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April 2008

"Not so many years ago there was no simpler or more intelligible notion than that of going on a journey.   Travel - movement through space - provided the universal metaphor for change.   One of the subtle confusions - perhaps one of the secret terrors - of modern life is that we have lost this refuge.   No longer do we move through space as we once did."
- Daniel J. Boorstin

Cape Town is quiet, relaxed, sunny and balmy. What a magical time of the year - the vineyards are taking on beautiful autumn colors - oranges, reds, yellows and browns. Really really lovely. It feels like a holiday today :-) Not surprising though - Freedom Day yesterday, Worker's Day on Thursday and another holiday on Friday!

We had the pleasure of joining in the fun at quite a few festivals and events lately. This past weekend the SA Cheese Festival took place on the historic Bien Donne Farm nestled in the Paarl countryside. Exceptionally well attended and stocked with the yummiest cheeses ever, as well as some awesome local entertainers. Never a dull moment in South Africa!

This upcoming month is once again jam packed with lots to do for all walks of life. Indulge all your senses at the annual Riebeeck Valley Olive Festival on the 3rd and 4th of May. Expect olive inspired menus at local eateries, farmers markets offering olives and olive related goodies as well as wine farms celebrating with superb wines to match. Veronica Paeper's three act ballet, The Merry Widow, will be presented by the Cape Town City Ballet at the Artscape Opera House from 10 to 25 May. And don't forget the SA Gourmet Festival's Good Food & Wine Show at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 15 to 18 May.
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Here's a completely random bit of "did you know" irrelevant information for those knowledge seekers... South Africa is home to the world's largest land mammal (the African elephant), smallest mammal (a shrew), tallest mammal (giraffe), fastest mammal (cheetah), heaviest reptile (leatherback turtle), largest antelope (eland), largest bird (ostrich) and heaviest flying bird (the kori bustard).
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An African wildlife safari is a vacation of a lifetime. Whether you are tracking African Leopards on foot, or just relaxing and listening to the early morning dawn sounds, you will discover a magic that no other continent can offer. We at Road Travel definitely go that extra mile to ensure that you to feel the same magic that so many of our clients have experienced before. Next month we will put up a feedback page, with emails, testimonials and thank you notes from some of our happy guests. We've also received a lot of amazing photographs that our clients have taken on their unforgettable game drives, bush walks, bunji jumping, sky diving, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, horse riding and fascinating day tours.
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South Africa has ranked second in a list of Top Ten World Travel Destinations by one of the United States' most popular online travel guides. Egypt held on to its top position for the third year running (which is why we also offer Egypt as a preferred destination ;-) while China followed South Africa in third place.

  1. Egypt
  2. South Africa
  3. China
  4. Antarctica
  5. Peru
  6. Galapagos
  7. Thailand
  8. Costa Rica
  9. Tanzania
  10. India

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South Africans Archbishop Desmond Tutu and physicist Neil Turok were among ten global luminaries who received 'Most Innovative People Awards' at this year's SWIE (World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship).  Tutu received his award for Human Greatness, while Turok received his award for Social Innovation.  WSIE is aimed at encouraging the use of innovation as the catalyst for competitiveness and peace.  The summit functions as a platform for developing the future pipeline of responsible entrepreneurs and innovators. Congratulations Archbishop Desmond Tutu for being such a Great Human and Neil Turok for founding the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences. It's great to be an African!

We wish you all a fantastic month ahead and look forward to making those dream holidays reality. Until our next chat: adieu, adios, arrivederci, auf wiedersehen, au revoir, bye-bye, cheerio, good-bye, sayonara, so long...

Kind Regards
The Road Travel Team

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