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These are a Few of my Favourite Things, Alan McIver, South Africa.

I have lived in many places, but there is no place like home. Here are a few of the things that are special and memorable for me, not necessarily in order of importance:

o A lazy cheese and wine lunch at Lanzerac Wine Estate in Stellenbosch
o A hearty meal of peri-peri prawns in a sidewalk caf in Maputo (LM), together with Portuguese bread washed down with a cerveja grande.
o Sitting on the cliffs at Hermanus watching Southern Right whales frolic close inshore
o Watching Cape gannets hunting sardines at Mkambati just north of Port St Johns
o Camping under giant fig trees overlooking the Zambezi River at Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe
o Biltong and dried peaches
o Suntanning on Clifton Beach, arguably the most beautiful beach in the world
o A breakfast at Montebello in Newlands, Cape Town
o Game viewing between Skukuza and Lower Sabie in the Kruger Park the best game viewing anywhere.
o Shelley Bay in Kenton-on-Sea, Eastern Cape
o A walk along miles of golden sand, Robberg Beach, Plettenberg Bay in the morning before breakfast
o Hiking to the top of the Amphitheatre and then to Mont Aux Sources in the Drakensberg.
o Standing on the very edge of the Amphitheatre looking down into Natal. If that doesnt do something to your soul, nothing ever will.
o A rugby testbetween the Springboks and "the old enemy", the All Blacks.
o Stories from the Eastern Cape and the Lowveld.
o Gliding through the Okavango Swamps in a mokoro
o A walk through the coastal bush along the Wild Coast
o Camping on the beach at Inhassoro and fishing off Bazaruto Island in Mozambique
o Summer holidays on the beach in the Eastern Cape
o A visit to Kirstenbosch in Cape Town
o Body surfing at Lookout Beach in Plettenberg Bay.
o A visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre near Klaserie
o Getting soaking wet in the Victoria Falls rain forest
o The stark beauty and incredible sunsets of the Karoo, Kalahari and Namib deserts
o The diversity of Southern Africa, natural, cultural and historical -- always so full of surprises
o The wonderful people in the region

In spite of its problems, Southern Africa remains for me the most interesting place in the world. I hope you get an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate it as much as I have done.

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Last update: 2014-03-10 11:24
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