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.
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.
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.
Why “It Takes A Village” is so meaningful. Food on the table, clothes for the kids, and some extra bucks in the piggy bank. These essentials have gotten easier to come by for one lucky locality in South Africa. Since The Touch Down Group revitalized and re-opened Humala River Lodge nearly two years ago, the villagers are bringing home the bacon.
The best time to go to South Africa? Anytime between January and December! South Africa has a delightfully temperate climate year-round, so your decision about when to go should rather be based on the types of experiences you would like to have.