Dreamy flying over Alexandria Dunefields, Eastern Cape, SA.

Dempsey’s Blog has been slumbering. Here’s a dream that woke us up:-
William Fraser: Published on Dec 8, 2015
Sling2 aircraft x6. The sequel to my first video of the flight, “Six Sling Formation”.
GoPro footage : Jordan van Eeden.

The unique Alexandria Dunefield stretches for a distance of fifty kilometres from Sundays River Mouth to Bushman’s River, and is one of the largest existing active coastal dunefields in the world.
Situated on the Eastern Cape’s Sunshine Coast, the Alexandria Dunefields cover a total area of one hundred and forty two square kilometres. The dunefield displays an average width of about two and a half kilometres and some of the dunes are about a hundred and forty metres high. The Woody Cape section of the Addo Elephant National Park encompasses the Alexandria Dunefield. The dunefield and unspoilt coastline of mainly sandy beaches is flanked by Southern Coastal Forest with species such as coast coral trees, real yellowwoods, white stinkwoods and knobthorns in abundance. Wildlife occurring in the forest includes bushbuck, bushpig, the rare nocturnal tree dassie, vervet monkeys and blue duiker. Signs of leopard and brown hyena have been recorded in the forest and on forest margins but sightings of these elusive predators are few. Many bird species occur in the forest, including the Trumpeter Hornbill and Knysna Turaco. There have been sightings of the Ground Hornbill in grassland pastures adjacent to the forest. The marine section in Algoa Bay encompasses the Bird Island and the St Croix Island chain. These islands are vitally important for marine bird breeding colonies. Bird Island is home to the largest Cape Gannet breeding colony (some 160 000 birds) in the world while St. Croix houses the largest breeding colony of African Penguins. Endangered birds, such as the Roseate Tern, also breed on the islands.

The Alexandria Dunefield is considered to be the best example in South Africa of bare coastal dunefield, often referred to as a dune sea. It offers a unique and extraordinary wilderness resource which only a few other landscapes in South Africa provide. It is the largest and least degraded coastal dunefield in the southern hemisphere. The dunefield imparts a unique experience of solitude, infinity and spatial freedom.

The Alexandria Dunefield falls within the “Algoa Bay Hope Spot”: http://www.sst.org.za/hope-spots/algoa-bay-hope-spot–2/algoa-bay-hope-spot-details

“Hope Spots are special places that are critical to the health of the ocean — Earth’s blue heart. Hope Spots are about recognizing, empowering and supporting individuals and communities around the world in their efforts to protect the ocean. Dr. Sylvia Earle introduced the concept in her 2009 TED talk and since then the idea has inspired millions across the planet. While about 12 percent of the land around the world is now under some form of protection (as national parks etc.), less than six percent of the ocean is protected in any way. Hope Spots allow us to plan for the future and look beyond current marine protected areas (MPAs), which are like national parks on land where exploitative uses like fishing and deep sea mining are restricted. Hope Spots are often areas that need new protection, but they can also be existing MPAs where more action is needed. They can be large, they can be small, but they all provide hope due to:

  • A special abundance or diversity of species, unusual or representative species, habitats or ecosystems
  • Particular populations of rare, threatened or endemic species
  • A site with potential to reverse damage from negative human impacts
  • The presence of natural processes such as major migration corridors or spawning grounds
  • Significant historical, cultural or spiritual values
  • Particular economic importance to the community”
  • Taken from: https://mission-blue.org/hope-spots/

Sources: https://www.wheretostay.co.za/topic/3461-alexandria-dunefields 

https://www.sanparks.org/parks/addo/camps/woody/conservation/fauna_flora.php

 

Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, a beach of note.

Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, a beach of note.

sardinia bay, port elizabeth, eastern cape, sa

Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, SA

nature at her best

Nature at her best

the sand dune climb is worth the view from the top

The sand dune climb is worth the view from the top

a delight to watch horses take command of the beach

A delight to watch horses take command of the beach

a day for a daydream: 19 nov. 2017

A day for a daydream: 19 Nov. 2017

sardinia bay, nelson mandela bay metro, eastern cape

Sardinia Bay, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Eastern Cape

Discover South Africa – with Google Street View & Drive South Africa

Discover South Africa – with Google Street View & Drive South Africa

Early this month Google said: “The new trails, launched today, extend the existing Street View imagery of South Africa’s wilderness areas to include all 19 national parks, 17 previously ‘un-trekked’ nature reserves and many sites of natural, cultural and historical significance in all nine provinces of South Africa”.

Together South Africans put South Africa on Google Street View.

No words from us, see it all here:-

 

Proud contributor to “Absolutely Awesome South Africa” publication.

Proud contributor to “Absolutely Awesome South Africa” publication.

We received a special, surprise delivery this week of a beautiful book, “Absolutely Awesome South Africa.” A lovely note inside from author Derryn Campbell thanking us for our contribution to her latest edition. And what is our contribution? A little photograph of an up and coming entrepreneur in Morgan Bay, Eastern Cape. We’d spotted him selling breads and tuck shop goodies straight from his supermarket shopping trolley (with registration plate!) and captured his innovative spirit! Sometime later we shared the photograph on a Facebook page called “Africa, this is why I live here.” Derryn spotted our photo there and asked for our permission to use it in her new book. We said, “Of course you may use it as long as there is mention of Dempsey’s Guest House!” And so she did. Thank you Derryn Campbell, we are thrilled to be featured in your fabulous book “Absolutely Awesome South Africa.”
This book is an entertaining compilation on South Africa, packed full of fun, facts and trivia. With completely new content and design on every page, it is full of South African humour, history and interesting facts. The vibrant and colourful pages of “Absolutely Awesome South Africa” capture the heart and the soul of this magnificent country.

The story of “Awesome South Africa” taken from her website: http://www.awesomesouthafrica.co.za/  started when this fun and colourful coffee table book was launched in 2010. Derryn Campbell offers us this wonderfully eclectic and informative insight into all that is South African. The book has delighted South Africans around the world and has sold over 55 000 copies. Derryn has subsequently published an updated Second Edition of “Awesome South Africa” as well as the guidebook “Living in South Africa” which she co-authored with Regina Gräff. Derryn has launched the latest book in the series titled “Absolutely Awesome South Africa.”

Awesome South Africa was one of six South African books shortlisted for the 2011 Nielsen Booksellers’ choice Award. The Booksellers’ Choice Award is chosen and presented by the South African book trade in recognition of outstanding contribution to the industry. It is awarded to the book that booksellers across South Africa have most enjoyed reading, selling or promoting over the past year.

Leaving behind a successful corporate career in management, Derryn followed a vision to encourage South Africans to positively influence the future of their country and has brightened the hearts and outlook of thousands of people around the world. In 2007, Derryn, together with Di Smith, co-founded Awesome SA, a non-profit movement that not only interacts with South Africans to create awareness about their country, but also facilitates initiatives to deliver positive outcomes.

a whole new meaning to morgan bay shopping!

A whole new meaning to Morgan Bay shopping!

Beautifully packaged surprise parcel

Beautifully packaged surprise parcel

that special note from author derryn campbell

That special note from author Derryn Campbell

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Cheerful entrepreneur at morgan bay, we are sorry we didn't ask his name

Cheerful entrepreneur Morgan Bay, we are sorry we didn’t ask his name

our photo in absolutely awesome south africa

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Claire Fulton highlighting Port Elizabeth’s country spots. June 2015

Claire Fulton highlighting Port Elizabeth’s country spots. June 2015

In case you had not noticed, yes we are fans of the SA Country Life magazine. Take a peek at the June 2015 issue where Claire Fulton writes about ‘Pastoral PE.’ And oh yes, you need to know that she is from Port Elizabeth. Keep us in the spotlight please Claire.

http://www.countrylife.co.za/pastoral-pe/

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One Fine Day in March 2015.

One Fine Day in March 2015.

It’s been a long and cold winter in Port Elizabeth but the days are longer and we are seeing more light now, we are dreaming of that ‘One Fine Day’ in the March 2015 issue of SA Country Life magazine by Port Elizabeth’s Claire Fulton. Remember us please when next you plan your visit to Port Elizabeth.

 

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Port Elizabeth in the SA Country Life spotlight, issue Dec 2014.

Port Elizabeth in the SA Country Life spotlight, issue Dec 2014.

Yes we are VERY late with this, it was buried in some desk dust but we still want to share it.

We love it when SA Country Life Mag talks about our special city:)

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Port Elizabeth’s Alan Fogarty wins first prize.

Port Elizabeth’s Alan Fogarty wins first prize.

So nice to open the latest issue of SA Country Life and read of Alan Fogarty’s first prize that he won in the Image Club photographic competition. We know that guy! Alan runs his business here in Port Elizabeth called Alan Tours

The following piece on Alan is taken from his website http://www.alantours.co.za/

Always a free spirit, Alan has embarked on his own enterprise and offers tourists the wealth of his accumulated knowledge and know-how spanning more than 30 years in the wilds of Southern Africa. He is a qualified level three F.G.A.S.A. (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) Tour Guide and a Specialist African wildlife nature guide with further qualifications having been obtained in Zambia and Mozambique. His interests are wide and varied, birds, botany and bushman paintings.; mammal, reptiles and more recently our cultural heritage, inspired by the myriad of ruins in the Limpopo river valley as well as the recent colonial history of the Eastern Cape with special emphasis on the tribal Xhosa and their leadership during a difficult era.

photographer: alan fogarty's first prize competition 'image club' sa country life aug 2015

Photographer: Alan Fogarty’s First prize in competition ‘Image Club’ SA Country Life Aug 2015

 

 

 

 

Eastern Cape’s expression of art.

Eastern Cape’s expression of art.

Proud to be highlighting the Eastern Cape’s expression at this years National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.

“Organised by the National Arts Festival team, Africa’s largest and most colourful cultural event offers a choice of the very best of both indigenous and imported talent. Every year for 11 days Grahamstown’s population doubles as people flock to the city for a feast of arts, crafts and sheer entertainment. Every hall or large room becomes a theatre, parks and sport fields become flea markets, normally quiet streets have to be managed by an army of temporary traffic wardens and every available bed in the city is booked. The festival offers more than 500 shows from opera, cabaret, drama and jazz to stand-up comics and folk music.While many come to take in the arts, others simply want to be there for the spectacle or to market products ranging from tie-dyed T-shirts and woven rugs to handmade jewellery and customised telephones. The festival operates out of the 1820 Settlers National Monument and is organised by the Grahamstown Foundation.”

Source: http://www.grahamstown.co.za/event/national_arts_festival

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Morgan Bay memories, Wild Coast, S.A.

Morgan Bay memories, Wild Coast, S.A.

380kms from Port Elizabeth

Nature shows off her best at Morgan Bay which is just north of East London at the start of the Wild Coast, South Africa. She boasts majestic cliffs of dolerite slabs, shimmering river and lagoon, jaw-dropping scenery at every turn. The friendly and laid-back locals will agree that Morgan Bay is a top spot for fishing, hiking, walking, rock climbing, abseiling, bird watching, swimming, photographing and also… for doing a lot of nothing! Soak it all in. We did.

Some say Morgan Bay, others say Morgan’s Bay.

morgan bay ahead!

Morgan Bay ahead!

magnificent vistas at morgan bay

Magnificent vistas at Morgan Bay

red hot pokers on wave watch

Red hot pokers on wave watch

a bench for dreaming

A bench for dreaming

ever-changing reflections and glows of morgan bay

Ever-changing reflections and glows of Morgan Bay

dramatic ocean

Dramatic ocean

the space on headlands, wild coast, south africa...

The space on headlands, Wild Coast, South Africa…

'back to basics' living, rural wild coast, south africa

‘Back to basics’ living, rural Wild Coast, South Africa

Nguni cattle on the beach, a common sight on the wild coast

Nguni cattle on the beach, a common sight on the Wild Coast

rainy sand

Rainy sand

resting nguni cattle, transkei, wild coast, south africa

Resting Nguni cattle, Transkei, Wild Coast, South Africa

yes that's a fisherman way up high!

Yes that’s a fisherman way up high!

a fisherman takes up his perch

A fisherman takes up his perch

the splendour of the wild coast, south africa

The splendour of the Wild Coast, South Africa