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 grown 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?

CNN Recommends South Africa

CNN Recommends South Africa - The Place To Holiday

While the Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, CNN is recommending South Africa as THE place to holiday.

Titled 23 beautiful reasons to visit South Africa CNN’s post features a slideshow of spectacular images that celebrate what they consider to be the best places to see in the Rainbow Nation.

IN TOUCH: Interview with Stephanie Toale

Stephanie Toale - InterviewMeet Stephanie Toale, our Executive and Accounting Administrator. Keeper of payments and payroll, she is also as quick with resolving computer issues as she is gentle and kind. Miss Toale will soon become Mrs. Lynch.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job at Go Touch Down?

Stephanie: The energy. There is always something going on and something to be done. It is great to be at a job where you stay busy and do not have much idol time.

Q:  Where was your most memorable vacation destination?

Stephanie:  One of the most memorable vacations would be a two-part destination trip I did. We spent the first part of the week snowboarding in the Pyrenees Mountains and then the second half of the week sunbathing in the Canary Islands. It was just really unique and sometimes I still do not believe we did it.

Paying Tribute To The Past

Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, coined the term “Rainbow Nation” to capture the extraordinary diversity of races, tribes, creeds and landscape that characterizes modern South Africa. Getting to know South Africa’s amazing people may be the most enduring memory of any visit.

South Africa’s varied museums are a good place to get a feel for the history of the country and learn more about what makes the people here so special. Here is just a sampling that highlights a few of the country’s many outstanding museums.

Paying Tribute To The Past