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.
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.
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.