Peter Giddy Guided Tours.
PORT ELIZABETH SHORE EXCURSIONS. PRIVATE TOURS AND SAFARIS (Not more than 7 guests)
- Adventures with Peter
- Addo Elephant Park and Combo Tours
- Kragga Kamma Wildlife Reserve
- Garden Route to Cape Town Adventures
- Namaqualand Flower and Historical adventure. (Seven Days)
- Hiking with Peter and his Group. (a two to three hour social walk)
- City; Historical and Cultural Tours
- Cheetah Sanctuary with Lion; Leopards; Serval and Caracal.
- Horse Riding for beginners and for experienced riders.
- Two day Wildlife Extravaganza -- Lions; Cheetah; Leopard; Elephant; Rhino; Hippo; Crocs; Zebra; Giraffe; Wildebeest; Antelope; Ostrich; Pumba and a variety of birds; vegetation and other wildlife.
Monday 1st October
Start the morning with a Swim with Megan. So good to be back in the pool. The feel and sounds of the water I find relaxing despite the fact that I had to stop after each 100m to catch my breath. I need to get back into swimming regularly.
Wednesday 3rd. It is raining. I swim at the Newton Park Pool with Megan. Pick up Antonia and her group of Fiorella; Luiciella; Roberto and Marilda from the Airport at 9am.
We have a wonderful 5 days together on a Garden Route Tour. Starting with Addo and then to Plett where we stay at the Castleton Flat. We do all kinds of Activities over the next few days including Wild Cats; Elephants; Storms River and Suspension Bridges; Segways and lovely beach walks. A personal Highlight was making a traditional Braai for the group.
We continue on to Hermanus where we have amazing sightings of Whales before, on the 5th day, we leave for Cape Town for a bit of an emotional goodbye.
Sunday 7th I drive straight home.
Monday 8th. I have a group of 6 Germans who want a Addo experience and Night Drive. We have some wonderful close up sightings of Elephants and other animals before I leave them at the Main Camp for their Night Drive.
Tuesday -- Running with Chris; Mike and Claire joins us at the end. Petrol Flap of the Combi; Roadworthy and University Marking.
Wednesday -- Swimming 1300m with Megan (1500m). SAARP Flower Tour Presentation.
Thursday -- Running 8km with Adrienne; Lindi; Chris and Mike. Stand in line at Greenacres PO for 2.5 hours to get the vehicle licences for the VW and the Qashqai.
Friday 12th. Swimming 1500m with Megan. Barbara attends Jessica Valedictory at Alexander Road. I drive to Meiringspoort with Edie Dore where she meets her husband, Dave, in De Rust. I set up camp and on Saturday morning I am up early for the Meiringspoort 21k. Climb into Ostrich Lorries which take us to the start. Cold wind and Overcast make for a chilly start but the sun soon comes out and we have a wonderful run. People I meet over the weekend. Some are running others supporters .... Liza (Julian Nel's daughter); Kelly Holmes with family Brett, Daniel who is at school with our Joshua and Alex; Ross and Andrea Dyer and their friends Tasha and Claire; Stephany and Liesl with "husbands" Anton and Frank; Mike is doing the 12k and his family Jenny, Debbie and Katherine with husbands; Jo Anne and David; Anton; Carol Anne Cash and Linda Harwood; Andrew Jonas; Katherine Morris Achilles; Margie Nel and Richard Pearse are running the 12; Tammy Ellis; I also meet up with Carel Bezuidenhout who John and I had met at Dryland Traverse many years ago.
After the event I drive home against a strong easterly wind. Not an easy drive at all.
This weekend was also Ironman full world champs. Anne Haug, who stayed with us in September, had another stunning race coming third in the Pro Competition while Michelle Enslin, a PE Girl, won her age group against the contenders from the rest of the world.
Monday 15th. I receive a call for a Township Tour from Caitlyn at the Beach Hotel for Chris and Claudia from Belgium. I think the Highlight was visiting the Henry Nginza School but they appreciated the whole tour. After this I swim 2km at Newton Park, sharing a lane with Marcus Burri.
Today is the start of a second round of house Renovations. Painters in the En Suite bedroom and we give the go ahead to Rowan and Riaan to refit the kitchen.
Tuesday 16th. Running 7km with Chris; Susan and Adrienne.
Addo with Louis Pierre and Tulo from Montreal Canada. They are here on Holiday staying in Sibelius Street.
Wednesday 17th. An Outdoor Adventure -- Hiking in Groendal -- The Fernkloof. We travel in my combi as there are just 8 of us on the trail today. It is a four hour trail walk there and back. Beautiful indigenous forests and spectacular rock faces are to be found. You walk alongside and through the stream so be prepared for wet feet.
Meanwhile at home we have builders starting to fix up the en suite bedroom and to rebuild the kitchen.
Thursday -- Running 8k with Chris; Lindi; Adrienne; Andrea; Carly (first time) and Kelly.
City Heritage Tour for Sarah Mosaic.
Today I went into the Old Prison Cells of the Main St Police Station. It was here that Steve Biko and other political prisoners were held. The old Post Office and Police Station belong to Ken Denton who is trying to get permission to renovate and make into operational boutique breweries and restaurants. But it will take many years as there are all kinds of structures to be preserved.
Friday 19th. Rowan and his team move in to demolish the kitchen. I swim 2000m at Newton Park where I meet up with Steve Mc Donald.
Saturday morning. Our group is split between early starters from Grey; 6 am at the beach and I decided to run the 10k from the Boardwalk at 7am. I register at the start and then do some short warm up runs in the parking area. For me these warm up runs are really necessary as I battle with breathing and muscle fatigue in the first few km of any event.
Our event starts from 2nd ave Summerstrand and then winds its way up towards Admiralty Way. At the 3km mark there are water sachets lying on the side of the road but no one to hand them out. So I pick up a couple and start handing out. Fortunately not for long as two men arrive to take over from me. Right into Erasmus Drive (I now have to try to catch some of those who passed me when I was handing out the water. Especially 70+ year old Liz Grundlingh). And then I have to stop to tie my shoelace. And I am all thumbs so waste more time. We and continue across 2nd Ave all the way to Walmer Boulevard. And again I have to catch Liz. Down Walmer Boulevard and right into Marine Drive to 2nd ave. I manage to pass Keith; Liz; Andrea and Kelly in the final km. Back up 2nd Ave to the finish.
|Graeme Chong is running well recently.|
|As I run down La Roche drive I pass Keith Harris who finished in 57 minutes.. This man is an Ironman and a Nippers Dad who I have known for many years.|
I was quite happy with my time of 57 minutes this morning. The course had a bit of hills although relatively easy hills. We started in a cool breeze but as soon as the clouds cleared it became really hot.
After the run I see that one of my tyres is half flat so I drive to SupaQuick who put the car on the ramp to check it. Meanwhile I walk to the pool and am allowed a half hour swim before the pool closes for a Biathlon. So I manage to fit in a 1000m swim before walking back to the car which had a nail in the tyre. The swim is exactly what I needed after the run. Cool and refreshing.
This evening we braai. Having no oven nor hob this is our only option other than take away suppers.
Let the King of my heart be the mountain where I run+
The fountain I drink from\
Oh he is my song
Let the king of my heart be the shadow where I hide
The ransom for my life
Oh he is my song
Let the king of my heart be the wind in my sails
The anchor in the waves
Oh he is my song
Let the king of my heart be the fire inside my veins
The echo of my days
Oh he is my song\
you are good oh oh
You are never gonna let me down
This evening I go to Church and meet up with Almarie. She tells me of their plans to go to Comrades 2019 to support Claire on her 10th.
Addo for Thomas and Frauke Germany ; John Witherspoon -- Australia; Maeda; Gavie and Sebastian from Chile. A successful day with special sightings really up close. This evening is our Monday Cell Group. Try as I may I am not successful in staying awake. Cronje has bought himself a Smart TV Connection.
Tuesday 23rd. I start the morning with a run with Chris and Adrienne. Kelly; Joanne; Andrea; Cindy and Carly meet up with us later. I swim 2000m a bit later then have a City Tour with John Wotherspoon.
Wednesday 24th. I try to run in the morning but am just too sore. So walk home. Al1 from Summerseas for Addo.
The running, swimming and hiking has hurt my knee. On Saturday morning Michael suggests that it could be Iliotibial Joint which connects the knee to the lower part of your leg and muscles. So rest is about what I now have ahead of me. I also order some anti inflamatories.
Open the eyes of my heart Lord
Open the eyes of me heart
I want to see you, I want to see you
To see you high and lifted up
shining in the light of your glory
pour out your power and love
as we sing holy, holy, holy.
Monday 29th. No running due to ITB -- probably the best cure is rest.
Addo with Robert and Annie from Antwerp; Belgium / from Ocean Bay as well as Audrey from Lungile
Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31st
I pick up Robert and Gill from Peter. We go out to Addo and almost immediately we find two male lions near to the road. The day is VERY windy but we continue and see some great sightings of a variety of animals. Then we continue to Schotia where Charl is our Ranger. He takes good care of us giving us all kinds of information and making the evening totally worthwhile and interesting.
After the Schotia Supper we drive to Avoca where we spend the night.
Wednesday we start the day after a breakfast --- Our first stop is Daniel Cheetah where Marinus is our Guide. Emma is doing an internship.
After the Cheetahs we drive to Kragga Kamma where Robert and Gill will spend the night. We book in and find the chalet. Very cosy. The game drive through Kragga Kamma shows how quickly they have picked up and remembered names of antelope.
After a late lunch Peter Joseph meets us there with their car and we part ways.
The past two days have been a Wildlife Extravaganza
- Addo for Elephants and an authentic wildlife experience
- Schotia for an interesting afternoon and evening where we learn about the Lions and other animals such as Hippo; Croc; Rhino; Giraffe and many others
- Daniel Cheetah Project where the main focus is on renewal of the Cheetah bloodlines
- Kragga Kamma where we are able to spend time and the evening with wildlife all around us.
This two day Guided Safari currently retails at R11 800 for two people. This is fully inclusive of the Various Safaris; entrance fees to the four reserves; 4 x Meals, beverages and two nights accommodation. There are no hidden costs.
Excluded -- souvenirs; Alcoholic beverages; Gratuities and dinner on the last night.
For more information or to book the tour contact Peter Giddy Guided Tours