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Oct 11th, 2005, 10:59 AM
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Selwyn, thanks for your description of an evening at the Africa Cafe. It's made me plan to go there on our next trip to Cape Town, even without a birthday. I'm sure we'll love the singing and dancing servers.
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Oct 11th, 2005, 11:01 AM
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Forget it....I just read a post about shark diving that scared the heck out of me. I am off that idea.
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Oct 11th, 2005, 11:27 AM
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What did you read? I have done it twice, and its safe. You are in a cage. The water's a bit choppy, sometimes, and some get seasick, but its safe.

But, and this isn't meant as a criticism, it seems to attract an adventurous crowd and not the Ritz-Carlton crowd. The boat and food are definitely not luxurious, but its amazing.
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Oct 11th, 2005, 11:30 AM
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I read something about your foot being able to slip through the cage and then it being open on top making it dangerous as you get in and out. That was enough for me.
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Oct 11th, 2005, 11:31 AM
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What? I guess on safari you could have your arm out the window and a lion can run by and bite it off. You won't get eaten while shark diving.

But the website that Rocco mentioned has lots of stuff, including heli tour:

http://cybercapetown.com/Civair/
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Oct 11th, 2005, 11:44 AM
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A severed limb...big deal...there WILL be a doctor in the house.

I am reminded of that movie with Ben Stiller, Along Came Polly, in which he plays a risk analyst for some major insurance company. He is so caught up with all the different risks in life that he cannot live his life to its fullest until...Along Came Polly (played by Jennifer Aniston).

Come on, Dr. Andrea, encourage your husband to live a little! Take that helicopter ride, go cage diving with the sharks, go on a walking safari...ENJOY AFRICA!
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Oct 11th, 2005, 11:56 AM
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(Taking my own advice...I am going up on a flight lesson tomorrow...if I like it and choose to sign up, for about $4,500 I will be licensed to fly little Cessna's within a couple months...also, taking dance lessons, with an emphasis on Tango, something I would have never done a few years ago...with the big 3-5 coming up, I definitely want to start living life to its fullest instead of just always going on these sedate little Zambian safaris where I am within a couple meters from hunting lions and leopards, and not much further from elephants, crocodiles and hippos).
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Oct 11th, 2005, 12:05 PM
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Rocco, dance lessons, now that's brave. Head for Cafe Tortoni in BA -- a great cafe right near the Casa Rosada (from where Evita, or maybe it was Madonna, sang). BA is a great city.

My next semi-adventure is next weekend (October 22), when I'm off to Churchill, Manitoba to see polar bears. I need to figure out what filter to use since I'm photographing white bears against white snow.

But, then again, I guess I could get eaten...if you don't hear from me, I'm bear food.
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Oct 11th, 2005, 12:28 PM
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Got my license out of Torrance Airport. On slow days at the office, used to go fly over to Catalina for a buffalo burger for lunch at the terminal. Watch the beginners and 1st timers do aborted landings there. Also trained for aerobatics at Torrance.

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Oct 11th, 2005, 01:07 PM
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I am a psychologist so I can only help him with how he FEELS after his limb gets eaten off by a shark. I think we will pass on the shark diving despite everyone's good experiences with it.

I definitely am going to pursue the helicopter ride. I think he will love that. I am going to call the travel agent right now.
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Oct 11th, 2005, 01:15 PM
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Dr. Andrea,

Even better...you can talk dear hubby through this irrational little fear of maneating sharks!
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Oct 11th, 2005, 01:21 PM
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That's the problem. Psychologists are only supposed to reduce IRRATIONAL fears. This one seems pretty rational.

I am going with the helicopter idea. I just need to make sure that it is a safe, well maintained craft.
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Oct 11th, 2005, 01:45 PM
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Footloose and fancy free in the Cape!!
Nice to meet a fellow LI'er on Fodors!
I am now comittted to setting up your surprise while in SA.

A while ago (five years back) I made my wife pack a bag, told her she had to mix it up, formal dinner dress, beach clothes and a barbeque type stuff. Then blindfolded her and led her by the arm. car waiting, drove to the airport, boarded a plane, OK so at that point I took her blindfold off, but wouldn't let her read the destination board.

Only once on the plane did she figure where we were headed. landed in George... she thought that was the destination. Overnighted at a B&B on the beach in Knysna, fooled her. She thought that was it.... Took her for a walk in the morning to the harbour in Knysna, she thoughtthat was nice, but I had arranged for our bags to be collected.

She saw Rovos Rail ( a really romantic & nostalgic train) at the station, she wanted to peep. Sure I said, in fact I know these guys have a great reputation for hospitality, why don't we hop on and see if we can have a drink too? I had that part arranged, so we sat in the lounge, I ordered a bottle of bubbly and requested some oysters, which were duly delivered. Wow, was her mind blown, couldn't believe the grace of the staff. Then people started to board, she suggested we leave: I disagreed saying we had only sipped the bubbly best we relax and enjoy afterall the train leaves in two hours ( I knew that it would be closer to fifteen minutes) She was concerened, no probs, just chill etc. Anyhow, the train suddenly started to move, she wanted to fly off and out. The train manager, came oversaid: sorry maam I see you haven't finished your drink, please relax, we'll stop at the next station and you can hop off there, we'll have a car drive you back...

Well you guessed the rest we never got off, because shortly after the manager came and showed us to our suite, we had been upgraded to a Royal, and boy waht a journey that was. Talk about a surprised wife.

It was a surprise weekend and it worked oh so well!
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Oct 11th, 2005, 01:52 PM
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Dr.Andrea,

C'mon shark dives and helicopter flights are boring and anyway you can do them on other parts of the world world. If you want to have a special surpriuse birthday present for your husband then rather do something that is:

1. Unique to Cape Town

2. Virtually unique in the world in that there is only one in the world other place to my knowledge that offers the facility that I am going to suggest to you.

3. Fair warning as unique as the surprise is so expensive it is price wise. I think it costs R10,000 per experience.

4. I know of two of my past visitors to Cape Town who did this expereince and they said it was a chance in a lifetime. One of these folk did not make it a chance of a lifetime as he came back to Cape Town purposely just to do the journey once again. I can put you in touch with him if you want to find out more about this all. Btw he is also in the medical profession as a pathologist.

Damn the shark dives and lions eating off your arms, if you really want to surprise your husband with an amazing once in a lifetime experience take him to......

Thunder City in Cape Town.

To see more go to http://www.thundercity.com/tc_main.htm

3gs upside down here we come!

Now that should send your adrenaline levels into space.

Very proudly part of the wonderful nation of South Africa
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Oct 11th, 2005, 01:55 PM
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Selwyn,

Unfortunately, unless Thunder City is going for $500 USD or less these days, it does not meet the criteria that Dr. Andrea has laid out.

If it is going for $500 or even $5,000, I will be on the next flight to Cape Town!
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Oct 11th, 2005, 01:56 PM
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Besides...is flying upside down at 3g's really RATIONAL?
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Oct 11th, 2005, 02:11 PM
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I'll take that surprise any day. Great present and great presentation.
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Oct 11th, 2005, 02:31 PM
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mkhonzo,

That sounds right out of a movie!

Great job on setting up such a great surprise.
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Oct 11th, 2005, 02:32 PM
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Speaking of 3 g's, isn't there a company in Cape Town area that offers flights in jets-Russian migs I think. Now that would be a surprise.
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Oct 11th, 2005, 02:44 PM
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Wow! Great surprise for you wife. What a lucky lady!!

My husband won't go on the teacups at Disney so there is no way in HELL that he would do an adventure like you suggested. He would be more likely to get in the cage with the sharks.

I would spend more that $500 if the surprise were amazing!!
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