Friday, 27 February 2015

Lions Head of the Table Mountain Range

Lions Head as seen from Signal Hill.
In the Table Mountain Range, a mountain peak known as Lion’s Head can be found.

Lions Head and Signal Hill look like a sphinx.
As mentioned in a previous article, being next to Signal Hill, combined they appear to look like a sphinx.

During the 17th century when the Dutch found Cape Town they named this mountain Leeuwen Kop which in English is Lion’s Head. Signal Hill was first known as Leeuwen Staart meaning Lion’s Tail.

The 669m (2195ft) peak offers beautiful views overlooking the city, Sea Point, Camps and the Atlantic Ocean. The mountain is adorned with the endemic flora known as Fynbos. A truly magnificent place to watch the sunset.

View overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
For those abled bodied people why not enjoy the Full Moon hike? It is a tradition known by the local hikers to venture up while the sky is lit by the moonlight. It takes an hour to get up to the top. National Geographic listed Lion’s Head as one of the world’s most thrilling hikes last year.  There is a different route than the one used for the Full Moon hike, which is an exciting 3 hour walk to the top using chains, ladders and paths. It is in some ways rather challenging.

It is a great spot to go paragliding or hand gliding which is an adventurous activity for both people able bodied and disabled.

So if in the city of Cape Town be sure to have a look from one of the surrounding summits at the sphinx.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Superb Swimming for MS

The Event at Camps Bay High School.
This past Sunday on the 22nd of February Swimathon took place at Camps Bay High School. It was just introduced this year for the first time in South Africa and was a great success raising almost R25 000.

6301 laps were swum in 7 hours by 8 teams with the team Cold Water Swimmers winning overall. Team Tina won most spirited. There were about 80 determined swimmers in total taking part in this exciting relay event.

This will be an annual event to raise money in the fight against MS and to create awareness. 

Multiple Sclerosis is an often disabling condition that affects many people throughout the world. It has an effect on the central nervous system which causes the brain to struggle to communicate with the body. There is no cure as of yet!

Claudia Dieckmann, a MS sufferer herself, organized this event and I was lucky enough to interview her. Read what she shared with me about Swimathon and MS awareness:

Team Tina won most spirited.
So Claudia, first things first, how did Swimthon go?

Gosh! The Swimathon surpassed my wildest expectations. I couldn’t have asked for more. The Swimathon went so well.

The spirit of the teams were incredible, the weather was unbeatable and we raised more than R25 000 for MSSA.

We had great sponsors, suppliers and supporters. Without them the Swimathon would not have been possible.

Are there any memorable stories from the event that stick out in your mind?

At the moment, the event is a blur and I am overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of everyone involved.

We had so many kinds of people take part. From a 7 year old right to those training for triathons.

To choose memorable moments would be too difficult, the whole event was amazing.

First Power Hour about to begin.
Will there be any more events taking place soon?

I’m still recovering from this one but I want the Swimathon to be an annual events. Dates and venues still to be confirmed.

There are many fundraisers for MSSA to create awareness and necessary funds. So whether you swim, run, bike, walk, hike or yoga…you can always do it for MS.

What was special to you about this event?

The best thing was seeing everyone having a good time, seeing the fruits of my labour and getting the great feedback from participants. 

I have also been blown away by the kindness and generosity of people and companies.

Like someone said, ‘’the reward is in the harvest.’’

What did you love about organizing Swimathon?

Arranging the Swimathon was second nature to me as I come from a Marketing and Event Management background. I used to be able to do all kinds of sports, now I can only swim. MS has made sure of that.

I purely decided to organize the Swimathon from love of swimming and the numerous benefits it has on so many levels.

Also Swim for MS is new to MSSA and the Swimathon had never been done in South Africa before.

What did you find hard duirng the planning stages?

The pool!
It was tough organizing this on my own. Next time I will have a committee.

Multiple Sclerosis has its limitations but I just have to work with these.

What would you like to see more of within the community of MS awareness?

There is so much that needs to happen in the world of MS. Such as a cure in my lifetime to be found.

A big push this year is ‘access.’ Providing care, medication and support to those that need it.

A huge thank you must go out to the swimmers, volunteers, sponsors and supporters for a fantastic, fun and very successful day!

Keep S'Myelin and keep swimming.

Look out for a more personal interview on Claudia about her life with Multiple Sclerosis.

All photos done by Celeste Glass Photography.

Link to the MSSA website.

The Swim for MS awareness Facebook link

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

A February adventure

The tourists!
The 8 day Kruger tour this warm February involved a mixture of international tourists.

The Fritz family of 6 flew down from Germany for an African adventure. Two American friends, Nancy and Dawn, carried on to see Cape Town once the Kruger experience had ended. A son and mother team, Carline and Antoine from France joined in the venture.


A bush baby joined in the fun by sitting on the table. Bush babies are adorable small primates which are native to Africa. They have very big eyes giving them exceptional night vision, and bat like ears which enhances their hearing.

Hippos were seen cruising the water. Mischievous monkeys and baboons were also witnessed. Elephants, and giraffes were also seen meandering. 

A hippo cruising in the water.

A pack of a dozen African wild dogs were seen roaming. They are highly social animals, and develop strong bonds with their pack. Each one has its own unique coat pattern, and all have a pair of the same big round ears.

There were 2 close calls to spotting a leopard, but then everyone was 3rd time lucky in seeing one! Leopards are secretive stealthy cats.

An Epic Tour really does make for a great family trip to make memories that will last a lifetime.