What is the most proudly South African thing you can do any day of the year, but especially a Sunday – a braai. And what is a braai all by yourself, with one or two strings of boerewors and a shrivelled up tasteless chop – sadness. A braai is an experience that should be shared with friends, old and new.
We woke at 5:00 in the morning, for a two hour drive from Cape Town to Gansbaai, a small town considered to be the “Shark Capital of the World”. A group of friends from back home were here to spend a couple of weeks with me and together with Robyn; we had decided to go on what has to be the ultimate wildlife adventure. We were all way too excited to sleep and watched the sun rise as we drove along. Upon arrival, we were given breakfast and a safety briefing, and then headed out into open water.
It has long been a human dream to soar like a bird on lofty thermals – and paragliding comes pretty close. Cape Town and its surroundings has to be one of the most spectacular places in the world to paraglide.
Wine lover or not, a visit to the Cape Winelands is an absolute must while you are here. The region’s breathtaking beauty, with majestic mountain backdrops is magnificent, while being steeped in rich culture and history.
Today is Madiba’s birthday, which means it’s also Nelson Mandela Day. This year has a different feel to it that usual. It almost seems odd to be writing this while the great man himself is so ill on his 95th birthday.