Get up close and personal with the thriving ocean life of Simon’s Town as you glide over the water on a hydro bike with Cape Town’s first ever water-biking tour.

Cape Town Water Bikes offers guided as well as self-guided tours on hydro bikes from Simon’s Town, in which riders can ‘cycle’ to some of the most popular spots in the area, from Boulders beach to the Clan Stuart Shipwreck.

The hydro bikes are silent, meaning that there is a big chance of riders encountering an array of marine animals such as dolphins and seals.

Riders can safely explore the ocean without leaving a carbon footprint—the water bikes do not require fuel and do not emit harmful emissions.

The state-of-the-art hydro bikes are easy to use and no prior experience or skill is required to ride them. Unlike with conventional bicycles, you do not need to learn how to balance on a hydro bike to ride one.

Guided tours last two hours, departing form Simons Town pier from 8am and 11am seven days a week.

The tours are dependent on both weather and sea conditions, while walk-in rentals are available throughout the day. Due to changing weather patterns in the Mother City, it is advisable to bring a lightweight jacket with you on your adventure.

Come rain or shine, Cape Town Water Bikes is open for business.

“We do not let rain stop our adventures. We explore in rain and shine,” a statement on Cape Town Water Bikes’ official webpage reads.

Guided tours cost R590 per person and include a safety radio, buoyancy aid and bottled water.

Riders must meet the following requirements to use the water-bikes:

They must be age 13 and older. Children aged 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Riders must be a minimum height of 1.5 metres

The maximum weight allowed on the hydro bikes is 110kg.

Bookings for tours can be made here and customers are advised to contact the Cape Town Water Bikes office prior to their trip to ensure that weather conditions are suitable for the tour.

Source: www.capetownnet.com

 

More information about Hydro-biking:

What is a hydrobike?

Hydrobike is the worldwide premier water bike. The Hydrobike is the ultimate in human powered watercraft. With little effort you can cruise at 5 miles per hour. They can easily be ridden in even the windiest and waviest conditions. They are virtually impossible to tip over and they are GREAT for fishing.

What kind of clothing should I wear, will I get wet?

Any comfortable clothing, maybe a light jacket for cooler days. You will not get wet unless you choose to.

What time of day is best to Hydrobike?

Mornings are the calmest time on the water with little wind, while afternoons have more onshore winds making it harder to ride. If it is too windy, we may limit the rental area or cancel rentals altogether.

Unfortunately, weather conditions vary and it is sometimes impossible to predict how the weather will be until the day-of or the day before your rental reservation. Calling us directly will give you the most up to date information.

How stable is it?

Very stable, it will not tip over when the rider is standing or sitting on the side-decks. It’s also stable in high waves and swells.

Is there a weight limit?

Yes, the weight limit is 300 lbs.

Can children ride them?

Most children ages 10 and up are able to ride themselves, as long as they are able to reach the pedals.

How close can I get to wildlife?

Five boat lengths is best to avoid disturbing animals.  It is illegal to disturb, chase, touch or feed marine mammals who are protected by Federal Law and you may be fined if reported.

Source: www.montereybayhydrobikes.com

Photo credit: bramante-it.com

An unprecedented discovery of a fresh water resource has been found in Beaufort West, in the Western Cape, the Department of Mineral Resources said in a statement on Wednesday.

The resource was discovered by the Council for Geoscience (CGS), a statutory Science Council reporting to the minister of Mineral Resources, while conducting research on the development of shale gas.

The preliminary results indicate that the water is of good quality for drinking and other uses. Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said the much-needed water resource brings about a huge relief to the drought-stricken Beaufort West and the Western Cape Province.

Zwane had directed the CGS to conduct a baseline study to enable government to make informed decisions on the balance of science-based evidence on the development of shale gas resources in the vast Karoo Basin of South Africa.

“A geoscientific team from the CGS has concluded the geological mapping, geophysical survey (both ground and air-bourne), hydrogeological monitoring (which is continuous until the drilling of a deep borehole +3km) and environmental screening.

“The water boreholes intended for the baseline studies and future monitoring of the water resource have also been used to pilot the casing methods to ensure maximum protection of the water resource in the Karoo,” the department said.

The final characterization of the five boreholes will be concluded by the end of January 2018.

“The research work will be done in stages in order to minimize the potential impact of drilling to the environment.

“In due course, the borehole will be officially handed to the municipality to ensure that the people of Beaufort West and nearby communities can have access to water,” the department said.

 

Source: businesstech.co.za

As you all know the Western Cape is facing extreme water restrictions and need to save as much water as we can.  This is something that affects each and everyone of us, but we also believe that we should not only be water safe in times of needs, but this is something we can add to our everyday lives and make it part of our lifestyle.

 

20 Ways to Save Water in an Emergency

19 Mei 2019 blog

During droughts, water supplies often become critically low. In some cases, whole communities are either without water or have very limited supplies. Water-use restrictions are often imposed on the residents of these communities. Priority is given to water needed for drinking and sanitation, while certain luxury uses of water, such as lawn watering and car washing, are not permitted.

The following is a brief listing of ways you can conserve water by modifying your everyday living habits.
  1. Where possible and economically justifiable, install water-saving plumbing fixtures in the home.
  2. Flush the toilet less often. In most cases, several uses can be made of the toilet for liquid wastes before flushing is required.
  3. Do not use the toilet for disposing of trash, waste paper, and the like.
  4. Make sure that your toilet does not leak. Place a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the colored water appears in the toilet bowl without flushing, your toilet is leaking—have it fixed immediately.
  5. Fix leaking faucets.
  6. Do not let faucets run for washing or rinsing. Always fill a container with water for this purpose or use the sink by stopping the drain.
  7. Do not water lawns or wash cars when water is in short supply. Also, try to water lawns and landscapes during evening or early morning to reduce evaporation from the sun.
  8. Brush your teeth before shaving in the morning so the cold water in the supply line is used instead of running to waste while you wait for hot water with which to shave.
  9. After brushing your teeth, use a glass of water to rinse your mouth rather than running water over the toothbrush and then using the toothbrush to rinse your mouth.
  10. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator to avoid letting water run to obtain a cold drink.
  11. Do not prewash dishes for automatic dishwashers unless necessary.
  12. Do not use the garbage disposal. Compost vegetable peelings on your garden or put them in the garbage can.
  13. Take shorter showers. Remember, the longer you are in the shower, the more water you use.
  14. Collect water from roof gutters to use for lawn and plant watering.
  15. If your shower is equipped with a mixing faucet that can be set with a dial to the desired temperature, turn the shower off while soaping up. When you have finished soaping up, turn the shower back on to rinse off. If your shower is not equipped with a temperature dial, you may end up using more water as you adjust the water temperature again; consequently, this practice is not recommended for showers without automatic temperature adjustment or a shut-off valve in the shower head.
  16. When shaving, use water in the washbowl to clean your razor between strokes, or use an electric razor.
  17. Always use a brush, wash cloth, or your hand to dislodge particles of dirt when washing anything rather than relying on the force of the water to do the job.
  18. Allow small children to bathe in the tub at the same time.
  19. Use disposable diapers to avoid a toilet flush when rinsing a dirty diaper and to cut down on the amount of soiled laundry to be washed.
  20. Reuse kitchen drain water by collecting it in a container and using it to water plants, lawns, and gardens or to recharge the toilet reservoir for toilet flushing (be sure it contains no large solids such as vegetable peelings).

You may not find all of these water-saving tips valuable, but some will be worthwhile. You may already be doing many of these things as part of your daily routine. However, since most of these methods of saving water involve major changes in the way you do things around the house, they are suggested for use only in emergency situations. If you feel some of these suggestions could be applied to your ordinary routines, then by all means try them.

It should be pointed out that tips concerning the proper maintenance of plumbing fixtures to eliminate leaks are applicable under any circumstances. Studies have shown that many homes have leaking toilets and faucets. The first thing you should do after reading this fact sheet is check your plumbing for leaks and have them fixed.

 

Credit: PennState Extention