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Taking South Africa’s pink route

first_imgBeautiful landscapes, abundant wildlife, world-class cities, a rich diversity of people, culture and heritage – and the first Bill of Rights in the world to explicitly protect lesbians and gays from discrimination – is making South Africa the destination of choice for gay holiday makers.South Africa is welcoming to gay travellers. (Image: Niko Knigge)Brand South Africa reporterFrom Cape Town in the Western Cape through the beautiful Garden Route, up to Johannesburg and on to the Kruger National Park, there is a daisy chain of gay friendly establishments to choose from.Cape TownThe Mother City and the gay capital of South Africa, Cape Town is enchanting – arguably one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. Cradled by Table Mountain and looking out over the Atlantic Ocean, it is the oldest city in South Africa, with immense charm and historical interest.Cape Town’s attractions include the vibrant Waterfront development, eclectic restaurants and unbelievable nightlife. Take a walk or cable-car ride up Table Mountain, enjoy a boat cruise or visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The beaches and nature reserves of the Cape peninsula are also close at hand.Guest House One Belverdere is found on the city centre slopes of Table Mountain in the stylish and quiet suburb of Oranjezicht. Ideal for holidays and business, it is within walking distance of the buzzing and trendy shops and restaurants of Kloof and Long Street. Gay men only.Huijs Haerlem is close to the Waterfront, Cape Town city centre and the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay. Although attractions like Kirstenbosch, art galleries and museums are all nearby, guest may be tempted to stay and relax by the solar heated pool, soaking up the sunshine in peace and tranquillity. Gay owned and/or managed.Kensington Place, nestled on the foothills of Table Mountain, offers the ideal base from which to explore the Mother City while also being able to enjoy fine cuisine, contemporary design and breathtaking views of the city, harbour and mountain. Gay-friendly.Parker Cottage is centrally situated at the foot of Table Mountain in a stylishly renovated Victorian house with all modern conveniences. Gay owned and/or managed.Cape Town TourismKalk Bay, rustic quiet and welcoming. (Image: SA Tourism)The West CoastNorth of Cape Town is the West Coast, a remote and beautiful place of quaint fishing villages, empty beaches, immense bird colonies and carpets of Namaqualand spring flowers. The West Coast’s unique hospitality is typified by its rustic open air seafood restaurants.Blue Dolphin Bed & Breakfast lies in Paternoster, a historic fishing village, and offers bed and breakfast rooms or self-catering cottages on the dunes with uninterrupted views of the sea. Gay owned and/or managed.West Coast TourismThe road to the West Coast runs through a desert. (Image: SA Tourism)The OverbergNext on the route is the Overberg region of the Western Cape, with a rich history and dotted with unspoilt villages and towns. Villiersdorp is a good base from which to explore the area of Franschhoek, South Africa’s gourmet capital, with Caledon and its Victorian spa baths only 30 kilometres away. Other attractions include hiking trails, 4×4 routes and a nine-hole golf course lying alongside the Theewaterskloof dam.Dagbreek Museum Restaurant and Bed & Breakfast offers a glimpse of the past in its restaurant, situated in Villiersdorp’s only national monument, with country home cooking and comfortable accommodation. Gay owned and/or managed.Overberg TourismRoute 62Travelling east, the historic Route 62 meanders through a region of exquisite beauty dominated by rugged mountains. In the valleys are fruit orchards, vineyards, elegant Cape Dutch wine estates and charming rural towns. Attractions include hiking trails through the mountains, hot springs and wine-tasting.Fraai Uitzicht 1798, Dutch for “beautiful view”, is a retreat in the heart of the Robertson Valley on Route 62. Lying on the slopes of the Langeberg mountains, it is a historic wine and guest farm with an award-winning restaurant and offers a real vineyard experience. Gay owned and/or managed.The Montagu Country Hotel, built in 1875, is a beautiful Art Deco establisment and the oldest accommodation establishment in the Western Cape village of Montagu. It is a typical country hotel with an air of stylish simplicity. Gay owned and/or managed.Route 62 TourismThe Whale RouteAlternatively, follow the southern coastal road to the Hermanus region. Here a series of picturesque seaside villages boast some of the finest land-based whale-watching in the world from August to December, as well as spectacular mountain scenery and sandy beaches for swimming, bodysurfing and sunset strolls.Enjoy a nature walk among the spring flowers and mountain fynbos, or visit the villages of Arniston and Cape Agulhas – the southernmost point on the African continent. Nearby Gans Bay offers exciting great white shark diving and viewing excursions.Skuinshuis is a peaceful retreat in picturesque Vermont, on the Whale Riviera of Hermanus, with spectacular sea and mountain views of the famous Walker Bay. Gay owned and/or managed.Hermanus TourismCape Agulhas TourismThe Klein KarooThe Klein Karoo – little Karoo – is a wide vista of semidesert, with the name “Karoo” coming from the San word for “thirst”. There are many interesting things to see and do in the region. From port wine tasting to a visit to the world-renowned Cango Caves, or an ostrich farm, the area offers tranquility and peacefulness under a fire of stars at night.Die Gat Guesthouse is a farmstead and historical monument in the Middelplaas valley near De Rust. It has been home to the Schoeman family since the early 1800s. The old homestead’s character has been retained, such as the paint of German origin on the interior walls of the voorkamer (lounge), the original architecture and its picturesque gay friendly environment.Klein Karoo Wine RouteThe Garden RouteThe Garden Route snakes along the southern Cape coast, getting its name from the lush indigenous forests and temperate climate. This region offers a spectacular headlands giving way to superb Indian Ocean beaches. Behind the sand dunes lie wetland lakes, forests and soaring mountains. The route is perfect for both those wanting to relax – as well as for more active types, with a number of operators offering cycling, abseiling, bungee jumping, canoeing and kloofing (canyoning).Knysna, a spectacular lagoon, a lush indigenous forest and spectacular scenery. (Image: SA Tourism)Central to the Garden Route is the beautiful coastal town of Knysna, with a spectacular lagoon, a lush indigenous forest and spectacular scenery. Every May the town hosts the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras, a gay festival with four days of non-stop entertainment for anyone who enjoys a party. In July there’s the Knysna Oyster Festival, offering oyster braais, oyster tasting, oyster eating competitions and other molluscular activities, as well as live entertainment and lots of sporting events.Palms Wilderness lies near the Wilderness Nature Reserve in the heart of the Garden Route. Enjoy luxury en-suite double rooms with stylish ethnic furnishings in close proximity to ostrich farms, the Cango Caves, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Tsitsikamma National Park. Gay owned and/or managed.Garden Route TourismKnysna TourismPlettenberg Bay TourismThe Eastern CapeThe Eastern Cape stretches from Cape St Francis to the Wild Coast. Its attractive white beaches are backed by undulating rolling pastures, bushveld and forested dunes. This gentle beauty belies both the region’s bloody history and the drama of its interior, with the grand vistas and majesty of the Great Karoo and superb malaria-free game reserves. The Addo Elephant National Park is home to many wildlife species such as elephant, black rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard and many species of antelope.Elephants gather at a watering hole in Addo Elephant Park. (Image: SA Tourism)Elephant House is an exclusive thatched lodge in the sun-drenched Sundays River Valley on the edge of the Addo Elephant Park. Courtyards and deep verandas furnished with antiques, Persian carpets and the owner’s private collection of African art provide a wonderful ambience and cosseted luxury. Gay-friendly.Eastern Cape TourismGautengMoving north, the province of Gauteng is home to Johannesburg, known as the City of Gold and the pulsating heart of South Africa’s industrial and commercial life.The city has a thriving gay and lesbian community, with an annual pride march and a  gay nightlife district called the Heartlands – a development bankrolled by the city to the tune of R32-million.Johannesburg is a cosmopolitan foodie heaven. (Image: SA Tourism)Close to the city there’s the beautiful Magaliesburg mountain range, ideal for hiking, picnicking and visiting game farms, quaint roadside shops, cheese farms, restaurants and more. Hartbeespoort Dam offers watersports and lazy days messing around in boats, while the nearby Cradle of Humankind World Heritage fossil sites have been developed to allow tourists to explore our fascinating origins.City of JohannesburgMagalies MeanderGauteng TourismCradle of HumankindCradle of Humankind World Heritage site allows visitors to explore our fascinating origins. (Image: SA Tourism)Kruger National ParkIn the northeast of the country lies the massive Kruger National Park, an area of land larger than Israel and teeming with all the African wildlife you could wish for. The park has its own rest camps, with chalets, camping grounds and more upmarket accommodation. If it’s real luxury you’re after, there are a number of private game farms on the border of the park where you can enjoy some pampering after a day in the wilds of Africa.Djuma Game Reserve is situated in the prestigious Sabi Sand Reserve next to the Kuger National Park and offers the best in game viewing, accommodation and service excellence. Guests have the choice of three unique camps, and can enjoy superb game drive safaris in open vehicles and fascinating game walks with well qualified rangers and trackers. Gay friendly.South African National ParksKruger Park Private ReservesKruger 2 CanyonsSabi Sands Game ReserveRainbow in Kruger Park. (Image: Barbara Eckstein)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Facebook slashes price of Oculus Rift for second time

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Facebook#Oculus Rift#PC#virtual reality#VR#wearable Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Facebook has slashed the price of the Oculus Rift for a second time, as part of its “Summer of Rift” sales season. The Oculus Rift and Touch controller are available for $399 and will remain at that price for six weeks.It is the second time Facebook has cut the price of the Oculus Rift since it acquired the company for $2 billion in 2014. Oculus launched its first consumer version in early 2016, but the first few months were plagued by shipping delays.See Also: What F8’s AR/VR announcements mean for marketersThe original cost of the Oculus Rift, $599, put a lot of consumers off, especially with the additional hardware cost to make the games playable. Consumers that don’t already own a PC could see the cost pass $1,500, before purchasing any games or accessories.Even though the reduction in price doesn’t do much for consumers without a PC, it may perk the interest of gamers that have been on the fence about the Oculus. However, some may wait for Oculus next headset, which is expected to launch in 2018.The VR market has not blossomed as much as Facebook may have been hoping, but analysts project a growth in sales over the next five years, led by mobile VR headsets. Oculus already works with Samsung on the Gear VR, but may look to build its own hardware in the future. Follow the Puckcenter_img David Curry Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Will uproot Modi govt. before it completes term, says Lalu

first_imgStung by a series of scam charges and Income Tax raids against his family members, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Friday declared that he would uproot the Narendra Modi government at the Centre “before it completes its five-year term.” He also accused the BJP of conspiring to tarnish his image through I-T raids and making “frivolous allegations” against his sons and daughter.“Listen, BJP/RSS people, Lalu will drag you off your seat in Delhi, whatever be my situation… Get this straight… don’t you dare threaten me,” tweeted Lalu Prasad. ‘Where’s the proof?’ On the recent Income Tax raids against his family members and others in connection with several “dubious” land deals, Mr. Prasad’s second tweet asked: “Chapa…Chapa…Chapa…Chapa…kiska Chapa? Kisko Chapa? Chapa to hum marenge 2019 mein…Main dusron ka hausla digata hun, mera kaun digayega (Raid…Raid… Raid… whose raid? Who is being raided? … I’ll do a raid in 2019…I make others nervous, who will make me nervous?). Mr. Prasad asked the media to name the 22 places where Income Tax officials had conducted raids. “How did they [the media] report without any verification or evidence,” he asked. Speaking to a select group of journalists in Patna, the RJD chief said the Modi government had completed three years. “But it’s not going to complete its full five-year term… The BJP has been conspiring to tarnish Lalu’s reputation… How can my family and I become super rich and others remain paupers .. It’s all part of a political conspiracy.” Mr. Prasad said he, his wife and two sons had been filing I-T returns and had also submitted affidavits on their assets to the Election Commission. “It’s all in the public domain.” Mr. Prasad said Mr. Modi was trying to divide the country. “But we won’t let him divide the country … I’m standing rock solid in their path.” Pan-India campaignThe RJD chief said he had called a “BJP bhagao, Desh bachao” rally in Patna on August 27. “I have invited top leaders of all non-BJP parties to my grand rally…leaders like Congress president Sonia Gandhi, H.D. Deve Gowda, Arvind Kejriwal, Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav, Mamata Banerjee and Karunanidhi will attend the rally from where we will launch a pan-India campaign to uproot them [BJP] from the Centre,” Mr. Prasad said.He also raised the issues of beef ban and the volatile situation in Jammu and Kashmir. “Modi talks about beef ban, but in the last three years India has been the largest exporter of beef… In Kashmir, bodies of soldiers are being mutilated every day…Are these the real achievements of the Modi government?”last_img read more

Operation CricketGate: Big controversies that hit Indian cricket in the past

first_imgOperation CricketGate is only the latest in the last two decades of a slew of dirty episodes in Indian cricket.In a major expose, India Today TV caught Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar on camera, promising a 340-run surface for the second ODI between India and New Zealand at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.Two of India Today’s undercover reporters, posing as bookies, caught Salgaonkar on tape. The curator assured the reporters that the pitch would yield 337 runs and the target would be easily chaseable.He also said he could tamper the pitch to suit the needs of a particular team.Here’s a look back at all the controversies of the last two decades.1999: MATCH-FIXING SCANDALWhen South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje, admitted to fixing international matches it rocked the world of cricket. It’s shock waves were felt here in India as well with Manoj Prabhakar blamed a lot of cricketers. An inquiry zeroed in on Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, Dinesh Mongia, Ajay Sharma and Manoj Prabhakar himself.2013: SPOT-FIXING SCANDALIndian international Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, along with domestic cricketers Ajit Chadilia and Aneeket Chavan were detained and questioned by the Delhi Police on allegations of spot fixing during an Indian Premier League match. The controversy also saw two team owners Raj Kundra of Rajasthan Royals and Gurunath Meiyappan of Chennai Super Kings, getting banned for life for betting. While, the three cricketers were also banned for life by the BCCI, legal charges were dropped by the Bombay High Court.2008: SLAPGATEadvertisementThe very first season of the Indian Premier League saw one it’s most talked-about incidents as Sreeshanth acqused Harbhajan Singh of slapping him on the field after the Kings XI Punjab beat Mumbai Indians. The Preity Zinta owned Punjab franchise submitted an official complain and even though both players subsequently tried to play down the incident, Harbhajan was banned for the remainder of the season.2010: LALITGATEIndian Premier League Chairman, Lalit Modi was sacked by the BCCI on charges of corruption. The flamboyant BCCI official subsequently left the country and has been living in the UK facing an ED probe. he has since left cricket management altogether.And here is a run-down of everything that transpired after India Today’s sting operation on the Pune pitch curator:MCA president promises strict action after India Today expose on Pune pitch curatorWho is Pune curator Pandurang Salgaonkar? No stranger to accusations of pitch doctoringBCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary ‘shocked’ after India Today expose on Pune pitch curatorJust to fire BCCI for what Pune pitch curator has done is not correct: Ganguly to India TodayCoA reacts to India Today’s Operation CricketGate: ‘Zero tolerance to corruption’Ban Pune pitch curator, demands Mohammad Azharuddin after India Today sting operationIndia Today Impact: Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar barred from entering stadiumIndia-New Zealand 2nd ODI will not be called off, sources confirm India Today2017: TOP BCCI OFFICIALS SACKED Earlier this year, the Supreme Court sacked Anurag Thakur as the President of the BCCI and ordered to issue an unconditional apology for trying to undermine the authority of the apex court in the country. He was accused of failing to implement the Lodha reforms and also for obstructing the implementation of the Supreme Court order.last_img read more

Wales 16-19 South Africa: Rugby World Cup player ratings

first_img Support The Guardian Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Faf de Klerk celebrates his side winning a penalty to end the match. Photograph: Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images South AfricaWillie le Roux A bit of a scratchy display from a great talent and looked a bit vulnerable. 5Sbu Nkosi Exposed for the Adams try and never asked any questions of Welsh defence. 5Lukhanyo Am Good in defence but unable to display many of his attacking skills. 6Damian de Allende England will be wary of the centre’s power. Easily the pick of the Bok backs. 8Makazole Mapimpi Cut through the Japanese defence but unable to get any ball out wide this time. 6Handré Pollard The match-winner with his place-kicking and break for the try. Very influential. 8Faf de Klerk Made a couple of errors but always a livewire threat around the fringes. 7Tendai Mtawarira Decision to replace front row early on was odd given his strong display. 6Bongi Mbonambi Will come under pressure for starting spot from Malcolm Marx but tidy. 6Frans Malherbe Scrummaged powerfully and very solid in the setpiece. 6Lood de Jager Has had an impressive tournament and very strong in the setpiece. 7Eben Etzebeth Good in the lineout as usual but not one of the lock’s best displays. 6Siya Kolisi South Africa’s captain led by example with a powerful and unflashy 68 minutes. 7Pieter-Steph du Toit The flanker got through a monumental amount of work. Their best forward. 9Duane Vermeulen The No 8 made more carries than any South African forward. Very strong. 7Replacements Malcolm Marx (for Mbonambi, 47) 6, Steven Kitshoff (for Mtawarira, 47) 6, Vincent Koch (for Malherbe, 47) 6, R G Snyman (for Etzebeth, 52), 7, Franco Mostert (for De Jager, 58) 6, Frans Steyn (for Le Roux, 68) 5, Francois Louw (for Kolisi, 68) 7. Share on Twitter Wales rugby union team Rugby World Cup 2019 Rugby World Cup Topics Share on Facebook South Africa rugby teamcenter_img Twitter Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. WalesLeigh Halfpenny Showed no sign of rust after stepping in for Liam Williams. Very sound. 7George North His departure just before the break was a huge blow. Had looked a real threat. 5Jonathan Davies Wales missed his attacking nous against France. Good defensive organiser. 6Hadleigh Parkes Had work cut out with De Allende and made numerous tackles. 6Josh Adams His sixth try in the World Cup was a gem. Always a danger in attack. 7Dan Biggar Tackled bravely and kicked astutely before being replaced by Patchell. 8Gareth Davies Failed to win duel with Faf de Klerk and replaced early on by Williams. 6Wyn Jones A couple of significant turnovers and powerful at the breakdown. 6Ken Owens Another powerful display against the strong Bok scrum. Unyielding. 7Tomas Francis His loss was another massive blow to the power of the scrum. 5Jake Ball Made few carries but tackled hard before being replaced by Beard. 5Alun Wyn Jones His brave decision to go for a scrum rather than penalty deserved more. 7Aaron Wainwright Not as influential as last week but good defensive shift. 6Justin Tipuric Unobtrusive but hard-working display. Has been outstanding in back row. 6Ross Moriarty Recovered from horrible mid-air collision and carried with intent. 7Replacements Dillon Lewis (for Francis, 35) 5, Owen Watkin (for North, 39) 5, Tomos Williams (for G Davies, 47) 7, Rhys Carré (for Wyn Jones, 56) 6, Rhys Patchell (for Biggar, 58) 6, Adam Beard (for Ball, 59) 6, Aaron Shingler (for Wainwright, 68) 6, Elliot Dee (for Owens, 72) 5. Since you’re here… features Rugby union Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Reuse this content Facebook last_img read more

Damen Shiprepair Curaçaos Floating Docks Up and Running

first_imgDamen Shiprepair Curaçao (DSCu) commissioned its floating D-dock on November 22, making both of its floating docks operational.Following the mooring of D-dock to its moorings on November 16th, final tests were carried out and D-dock was submerged onto the equalized seabed, ready for the first visiting vessel the Jara. The vessel is a Damen ASD Tug 3110 (L 30.82m x W 9.40m x D 4.08m) owned by Citgo Aruba.The commissioning of the D-dock comes weeks after the company put into operations its Panamax C-dock, measuring 230 x 45 metres.Both C and D docks arrived jointly at the Caribbean island of Curaçao on 30th April, 2018 and are part of a USD 40 million investment program at DSCu, following its takeover by Damen in 2017.The yard now has four drydocks, two graving and two floating docks.                                                               Image Courtesy: DamenImage and Video Courtesy: Damenlast_img read more