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February 2008

"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey."
Babs Hoffm

This has been such a fun, loving kind of month! Hope that you all had as much love and light? Here in Cape Town summer has been very busy indeed. The weather has generally been absolutely fantastic, with the exception of the occasional visit from the Cape Doctor (The strong South Easterly wind, which blows any pollution into the ocean).

I'm still humming "You can Leave your Hat on" — yup, went to go see Joe Cocker live at Kirstenbosch earlier this weekend. At seventy the man can still ROCK ON!

There's been a lot of talk and negative media coverage of South Africa regarding the recent power outages. Whilst the matter does require urgent attention from our government, fortunately for us — and for you — Road Travel has been spared from the interruptions.  We are very pleased to inform you that its business as usual here. Our back up generator powers us and our internet never goes down!

This weekend sees the start of "Taste of Cape Town" an amazing four day celebration of fine food and drink, set in the outdoor environment of Camps Bay High, with lots of entertainment and excellent music. Sixteen of Cape Town's top restaurants and chefs will serve a stunning selection of sample sized signature dishes to the visitors. Don't miss this one!
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And after months of bad press (most of it unfortunately justified), Kenya's tourism industry is on the rebound at last and now is definitely the time to visit this beautiful East African destination.  Road Travel have some awesome specials...
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Road Travel has vision, that's for sure! We are members of the Virgin Galactic Club and receive regular updates about this fantastically exciting venture. Richard Branson had this to say at an American Museum of Natural History last month:

'If our new system could carry only people into space that would be enough for me, because of the transforming effect it will have on the thousands who will travel with us. It is quite clear from every astronaut that I have spoken to - including SpaceShipOne test pilots Brian Binnie and Mike Melville - that seeing the planet from out there, surrounded by the incredibly thin protective layer of atmosphere, helps one to wake up to the fragility of the small portion of the planet's mass that we inhabit, and to the importance of protecting the Earth'. 'It was Stephen Hawking who first got me thinking about this issue, when he explained clearly and concisely to the BBC that mankind had no option but to get to space as quickly as possible and start doing things up there that we have been doing on planet Earth, but in a much more efficient manner. Our population is now heading to 9 billion people by the middle of this century -- that's three times more than when I was born. With the end of the oil era approaching, and climate change progressing faster than most models have been predicting, the utilisation of space is essential not only for communications but also for the logistics of survival through things such as weather satellites, agricultural monitoring, GPS and climate science'.

2008 is definitely the year of the spaceship!
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Rhino Tracking Safaris have become a very popular activity in South Africa, as the experience is very informative and educational. Game Rangers, who have been professionally trained and are experts in tracking, share their knowledge with visitors. Knowing how to track and what to look for is invaluable when trying to find a specific animal. What makes rhino tracking so exceptionally interesting is the fact that their spoor is almost like a human fingerprint! Trackers are able to identify individual Rhino's by looking at the cracks and lines in their spoor. Most of the game reserves in Southern Africa offer Rhino Tracking Safaris, such as the Kruger National Park and Zululand Rhino Reserve.   Their efforts give the public the rare opportunity to view rhinos in their natural environment, up-close and personal.
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And then, its hard to believe, but it is indeed almost time to book those tickets, and get the stand lay out — for Indaba 2008 is just around the corner! Road Travel will again be there, meeting with old friends and trusty suppliers — more on this later.

Have a good one, and I look forward to hearing from you again — contact us now via SKYPE — see on the updated "Contact Us" page. Don't you just love technology!  ;-)

Kind Regards
The Road Travel Team

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