Quo Vadis Southern Africa News archive

Tribute to Jacques Kallis and the Proteas. Tribute to Jacques Kallis and the Proteas.

Congratulations to the Proteas on their fine win against India in the second test in Durban. Not so much because you won, but for the manner in which you won. And of course Jaques Kallis who once again showed us how the game should be played. I am so proud of you all.
2014-01-07 10:28

Have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year. Have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Peace and goodwill to all men (and women), particularly the 1.4+ million who have thus far visited Quo Vadis (71000+ in November and 89000+ December 2013). Many thanks.
2014-01-02 09:19

R.I.P. Madiba R.I.P. Madiba

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crêpe bows round the white necks of the public
    doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

Courtesy of W H Auden

2013-12-18 17:49

1.3 MILLION VISITORS 1.3 MILLION VISITORS

Cumulative total to date, from almost 5000 cities and 190 countries around the world. As expected, the number of visitors is now increasing rapidly in anticipation of the holiday season.
2013-11-15 17:12

MILESTONE: ONE MILLION VISITORS. MILESTONE: ONE MILLION VISITORS.

The cumulative number of visitors to date (from 190 countries and almost 5000 cities) has just passed 1.2 million! Thank you for your support
2013-09-02 23:44

Videos Added. Videos Added.

Some animals are so rare or elusive that one is unlikely to see them in a lifetime of game viewing. I have searched for videos to overcome this limitation. Look for them under the Photographs and Videos tab. That seems to have hit the spot -- this morning I noticed that there were 141 visitors on the site simultaneously! Surely a record.
2013-04-27 10:50

Photographs of the Stutterheim Stationary Engine Museum Photographs of the Stutterheim Stationary Engine Museum

Recently uploaded -- Dont miss this rare gem in the Photo Gallery
2013-03-07 20:25

Eagles spotted in Cape Town's Southern Suburbs Eagles spotted in Cape Town's Southern Suburbs

A pair of big brown eagles, together with a juvenile, have been spotted roosting in the large bluegum trees in Second Avenue just south of Harfield Village. Unfortunately we have not been able to identify the species. Anyone able to do so, please let me know. Lets put Second Avenue on the map by being one of the few streets in a metropolitan area graced by the presence of such birds. Alan McIver
2013-02-08 09:37

Milestone: 900000 visitors. Milestone: 900000 visitors.

The next one will be significant  -- one million visitors.
2013-01-18 08:51

The Hygiene Hypothesis -- a Medical Breakthrough? The Hygiene Hypothesis -- a Medical Breakthrough?

Please read the article entitled "The Hygiene Hypothesis". It has potential to reduce the suffering of those nearest and dearest to you.
2013-01-17 18:55

MILESTONES MILESTONES

just passed 800000 visits. At last we are cooking with gas! Many thanks
2012-11-09 08:23

MILESTONES: MILESTONES:

Fourth web page that has had more than 10000 hits!!!
2012-08-23 16:16

MILESTONES: MILESTONES:

Just passed 700000 visitors. Thanks to all
2012-08-21 13:39

MILESTONES: MILESTONES:

Just passed the 10000 hits per page for the third time!
2012-06-21 11:33

MILESTONES MILESTONES

Just passed 600000 visitors. That is almost 1000 per day! Many thanks for your ongoing support
2012-04-28 13:23

Milestones: Milestones:

First web page to have been visited by over 10000 people. Many thanks...
2012-03-19 21:54

EXAMPLES THAT ILLUSTRATE HOW TO USE QUO VADIS TO BEST ADVANTAGE EXAMPLES THAT ILLUSTRATE HOW TO USE QUO VADIS TO BEST ADVANTAGE

GENERIC KEYWORD SEARCHES: Generic keywords have been introduced to facilitate searching. For example, suppose you:

o    Are searching for a place to stay. Keyword accommodation
o    Wish to arrange transport. Keyword transport
o    Wish to explore the region. Keyword sightseeing
o    Are more intrepid, preferring to be active rather than passive and willing to rough it and accept some risk. Keyword adventure
o    Are searching for somewhere to eat. The generic term to describe places that serve food (restaurants, pub lunches, fast-food joints, snacks, takeaways, etc) is meal
o    Are looking for entertainment such as events, festivals, night-life, movies, casinos, theatres, children’s entertainment, etc. Keyword entertainment.
o    Need to shop for souvenirs, gifts, curios, clothes, arts and crafts, antiques, hobbies, provisions, etc. Keyword shopping.
o    On the lookout for events that take place. Keyword events. If interested in events that take place in a particular month, use the first three letters of the month followed by the suffix –eve e.g. janeve, febeve,…deceve.
o    Wish to ferret out unusual or little-known information. Keyword didyouknow
o    Need to be prepared in the event of an emergency. Keyword emergency

Other generic keywords include cycling, running, canoeing, history, religion, architecture, geography, minerals, fossils, wildlife, botany, photos etc.

UNIQUE FEATURES: Searches using the above keywords are generally too voluminous to be useful.  Keywords to tailor results to suit your requirements are included. For example, suppose you wish to restrict your search to

o    The vicinity of the R318, use keyword R318  If however you wish to restrict your search to places actually on said highway, use keyword R318X
o    Places within the area or “footprint” of a particular airport. Use the airport code (e.g. JNB, CPT, PLZ, DUR) as a keyword.   
o    Places on the coast, use keyword seethesea
o    Stopovers, use keyword stopover

Combinations of the above or others (e.g. countries, provinces, towns, regions, rivers, mountains) are a powerful tool with which to interrogate the data.

STANDALONE KEYWORDS: The use of keyword combinations is sometimes inappropriate. For example, suppose you:

o    Would like to contact longhaul bus companies or airlines which travel from Johannesburg (JNB) to Port Elizabeth (PLZ)? Keyword: JNBPLZ. Find many airline and bus links between transport hubs in this way.
o    Would like to play a little Southern African travel trivial pursuit. Try trivialpursuit
o    Require general information (climate, health and safety, medical emergencies, when to visit, visa requirements, currency, rules of the road, border posts, etc) on travel in the region? Keyword: traveltips
o    Interested in world records, features significant by global standards, etc? Keyword worldclass
o    Looking for stories, legends, etc. Keyword shortstories

What you discover is limited by your imagination and information on the site. Do not assume, however, that because there are not many hits on a particular word, that the data is incomplete. Because information is generally available on the usual “tourist traps”, much effort has been made to make data available from little-known or remote, out-of-the-way places. It may well be that there is not much out there.

Interrogate the data and home in on what is of interest by moving from the general to the specific (a logical approach whether or not you are familiar with the region). You are invited to:

o    Search the data at your leisure
o    Make arrangements with organisations of your choice. Quiz them for local knowledge – most are willing to assist.
o    Submit information for inclusion on the site, comments, requests for assistance, queries and feedback to alanmciver@gmail.com

Bear in mind that, while every effort has been made to make the site as meaningful as possible, some information changes frequently.   Quo Vadis cannot be held responsible for the correctness or otherwise of the information made available here.

2011-03-19 00:57

MILESTONES: MILESTONES:

We have just passed 6000 visitors month-to-date. Thanks for your support.
2011-03-11 00:57

ATTENTION PHOTOGRAPHERS: ATTENTION PHOTOGRAPHERS:

Photos on all aspects of travel and tourism to Southern Africa are urgently required. If interested, please submit photos as well as other relevant details such as contact details, promotional material, etc ASAP
2010-07-07 13:21

GPS CO-ORDINATES NEEDED GPS CO-ORDINATES NEEDED

With GPS equipment now becoming more widespread, there is an urgent need for service providers to update their web pages with such information. Please submit such information ASAP.
2010-06-05 15:18

EXCEPTIONAL INTERNET AND SKYPE CONNECTIVITY EXCEPTIONAL INTERNET AND SKYPE CONNECTIVITY

Skype connectivity was recently added to the Skype numbers on the site. In other words, if you have access to a PC or a laptop, you can now contact even the most remote, off-the-beaten track places by sending them an email, logging onto their website or phoning them directly. One of the three should work in most places. So now you can both find as well as contact such places at a moments notice, neatly bypassing the "system" that forces you into the usual "Tourist Traps" Oh the Places you'll Go.....
2009-10-21 16:23

ATTENTION HISTORIANS, AUTHORS, WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, STORYTELLERS AND RACONTEURS. ATTENTION HISTORIANS, AUTHORS, WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, STORYTELLERS AND RACONTEURS.

Southern Africa is rich with stories and amusing anecdotes. Such stories represent possibly one of the region's greatest assets. Yet few are published, particularly in the international arena. If you are aware of or would like to write such stories, myths, legends, histories, etc that are of interest to tourists (including locals of course), please do not hesitate to submit such materal for publication. 

Contct        alanmciver@gmail.com

2009-08-29 03:48

THE WHALES HAVE ARRIVED THE WHALES HAVE ARRIVED

Each year several thousand southern right whales migrate north from their summer feeding grounds (apparently 6o degrees south of the equator and not the antarctic as is commonly believed) to calve and mate close to the coast off the Western Cape. They are readily seen from the many whale-watching spots along the coast or from boats licensed to do so. Seeing these gentle leviathans at close quarters is an opportunity that should not be missed.
2009-06-07 23:29

UPLOADING RECORDS. UPLOADING RECORDS.

Pheeew -- I have now loaded about 40% of the records -- now for the balance. However, if you have a particularly urgent request I can make a plan alanmciver@gmail.com
2009-05-27 12:19

ATTENTION BUDGET TRAVELLERS ATTENTION BUDGET TRAVELLERS

One of Southern Africa's best kept secrets are its many excellent campgrounds. While some are simply clearings in the bush, many have excellent facilities such as shaded, grassed, electrified campsites, spotlessly clean ablution blocks, a perimeter security fence for personal safety, etc. Some even have chalets available for rent. Because they were established many years ago, many occupy prime positions in popular holiday destinations. Furthermore, most are almost empty out of the holiday season (Easter and Christmas). In addition, apart from the Western Cape in winter, the weather is fine most of the year. Lastly, most small towns have one. ATKV, Aventura and the Caravan Club of South Africa (CCSA) set high standards but there are many others, particularly in national parks, that are equally impressive. So if you are looking for an inexpensive holiday, come prepared to camp.
2009-05-16 13:58

"OH THE PLACES YOU'LL GO" (#1802)

Today's fascinating place is Wonderwerk Cave. First exposed approximately 800000 years ago, it is arguably the longest-inhabited cave on earth. What is even more surprising is that I have never before heard it mentioned or discussed. Most have simply never heard of it. So when next someone mentions "ancient Egypt" remind them that we have something far older and closer to home. See article #1750.
2009-05-13 12:53

KEYWORD SEARCHES. KEYWORD SEARCHES.

Unfortunately the search engine I am using only recognizes 4-character strings. To accommodate this deficiency, please add an "A" whenever the number of characters in your search criterion is less than 4. For example N1 becomes N1AA, N1X becomes N1XA, CPT becomes CPTA and so on
2009-05-09 11:04

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