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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Admin on Saturday, July 26, 2003 - 07:03 pm: Edit Post

What can we do to make Scapenotes better? More welcoming? Easier to navigate? Friendlier? Faster? Anything else?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jill Day on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - 03:02 pm: Edit Post

How about a page for visitors to leave their comments after a visit?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Lorraine on Friday, July 29, 2005 - 01:48 pm: Edit Post

How can I delete the first scape note I wrote on Car rental?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Scapenotes Administrator on Friday, July 29, 2005 - 03:48 pm: Edit Post

Hi Lorraine

It has been done. Plus there is some editing on the other stuff too.

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Scapenotes Administrator on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 10:29 am: Edit Post

Hi Zizi

My apologies for the problems. I am on holiday in Venice at the moment and have not watched the website closely enough. I can assure you that I am not sending the junk mails....a spammer is faking the source of the mails as being this site.

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Soekershof Walkabout on Monday, February 20, 2006 - 04:25 pm: Edit Post

Maybe an idea (I'm preaching for my own parish now but I'm pretty sure that it can work):

Add a news page to this site.

Sample the best five press releases every week and publish these; i.e. every week 5 new items.

To provide you with a nice starter:

Fair Trade Certificate for Dutch Off-Beat Destination in South Africa





Soekershof Walkabout is the 17th tourism business in South Africa with the Trademark of Fair Trade in Tourism in South Africa (FTTSA). This accreditation is the recognition that Soekershof Walkabout is really committed to: fair wages, working conditions and operations, ethical business practice, positive contribution to local economic development, respect for human rights, culture and environment. The FTTSA certification trademark is the first in the world to endorse fair and responsible tourism practice.

There are many off-beat destinations in South Africa the majority of people have never heard of. Soekershof Walkabout is one of those 'primary unusual destinations'. Together with Grootbos Nature Reserve in Standfort and The Backpack in Cape Town Soekershof Walkabout in Robertson is accredited for the Fair Trade in Tourism in South Africa trademark. This was officially announced during the travel fair Reise Pavillion in Hannover (Germany) .
Soekershof Walkabout is the 17th tourism business in South Africa with the Trademark of Fair Trade in Tourism in South Africa (FTTSA - http://www.fairtourismsa.org.za).

"This accreditation is the recognition that Soekershof Walkabout is really committed to: fair wages, working conditions and operations, ethical business practice, positive contribution to local economic development, respect for human rights, culture and environment", says co-owner Herman van Bon of Soekershof. "But still we intend to improve; a garden has to grow and this garden we are not going to survive. This garden will grow into the future with, a.o., trees which will mature in a few thousand years; ever changing stories and for the moment also the most beautiful legs in the world representing the New South Africa".
"This might sound cryptic", adds his wife and the other co-owner Yvonne de Wit, " but once experiencing this tourist destination with a camera visitors keep on taking photographs of these legs".

Going 'Off-beat'
But what of where is Soekershof Walkabout all about?
It's a typical and unique 'primary unusual destination' for the broad-minded personalities always in search for an unusual experience. Soekershof Walkabout is located in Klaas Voogds West between Robertson and Ashton; 2 hours touristic driving East of Cape Town, South Africa.
Many Capetonians enjoy their Sunday picnic at Soekershof Walkabout.

'Weird but Passionate' hosts; great stories; a wealth of plantlife; time-travel with Albert Einstein; a stone-age cinema; the New South African Handshake; philosophers garden and, of course, the highly acclaimed succulent gardens with more than 2400 registered different species from all over the world in the unprotected open air are just a few of the impressions visitors undergo.
Visitors can also earn a memorable reward by fulfilling a quest in the Klaas Voogds Maze which is regarded as the largest hedge-maze in the world..

"This Maze is not a Maze in the traditional perception that you have to get lost but is a reflection of life; walking from one story into another which are visualised by objects, as orientating points, towering above the hedges. However there are, as in life, also a few 'stories' you will have to look for. And, visitors are invited to make their own stories", explains Van Bon.

A visit to Soekershof is hard to describe for it is a very personal experience as can be found out in the 'love-letter' section of the Soekershof website (http://soekershof.com).

Information
The own Soekershof nursery distinguishes itself from other (specialist) nurseries by providing visitors with sufficient customized cultivation information. Sometimes even by refusing selling a plant if, distilled from the information provided by the client, it turns out that the environmental conditions (climate, location, etc.) are not suitable.
"From statistics, f.e., it's known that 60 to 70 percent of the succulents including cacti sold in the Cape Town area die within months or will never prosper. Recently there was even a publication about this in one of the local newspapers. It turns out that even specialist nurseries provide their customers with insufficient information", tells Yvonne de Wit. "A landscaper from Cape Town recently formulated: 'These nurseries have either no sufficient knowledge; want to make fast money or are desperate for money'. And such a behaviour is at the end not good for the whole nursery trade"

Can both of you describe Soekershof Walkabout in your own words?
Van Bon: "It is the place where Klaas Voogds, James Bond and Albert Einstein meet".
De Wit:"Everything you always wanted to know about sex ..... between plants but never dared to ask".

A visit takes at least 1.5 to 2 hrs. Visitors are invited to bring their own picnic.

See website http://soekershof.com for precise road directions and 'What visitors can expect'.






Soekershof Walkabout
Mazes and Botanical Gardens

One of SA's primary unusual destinations

Fair Trade in Tourism SA accredited - 2006

Klaas Voogds West, P.O. Box 291,
Robertson 6705, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)23-6264134

soekershof@lando.co.za
http://soekershof.com

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Scapenotes Administrator on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 10:08 am: Edit Post

Hi

Good idea, but I beat you to it!! See the newsletter signup link on the home page. I'm planning on sending out a monthly soon...

You are welcome to post your PR here, but please keep it within your listing thread to keep things together. When people visit your listing, they can see that you are pro-active and they will be more likely to visit you.

We will compile a monthly 'best of' and send it to our database. We encourage everyone to sign up to the Cape Town Newsletter by clicking here.

Regards
ScapeNotes Admin


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