Category: South Africa

Romance in the Wild

Wine on Humala deck

Passion, romance, adventure… what better way to fan the flames of love than at a wildly exotic locale? At Humala River Lodge, “wild” is the operative word. Humala is cozily tucked away in the Songimvelo Game Reserve, a 200,000-acre African wilderness, graced with hidden valleys, cascading waterfalls, and spectacular river gorges. Elephants, buffalos, zebras and wildebeest freely roam its grassy plains, while giraffes, kudu and impala find comfort in its densely wooded forests. Watch for birds in a rainbow of colors, silly monkey antics and hippos resting in the river. You might even get lucky and glimpse the elusive leopard at the blush of dawn.

Love in Bloom: Orchids of South Africa

White Orchid

Nothing says “I love you” like the gift of orchids. These alluring blooms symbolize love, beauty, luxury, and strength. Not only do they last much longer than roses, some are also deliciously fragrant.

Did you know? There are almost three times the amount of orchids grown in South Africa as there are in all of Europe! The southern African region boasts 479 species, 65 percent of which are endemic. Our orchids grow in a wide variety of different habitats, including bushveld, savanna, karooid scrub, thorn scrub, fynbos, and grassland. As in many other plant groups, the Western Cape is where most of the species flourish, in a wide variety of colors and uniquely shaped blossoms.

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

“A kiss on the cheek may be quite continental…” Most of us remember this song from the movie classic, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”. Truth is, our fascination with the allure of diamonds began long before these lyrics were penned.

Over the centuries, diamonds have been associated with romance, and have developed unique status as the ultimate gift of love. It was said that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with magic diamonds. The Greeks believed the fire in the diamond reflected the constant flame of love.

Friends with Benefits

Where you’ll find one, you’ll find the other. It’s no coincidence that the zebra and wildebeest are BFFs. They naturally protect and provide for each other.

Both zebras and wildebeests are grazers, which means the diets of both species consist of grass. Yet they are never in competition for food. That’s because the wildebeest’s mouth is shaped to allow it to grip the shoots of short grass. The zebra, however, prefers chowing down on the longer grass, chomping it down to the ideal length for the wildebeest to easily be able to savor.

 

IN TOUCH: Interview with Dawn Santillo


Meet Dawn, an Event Travel Coordinator based in our Sarasota, Florida office. Her job is to share good news with our clients! Today she chats for a minute about why it’s such a great gig. She also provides a glimpse into her exciting upcoming adventure.

Why Hippos Don’t Eat Fish: An African Folktale

Hippos

When God was giving each animal a place in the world, the pair of hippos begged to be allowed to live in the cool water which they so dearly loved. God looked at them, and was doubtful about letting them live in the water: their mouths were so large, their teeth so long and sharp, and their size and appetites were so big, He was afraid that they would eat up all the fish.

Kudos to the Kudu!

Kudu

Did you know? Legend has it that the kudu is God’s favorite antelope! After creating the very first kudu, God held its face in His hands, looked into its eyes and exclaimed, “You are SO beautiful!” and kissed the kudu smack on the nose! And that’s why the kudu bears the fingerprints of God. You can see them on the sides of every kudu’s face.

IN TOUCH: Video Interview with Ed Lopez

 

Meet Ed Lopez, one of our Specialist Travel Consultants based in our Sarasota, Florida office. You will learn about how he likes to spend his free time, some of the continents and countries he has frequented, and the very special place that he plans to visit next.

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.