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Where Springbok and Bushmen Roam.
by Muguette Goufrani

While it was late May at Kagga Kamma in the Cedarburg Mountains north of Cape Town, there was a definite chill in the air. So we bundled up and climbed aboard a sturdy Land Rover 4x4 for Kagga Kamma's popular
Moonlight Safari. No matter how many times we travel below the equator, I am always awed by the Southern Cross, which lit up in the midnight sky that night, in contrast with the eerie moonscape we were crossing; each one perched like Sabu atop our rubber-tired camel. On a visit to Table Mountain, there was a grand celebration going on, and it seemed the whole mountainside was alive. Some folks were busy creating what looked like the world's biggest sandwich. There was so much activity, I couldn't find out whether they were striving for a record - and for what? That was where I had the opportunity of meeting and photographing one of the world's most colorful individuals, South Africa's Father Desmond Tutu, (right) who created the concept of a Rainbow Nation. It was a wonderful moment, the air was electric , the words were inspiring and the view was magnificent.

Cape Town and Table Mountain. The first person we met on landing at the Cape Town airport in May 2001 was our tour operator friend Sellwyn Davidowitz, whom we got to know through the internet, months before the ATA Congress in Cape Town. Rather than take us direct to the hotel, he whisked us up to a viewpoint on Table Mountain so we could see the lights, the city and the ocean in all their splendor. Sellwyn is not only a very good tour operator as we learned during a trip to the Wine and Fruit growing areas, he is also a great collector of interesting facts, which he sends in a newsletter that bears the name of his company - “I love Cape Town.

The following is a sample:We have a church in Cape Town which is also reputed to have been the first theater in South Africa, called the St. Stephen's church. This church stands on Riebeek Square. There are many stories of the past to be told about this church, but one that has always been a delightful one in my opinion is that it is told that the cellar of the church used to be hired out in days of old. One of the tenants used to be a wine merchant who kept his liquor there. One day somebody painted the following graffiti on the walls of the church:

There's a spirit above and a spirit below,
The spirit above is the spirit of love,
The spirit below is the spirit of woe,
The spirit above is the spirit divine,
The spirit below is the spirit of wine.”

Here are some items of interest

Peoples and culture of South Africa. Throughout its history, South Africa has been a geographic designation rather than a reflection of a national reality. The result is that today the Republic of South Africa has one of the most complex and diversified population mixes in the world, a rich mosaic of distinctive minorities. This is underscored by the fact that not one of South Africa's major languages is spoken by a majority of all the people. (continued)

Experience a South African Working Holiday. The future of conservation in South Africa depends on obtaining a means of funding for Private Nature Reserves and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers. The amount of funding made available to projects such as erosion control, invader plant control and fire control will make a large difference in the scale of conservation in the future. Now there is a solution. (continued)

The Emperor of South Africa. The magnificent new five-star hotel at Caesars Gauteng is just 5 minutes from Johannesburg International Airport. Africa's premier casino resort experience. For a strictly limited period of time you can savor five-star luxury with a range of incredible opening offers. Be the first to experience Octavia's Senosorium Health and Beauty Spa and the unique Roman bath. Relive the legend.(continued)

Dining in the Sky. Passengers using South African Airways' newly opened First Class Lounge at Johannesburg International Airport can expect a culinary experience worthy of this sophisticated haven. "The African theme, which runs through the entire concept, has also been used to great effect in the food and beverage areas," says Madelain Roscher, Senior Manager: Corporate Communications at SAA, Says Owen Jullies (Manager, SAA Menu Design and Beverage Selection): "In line with the overall design concept the lounge offers a range of sophisticated dining options." (continued)

Did you know? Facts about South Africa. South Africa has the oldest wine industry outside of Europe and the Mediterranean, featuring Chardonnays, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cinsault, Riesling, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Caberbet Sauvignon and Pinotage varietals. South Africa has been called "the Rainbow Nation.
South Africa ranks amongst the world's top 25 trading nations and largest producers of gold, diamonds and other minerals. The world's largest uncut diamond was found at Kimberley in 1974. (
more facts - continued)

There is safety in Cape Town. By Brian Aldridge, Camissa Cape Tours and Charters. Most travelers to South Africa, as are those to other exotic places, are concerned about their safety. Where can I walk in the City? or what form of transport can I safely use? If you are young or young at heart your fear might be where you can party safely. These are genuine concerns and places like Cape Town have had bad publicity recent.

Flying Gourmet visits South Africa's Cape Wine Country
Be sure to sample the nation's award winning wines during your stay. South Africa's vintages are among the world's best. Some specialties include lovely Chardonnays, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cinsault, Riesling, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Caberbet Sauvignon and Pinotage varietals. You will find that one of the most pleasant ways to enjoy South African wine is on a visit to the scenic wine land of the Western Cape. Few places in the world are as stunning as these lush valleys. Towering mountains are a dramatic backdrop for the rows of grapevines and giant oaks. (continued)

Shopping in Cape Town and Area. With the current exchange rate of 8 Rand to 1$ US it is a good time for visitors to go on a shopping spree while enjoying the attractions of Cape Town and area. Here's part of what Cape Tourism has to say. 'Shopping till you drop' is not an uncommon phenomenon in Cape Town, where your hunt for that special something can lead you on a trail right around the mountain and back. (continued)