- Sun, Sea, Rain, Food and Culture!
Travelling Round Limpopo and the Eastern Cape
By Lyssiemay Annoh
Executive Traveller joined the Sunsation Media team
from London (UK) to Johannesburg to explore Limpopo
and the Eastern Cape of South Africa, I did not know
what to expect; especially as before you visit South
Africa most of the visitor's information is centered
on Cape Town.
All these feelings
were suddenly transformed into excitement when I arrived
in Limpopo . Limpopo and the Eastern Cape of South Africa
have an abundance of wildlife and are perfect for bird-watching
and water sports. It is the home of renowned safari destinations
like the Royal Malewane, Kruger and Shamwari.
is the only word I can find to describe the scene from the
aircraft as the plane prepared to land at Hoedspruit. My
heart leapt with joy as I saw the variety of antelopes (Impalas,
as they call them in South Africa ) race across the airstrip.
This is Africa as I would like to see it. The airstrip had
Land Rovers, friendly people and animals roaming freely
across large acres of land adjacent to it.
My first night
was at The Coach House at Agatha*****. Just as it name predicts
it is beautiful, spacious and homely. More like having your
private bungalow than staying at a hotel. From the food,
landscape, to the beautiful Spa—the whole Coach House
experience needs to be shared.
to Royal Malewane in Limpopo . A Game Reserve with a luxurious
difference. Safari is the name of the game on any visit
to Africa, especially to the eastern and southern part of
Africa . Be prepared to wake up very early in the morning
or venture the evenings out if you want to see the ‘big
five’ ( lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo)
. It is a ranger’s pride if he manages to show his
guests the ‘big five’ in any game reserve and
our guides at the Royal Malewane were not leaving anything
to chance. Many reserves have all the big five, but it's
not that easy to see them all, particularly leopard. Leopards
are nocturnal, secretive and well camouflaged, but there
are some reserves where they are easily spotted. However,
just being in the bush, seeing tiny animals like ants and
frogs and learning the relationship between them, can be
even more exciting than a procession of lions and elephants.
So, even if you miss out on one or two of the big guys,
you'll still have a great time especially as the rangers
will not miss an opportunity to tell you about any creature
they come across!
Cape welcomed us with the beaches, yachts, casinos, and
shopping malls with a difference and Night Life. It will
not be fair to say that these are the main attractions in
the Province because it has a different Township experience
and one of the best Safaris in the Country. Shamwari Game
Reserve is in a class of its own with five or so different
properties to choose from. Whether you are a camper, a chalet
fanatic or simply adore the joys of sleeping comfortably,
you are not short of choices.
I could not
leave South Africa with visiting Johannesburg and the history
Soweto brings to this Country. I think I can say that I
understood some of the pain they may have experienced during
the difficult times but above all I saw that bed Winnie
and Nelson Mandela shared and left the Country very well
fed and entertained! What more could one ask for? ...Exactly.