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.
Did you know? The “Rainbow Nation” not only applies South Africa’s people but also to its cuisine. For the adventurous diner, there are delicacies such as fried caterpillars and crocodile steaks. For the mildly adventurous, there is biltong, bobotie, bunny chow and boerewors.
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, known as South Africa’s Food and Wine Capital.
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?
Whoosh! You are comfortably seated high above the mountains, gracefully gliding toward the summit. Beauty lies in every direction: the majestic Magaliesberg, the spectacular Hartbeespoort Dam, and a kaleidoscope of colorful landscapes.
Meet 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.
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.