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Oct 11th, 2005, 02:56 PM
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Roccco,

You wrote: If it is going for $500 or even $5,000, I will be on the next flight to Cape Town!

Pack your bags buddy as it costs about $1600 to my knowledge.

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Oct 11th, 2005, 02:59 PM
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Mkhonzo,

What a wonderful surprise.

Fabulous idea. Well worth thinking of Dr.Andrea.

Dr.Andrea thanks to your initial request this really has turned out to be a great thread.

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Oct 11th, 2005, 03:01 PM
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Dr.Andrea

Holy heavens I just hope that after all these suggestions that your husband does not read the Fodors Africa Forum page.


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Oct 11th, 2005, 03:07 PM
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Selwyn, WOW. I have been twice to Cape Town but never knew about the option of flying at 60,000 ft in a jet and then upside down at 3Gs. My next trip to South Africa is next July, but I'm scheduled to visit Kwazulu-Natal and Northern Cape, but if I can extend, I'd love to get to Cape Town for this.

It looks AMAZING.

But I disagree with you on shark diving -- its far from boring. ;-)


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Oct 11th, 2005, 03:08 PM
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OK, jets a little much. Another option might be to incorporate the Blue Train with your travelling if it fits the your schedule. http://africanadrenalin.co.za/BlueTrain/routes.htm
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Oct 11th, 2005, 03:21 PM
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Selwyn,

This is information that would have been useful LAST MONTH!!!

$1,600 USD...that is it? I always figured these things cost much, much more, at least $10,000 USD.

Well, just when I thought I was finished with Cape Town for awhile, now this.

Cage Diving
Jet Fighters Upside Down At 3G's
Two Oceans HALF Marathon (until I can run another marathon I am not worthy of even mentioning the Ultra Marathon)

April 2007...Cape Town...I am SO there!

It will coincide perfectly with the Wild Dog season in Zambia.
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Oct 11th, 2005, 03:53 PM
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Robbie,

Brackett Air Field in La Verne actually works much better for me (about 10 miles from work). So, while I won't get ocean and Catalina Island, I will be getting the San Gabriel Mountains and the desert.

I think it would be so awesome to have my own Cessna and just be able to fly up and down the California coast.

Better yet, to be able to a self-fly safari...wow, that would be the trip of a lifetime. I actually met a South African guy just a couple years older than me who had done such a thing through East Africa.

Considering how much luxury cars are going for these days, a little Cessna seems like quite a bargain!
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Oct 11th, 2005, 03:59 PM
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It was a well orchestrated plan and it panned out way better than I ever expected.

But now back to the drawing board for the for the vinter of long islands noble rot!

Dr Andrea, more ideas will be forthcoming. I travel for a week and will give it some idle thought.
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Oct 12th, 2005, 07:40 AM
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YOU MADE THE FRONT PAGE!!!
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Oct 12th, 2005, 12:43 PM
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Robbie,

How does this place look?

http://www.airdesertpacific.com/

I am going up for an introductory lesson later today and then they will try to nab me for whatever they can for extended lessons. Intro lesson only $59 USD but then the price goes way up, I am sure.

Hehe...I just want to be able to fill in on those surveys that ask for hobbies, the following:

Walking Safaris, Wildlife Photography, Flying Planes and Tango Dancing.

2 down, 2 to go.
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Oct 12th, 2005, 02:09 PM
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I would take him for an amazing afternoon touring the nearby wine country. One of my favorite small towns is called FRANSCHHOEK. There are wonderful inns and restaurants there, and one in particular is the world renowed Le Quartier Francais. Great food, and a wonderful inn. It's about 45 mintues from Capetown and the drive is lovely.
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Oct 12th, 2005, 06:52 PM
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Actually, I prefer to try and get a referral for an instructor. Talk to a couple, let them talk to you about their method of instruction, someone you can get a long with, but push you. You don't need another friend when it comes to learning to fly.

I went for an aerobatics instructor for my private because I knew he would stress perfection in handling the plane,teach more manuvers that lead to confidence building and an understanding of its performance limitations. You fly the plane, not the plane flying you.

Lastly, I took just a quick look at the web page, didn't see what equipment they train you in. If you are serious, in Africa and for that matter around the world, Bushpilots use high wing planes-visibility is a consideration. And you will find most planes available to rent will be Cessnas overseas. so at some point you will need to get training in cessnas.

After your 1st flight, if you decide to continue, look around at the community colleges for a private pilot course. They are good enough. Your flight instructor will actually give more info while you are flying with him.

I hope you enjoy it. And Catalina is close when you are flying. only 20 miles off PV. For that matter, Las Vegas a couple hours.

In my earlier days, if a girl survived a few manuevers like loops, snap rolls, hammerheads, then consideration for furthering the relationship was a strong possibility. I married the one one that was laughing and giggling the whole time.

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Oct 13th, 2005, 05:47 PM
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Are you all bloody mad or what?
Go to bed with him for goodness sake. Surprise him. Do your own diving - forget about the sharks. Don't use a balloon, they dull the senses. He will be AMAZED!!
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Oct 14th, 2005, 01:44 AM
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mkhonzo
Amazing! And beautifully done! No wonder she was blown away!
Dr_Andrea - your husband seems very timid and rather a worrier so he probably wouldn't enjoy an adrenalin-rush kind of experience even if most of us here might. I have to admit I was surprised to read your age bracket given his nature - but there's room in this world for all of is - worriers and risk-takers both!
I'd definitely go for something he'll appreciate even if that something might be somewhat sedate for many.
Unless he is scared of heights also, hot air ballooning over somewhere as beautiful as Cape Town would surely not fail to interest him. If you think he'd not be too scared, ditto on the helicopter trip.
My question to you is, you've dismissed a lot of suggestions as being unsuitable to either his interests or his worried nature - but you haven't really told us what DOES thrill him.
Any thoughts?
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Oct 14th, 2005, 05:26 AM
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I would really not describe my husband as "sedate" given that he is a high profile divorce lawyer in NYC. However, he does not enjoy anything that could induce dizziness. I think I mentioned it in an above post but he loves music.
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Oct 14th, 2005, 06:04 AM
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I didn't mean to insult your husband in anyway - I was responding to your posts that he would not like helicopters (because he's heard of people dying in them), wouldn't like shark diving (because, in your own words, he's too chicken to try it) etc.
Please don't assume that by pointing out that high adrenalin things are perhaps not ideal for him I'm implying that he is boring. Not at all.
That said, now I re-read it, I can't work out whether the hubby is the one that might not like helicopters and shark dives or whether that's your own worries.
And I am not dismissing these worries either. I'm not really an adrenalin-junkie either - the thought of bungie jumping doesn't appeal at all!
You mentioned that he loved music but wouldn't be in town on a Sunday to follow mkhonzo's suggestion - I wonder if you could find out about any other musical performances in Cape Town or the wider area that will be happening whilst you are there? Perhaps Selwyn knows of a site that lists such information? Combining this with a lovely dinner might work well.
Or could you go as far as arranging something on a smaller scale yourself - looking up a string quartet for example and arranging for them to play at a particular location whilst you and hubby dine on a wonderful picnic that you've pre-ordered and either picked up en-route or had delivered?
I still love the idea of a hot air balloon though I know it's a somewhat cliche gift it's still a great experience. Unless he specifically has vertigo it shouldn't induce dizziness of the motion sickness kind. I have vertigo myself but found that I only experienced slight discomfort when we had just taken off and were still near the ground. As soon as we were further up that disappeared. I think it would be even more special if it were a private flight just for the two of you.
Just some thoughts.
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Oct 14th, 2005, 06:50 AM
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I did not take it as an insult. I was just clarifying. He would not have an issue with the helicopter. I was just concerned about the safety of the craft.
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Oct 14th, 2005, 07:06 AM
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You may be able to obtain safety records for different operators, though I can't think how you'd go about it...

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Oct 14th, 2005, 07:51 AM
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I was just thinking - I don't know if this is available in Cape Town (or whether, if it's not usually available, you could arrange it with an operator without the cost becoming prohibitive) but on a recent travel show here in the UK one of the presenters went to New Zealand and the experience he raved about was this special mountain top picnic - the helicopter dropped him off at a beautiful location near the top of this mountain with a huge gourmet picnic hamper and a walkie talkie to use to call them back to collect him when he was ready.
If you could organise something like that it might be cool though I honestly don't know if it's possible.
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Oct 14th, 2005, 09:34 AM
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I had actually thought about that. That is exactly was I am looking for.
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