South Africa is called the Rainbow Nation for its rich diversity of ancestry, cuisine, landscape and even languages. To help South Africans celebrate their heritage, September 24th is set aside annually to recognize all aspects of South African culture, including creative expression, historical inheritance, language, food, and the land in which they live.
National Heritage Day
The Parliament of South Africa allocated September 24th as National Heritage Day after the 1994 democratic election. An official public holiday, National Heritage Day was first celebrated throughout the country in 1995. In Kwazulu-Natal, the date was already known as Shaka Day in commemoration of Shaka Zulu, the legendary Zulu King who united the various Zulu clans.
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.
Charles Lindbergh once wrote that “real freedom lies in wildness, not civilization.” At Humala, you get to have both… in more modern terms, it’s known as glamping. Joining the 10 luxury thatched-roof safari cabins are five new permanent canvas tents, giving guests even more of a one-with-nature experience.
Though seemingly remote on the reserve and set in a real-life enchanted forest, the tents are actually within walking distance from the main building that houses the restaurant, bar, and lounge, affording easy access to food, drink, and camaraderie.
Passion, romance, adventure… what better way to fan the flames of love than at a wildly exotic locale? At Humala River Lodge, “wild” is the operative word. Humala is cozily tucked away in the Songimvelo Game Reserve, a 200,000-acre African wilderness, graced with hidden valleys, cascading waterfalls, and spectacular river gorges. Elephants, buffalos, zebras and wildebeest freely roam its grassy plains, while giraffes, kudu and impala find comfort in its densely wooded forests. Watch for birds in a rainbow of colors, silly monkey antics and hippos resting in the river. You might even get lucky and glimpse the elusive leopard at the blush of dawn.
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.
Heads up adventure-seekers… Dunkeld Country & Equestrian Estate is the perfect place to play. Immerse yourself in the resort’s bounty of natural beauty on its bucolic hiking, running and mountain bicycle trails. More extreme adventure sports include abseiling, balance beam, rock climbing, trapeze jump, and ziplining.
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.
Predators are truly the kings of the South African bush, especially after the African sun slips behind the bushveld. Wild carnivores that hunt their prey, each type of predator has a unique and creative mode of pursuit.
A single supplement is not a vitamin, though it might be much more palatable if it were! The single supplement is a premium surcharge imposed upon solo travelers when they reserve a room. The amount of the supplement ranges from 10 to 100 percent of the standard accommodation rate and applies only to single travelers, not to couples traveling together.