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.
When touring Cape Town with us, you’ll be staying at one of two comfortable and conveniently located properties: Inverness Apartments, which we featured in a previous issue, or Best Western Suites Hotel. Best Western has 13 types of hotels in its brand portfolio from its Premium Collections right down to its Legacy brand, with which you are likely familiar. The Cape Suites is in a class by itself, with its spacious and stylish rooms and thoughtful amenities.
Meet Lucia Barnard, African Travel Specialist based in Sarasota. Lucia was born in South Africa and moved with her husband and two kids to the USA in 2009. After living in Atlanta for a year, they settled in Sarasota, Florida. This well-traveled and energetic Travel Professional has been in the Travel Industry since 1992.
Q: In your opinion, what are some of the must-sees on a first-time South African Tour?
Lucia: Nothing beats the African bush surrounded by an African sunset; however the Cape Town experience is filled with everything I want in a vacation… amazing food, culture, shopping, and exploring eco wildlife is a must-do.
They’re comfortable, convenient, and capacious! We are thrilled to announce that we have secured Inverness condo-style apartments as our new accommodation for our Cape Town Tour, as well as for the Cape Town portion of our Signature Tour. Inverness is in the trendy Sea Point section of the city near restaurants, cafés, bars, and boutiques as well as the lively Sea Point Promenade which stretches along the Atlantic Ocean. It is also just a few minutes’ drive to all of Cape Town’s other attractions, including Cape Point, Hout Bay, and the V and A Waterfront – one of South Africa’s most visited destinations.
The lure of the exotic; the mysteries of the unknown, the confluence of cultures… South Africa has a universal, seductive appeal. Here are just some of the reasons why.
1. Scenic splendor
South Africa has some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery in the world. Expect miles of golden beaches and unspoiled coastline; dramatic mountains and mountain passes; 19 national parks; game reserves teeming with big game and hundreds of birds; ancient forests; semi-deserts; oceans and rivers; rolling grasslands, and natural flower fields – all waiting to be explored.
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.
Cape Town. It’s the iconic Southern African city, pumping with life every minute of the day. The team at Go Touch Down Travel and Tours knows all the secrets of this thriving metropolis, so we’re perfectly placed to ensure you don’t miss a single thing. Here’s a sneak peek at the joys that await you along your journey.
Solo travel has long been seen as a totally different experience from that of the average tourist. Gone are the comforting tour groups and friends to fall back on – it’s a landscape of meals spent in your own company, experiences captured by the camera and learning the true nature of the world and yourself. Go Touch Down Travel and Tours brings you the lowdown on Southern African Travel for the daring solo adventurer in 2018, so you are prepared for everything you’ll meet along the way.
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.
There may be no place on earth more conducive to heart-pounding thrills than South Africa’s Garden Route. Sandwiched between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean, the 300km stretch is not only a stunning masterpiece of nature, but also a dare devil’s dream. Shark cage diving, bungee jumping, crocodile cage diving, skydiving, paragliding, abseiling, sandboarding, black water tubing… you name it, you’ll find it.