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Tree Top Canopy Tour

Tree Top Canopy Tour

We loved swinging from tree top to tree top on this three hour unique eco-wilderness zip line adventure. Located in the indigenous Tsitsikamma rainforest with platforms built around 700 year old giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees, up to 30 metres in the air, this tour is not for the faint hearted. Bonus: a light lunch is included.

Join Us In The Forest


When To Go: This is an all weather attraction, but there are age restriction of 7 to 70 years old, and a weight restriction of under 120kg.

Where To Book: It is essential to make a booking online here.

Cost: R450 ($45) per person including all gear, light refreshments and guides. For additional cost of R145 ($14.50), you can take home your experience on DVD.

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Tsitsikamma Segway Tour

Tsitsikamma Segway Tour

One of the coolest things we did along the Garden Route was going on a segway tour through the Tsitsikamma Forest. The two hour tour includes segway training before hitting the street of the quaint town of Stormrivier (to the amusement of locals) and then heading into the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest. We had loads of fun and excitement racing on the gravel roads and though puddles of water with the help of our amazing guide.

Join Us On The Segway


When To Go: The summer months (November to March) would be the best time to go on a segway tour, but a clear, rainless, winter day could also work. Avoid rainy days as the segway can’t go through deep water.

Where To Book: It is essential to make a booking online here.

Cost: R285 ($29) per person for one hour and  R400 ($40) per person for two hours.

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Shark Cage Diving near Cape Town

Shark Cage Diving near Cape Town

We faced our fears with EcoShark Venture and went shark cage diving in Gansbaai (about a two hour drive outside of Cape Town). Home to over 2000 Great White Sharks, Cape Town and its surrounding areas have numerous shark cage diving companies that will allow you to experience these deadly yet majestic animals up close. It is one of the scariest, but most adrenaline pumping thing you’ll ever do.

Join Us Inside The Cage


When To Go: The best time to shark cage diving in Cape Town is between April and September.

Where To Book: It is essential to make a booking online.

Cost: Between R1800 and R3000 (US$153 – US$255) 

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How To Get Your Vietnam Visa On Arrival

How To Get Your Vietnam Visa On Arrival

Vietnam allows nationals of 17 countries to enter Vietnam without a visa for varying time periods, however if you are not from one of those countries or if you are planing to visit for up to 1 – 3 months, then you will most likely need to get an approval letter issued and stamped by the Vietnamese Immigration Department to obtain your visa on arrival.

We recently visited Vietnam and had a pleasant experience getting our visa on arrival. In this post I give you a run down of the steps to follow to make your visa acquisition process as quick and painless as possible.

Getting Your Visa Approval Letter

Many hotels and travel agents offer the service of arranging a visa approval letter. We chose to use a great online service called

Use our special promo code FREEMADIC (all caps) to get a 26% discount.

Using their online service you can submit your application online, pay the application fee and get your approval letter emailed to you within a few days. Your visa options are as follows:

  • 1 Month Single Entry
  • 1 Month Multiple Entry
  • 3 Month Single Entry
  • 3 Month Multiple Entry

Required Documents

In order to get your visa on arrival you need to present the following at the “Landing Visa” desk at one of the airports in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Da Nang.

  1. Your Stamped Approval Letter
  2. Filled Out Entry and Exit Form (M3)  –  fill this out before you land
  3. Your Passport
  4. 1x Passport Photo – Size: 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm (1.4″ x 1.8″)
  5. Visa Fee of US$ 45 – this needs to be paid in US$, you will receive change in Vietnamese Dong

The Process

  1. Make sure to fill in your Entry And Exit Form (M3) before landing – this will save you a lot of time.
  2. On arrival, make sure to get to the “Landing Visa” window as soon as possible to get your application in. There will be a queue and waiting times can be long.
  3. Hand in all your required documents, except the visa fee.
  4. You will be asked to sit down and wait.
  5. Your name will be called up – head back to the counter to pay your fee and collect your passport, which should now contain your requested visa.
  6. Head through immigrations and enjoy your stay in Vietnam.
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