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September 2007

"Travel teaches toleration"
- Benjamin Disraeli

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Greetings to you all from the most beautiful tip of Southern Africa! It has been a busy winter, and a very busy summer season lies ahead. Hope you are all geared and ready for it!

This month we focus on history, well...
More than just history really - we bring you interesting facts on paleao-anthropological evidence.

A Bloemfontein palaeontologist has found the oldest evidence of parental behavior in an early ancestor of mammals. The fossil, found in Fraserburg about 12 years ago, was recently identified as Pelycosaurus, an early ancestor of mammals, which is about 260 million years old.  Fossils of the Pelycosaurus are commonly found in the Northern Hemisphere but the Fraserburg fossil was the fourth found in the Southern Hemisphere.   Dr Jennifer Botha-Brink from the National Museum in Bloemfontein said the unique position in which the fossil was found was the first indication of parental care. "The fossil consists of an adult and four offspring. The tail of the adult is tucked around three of the young. We assume that was one of the parents. They died together and were buried together. It's rare to find fossils in a 'family'."
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The fossil hominid sites of Sterkfontein Caves, Swartkrans, Kromdraai and Environs in the Cradle of Humankind were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO a few years ago.  In addition to holding World Heritage status, the Sterkfontein Caves is also a declared national heritage site. To facilitate the growing interest in this heritage attraction, Maropeng was purpose built as the gateway to the Cradle of Humankind, showcasing the wealth of paleao-anthropological evidence found in this are.  The visitor centre offers insight into the progress that humankind has made from our early beginnings to where we are today, and concludes with an original fossil display of ancient remains found here.   We had the great fortune of visiting the Cradle of Humankind recently, and can and will recommend this to all guests interested in the evolution of humankind.
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For the most fantastic accommodation in the area, we make use of The Forum Homini, a five star boutique hotel. It is located in a private game reserve, in The Cradle of Humankind. Here you can explore the planet of the ages and visit a dozen dolomitic limestone caves. Forum Homini is an architectural masterpiece set in a solemn and poetic landscape. Sweeping views of the valley abound from luxury suites with roofs covered in African veld. This unique design has a slightly subterranean feel with long grassveld creeping up the walls. This allows for an almost cave-like experience. Light and shadow play on the sheer expanses of glass, ensuring natural light and warmth.
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Right, enough of the history for now, lets now look towards the future! We are offering some amazing specials this summer:

8 Day Serengeti & Zanzibar Special

A combination of Africa's foremost National Park, the Serengeti, with some excellent "beach time" on Zanzibar. Serengeti Wilderness Camp is an exclusive tented camp, located in the heart of the Serengeti and perfectly positioned to enjoy extensive game drives in this game-packed region. Then head down to Zanzibar and be spoilt at Kichanga Lodge, a perfect way to end an eventful safari!
From Only R18 900.00 Per Person Sharing
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As we are also continually checking and searching for extra value for our clients and agents, we now also offer some absolutely spectacular luxury vehicles for hire: Style, Elegance, and Peace of Mind, this is what you will experience with our extraordinary chauffeured experience. The fleet of ultra luxurious vehicles include: Mercedes Benz, BMW, Bentley, Jaguar, Range Rover, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Limousines and many special classic vehicles.  We also arrange chauffeured and self drive rentals of Sidecar Motorbikes, Harley Davidson's and BMW motorbikes!
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And then, last but not least (phew!) we are now also offering some breath taking, awesome Tours to Egypt!
Check out the website for the first of many life changing Escorted Tours to Egypt.

In the times we live in, I often think of the wise words of Henry Miller: "One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." We humans need to travel in order to experience other cultures, alternative ways of seeing things and understanding others. So, keep in touch and keep traveling - its good for you!
Wishing you and yours a marvelous month ahead and I look forward to hearing from you again!

Warm Regards
The Road Travel Team

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