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Credit: Craig FoxIn the early hours of Monday morning, 28 September, South Africa was one of only six places in the world where moon-gazers were able to see one of the rarest astronomical events in years.

Both a lunar eclipse and a supermoon took place, meaning the moon was darkened by the Earth’s shadow during one of its brightest phases known as a perigee moon – this is when the full or new moon comes closest to the Earth making it appear bigger and brighter.

The moon usually comes as close as 366 000km to Earth, but Monday morning’s “supermoon” came a startling 5 600km closer. The proximity had a chaotic effect on the sea’s tides.
At least two popular restaurants overlooking the sea were lashed by huge waves, with the force of the water crashing through windows, causing extensive damage and flooding.Picture1
The supermoon coincided with a full lunar eclipse and the moon was seen big and red on Monday at about 3am.
About an hour later, the alarm at the Harbour House restaurant in Kalk Bay was set off. When the restaurant’s management arrived, they found water had swept through the restaurant. The seawater also flooded Lucky Fish, the fast food restaurant at the entrance to Harbour House.

We found this event extremely fascinating, two members of staff even got up in the early morning to view the lunar eclipse! Our tours team were scheduled to do a site inspection of the Cape Point routing and restaurant options on Monday morning and on their arrival at Harbour House they were shocked by the damage. While there they noticed the extremely rough ocean. After doing some reading about the event and to learn more, we stumbled upon this amazing video, compliments of space.com.It’s really quite interesting. http://www.space.com/19195-night-sky-planets-asteroids-webc…

Images – Compliments of Harbour House. Bear in mind that Harbour House is about 3 stories higher than the ocean level.

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Trans Africa Safaris Tours Team visited Tintswalo Atlantic last Friday to inspect the progress made on the re-building of the lodge. The transformation, after the lodge was gutted by a fire in early March, is nothing but short of amazing! Equally impressive was the regeneration of the surrounding vegetation which has flourished with the recent winter rains.

To aid the greening of the lodge grounds, Trans Africa Safaris donated some 30 Patersonii Protea plants which the team planted during the visit. This particular protea is named after William H. Paterson (aka “The Meester”) who is was Jennifer, Beverley and Lesley’s grandfather’s brother. The official name is Leucospermum Patersonii Pincussion Protea

William Paterson also rediscovered the Red Marsh Rose in the early 1920s after botanists believed it to be extinct in the 1900s.

After the planting, our Tours Team was joined by the rest of the office for a lovely picnic lunch on the beautifully scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive.

Enjoying the wonderful spring weather, was our office mascot – TASCAT ….

A little more about the protea:
Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of South African flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes. 92% of the species occur only in the Cape Floristic Region, a narrow belt of mountainous coastal land from Clanwilliam to Grahamstown in South Africa, but some do occur elsewhere with the Protea Kilimanjaro found in Mount Kenya National Park.

 


 

FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS

1Gone yet not forgotten,
Although we are apart,
Your spirit lives within us,
Forever in our hearts.
You came and gave it all,
fought for what we never had,
today we walk hand in hand,
we will always be greatful!

 

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“Mr Mandela spent 67 years making the world a better place. We’re asking you for 67 minutes.”

Beverley from Trans Africa Safaris did her part in assisting to make 67000 sandwiches for  people in need on Mandela day, we challenge everyone to help make a difference on this important day.

Nelson Mandela’s birthday is on 18 July, and the call is out for people everywhere to celebrate his birthday by acting on the idea that each person has the power to change the world.

The idea of Mandela Day was inspired by Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 when he said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”

The United Nations officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognising Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”.

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aWith a breath-taking location on the water’s edge below the scenically beautiful Chapman’s Peak Drive, TA lost its public area and half the rooms in a wild fire that raged on the Peninsula in early March this year. Much of the natural vegetation was burnt and now, with the onset of the winter rains, it is encouraging to see how quickly the flora is rebounding.

To facilitate this recovery, Tintswalo Atlantic decided to plant various young endemic trees and invited some of their key trade partners to assist in this. The Trans Africa Safaris team visited Tintswalo Atlantic on Tuesday evening and planted a number of trees on the slopes above the lodge. Milkwoods and Wild Olives were among the trees planted and to commemorate the occasion a plaque was affixed to the one Milkwood.

The lodge is currently being re-built and the teams are working furiously to meet the opening date towards the end of October.  The TAS family were happy to join Tintswalo in getting our hands dirty and assist in the restoration of the mountain slopes.

 

Tintswalo has planted over 2000 trees thus far and being part of this process was rather symbolic and very inspiring.

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Trans AFrica Safaris Newsletter JUNE 2013

Trans AFrica Safaris Newsletter FEB 2012

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