“If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me? Will the air over the plain quiver with a color that I have had on, or the children invent a game in which my name is, or the full moon throw a shadow over the gravel of the drive that was like me, or will the eagles of the Ngong Hills look out for me?” Karen Blixen
Some of the greatest game viewing opportunities in the world are in South Africa. The chance to see the Big Five (Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino, Lion and Leopard) in their natural habitat is hard to ignore. The Big Five together with a wide range of other wildlife species can be found in more than 20 national wildlife reserves and many private game parks. Who knew the big five meant animals?
I love penguins. It surprised me that there are penguin colonies in Africa. The African penguin (or jackass penguins) are found on Boulder Beach near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.
The flat top of Table Mountain shapes the skyline of Capetown. It is the icon of South Africa and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature. It is one of the oldest mountains in the world and of the planet’s twelve main energy centers, radiating magnetic or spiritual energy.
Robben Island is where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Mandela always carried himself as a human being while fighting injustice and inequality, The island is a piece of South African history and tours are given by former prisoners.
The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg tells the Emotional story of South African discrimination by color and the fight to overcome it.
The townships in South Africa are the underdeveloped urban non white areas. Currently there are many programs to help develop the townships and I hope to see them.
The wineries of Capetown are known for world-class vintages and beautiful scenery. Though I’m not a big drinker, I do love visiting wineries when I travel. South African wines are really popular in California.
I love African choral music in the style of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. I hope to hear several of these traditional groups,
The rainbow nation, the unique complex history of South Africa,the diverse demographics, the people and interesting animals result in delicious dishes which are distinctly South African. Let the eating begin.
My daughter is getting married there.