Author: Tami Scripps

Bars & Pubs, Grahamstown

The Highlander


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Shooting the famous ‘Highlander’ in Grahamstown for Skybok was an absolute delight.

It’s a fantastic spot to come for a drink and a meal in the evening and socialize with friends or simply watch the latest sporting event.

They serve fantastic meals and I personally think it’s a winning spot to hire out for a function you are having.

Our ‘Crew’ for the night!

Click HERE for official pictures Skybok took of The Highlander, as well as The Lowlander downstairs.

The Lowlander is also a bar and space for people to have private functions.

We shot the Highlander during the day and actually came back to get The Lowlander that night – where we were met by a massive 21st party which we soon joined in with after we shot!

The whole Highlander venue lies adjacent to Saint Andrews College, and I have a feeling this spot is very popular for birthday parties and special occasions celebrated by students!

Fully licensed and with wheelchair access, the Lowlander also opens up (just like the Highlander above it) to an area where smokers can go.

It was absolute madness and loads of fun.

We took some hilarious pictures – see them HERE.

Hope you enjoy its video profile!

If you have a place you would like us to film, get in touch with me!

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Cape Town, Hotels

The Mount Nelson Hotel


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Skybok’s team had the pleasure of filming Mount Nelson’s video profile here in Cape Town, South Africa.

It’s one of my favourite venues we’ve had the pleasure of profiling.

The hotel is home to many international tourists, including movie stars and travelling politicians.

Along with its high teas, it’s well-known for its brand new Planet Bar and its many ballrooms.

Shooting this was very exciting – the staff were extremely friendly and while doing it we got to witness a wedding they were having in their beautiful gardens.

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The reason this is one of my favourites is because The Mount Nelson Hotel offers a large variety of services to its guests – it acts as a wedding venue, a function venue, a conference venue and not to mention its fantastic spa!

I record all my voice overs with professional sound engineer Frank Smuts.

 

Franschhoek, Wine Farms

Vrede en Lust


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We recently shot the video profile for Skybok of Vrede en Lust Wine Farm in Franschhoek, about an hour’s drive from Cape Town.

What a pleasure!

I’m a huge fan of their wine and this is honestly one of the most beautiful wine farms I’ve seen.

They have certainly left a lasting impression!

I actually purchased their flagship wine, The Boet Erasmus 2009, at the Good Food and Wine Fest in Cape Town – see my article on it by clicking HERE.

The history of Vrede en Lust is a story of passion, vision and resurrection, which goes as far back as 1688, when Flemish merchant Jacques de Savoye arrived at the Cape with the French Huguenots.

Absolutely love their accommodation – nice place to go for a romantic weekend away!

Am I giving you some good ideas? ;)

For more photos Skybok took on the day, click HERE.

Take a watch of their video and see what all the fuss is about!

Here are some more interesting blog articles about Vrede en Lust from popular blogs:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g469391-d1009145-Reviews-Vrede_en_Lust_Winery-Franschhoek_Western_Cape.html

http://www.roomsforafrica.com/establishment.do?id=4709

http://dostuffct.com/activity/klapmuts/vrede-en-lust-wine-farm

http://www.wine.co.za/directory/wineryfree.aspx?CLIENTID=4760

Jeffrey's Bay, Points of Interest

Zingela Archery


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I always like to blog about the more interesting places we shoot for Skybok.net……..and, well, there’s no doubt that Zingela Archery in Jeffrey’s Bay is one of them!

It’s hidden along the R102 between Humansdorp and Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, and is a very cool spot once you arrive.

I was certainly introduced to a whole new world I never knew existed when we came to shoot their video profile for them.

A fantastic place and a pleasure filming it!

I’ve come to learn that it is, in fact, a huge sport with a massive amount of people who love it.

In my opinion it’s a nice hobby and certainly after filming these people doing it, I paid more attention to the archery at The Olympics!

Here are some other blog posts about Zingela Archery from popular blogs:

http://www.stfrancissport.co.za/2011/06/archery/

http://www.zingela-adventures.com/bow-hunting.html

For more photos Skybok took, click HERE.

Kalk Bay, Restaurants

The Brass Bell


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Bordering the waters of Kalk Bay’s gorgeous ocean, The Brass Bell is actually a lot bigger than I realised.

Going there to shoot their profile was enlightening because apart from the main restaurant that we all know and love (The Bikini Deck), there is also the Cabin Bar & Restaurant, The Water’s Edge Restaurant, The Pavilion and the Izannes fine dining restaurant!

Shooting was an absolute dream; the owner is very friendly and we were pleased with the great weather we got!

It’s always packed with people and I can see why.

It’s definitely a hot spot for a functions – birthday parties, cocktail parties or corporate functions – because of the great views, reasonable prices, efficient service and also because the whole area has such a rich history.

Check out their website for more info on opening times and contact details: THE BRASS BELL

Watch their video (at the top) and I guarantee you you’ll be calling them to organize your next get-together! ;)

Kalk Bay, Points of Interest

Kalk Bay Theatre


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This quaint 78-seater theatre located in Kalk Bay, Cape Town, was actually originally an old Dutch Reformed Church.

It was built in 1876 and is a heritage protected building.

Going there to shoot for Skybok was super – we got great weather and shooting their video didn’t take too long.

I personally love the red interior and the upstairs where patrons can eat dinner before the show.

I think it’s a super idea – dinner and a show at the same venue.

The theatre is constantly showing new and popular theatre pieces….and the idea is that patrons arrive from 6:30pm and, after reserving their theatre seats, are directed upstairs to the restaurant.

There is a set menu and the food is mainly served before the show but drinks and dessert are served after the performance.

Patrons make their way down to the theatre when the show is due to start.

Drinks may be taken into the theatre but there is no service in the theatre during the show.

We loved the owners – very friendly and professional people.

Here is their website if you’re interested in finding out more about the theatre or the shows which are currently showing there (you will also see Skybok’s logo featured on the website, directing visitors to check out their video profile, which is really nice!) —–>  THE KALK BAY THEATRE

For more photos Skybok took on the day, click HERE

Points of Interest, Port Elizabeth

Algoa FM


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Algoa FM is the the biggest commercial radio station from the Garden Route to the Wild Coast on 94 to 97fm.

I love the place. It’s chic & fresh and it felt rejuvenating to walk through the station filming.

We got to meet one of their most popular DJs, Lance Du Plessis, and what a fantastic guy! Easy-going and professional, he does a great job on air and has a successful reputation and a big following here in the Bay.

Everything went very smoothly on the day…. we got Lance doing his show and also some really nice shots around the station.

We didn’t get to shoot their boardroom as there was a meeting there on the day, but you can check out my blog post HERE for some snaps of it as well as some snaps I took around the station while we shot.

In my opinion everyone working there is fun-loving and hard-working.

I love the position of the station….The Boardwalk here in PE….it’a a very beautiful complex right on the beachfront. It must be a fantastic place to go to work every day! They also have a very cool website – check it out by clicking HERE.

Me and my brother Dane.

East London, Points of Interest

East London Golf Club


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Skybok’s team was recently in East London to shoot the video profile of The East London Golf Club.

What a beautiful place!

Tranquil and serene, it has glorious views of the ocean, not to mention a bit of wildlife wandering around the course!

I’m proud to say it’s video profile does the place complete justice.

Photos can be deceiving, but video cannot lie!

They have divine conference facilities which made me think that if I needed to organize a function or event, I would do it here.

For more photos Skybok took of the venue, click HERE.

And for blog articles written about it on popular blogs, see below:

http://www.elgc.co.za/

http://www.sa-venues.com/golf/ec_east_london.htm

http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/southafrica/easterncape/east-london-golf-club.html

http://www.where2golf.com/south-africa/east-london-golf-club.asp

http://www.safarinow.com/destinations/stirling/golfcourses/east-london-golf-club.aspx

Stellenbosch, Wine Farms

Warwick Wine Estate


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‘Breath-taking’ took on a whole new meaning for me  recently when I arrived at a secluded spot on a mountain top overlooking Stellenbosch vineyards.

Here in South Africa we are very well-known for our gorgeous wine regions, specifically those in the Western Cape (where I live).

Tourists flock from miles around to tour the famous Stellenbosch wine route- the first and oldest wine route in the heart of the wine producing regions! The route takes you along several winding country roads and patrons stop over at various wine estates along the way. The route represents over 300 wineries. There are a number of sub-routes to make it easier for people to travel it. They are the Bottelary Hills, Devon Valley Vintners, Helderberg and Simonsberg-Stellenbosch. The idea is that people stop off at various estates along the route and enjoy wine tasting, cellar tours, picnicking on the lawns and perhaps a lunch at what is bound to be an award-winning restaurant on the estate.

While shooting a video profile for one of the estates – Warwick Wine Estate- we were given a complimentary gourmet picnic basket and a drive in a 4×4 up a vine-covered hill.

While driving up, all I could see were fields of vineyards stretched before me and stunning views.

It was a perfect experience.

If you don’t already, I recommend that you do more of this kind of excursion – nothing beats a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc and a killer view!

Go check out their website http://www.warwickwine.com/

And view more photos Skybok took while shooting the estate HERE

Kalk Bay, Restaurants

Cape To Cuba


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With Cuban-inspired cuisine and its famous “Che Bar”, Cape-To-Cuba is a popular restuarant to tourists and certainly to a lot of locals in Kalk Bay!

Only a 30 minute drive from Cape Town, it’s always a festive destination.

Shooting a video profile for them was an absolute delight, as their colourful interior set a very fun and vibrant tone for their video.

I loved the Cuban theme with all its decor indoors & outdoors… and I can personally vouch for their Mojitos!

Apparently Che Guevara mixed the first one ever made there himself!

“North Americans don’t understand… that our country is not just Cuba; our country is also humanity.” -Fidel Castro

It’s definitely a good place for a delicious meal or a just a total party :)

For more photos Skybok took, click HERE

And here’s their website if you’re interested in finding out more: http://www.capetocuba.com/