5 Reasons to visit Japan 

Japan has many charms. This fascinating country is so different from any culture you will ever experience! Here are 5 reasons to visit Japan: The people will shock you! The Japanese culture is based on respect and service for one another. The culture is rooted in Bhuddism. People are extremely helpful , respectful and patient . Tokyo is one of the biggest cities in the world yet there is a sense of quietness and peacefulness around the streets that you wont experience in any other cities. There is traffic but you will never hear anyone hooting or see anyone arguing or even getting slightly upset. The trains are super busy but you wont see anyone getting annoyed or stepping out of line.  People are unbelievably helpful – Slightly lost one occasion I asked a stranger on a platform how to get to a certain station , he ended up escorting me to where I needed to go and this happed to me on atleast 3 other occasions where people will actually totally drop what they doing and escort you to where you need to go! 2.  The Food is quality – There is a huge emphasis on quality in Japan across the board , the very same quality rule applies to Japanese food. The level of quality is insane weather you visit a local Japanese spot or even an Italian restaurant for a pizza.. Another thing is the service – The service is the best I’ve received in all the places I have visited.  You will always be welcomed and taken very good care of. Another thing I love is that...

I’m sporty but I draw the line at cycling up hills – of which there are rather too many in Cape Town. So when Michael Stott of Venture South phoned me and asked me to come on a sunset electric bike ride, I thought, “Hell yes! That’s my idea of end-of-day exercise!” WARP SPEED AHEAD In the same way a normal bike has gears, these Chilled Squirrel electric bikes have different settings for assisted cycling. Level 2 and 3 are for a nice easy ride on the flat, but I found out – by shooting into the distance at warp speed – that level 5 is equivalent to a turbo charge. Level 5 is for getting out of awkward situations in a hurry, such as when a dog is biting at your heels, a pram pusher does a three-point turn or a paraglider drops out of the sky in front of you. These are typical obstacles you may come across along the Sea Point promenade, which is basically a playground for everyone along the Atlantic seaboard who wants to breath some fresh sea air, take in ocean views and do some exercise. GO FURTHER FASTER Okay, so the exercise quotient on an electric bike isn’t that demanding, but the pleasure principle is high. And the sense of freedom is immense. It’s an effortless coastal cruise which gets you further faster, all the way along the 3.5km Seapoint Promenade, with a stop at Mojo Food Market for a boost of energy from a slice of pizza or whatever takes your fancy (ironic since you don’t even break a sweat). The route and stops are...

Ebike & Wine experience in Cape Town South Africa with Venture South

There is no better way to explore the Winelands then on an E-bike. Get full access with Venture South and discover the old picturesque “French Corner”, one of the oldest small towns in South Africa and the fine dining capital of the country. Filled with the best preserved Cape Dutch architecture, French street and household names and centuries-old vineyards which produce some of the finest wine in the world, Franschhoek is like a trip back in time. Cycle through quaint streets and secret back roads while stopping at various wine estates, tasting their wines and taking in the stories told by the winemakers of each wine farm you visit. Indulge in a few food and wine pairings along the way if you’re feeling adventurous, and not to mention a delicious gourmet lunch at one of the many fine dining restaurants situated in this food and wine paradise. This is a private tour and our guide remains very flexible on the day and takes into account any of your specific needs or desires when deciding the final route. Do not hesitate to speak to your guide about changing certain specifics of the tours or adding anything you might desperately want to do or see. Highlights E-Bike and see more at a comfortable pace in the classic setting of the area whilst sipping from the best wines of the region as you stop as you go E-Bike on secret private trails through the vineyards with your private E-Bike guide Amazing views of the area only seen from secret E-biking trails Stories from wine experts at each estate on each wine and the...

Brief intro to Cape Town’s people & the Vibe

Hey travelers! I’m happy you’re taking the time to check out this post! My name is Mike and i’m a local Capetonian, im in the founder of Venture South and i’ve also been tour guiding around Cape Town for the past 7 years .  I thought it was about time for me to share some of my insider knowledge I have accumulated over the years. Here you have it:   Brief intro to Cape Town’s people & the Vibe Before I begin I just want to share my perspective on Cape Town. I think I’ve travelled enough continents to have a valid opinion on countries I would say.  The Cape Town locals are the warmest and friendliest people you will come across. Don’t be surprised if you get a smile coming your way for no reason. You will certainly feel the openness and character of the Cape Town locals and this keeps bringing visitors back for more and alot of people don’t ever end up leaving! Cape Town is a melting pot of different cultures and has a very cosmopolitan feel.  Surrounded by Oceans, Winelands, and Mountains Cape Town has so much to offer as a destination. I certainly recommend staying for no less than a week. It’s such a shame when people only spend 3 days in locations as stunning as this. It’s just way too short to get the full experience and absorb the culture and nature. Also, head to our Passport Heavy site to check out our Cape Town cost of living and Visual vibes video after watching those videos and reading this post you’ll be booking your...

Venture South Luxury fast cars for change launch event at the Twelve Apostles

Its always great getting people together for a good cause! The Fast Cars for change event hosted by Venture South at the stunning Twelve Apostles last Friday was full of good vibes and fun. All attendees brought warm winter jackets which where donated to Charity. Venture South launched its Luxury car rental experiences to add to its latest exclusive offerings which include Electric Fat biking & Jet Skiing. Mike the founder of Venture South is motivated to have a positive impact and pure intention behind his Company Venture South. As part of that philosophy Mike decided to include donation options as part of the Luxury Super Car rental experience. Over and above the regular luxury car rental rental offerings Venture South customers now also have the opportunity to rent an Audi R8 or Jaguar F Type Sport for the day and have the option of taking either the Silver, Gold , or Platinum donation package. Each package has a different donation amount included. This allows customers to have a positive impact and help others who are less fortunate. Venture South has partnered with the Bhongolethu Foundation who provide young children with a high quality education at very affordable prices. The donated funds will go towards the Bhongolethu foundation to make a positive change.  Givers will be shown how the funds have been used and also updated on the progress of the...

Jet Skii hire in Cape Town at Granger bay with Venture South

If you love speed and water then this is the experience for you! Join Venture South for an action packed Jet Skii experience in Cape Town! You will be met by your Venture South guide and be introduced to your high powered Jet Skii. The Experience takes place at Granger bay in Cape Town. The times and meeting location will be confirmed with you. You will be met by an advanced instructor who will show you the ropes and also be supervising you whilst you are out and about having fun. You have the option of riding the Jet Skii yourself or you can have a thrill ride with the advanced instructor but be prepared to get wet and have lots of laughs ! The duration of the experience is 1 hour. (more time can be requested or arranged but we have found 1 hour of powering around is enough and your arms will eventually start getting tired from holding on!) We suggest incorporating the Luxury Boat sunset motor cruise with the Jet Skii experience. Jet skiing in Cape Town with Table Mountain as your back drop , it really doesn’t get any more picturesque than that. You will have a support boat which will be assisting you in the bay , there will also be a back up safety jet ski around you. Customized experiences can be arranged with Venture...

What Is The Best Way To Visit Cape Town?

What is the best way to visit Cape Town?   There are many ways to explore a city, you can drive around and see the unique architecture behind the veil of a slightly blurry car window, trying to imagine what the people walking by are saying and what language they are speaking, picking up muffled and indistinguishable sounds as you sit back comfortably on those leather seats, commenting on the concrete jungle you passively observe while you are stuck in traffic with the AC turned on high. Alternatively you can visit Cape Town and immerse yourself in the streets amongst the locals by walking around in your summer dress and uncomfortable sandals for a couple hours in the City Bowl before you decide it’s time to take a break from the blisters and sun hitting your shoulders and enjoy a cocktail at The Orphanage. Eventually you’ll probably call it a day as the bubbles slowly go to your head and will plan to hit the town tomorrow again to see the other half of the city you didn’t have time to walk to yet. The third option would be to rent a bicycle. Cycling in Cape Town is great, especially if you’re on the fitter side. Cape Town is known to be hilly, and quite windy at times, which could possibly restrict you to certain areas you’re able to visit on a bicycle, but it does allow you to see much more of the city in the same amount of time as walking does. There’s one small hiccup though. Looking stylish on a regular bicycle can sometimes be quite...

Cape Town Craft Beer Revolution

Over the past year, a craft beer revolution has been taking place in Cape Town, with microbreweries popping up like mushrooms all over the city, and many restaurants and pubs selling craft local beers to a thirsty and salivating audience. Craft beer is that delicious golden liquid made by hand, with no added chemicals, possibly containing other flavourings besides the basic barley, hops and water. Currently, craft beer is being produced at an industrial scale in South Africa with 15000 litres being produced per day, equivalent to approximately 3000 bottles produced every hour and the same amount of people drinking them by the hour of course. These breweries mainly include Cape Brewing Company, Darling Breweries and Jack Black Brewing Co, all of which are situated in the Cape. Some of the best places to enjoy a pint of craft beer in Cape Town are Devil’s Peak Brewery and Mitchell’s in Woodstock, Beerhouse and &Union in the city centre, Hudsons and Weinhaus + Biergarten in Greenpoint amongst many others. Join us for a craft beer tour of Cape Town where we make you discover the beer revolution scene from a local...

What you need to know about e-bikes

Imagine a bicycle, that has an integrated electric motor, it’s light, it can go fast… or slow if you want… it’s practical, it’s very eco-friendly… It’s not a bike, it isn’t a car either, it’s an e-bike and I promise you it really exists. “Doing more with less and living better for it. This sums up well the beauty of the e-bike.” Speed: The average speed of an e-bike is approximately 24 kmp/h which is comparable to the average speed of a car driving through town at 29 kmp/h. Not to mention it’s the size of a bicycle, it’s practical and agile and would without a doubt get through town quicker than a car. Exercise: Although e-bikes are pedal assist, they still give you a workout as you do need to put in physical effort in order for the pedals to turn and the “boost” is proportionate to your efforts. Therefore e-bikes improve your cardiovascular health, fitness and aerobic capacity. Assistance: You can manipulate the pedal assist settings from no assistance to a “super boost”, allowing you to pace yourself according to the terrain and your fitness level.   Throttle: The bike can sense the power with which the rider pedals and will give you power proportionate to your pedalling. The sensation has been described as “super-womanly”, “magical”, “the best antidepressant ever invented” and more… Weight: You can transport a considerable amount of weight (rider and gear) on an e-bike and still maintain an average speed of 24 kmp/h without breaking into a sweat. Eco-friendly: E-bikes use much  less energy on a ride than a 5 minute hot shower....

E-bike city food tour in Cape Town

Join us for an incredible experience in the Mother of all cities in South Africa, and one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the world. Cape Town is a city like no other with busy streets filled with rich African and Cape Malay culture, and also a huge international scene. It goes without saying that all these different people and ethnicities add a ton of diversity and make South Africa a truly unique country in its ways and traditions. Very noticeably, these cultures have all contributed to making South Africa, and specifically Cape Town, the top food city in the world, rated by Condé Nast Traveler magazine 2016 . It is therefore a crime to visit this magnificent city without having sampled all the best local cuisine and foodie hotspots. Join us at Venture South as we will take you to the top foodie places in the city….. but wait…. there’s more… You will be touring the city on the comfortable saddle of an e-bike. A pedal-assist bicycle allowing you to see much more of the city in less time. There is simply no better way to ride around town while getting such a full experience. Making our way from the Atlantic coast in Seapoint with stunning ocean views, we head into the city bowl and visit the Cape Malay quarters, specked with rainbow coloured houses, eager for our first food tasting: Traditional Cape Malay, like koeksisters and samosas. We will then head down to the upcoming and trendy Bree street and visit some of the coolest hotspots where we will get to sample more of the Afrikaans/English...