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Unusual Ways to Explore Scenic South Africa

You can ask any jetsetter who lives in South Africa, and you will get the same response. After travelling the world and visiting some exquisite destinations, the heart pulls you back home to our beautiful country. With diverse terrain, golden beaches, crystal blue waters, magnificent mountains, beautiful valleys, vast savannahs, and lush forests and a spectacular climate, South Africa is heaven on earth.

Whether you’re visiting South Africa, or whether you’re looking for a staycation adventure nearby, there are many ways to see and experience our wonderful country.

Scenic South African Adventures

IMG_6799Get on the back of a vintage World War II sidecar and enjoy a two hour ride along the peninsula, taking you from the Waterfront to the Atlantic Seaboard, Camps Bay, Hout Bay, and Chapman’s Peak lookout. You can choose to return via Constantia, Rhodes Memorial or via Signal Hill.

If you’re in Gauteng, book a scenic 20-minute helicopter flight over The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, which is believed to be the birthplace of humanity.

You can also see the Mother City from a completely different perspective in a gyroplane – which is totally different to a helicopter. A gyrocopter zips around the skies much like an aerial motorbike with a freely turning rotary wing.

Durban is home to the Moses Mabhida Stadium, the Golden Mile and uShaka Marine World. Now you can view these incredible sights from the deck of a 58 foot catamaran. Starting from the harbour channel, this fun-filled deep sea cruise lasts for approximately one hour.

Take in the most amazing views of Cape Town from an aerial perspective inside a Cessna as you and up shutterstock_283386929to four friends fly from Stellenbosch, over Chapman’s Peak Drive, and towards the sandy shores of Hout Bay and over the majestic Twelve Apostles. After traveling over Signal Hill and Table Mountain, you will fly to Robben Island, where you will turn back to return to Stellenbosch.

Remember to bring your camera when you take in these incredible views.

#ScenicFlights #ScenicBoatTrips #AdventureTravel

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Unforgettable Group Experiences for Your Tribe

shutterstock_389579821So you’ve been tasked with arranging a get-together for a group of family, friends, or for the office. Tired of the usual restaurant dinner, potjiekos competition, or cocktail party? No problem! The Bucket List Genie has found some truly unique and exciting group experiences that will ensure you’re the belle of your next ball… Whether you need to arrange a corporate get-together, birthday party, or similar celebration, these experiences will create lasting memories.

Chocolate & Whisky Tasting for Group of 10

Learn the fine art of whisky and chocolate pairing from a master chocolatier in a fun and informative 90-minute session at The Chocolate Tier. Not only will this experience be memorable, but you may even be able to add valuable tools to your own culinary skills.

Champagne & Chocolate Tasting for Group of 10

If you prefer the sparkling bubbles of Méthode Cap Classique (MCC), book a champagne and chocolate shutterstock_336138419tasting, which will tantalize your taste buds and help you create the most magnificent flavour combinations.

Cocktail Making Experience for 10

Equip your group of amateur mixologists with the skills they need to create awesome, popular cocktails under the guidance of a master mixologist. You’ll also have the opportunity to put your newly obtained skills to the test in a team challenge where you will be given mystery ingredients and use that to create a bespoke cocktail and earn the title of Master Mixologist.

Sound Studio Karaoke Party Night for 20

They say that singing is a great way to boost your mood, as is laughing. Now you can do a lot of both! Bring the family or your colleagues to a recording studio in Parktown North for a karaoke party. Here, everyone will get to sing karaoke songs in the studio recording booth. The price of a professionally IMG_5923produced CD of your party songs is included in the price, and additional copies will be available on request.

Harley Davidson Pillion

Blow back your group’s hair by booking a Harley Davidson Motorcycle pillion experience. Fully customisable, this option caters for smaller or bigger groups. Opt for a cool city slicker ride through the city traffic, or take to open country roads.

These experiences are guaranteed to generate memories that will last forever.

#FamilyOutings #BirthdayPartyIdeas #TeamBuildingActivities

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Nostalgic Experiences from the 1900s

IMG_6799Have you ever looked at your parents’ and grandparents’ photo albums, or perhaps classic movies, and wished that you were alive a few generations earlier? Life seemed so much less complicated those days…

Well, now you have the opportunity to turn back the clock – if only for an hour or so – and experience a snippet of the earlier 1900s with some nostalgic adventures enjoyed by our grandparents and their parents before them.

Slap on a classic helmet and hop on the back of an authentic Harley Davidson Motorcycle for an hour-long cruise through your hometown or out into the country.

Alternatively, enjoy a scenic ride around Cape Town in a vintage World War II sidecar, complete with high tea at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa.

Few things can match the charm of a vintage steam train ride through the Ceres Valley, especially in steam-train-1151520_960_720winter when the area above Mitchell’s Pass is often covered in snow. Stop by the Ceres Golf Club for lunch before returning to Cape Town.

Visit the SAA Museum to see the evolution of aerospace before taking to the skies and enjoying Johannesburg from a new perspective from inside a classic aircraft – Grand Douglas DC-3 Dakota or Douglas DC-4 Skymaster.

If you enjoyed the aeronautics in Pearl Harbor, or any World War 2 movies, you will absolutely love tearing through the sky in a T6 Harvard. This beefy warbird is a classic American WW2 trainer, which WhatsApp_Image_2018-04-24_at_16.23.44was used to train more fighter pilots than any other aircraft. This experience is for one person, but you can bring along friends to join in a mass formation experience. Be sure to book in advance for this popular adventure!

These nostalgic experiences make for the perfect gift for someone special – or even for yourself. Book now to avoid disappointment!

#VintageFlights #HarleyDavidsonRide #GiftIdeas

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Head In The Clouds? Try These Amazing Helicopter Date Ideas

Couples_Helicopter_FlightDoes your love make it feel as though you’re walking on sunshine, swinging from the stars? Then, for your next date, let your body soar – along with your heart – high up in the sky by flying to your destination.

From Krugersdorp Airfield, take a helicopter ride to either Cradle Boutique Hotel in Maropeng, or to Kloofszicht Lodge for a romantic champagne picnic in a secluded spot…

Alternatively, take your love on a helicopter hop with a champagne stop on top of a mountain. This is a great opportunity for you to pop the question or to simply steal a few moments with your love away from all the busy-ness of life.

If you’re in Kwazulu Natal, catch a helicopter flight up the Umgeni River Valley and over Inanda Dam, Top’s Needle and to the Valley of a Thousand Hills. The helicopter will land on the hill that offers the most beautiful views of the Valley, Moses Mabhida Stadium, the ocean and the City of Durban. Enjoy a scenic picnic before making your way back.

These amazing helicopter date ideas are a great way to celebrate a special occasion, or just because.

#HelicopterFlights #RomanticDateIdeas #ProposalIdeas

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Perfect Picks for Sundays Out

shutterstock_273405347There’s nothing like a Monday morning to remind us just how short life is. A weekend flies by in the blink of an eye, so it’s up to us to make the most of it. Have you ever had one of those lazy weekends just to end up sitting at work in the week wishing you had done more with your free time?

There’s a saying that goes along the lines of “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content” and that’s one of the principles by which our beloved Bucket List Genie lives. That’s why she fills her weekends with incredible adventure activities, such as these:

Jazz Brunch for Two in Cape Town will help you transition from the lazy Sunday to a more adventure filled day. Linger around the courtyard while enjoying coffee and the smooth sounds of jazz all morning, enjoying everything from breakfast faire to Sunday lunch.

Sunday Lunch Cruise for Two on Hartbeespoort Dam, because on Sundays, we like to enjoy a good meal and great views. It will put you in a relaxing mood for your afternoon nap! DSCN0464

Horseback Cattle Drive & Cowboy Breakfast in Pretoria. An epic 4-hour adventure that offers an opportunity to meet great people and enjoy the outdoors.

Scenic Coastline Cruise for Four from Durban Harbour offers incredible views along the Durban coastline, while providing a relaxing escape from the city buzz.

Table Bay Sail & Fine Dining Lunch for Two at The One & Only Hotel is a great way to enjoy a lazy Sunday with your love.

Full Day Franschhoek Wine Tram Experience for Four is the perfect hop-on hop-off experience for responsible wine lovers who want to enjoy a relaxing Sunday of wine and a fascinating way to discover fine wines.

Fill your Sundays with awesome times with your loved ones, instead of vegging out in front of the TV, and you will find the weeks go by much faster, and your life will take on brand new meaning. Also, you’ll create lasting memories with special people.

#DayTrips #Daycation #SundayOutings

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Luxurious Hot Tub Experiences Approved by the Bucket List Genie

ldv011Have you ever thought about why a massage is so relaxing? Or a soak in the tub? Those are two of life’s most enjoyable indulgences that offer a range of incredible health benefits. Soaking in a jacuzzi takes it up another notch, turning your soak into hydrotherapy thanks to the combination of massage and buoyancy. Regular jacuzzi soaks have been shown to offer pain relief, promote relaxation and improve sleep. The massaging pulses ease joint pain and stimulate muscles.

Doctors agree that immersing your whole body – up to your neck – in water provides a great cardio workout that helps keep your heart healthy. The heat from the water will also help relax your muscles, which can help you fall asleep.

People who suffer from hypertension or are at risk of heart disease can benefit from the blood pressure lowering effects of a spa bath. The hot water helps increase the heart rate, while at the same time lowering blood pressure. Another small study has shows that a regular spa bath can help reduce blood glucose and blood sugar levels, while also improving weight loss.

The hot water of a jacuzzi helps open up the pores, which is great for cleansing toxins from the skin. It also dilates blood vessels to help decrease pressure in the head that leads to headaches.

Don’t have a jacuzzi? No problem! With these awesome experiences, you’ll have an opportunity to combine some of your favourite activities with a soak with your love.

Sunday Lunch Cruise & Overnight Romance for Two in La Dolce Vita’s honeymoon suite, complete with a spa bath and scrumptious meals.

Glamping in a Wigwam & Outdoor Hot Tub for Two in Paternoster. This magical glamping experience 9SC_7029includes a wood-fired outdoor hot tub surrounded by complete silence of a starlit night.

Overnight & Fire Dinner in the Dark for Two on the Crocodile River promises plenty of passion, starting with a candle light dinner with fire dancing performances and a luxurious lodging with a hammock and jacuzzi spa bath.

Romantic Night Spa with Dinner & Overnight for Two in the Magaliesberg Mountains includes a 3-course dinner, champagne, full body massages, bed and breakfast and full use of the pool, steam room and jacuzzi.

Golf & Spa Overnight Break for Two at the Fairway Hotel is the perfect couples breakaway. A round of golf for one, a spa experience for the other, a soak in the jacuzzi and lovely lunch sets the stage for a relaxing day.

Disclaimer: These are general statements and not medical advice. While a jacuzzi can be beneficial for some, it may not be safe for everyone. If you’re pregnant, suffer from serious medical conditions or in doubt, speak to your doctor first. A jacuzzi is best used in combination of a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

#OvernightGetaways #RomanticGetaways #ProposalIdeas

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Bestie Date Ideas Approved By Bucket List Genie

smileA bestie makes life better in every way. She’s there for your laughter and tears and the first person you turn to when you want to share big news, or your small day-to-day adventures. A true friend contributes to our lives in so many ways. She listens intently, which eases loneliness and reduces stress.

Having someone who loves and cares for you despite all your flaws can help improve self esteem and self confidence. The ability to share all the secrets of your soul and your honest feelings with someone you trust enables your friend to provide a new perspective – and sometimes a reality check – on the issues with which you struggle.

Your best friend loves the real you, which is amazing, because you get to be who you really are around someone you can truly trust. That allows you to connect with your best friend, but also with yourself on a deeper level.

And let’s not discount all those important laughs and good times you get to share together…

Perhaps you’re looking for a great way to celebrate your friend-aversary, a birthday, work promotion, or another important event, or perhaps you just want to show her how much she means to you. After all, you don’t need a good reason to have a good time – your friendship is reason enough.

Here are some Bucket List Genie approved Besties experiences that promise a great time.

If you’re in the mood for something a little posh, you can’t beat the Besties Spa Escape & High Tea for Two experience at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town. Savour the bliss of a rejuvenating, relaxing hot stone massage before you head over to the lounge for a high tea indulgence. Tea

But you don’t have to fly all the way to the Mother City. The Fairway Hotel in Johannesburg also offers a lovely High Tea & Spa Treat for Two Besties. Enjoy an indulgent neck and scalp massage before tucking into a spectacular selection of sweet and savoury treats.

Share a love for fragrances? Take your bestie to a Perfume Workshop for Two in Cape Town. With the expert assistance of scent savants, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the art of perfumery and create your very own signature fragrances. Enjoy a tour of the Exclusive Perfume museum before heading home with your own concentrated perfume, 10ml fragrance oil, and 50ml perfumed body cream.

experience-71092642What’s a girls’ lunch without chocolate? Attend a Chocolate Tasting & Lunch for Two with your bestie at Casalinga Restaurant where you will learn the art and proper etiquette for tasting chocolate. Hint: Wolfing down a box while hiding in the closet is NOT the way to make the most of it! At the end of the experience and a lovely plated pasta meal, you will go home with a box of truffles.

Feeling adventurous? Head to Hekpoort for an Adventure Combo-Day for Two. You don’t need any experience to enjoy archery, go karting, quad biking or horseback riding.

Are you ready for a fun filled day with your bestie? Then book your adventures right now!

#BirthdayGiftIdeas #FriendshipGifts #LadiesDayOut

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Learn A New Skill

experience-60565770When last did you learn something new? Many people don’t associate learning new skills with fun. We attend school, university or skills development courses for a specific reason – for work or business, and not for fun. But did you know that learning something new on a regular basis offers many excellent benefits?

Success in life depends on your ability to never stop learning. It’s continuous learning that opens up new opportunities in life. Learning can also:

  • prevent you from living a stagnant life by keeping your brain cells active.
  • help you expand your knowledge base and grow as a person.
  • help you gain access to new experiences you’ve never considered.
  • teach you skills that may provide potential income opportunities.
  • teach you new ways to do things – faster, better, more easily, thus saving your energy and stress.
  • open the door to meeting new people, which could result in new friendships, relationships and opportunities for work or adventure.

In addition to changing your brain chemistry, learning new skills can help increase your learning experience-79211524speed, and help you make connections between different skill areas. Demyelination of your brain, which leads to dementia, is less likely in people who regularly learn new skills. Learning a new skill fights boredom and helps you become a more well-rounded individual person who will be better able to relate to other people with whom you share common interests.

Whether you’ve always wanted to learn a new skill, or you’re looking for a productive, fun activity for a group of friends or coworkers, the Bucket List Genie can hook you up with unusual learning experiences. These are great for team building, bachelor or bachelorette parties, or just because.

Ring Carving Workshop for One | CPT
Single Session Cooking Lesson | You Choose | JHB
Perfume Workshop for Two | Cape Town
Beginners Digital Photography Course | JHB
Learn to Make Sushi for One | JHB
Beginner Brewing Workshop for Two | Woodstock CPT

#CookingLessons #PhotographyCourses #JewelleryWorkshops

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Make Your Woman Swoon With These Top Date Picks

COUPLES_SPAIt is true that most women love romance. We enjoy sappy love stories… And we cry whenever we watch romantic movies, because it’s an outlet. It shows us what’s possible when a man truly loves a woman. It makes our hearts happy, and happy hearts sometimes make our tear ducts sweat. 😉

As women, we also understand that it is hard for a man to express the feelings from deep inside his heart in words. That’s probably why women were blessed with an ability to talk about their feelings and an ability to thrive on less verbal displays of affection, in the form of romance.

Is your woman too engrossed in novels and movies about love? It’s hard for a guy to live up to the experience-79138875Hollywood standards of romance. I mean, you probably don’t have Christian Grey’s bank balance and you don’t have endless hours a day to come up with great displays of affection. Thankfully, the Bucket List Genie and her team know exactly what women want.

Next time you want to show your lady-love just how much she means to you, book one of the date ideas below. There’s very little for you to do, apart from showing up, and when you provide that romance fix, she’ll spend less time looking for it in books and movies.

Top 6 Date Picks for Women

You can’t go wrong with any of these awesome date ideas!

  1. Indulge in a romantic Breakfast Picnic & Full Body Massage for Two | Rhenosterspruit
  2. Pop the question during a Luxurious Catamaran Sunset Cruise for Two | CPT
  3. Make her heart flutter with a Picnic in the Sky for Two | V&A Waterfront
  4. Enjoy a modern take on an old classic date night idea with a Helicopter Flight & Dinner Dance Cruise for Two | DBN
  5. Let your love soar with a Private Hartbeespoort Dam Scenic Flight for Two
  6. Celebrate domestic bliss with a Romantic Cooking Evening for Two | JHB

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Outdoor Fun Experiences

shutterstock_319233722So many of us spend hours a day in front of computers. At night, we plop down on the couch before we head to bed. It’s no wonder obesity and depression have become so prevalent in society today. This modern-day sedentary lifestyle is vastly different to how our ancestors lived.

They didn’t have electric blenders, cars and readily chopped wood from their nearest grocery store. No, they had to work for it all, which kept them healthy. While we have the convenience of time-saving groceries and technology, many of us don’t take advantage of the time saved by spending that time productively. Instead, we spend it on our phones.

There are doctors who believe that a sedentary lifestyle is worse for our health than smoking cigarettes. In fact, it has been linked to obesity, diabetes, strokes and heart disease. Spending time on the treadmill and exercise DVDs is better than no exercise at all, but spending time outdoors is Spier_Segway_-_guide_and_guestvastly more beneficial. If you prefer to exercise indoors, at least spend some time absorbing the fresh air and sunshine outside, and appreciate the flowers, the trees, the animals and nature’s beauty.

Few things provide us much of an escape to life’s troubles than time spent in the great outdoors. Developing an appreciation for nature’s wonders is a great way to stimulate your body-mind connection, develop an appreciation for the wonderful world we live in, and reduce feelings of depression.

Your body will also benefit from spending time outdoors. The body thrives on fresh air and sunshine. Walking barefoot outdoors (also known as earthing) is beneficial in that it offers a shutterstock_154191794multitude of benefits – from improving sleep to reducing pain and blood pressure.

So instead of heading to the mall or movies, take the family on a hike in a nature reserve, or to the beach on a Saturday afternoon. Whatever you do, spend some time outdoors.

Looking for great adventure activities for your family or a group of friends or colleagues? Book a Scootour Experience for Two | Western Cape & Drakensberg or check out these awesome segway rides, horse riding & quad biking experiences or burn some energy with a Tree Top Canopy Tour | Nationwide.

#OutdoorExperiences #OutdoorActivities #OutdoorAdventures

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