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.
“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.
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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.
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.
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.
South Africa’s townships are infused with the spirit of Ubuntu, which means: “I am, because we are.” A term for neighborliness, and a proudly South African humanist philosophy, it is a wisdom widely embraced by all South Africans today. The townships of South Africa are where the heart of the nation beats. This is the real South Africa.
One by one, furry little heads appear above the water’s surface. The critters pop up and down like kids in a bounce house. And they’re having just as much fun.
Wander along a Cape Town beach and you’ll probably see their large, long, unmistakable footprints in the sand. African Clawless Otters are the most widely distributed otter species in Africa. Also known as Cape Otters, these clever creatures are as amusing as they are cute. They are playful and energetic, often swimming, playing with their food and play-fighting just for kicks. You might also catch them basking in the warmth of the sun.