We live in a beautiful country with diverse regions that range from semi-desert to lush tropical forests, from wide beaches and warm oceans to world famous game parks with an abundance of wildlife. South Africa has often been aptly described as a ‘World in one Country’. All this right here on our doorstep.
No one can deny that travel broadens the mind and we all love to experience different cultures, history, geography, architecture, religious and ethnic customs, languages and most importantly, cuisine. But have we in experienced these very aspects in our own country?
I have a long South Africa wish list (and getting longer) which includes: viewing the ancient and colourfully descriptive Bushman paintings on the West Coast; whale watching in Hermanus, star gazing in the Karoo at our own internationally acclaimed observatory in Sutherland; hiking the Otter Trail along the Garden Route; walking the Zulu and British battlefields of the Boer War in KZN; climbing Table Mountain with friends and taking the easy way down after a hearty breakfast with a view and finally visiting Maropeng, west of Johannesburg where they are have uncovered the origins of all mankind.
South Africa is blessed with excellent weather most of the year and even winter days are sunny. Our holiday season is 365 days a year and is suited to short breaks or long holidays. Flights are reasonably priced if purchased in advance and two or more travelling by car also makes economic sense. Why rush to your destination when you take a leisurely road trip and make stops at interesting places along the way.
There is no time like the present to start planning and there are holidays around the country to suit every budget. A few days in the crisp, clean air of the Drakensburg and the KZN midlands will invigorate even the most jaded soul and a few days at the beach appeals to most of us too. Take a drive up the west coast to view the flowers in Namaqualand and dine on fresh seafood or set out on the Garden Route and take a detour along our own famous Route 62 through awesome passes and quaint villages.
South Africa is indeed a ‘World in one Country’ and is waiting for you to discover it!