“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
South Africa has arrived.
Not only has it arrived, but it has done so in a way that was unimaginable only 20 years ago. It has found its way and made its own place on a crowded global stage.
It is hard to imagine a more exciting time to visit.
This “new” South Africa is characterized by the boundless creativity and energy of a generation that has come of age since the end of apartheid. They are creating a new society based on equal treatment under the law.
This sense of the new South Africa is manifested in countless ways: its highly inventive food culture, its creative arts scene, the large investment being poured into infrastructure, and a serious refocusing on the environment and the wildlife heritage with which this country is blessed (and the tourism that supports so much of its preservation).
In South Africans, there is both a certain gentleness and a deep reservoir of pride. This pride comes not only from how they came to terms with their past and moved on, but from the great changes they willed into reality. It was this sense of pride that was the catalyst for their transition to democracy.
They are deeply proud of the man who led them, and whose values set the tone for his new country.
The long shadow of Nelson Mandela is everywhere – in every new school, in every upliftment project, every piece of land set aside for conservation, every article in a boisterous press, and every paycheck brought home at the end of the week.
This metamorphosis has taken place in a setting of pristine natural beauty and with some of the best game viewing in Africa.
While South Africa is a common stop on any Southern Africa itinerary, our South Africa is anything but ordinary.
Our South Africa is full of game viewing, of course, and all the opportunities that entails. It is about nature and beauty and adventure, from whale watching in a small plane, to helicopter flights over the Cape of Good Hope.
It is also about a fascinating history.
We can arrange for you to meet amazing people involved in the struggles of the past and those who helped shape the bright future of a new country proudly called the Rainbow Nation. Talk design with people involved in the arts and style with those in fashion. Visit our Idea Lab for some other options.
Ultimately, South Africa – for all its culture, wildlife, and natural beauty – is all about its people.