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Things you don’t Know about the Durban July

Are you ready for Vodacome Durban July Event. Durban July 2015 is coming on 4th july. The Durban July is the biggest horse racing event on the African continent.

This year, the social event is set to hit another high note with the a nautical theme setting the mood.
Info About Event
Place: Greyville Racecourse, Durban
Date: Saturday, 4 July
Time: The first event will take place at 09:30 on Saturday morning
Entry Fee : R220
Theme: The captain’s Table

Below are the things you don’t know about Durban July Event :

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1. It’s the greatest racing, fashion and entertainment extravaganza on the African continent!

There is no other horse race in Africa with as much history behind it as the Durban July Handicap. The racing event started way back in 1897, growing in it following and prestige each year since. Today, racing and betting enthusiasts, as well as fearless fashionistas won’t miss it for anything. It really is South Africa’s premier horse racing event and currently offers a purse of R3.5 Million.

2. 13 is a lucky number at this race… In 1960 an international rugby match was played on the Saturday before the Durban July Handicap of that year. During the rugby match, left wing Hennie van Zyl scored both tries for the Springboks wearing the number 13 jersey. The scoreboard at the end of the game read 13-0.
One week later a horse named Left Wing, wearing the number 13 saddlecloth, won the Durban July Handicap!

3. Starting out small : The maximum number of horses allowed to participate in the race – or the ‘field size’ as the experts call it – was increased in 2003 to accommodate 20 horses. However, the biggest July field ever was in 1917, when 33 horses went to the start. On the other hand, the smallest July fields of only 7 horses too to the track in 1897, the first ever Durban July Handicap, as well as in 1908.

4. That Proud day in 2004: In 2004, South Africa celebrated 10 years of democracy. To mark this milestone all horses wearing the Number 10 saddlecloth in any race staged by Gold Circle for the entire year, carried a South African flag incorporating the number 10 on their saddlecloth.

5. How far?

The distance of the Durban July Handicap has changed nearly every decade, with the length of the course increasing every time.

In 1906 the distance changed from 1 mile (approximately 1609 meters) to 1 mile and 68 yards (approximately 1 671 meters). It changed again in 1913 to 1 mile 1 furlong (approximately 1 872 meters), and in 1915 to 1/4 miles (approximately 2 000 meters). The distance remained this way until 1940… but not for long.

In 1941, again, the distance was changed to 1 mile 2 1/4 furlongs (approximately 2 100 meters). In 1970, for the final time, the Durban July Handicap was changed to its current distance of 2 200 meters.

Story Found Via News24

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Best spots to hang out with penguins in South Africa

In South Africa, People come from all over the world to see the penguins at Boulders Beach in Simonstown and Stoney Point in Betty’s Bay – which are the best spots to view them. Other places are :

  • St Croix Island
  • Dassen Island
  • Robben Island
  • Dyer Island
  • Cape St. Francis Rehabilitation Center
  • South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre (Samrec) in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve
  • Two Oceans Aqarium
  • uShaka Aquarium
  • Bayworld
  • Bird Island

Original story found via http://traveller24.news24.com/

Geek Fest 2014 in Johannesburg

This November, enjoy the Geek Fest-The Dark Carnival with your family and pets.

1. Date, Time & Venue

– November 29, 2014 – November 30, 2014
– Saturday 10:00 AM – Sunday 12:00 AM

Address:-

Ball And All Driving Range
Plot 126, Cnr Malibongwe & Lion Park Road
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

2.Things to do and see in Geek Fest 2014

– Geek Street Market
– Cosplay
– Pet Parade
– Beer Garden
– Robot Wars
– Hero Clix
– Movie Marathon
– Geek Quiz & Plenty Of Prizes
– Magic the Gathering
– Bands and much more…

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3. Cost:

– At the Gate on that Day :

R60 per adult
R30 per child under 12

– Web Tickets :

R50 per adult
R25 per child under 12

– R10 parking per car

Want to hire a car in advance, visit : http://www.carrentalworld.co.za

4. Prohibited Weapons:

– Radio jamming
– High voltage electric discharge
– Liquids (glue, oil etc.)
– Lasers above 1 milliwatt
– Un-tethered projectiles
– Open combustion (fire, explosive etc.)
– Visual obstruction
– Halon

5. Cosplay Entry Fee: R20
Note : There will be three categories: Anime/Comics, Gaming & Sci-fi/Fantasy.

6. Pet Parade entry: R20 (All money will be donated to charity).
Note : All pets must be socialized.

7. All kinds of sellers are invited to Sell their Goods, Promote their Brand & advertise their Services.
Stall fee : Starts from R450

For detailed information, Visit : http://www.darkcarnival.co.za/geekfest-2014/
To purchase tickets online, Visit the page : http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=829802552

Holidays in South Africa by rental car

A holiday trip in South Africa by rental car presents a unique experience to the travelers. Its a great way to explore the beautiful places of the country in your own style and pace. While renting a car, you can hire a driver as well or even drive itself easily as the traffic is well organized and the roads are western European standard.

While driving in south Africa, there are some tips for holiday travelers : always drive on the left side. In South Africa, a self-drive holiday can only be possible if you follow the driving rules carefully. Almost all car rental companies provide rental services at all major airports and cities. So You can pick your rental car at one center of branch and then drop it off at different center of that branch. Always go for a local rental company to book a car. Because local rental companies provide low priced car rental deals as compared to other global and big companies. Take all important benefits from a rental company like Collision damage waiver (CDW), theft protection, any discount coupons, Airport fees, Liability coverage, free cancellation etc. and if you want to visit neighbouring countries through the border with a rental car, then you will have to inform about this at the time of booking. For discounted car rental deals in South Africa, you can visit Southafricacarrentals.net 

TravelSA

South Africa offers beautiful landscapes, national parks and private reserves. It also possesses excellent infrastructure and a temperate climate. Big reasons are there to visit this beautiful country.

1. Kruger National Park : It is one of the most renowned and oldest parks in the world. Great place for animal lovers and for safari lovers.

2. Table Mountain : Amazing place to visit and enjoy in Cape Town. Know more

3. Robben Island : It’s a beautiful island in Table Bay. Just 6.9 km west of the coast of Bloubergstrand, Cape Town.

4. Cape of Good Hope : Worth visiting place in South Africa. Its a rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula.

5. Garden Route : Its a 800 km long stretch of forested, coastal area between Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth. Its just a few hours drive from Cape Town. Its a beautiful place to visit.

6. Two Oceans Aquarium : It is one of the finest aquariums in the world. This aquarium is located at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, Western Cape.

7. Cape Winelands : Great place for wine lovers. Just a 30 minutes drive from Cape Town, you will be there.

Posted by : Lenka Henrik