Going somewhere? Capture more than your phone can with the best travel cams

There’s no arguing that the smartphone has become the favorite camera for everyday casual shooting. But when you’re venturing hundred or thousands of miles to see something new, there is no beating a traditional camera. Whether it’s a rugged model that can withstand water, snow, and sand; a superzoom that lets you reach a distant landmark without schlepping there; or an interchangeable lens model with image quality that will hold up for making large prints of your favorite memories, dedicated cameras bring extra tools to the table that can pay dividends on a vacation.

The camera you pick depends on the type of travel you’re planning to do. You can go for an all-purpose model that covers the basics, or a niche camera designed for precisely the activity you’re doing. Maybe you need a camera that can keep up with a high-speed adventure and rough-and-tumble lifestyle. Or perhaps you prefer to take your time setting up to capture the perfect sunset. Either way, there is an ideal camera for you to bring along on your next vacation — and you can likely find one that won’t break the bank. We compiled a list of some of some of our favorite travel cameras below, organized by category.

  • GoPro Hero6 Black
  • Olympus Stylus Tough TG-5
  • Panasonic Lumix TS30
  • Panasonic Lumix FZ2500
  • Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V
  • Panasonic Lumix GX85
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When shopping for a camera, perhaps the most important thing is to make sure you’re getting something you will actually use. You could spend $2,000 or more on a top-of-the-line machine for your next vacation, but if you never take it out of your hotel room because it’s too big and heavy, it’s basically worthless.

If you already shoot with a DSLR or mirrorless camera, you have a good idea of what you’re willing to use. If, however, you currently shoot with just a phone, you should consider in what ways your phone is most lacking before making a choice, such as low-light image quality, the ability to shoot all-weather conditions, resolution, etc.

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Caucasian man is kayaking in sea at Maldives

There are basic safety rules that all boaters should follow:

As with all recreational activities, there is always the possibility of injury or death. Always use common sense and follow all safety rules at all times.

  • Be aware of weather conditions and water temperature. Prepare for changes in weather and the possibility of a capsize. If paddling in cold water, a wet suit or dry suit can keep you warm and comfortable. In warm weather, a long sleeve shirt can provide sun protection.
  • Invest in appropriate clothing for your climate. One advantage of sit-inside kayaks is that you can shield yourself from some of the elements, while sit-on-tops leave you more exposed. Dress for the day.
  • Beware of off-shore winds that make it difficult to return to shore.
  • Always follow the boating rules of the area you’re in.
  • Never mix alcohol or drugs (prescription or non-prescription) with boating.
  • Never exceed the weight capacity of your boat and always check your equipment for wear and tear before you paddle.
  • Seek qualified instruction to learn proper paddling techniques, water safety and basic first aid.
  • Brush up on self-rescue first in calm, warm, shallow water, and again in more extreme conditions.
  • Most importantly, WEAR YOUR PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICE. Coast Guard regulations require that all kayaks have a lifejacket on board. Wearing your lifejacket will help keep your head above water and add insulation to your body, keeping you warmer in cold water. There are great PFDs designed specifically for paddlers. Buy one that fits well, and always wear it while you paddle.
  • Tell someone your paddle plan, which includes: where you are going, what you will be doing, how long you expect to be gone and how many people are in your party. Then stick to your plan.
  • Paddling in the surf zone or in rivers can be dangerous. Always wear a helmet.
  • Stay hydrated. Always bring plenty of water and food.
  • When paddling in a new area, check with the locals regarding currents, shoreline conditions and weather patterns. Plan an “escape” route – an alternative place to get off the water should environmental conditions dictate it. Abiding by these rules will help to make your kayak adventure safer and fun.

It is important to check conditions such as weather and tides before going out in your kayak. Whether you are going on a multi-day excursion or just paddling for an afternoon, being aware of current conditions can help you plan a more safe and efficient trip.

Equipment Recommendations

The equipment necessary for kayaking can vary according to the type of trip being taken. Some accessories you can’t do without, like a paddle and PFD, while others may not be essential for every trip, but can play a large part in keeping you safe and making your trip more enjoyable. Like most sports, the sky’s the limit if you want add-ons for your kayak. Other accessories include a backrest to help make paddling more comfortable, scupper stoppers to keep your self-bailing cockpit drier, and dry bags are important for storing gear. You can also buy accessories for navigating, diving, fishing, and more. If you plan to take your kayak on a car top regularly, you’ll find a hard rack system worth the investment.

REC/TOURING

  • PFD/Life Jacket
  • Compass
  • Maps and tidal charts
  • Extra food and water
  • Dry bags
  • Spare paddle or paddle leash
  • Paddle float
  • Spray skirt (if applicable)
  • Bilge pump
  • Boat sponge
  • Marine radio
  • Flares/signaling device
  • Safety whistle
  • Tow line
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen

FISHING

  • Rod/paddle clips
  • Bow line
  • Rod holders
  • Anchor trolley system
  • Humminbird transducer
  • Humminbird fish finder

CLOTHING

  • Cap/sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Paddle jacket
  • Base layer top

COLD WEATHER

  • Dry top
  • Dry pants
  • Wet or dry suit
  • Gloves or pogies

Source: oceankayak.com

St Georges Festival

JUBILEE SQUARE – SIMON’S TOWN
28 APRIL 2018, 16:00 – 21:00

The Simon’s Town Business Association (STBA) will be hosting its fifth annual St George’s Festival. Following last year’s success, this will again be an evening market with food stalls, banquet table, Tavern, live music and medieval entertainment for the whole family. Fun activities at the festival will include a photo booth, stocks for those misbehaving and apple bobbing, with St George himself attending!

Live music and the traditional banquet table is a great way for people to get together and enjoy the evening, with a great variety of food stalls and the medieval tavern with wine and craft beer for sale. Face painting and a dress-up corner will keep the little ones busy while mom and dad enjoy the festivities on Jubilee Square.

Participating shops and restaurants will also be offering specials and possibly extend their operating hours, so visitors can wander along St George’s Road for more St George’s Festival offerings.

Why St. George’s Festival? Simon’s Town was placed on global maps during the occupation of the Dutch East-India Company in Cape Town, when it became home to the British Royal Navy. Now a popular tourist destination, our town is also the home base of the South African Navy headquarters. In modern times, the St George’s Festival has become a celebration of the history of Simon’s Town and South Africa’s journey to independence and equality for all. As a modern-day celebration, the medieval theme of the St George’s Festival takes us back to the Saint George’s and the Dragon legend, and the age-old battle between good and evil.
More information on: www.facebook.com/StGeorgeDragonFestival

 

Dive Festival at the False Bay Yacht Club

 

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If summer in Cape Town is for swimming, sundowners, and soaking up the sun, then winter is for red wine, crackling fireplaces, and roasted marshmallows. You probably prefer one or the other, but we’re here to make a case for why Cape Town is better between the months of May and August.

No Crowds at Iconic Attractions

Cape Town is renowned for its prominent attractions like the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens to name but a few. The great news is that winter is regarded as low season, which means fewer tourists, less traffic, no long queues, and little chance of someone photo-bombing your selfie.

 

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Off-Season Special Deals and Offers

In winter you get way more bang for your buck as many hotels, restaurants, tour operators, and attractions discount their rates heavily during the off-season. Take advantage of a winter special and stay somewhere out of town for a few nights or treat yourself to a special restaurant meal you would only dream of in summer.

Milder, cool weather

Don’t be worried about the weather during this time! The city enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate with daytime temperatures averaging a maximum of 18-20ºC (64-68ºF) during winter and spring. The absence of the scorching Africa sun also allows for outdoor activities like hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and when it does rain, well, what better excuse to go to some of the City’s amazing restaurants surrounded by beautiful and spectacular views of Table Mountain?

Hiking Lion's Head is a must

 

It’s the Green Season

You don’t need to put on your Polaroid sunglasses to see the mountains, grass, and fields transform to bright green during winter seasons. World-renowned for its splendour, Cape Town’s flora truly comes alive after the first rainfall with Table Mountain and surrounding Cape mountain ranges at their best. It is the ideal time to grab your camera, put on your hiking boots and go view the many waterfalls and streams visible on the mountain slopes, natural forests, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and parks in and around the city.

 

Adventure Sport Heaven

Ask any surfer and they will tell you that the bigger waves, wind conditions, and warmer sea temperatures are the perfect combinations for all sorts of surfing along the coast in winter. Don’t wait until summer to take up kite-surfing, May to August is the best time to give it a try. The airstreams can also be more favourable for paragliding, and you might just get to stay up there for longer.

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Hot chocolate mania

Cape Town loves its ice cream all year round, but in winter a type of hot chocolate fever strikes the city. Honest Chocolate is the perfect place for getting your rich dark chocolate fix, while Moro Gelato will provide you with a thick Italian cup of goodness. Conditions are also perfect for a turmeric or matcha latte or red cappuccino. If you prefer tea, then there’s luckily a whole tea scene in Cape Town for you to explore.

Cosy Feasting Experiences

During winter locals just love crawling out of their homes to go to their favourite eatery or to try out new spots on weekends. You can choose from hundreds of restaurants offering comforting eating experiences, many with cosy fireplaces, atmospheric views, and special winter deals. A perfect way to spend a cooler winter’s day is to explore the variety of bustling indoor markets in and around the city, like the City Bowl Market or the Bay Harbour Market, or do a food and wine pairing at one of the world-class wine estates.

Whale-watching Season

July to September is the peak calving season for whales, which means you are guaranteed many opportunities to spot the worlds’ biggest mammal, either from up close in a boat or from the coastline. Take a drive along the False Bay Coast with Simon’s Town being a whale watching hub, or visit Hermanus, the whale capital of the world for your best chance of spotting these beautiful sea giants.

 

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Time to Relax and Rejuvenate

One of Cape Town’s best luxury experiences is visiting our world-class spa’s, and winter is the ideal season to take a day off from the rush to refresh and renew your body and mind in an indulgent environment. Spoil yourself with some proper R&R to ensure you feel and look revived,  just in time for the new season. We’d recommend trying one of the 11 unique spa experiences we’ve found for something extra special.

Flower Season Beauty

Travellers from around the world annually come to the Cape in August and September to witness a natural spectacle when millions of beautiful wildflowers start blooming for spring. A mere hour’s drive from the city will place you in the middle of the West Coast National Park, boasting a colourful carpet of white, orange, and yellow.

wild flowers in bloom west coast national park

Source: capetowntravel.com

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