food and Coffee…indulgement starts at 7am!   181 Main Road, Walmer    https://www.facebook.com/Brioche-Food-and-Coffee-553255924708025/

A bit closer to home on Heugh Road, is Como Caffé, an Italian restaurant, coffee shop and deli.  Como Caffé brings New York City’s “Little Italy” to Port Elizabeth.     86 Heugh Road, Walmer   https://comocaffe.business.site/

come caffe, photograph k.rath, dempsey's guest house

Come Caffe, photograph K.Rath, Dempsey’s Guest House

A few more firm favourites for ‘coffees of note’ in Walmer, are:

Cobblestone Bistro and Bakery   40 6th Avenue, Walmer    https://www.cobblestonebakery.co.za/

Bocadillos on First: 22 1st Avenue, Walmer and Bocadillos on Sixth: 42 6th Avenue, Walmer    http://www.bocadillos.co.za/

 

The bocadillo or bocata, in Spain, is a sandwich made with Spanish bread, usually a baguette or similar type of bread, cut lengthwise.

When next you beetle off to Bokkadillllowzs… remember this: How to pronounce “Bocadillo” in Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daYX1yWeeKs

 

 

“Computer Bits and Pieces” in Walmer maintaining good service.

“Computer Bits and Pieces” in Walmer maintaining good service.

Conveniently located 1km from us at Dempsey’s, Computer Bits and Pieces is quietly maintaining their good levels of service. Thank you especially to Dave for your patience with us, you have been  instrumental in effecting the ‘changes 2018’ in our home and business.

Contact Details
Telephone No :  086 107 7785
Fax No :  086 618 1583
Email :  info@computerbap@mweb.co.za
http://www.computerbitsandpieces.co.za/Home.html

Address:
Cnr 6th Avenue and Villiers Road
Walmer
Port Elizabeth
6000

Open:- Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm and on Saturday from 8am to 1pm.

“We are the one-stop source for all your computer needs based on friendly and honest service. “

 

Here’s our previous praise:-

Their top service took my breath away!

 

Guest review from: Geoff Tribe.

I can recommend Dempsey’s for a quiet, secure stay in PE within 10 minutes from the City Centre. Situated on a large property with ample secure parking and with a number of restaurants nearby if required. Hosts Kathy and Jack are welcoming but unobtrusive.


Geoff Tribe
booked out of Dempseys on 11/07/2018.

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Guest review from: Moses.

My home away from home. Such a comfortable place and lovely hosts. Their rooms are well equipped with everything a self-caterer would ever need … you won’t regret.


Moses
booked out of Dempseys on 29/06/2018.

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Guest review from: Kay

The hosts are nice, friendly and helpful. They had excellent conduct and the room we were given was very spacious. The setup is very nice and simple, the service was brilliant. My family and I enjoyed our stay at Dempsey’s Guest House.


Kay
booked out of Dempseys on 02/06/2018.

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“New Horizon” is latest addition to artworks of Route 67 at Donkin Village.

“New Horizon” is latest addition to artworks of Route 67 at Donkin Village.

A new artwork has been added to The Donkin Village, part of Route 67. Louwrens Westraad’s artwork “New Horizon” comprises two metallic oxen pulling a wagon. The artwork is located at the bottom end of Constitution Hill, opposite Heritage Café.

“The New Horizon public sculpture reflects the individual, manufacturing and motoring history of Nelson Mandela Bay – the resilient nature and pioneering spirit of all who live in the province,” Westraad said, revealing that the work had taken three months to create. The oxen consist of more than a thousand individually collected, sorted, shaped and welded steel and iron components. They embody the strength and optimism required to boldly journey up and over the mountains of tomorrow – united as team,” Westraad said. The artwork in part also pays homage to oxen and the wagon and their contribution to the history of transportation.

Westraad played a pivotal role in the creation of the 7m-highUjiva (Xhosa for “dance”) sculpture on the Walker Drive traffic circle near Baywest City Mall.

The central business district, which incorporates the Route 67 Arts Journey, is becoming one of the largest and most diverse installation areas of public art in the country.

Excerpts taken from The Herald article written by: Hendrik Mphande

http://www.heraldlive.co.za/news/2018/02/24/mesmerising-metal-oxen-take-stand/

"new horizon" public sculpture at donkin village

“New Horizon” public sculpture at Donkin Village

artist of "new horizon": louwrens westraadt

Artist of “New Horizon”: Louwrens Westraadt

ox wagon

Ox wagon

"new horizon" artwork is at the bottom end of donkin village

“New Horizon” artwork is at the bottom end of Donkin Village

fascinating view of the parts making up the oxen

Fascinating view of the parts making up the oxen

metal oxen of "new horizon" artwork

Metal oxen of “New Horizon” artwork

heritage café, located opposite the oxen artwork

Heritage Café, located opposite the oxen artwork

See our Route 67 related links below:-

“Bottle Top City” joins Route 67, Donkin Reserve, Port Elizabeth.

 

http://dempseys.co.za/the-athenaeum-building-port-elizabeth/

http://dempseys.co.za/67-beaded-quotes-of-nelson-mandela/

http://dempseys.co.za/wayfinding-markers-along-route-67-in-port-elizabeth/

http://dempseys.co.za/images-of-the-interesting-route-67-art-works-in-pe-dec-2012/

Firefly the Travel Guy featured in Getaway magazine.

Firefly the Travel Guy featured in Getaway magazine.

It was great to see that our local tourism guru, Jonker Fourie, features as a contributor in the March issue of Getaway Magazine.

The article is : ” 3 SA train trips you’ll love”. The first and second train trips are written by Teagan Cunniffe and Caroline Webb respectively. Jonker’s contribution is on the third train trip: The Apple Express, Port Elizabeth – a beloved old train back on its tracks after gathering dust since 2010. For now the Apple takes us on a very short journey, longer journeys are being planned, we all look forward to it.

Jonker is passionate about and fully ‘plugged into’ all things tourism, local and national; he is often called “Firefly the Travel Guy” after his blog with the same name. The Firefly Photo Files have become his photographic guide to the beautiful country in which we live. He manages to publish a daily photograph from his Port Elizabeth Daily Photo Blog   

First train trip:      The Inchanga Choo-Choo, Durban by Teagan Cunniffe

Second train trip: The Forgotten Route: Cape Town to Matjiesfontein by Caroline Webb

Third train trip:    The Apple Express by Jonker Fourie

https://fireflyafrica.blogspot.co.za/

https://portelizabethdailyphoto.blogspot.co.za/

https://appleexpresstrain.co.za

http://www.getaway.co.za/

 

jonker fourie

Jonker Fourie

 

jonker's apple express article page 89

Jonker’s Apple Express article Page 89

 

apple express, port elizabeth

Apple Express, Port Elizabeth

 

3 sa train trips you'll love, getaway magazine march 2018

3 SA train trips you’ll love, Getaway Magazine March 2018

 

getaway magazine march 2018

Getaway Magazine March 2018

 

reader's letter in the country life magazine

Reader’s letter in the Country Life Magazine

Upcoming local events #ShareTheBay

Starting with TOMORROW…

In their own words:
“We started off with 10 Artisans and at our next event there will be 49 artisans from our beautiful Bay area who will be representing their products. We have a wide variety of crafts, delicious food, fresh produce, plants and beverages that will be on sale as well. We are proud to share that we use photography and artwork on our various advertisements and artwork from vendors who will be at the market so make sure that we ‘keep it local’ ”

https://www.facebook.com/locallyyoursmarket/

https://www.nmbt.co.za/events/locally_yours_market.html

 

Then 24th and 25th March…

 

I Do Bridal Expo

From Linda’s website:

With a media planning, marketing and event management background, Linda Harwood established Harwood Promotions in January 1997. Harwood Promotions offers a professional public relations and marketing consulting service, specialising in event management, exhibitions, and conferences. Harwood Promotions sets out to clearly understand the client’s marketing goals, and with this insight a viable marketing/pr/event plan is devised and driven with passion to achieve outstanding results. Linda offers a distinctly personal service to achieve the client’s marketing goals.
With over 20 years of experience, her commitment and drive ensures excellent and professional service.

http://www.harwoodevents.co.za/contact-us/

 

 

and then the SPLASH FESTIVAL: 30th March – 2 April

 

https://www.facebook.com/nmbmsplashfestival/

Splash Festival 2018 will feature international, national and regional sporting events, over 150 stalls, a massive variety of food stalls, fairground, kids entertainment and performances by:Cassper Nyovest, Dan Patlansky, Nokwazi and over 40 Nelson Mandela Bay’s finest performers.

The highly popular 5 – a – side rugby competition returns to Splash Festival 2018. Register your team early to avoid disappointment!

The SAJSBA national event will take places at Splash Festival 2018.

This year, the festival will take place at Hobie Beach, as well as Wells Estate.

Call 041 364 0028 for more info.