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The South African Travel Corporation
Newsletter April/May 2005

Dear Tourism Colleague,


Apologies for the long dry season since our last newsletter!
Our eminent and capable editor Erika is currently in Europe marketing our business to all and sundry, so I have been hijacked to try and put something reasonable together for you all!!
I'm Sue, and I usually handle admin and financial stuff (as well as putting together fabulous itineraries for our clients) and don't have quite the same way with words that Erika has - but here goes!

I'd like to kick off with special greetings to some of our most recent clients - Niclas and Bodil from Sweden who really enjoyed their golf tour - Cape Town, Kruger and Sun City made a totally awesome WOW combination......

Mick, Debbie and the girls who still haven't come down to earth after their fabulous 9 day Kruger safari with "Crazy Dave" (you haven't done Kruger if you haven't done it with Dave, contact us for an introduction info@satravelco.com). Mick e-mailed us to say that even a week back at the office (in London) hadn't managed to take the smile off his face!!

Mick followed up what he thought was an unbeatable WOW ExperienceTM with 8 days on a Great White Shark Expedition which really blew him away!! If you want to find out what he got up to get hold of White Shark Projects for their expedition details info@whiteshark.co.za

...and also from the UK, Tony and Sarah, who came to do volunteer work at the Lion Park near Krugersdorp and as if that wasn't exciting enough had an adrenalin filled 2 days break, flying to the Cape just to experience the thrill of the highest bungee bridge jump in the world. If adrenalin is your thing contact us for an adventure holiday you'll never forget. Check out the More to Do-Real Action section of our website for a taste of the activities waiting for you when you get here. www.satravelco.com/more_to_do_real_action.php

At the other end of the adrenalin scale are Maija and Errol from Switzerland who had a most romantic multicultural Cape Winelands wedding ceremony - Scottish piper, Finnish musicians, African choir and Marimba band, with butterflies released by all their guests as the couple made their vows - see if you can spot the butterflies in the picture!!

This was just one of the weddings we organised this year, but for me one of the most beautiful - even I needed a tissue!!

If you want a truly unique and unforgettable South African wedding day go to www.satravelco.com/weddings_venues.php or contact us at info@satravelco.com

Onto things South African - as winter fast approaches the nights lengthen and the air grows crisp, but the days are generally full of blue skies and sunshine throughout most of South and Southern Africa. Now is a great time to visit our fabulous Game Reserves in the northern parts of the country - Kruger Park, Madikwe and Pilanesberg are just a few. Just across our borders you can experience the Desert Dream and find your soul in Namibia, have one of the most astonishing wildlife experiences in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, or plan an Out of Africa safari to see the Great Migration in Kenya or Tanzania (although if you haven't booked yet be warned that space is running out fast. Contact us if you want to still try to squeeze in a WOW safari before the end of the winter season. info@satravelco.com )

KwaZulu-Natal is delightful to visit at this time of the year - spend time in the Drakensberg with roaring fires to ward of the cold night air, and experience the champagne air as you hike, play golf, swim, mountain bike or participate in a myriad other activities by day - including snow skiing if you get your timing right.

Or if you've had enough of the snow in Europe or North America, escape to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, go scuba diving or just soak up the sun on the sub-tropical beaches.
Allow us to make the perfect arrangements for your budget and your timeframe.

But surely the best winter experience of all is to be found in the Cape - this is the magical "Green Season" where the rainfall comes on the back of the north-westerly gales that blow intermittently from now until August or September. The rain soaks into the thirsty land and magic starts to happen as land that was parched and dry turns green almost overnight. There are already lambs in the fields, their mothers grazing on fresh young grass shoots, the sunsets are magnificent and sunrise is late enough to experience at least once in your life!

The days between the rain - and there are many of them - sparkle. And if it should rain while you are out and about there are more than enough cosy restaurants and wine tasting rooms to discover all the other delights the Cape has to offer apart from those scenic. This is the season when the Cape explodes with arts and culture exhibitions; theatre and music productions; cheese, wine and olive festivals; Capetonians get their city back and the whales come to visit. Why not join them?

Hot Winter Stuff!!

Visit Durban in July for Africa's greatest horseracing event, the Vodacom Durban July. This is South Africa's most prestigious turf happening as well as being the country's most talked about social gathering of the year, with fashion featuring strongly, from the wild and wacky to the simply stunning.

Still on things wild and wacky, the Cape offers a unique weekend of wine and food and adventure that will warm the spirit at the Robertson Wacky Wine Weekend the first weekend in June. Enjoy wine tasting on a river boat cruise, take a tractor ride through the vineyards to the top of the mountains, go mountain biking or experience the quad bike vineyard trail, play boules, go fishing, join in a treasure hunt, have a riverside picnic or a sunset game drive. Or just chill out with an array of wine, cheese and olive oil to satisfy the largest appetite.

In the Eastern Cape the Grahamstown Arts Festival is reaching international proportions - a true celebration of the diversity and talent that abounds in South Africa. Visit 30 June to 09 July for a slice of contemporary South African culture.

Well, I hope I have managed to live up to Erika's editorial standards!

Remember that life is not measured by the breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away - you'll find plenty of those if you decide to travel with us here in South Africa.

Hambe Kahle - go well until next time.

Sue (Standing-in for Erika)
P.S. For our Swedish connections apologies for only English this time around - once Erika is back in the editor's seat she will ensure you get your own newsletter again!

 

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