South Africa’s Holiday Season

Christmas Tree

While children in the northern hemisphere dream of a snowy white Christmas, in South Africa, it’s time for sun, sand and sea. Since it is summer in South Africa, the kids are out of school and families often flock to the beach or to peaceful nature reserves such as Kruger National Park.

South African Sweets

Most traditional South African desserts reflect a strong Dutch influence harking back to the early settlers of the country. You won’t find heavy chocolate desserts or cheesecakes in South African cookbooks; most recipes have simple ingredients that are readily available.

Melktart

MilktertThis sweet and creamy dessert is reminiscent of a cream pie, simple and delicious! The Afrikaans term, melk tert means “milk tart” in English.  A melk tert consists of a sweet pastry crust with a light, filling made from milk, eggs, and flour and is usually topped with cinnamon. It is a popular dessert or teatime treat. Recipes vary greatly from family to family and region to region.  Just about everyone who loves milk tart has a recipe handed down from “Ouma” (Grandma).

IN TOUCH: Interview with Angie Main

Meet Angie Main, one of our Specialist Travel Consultants. Formerly from Sarasota, she now manages our new North Carolina team. Angie chats for a minute about the traditional South African meals she loves prepare. You will enjoy many of these tasty treats during your South Africa tour.

The Best Time to Visit South Africa

Elephant baby with flowers

With our year round temperate climate, your decision about the best time to visit South Africa will not so much be based on the weather but more about the experiences and adventures you wish to have. For example, South Africa’s winter months (June, July, August) – which have the least rainfall, except for the Western Cape with its Mediterranean climate – is a peak time for game viewing, as a shortage of water means animals gather at watering holes.

The Marine Big 5

Dolphins in False Bay - Photo by: Jan Fleischmann

Many people go to South Africa in search of the Big 5… the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo. But have you heard of The Marine Big 5? They are just as intriguing. Mighty whales, toothy sharks and playful seals, penguins and dolphins that live in the country’s coastal waters make up this captivating bunch.

Visit The French Corner of South Africa

Franschhoek: The Heart of South African Food and Wine

Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape Winelands, lies the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. This is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are made and top chefs create international cuisine. Here, breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and the finest wines all combine to create lasting memories.

Franschhoek Valley, known as South Africa's food and wine capital.

Franschhoek, known as South Africa’s Food and Wine Capital.

IN TOUCH: Video Interview with Pedro Roque

Meet Pedro Roque, one of our safari tour guides in South Africa. We were fortunate to chat with him here in our office on his recent visit to North America. We asked him 3 questions:

  1. What inspired you to become a safari tour guide?
  2. What is your favorite part of the job?
  3. Where do you like to go on vacation?

His passion is contagious. Got a minute? You will enjoy getting to know him if you haven’t already.

Miracles of Nature

Blyde River Canyon

You may have heard of or even experienced the beauty of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a magnificent miracle of nature. The turbulent convergence of the Truer and Blyde Rivers formed these magical cylindrical potholes over a period of millions of years.

But did you know the history behind the names of these ancient geological features?