Author: Deirdré Gower

The Cape Town Fynbos Experience

The Cape Town Fynbos Experience My knowledge of fynbos is admittedly poor. It's limited to my admiration of this wild vegetation during various hikes around the Cape, which I passionately enjoy. I vaguely remember doing some limited research a number of years ago while participating in a group short story writing project at my writer's circle, so I do remember that some species rely on fires ...
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Accessible Events

Accessible Events
Planning and Preparation for Accessible Events When planning accessible events - whether a conference, exhibition, festival or celebration - there are a number of things to consider if you want to host an inclusive and accessible event. You've hired the venue, booked the catering, and lined up the speakers - but have you considered your guests with disabilities in these preparations? Here are som...
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Explore the Winelands with City Sightseeing’s Cape Explorer and the Franschhoek Wine Tram

Cape Explorer
Explore the Winelands with City Sightseeing's Cape Explorer and the Franschhoek Wine Tram In an exciting partnership between City Sightseeing and the Franschhoek Wine Tram, tour operators and travel influencers joined the inaugural trip recently as the Cape Explorer headed out of the city, bound for the winelands, where Shadow Minister of Tourism, James Vos, greeted guests and praised the collabo...
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Phenomenal Women: Lois Strachan

Lois Strachan
I recently came to know of Lois Strachan when she appeared as a guest on the Travel Chat Show on Hashtag Radio. After we too were hosted on the show, speaking about the work we do, Lois and I connected on social media. After following each other's work for a while, it became more and more apparent that we share a similar vision for creating awareness and access to information for both travelle...
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Phenomenal Women: Meet Nisha Varghese

Phenomenal Women - Nisha Varghese
In the word's of Maya Angelou's iconic poem: "I am a woman, phenomenally. Phenomenal woman. That's me." It is fitting today, as we celebrate women, that we launch our interview series featuring a phenomenal woman, Nisha Varghese.  I met Nisha on Twitter when she came across something I had posted, I can't recall what, but she took the time to tweet a video encouraging me as a mother an...
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A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth at Creation Wines

  “If food is the body of good living, wine is its soul” – Clifton Fadiman Having visited on two previous occasions as a member of the Travelling Media team - the first being during the 2015 Fynarts Festival, and the second for the 2016 Cape Whale Coast Mini Indaba, the memory of Creation Wines has been etched into my wine-loving, foodie soul. With an opportunity to visit again, while plan...
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#TravelChatSA – Disability in Tourism

We, Warrior On Wheels Foundation, were invited by Travel Opulent Box to guest co-host this week's #TravelChatSA Twitter chat, with the topic being Disability in Tourism. The chat was well supported with the passion for change to be implemented in tourism to cater for people with disabilities resonating throughout the tweets. Along with this desire to see more tourism offerings becoming universa...
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12 Things to do at the V&A Waterfront – Cape Town

The V&A Waterfront is undoubtedly one of the most visited tourist hot-spots in Cape Town, and it is not difficult to understand why with such a diverse offering of experiences to tantalise even the pickiest of tastes. For wheelchair users, there are a number of options when spending a day or two with the ocean beside you and our majestic mountain keeping watch. 1. Go Shopping The V&A...
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Accessible Adventure with Cape Sidecar Adventures

The roar of an engine, the thrill of the open road, and the wind in your hair - this and more is what to expect on an epic day out with Cape Sidecar Adventures. Recently, the team kitted up to take ten differently-abled children from Warrior On Wheels Foundation for the ride of a lifetime on a gorgeous autumn morning. Meeting at the new depot in Salt River, the children, their parents and s...
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Cape Town Cycle Tour 2018 Buggy Teams

The Cape Town Cycle Tour, the world's largest timed cycling event, also became the most inclusive sporting event in 2013 when they changed the rules of this 35,000 entrant event to accommodate children with disabilities towed in buggies by able-bodied cyclists. Not only are buggy teams allowed to participate, but the organisers have gone over an above to ensure safety and inclusion for all....
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