My research indicates that he rugged and beautiful land of
South Africa welcomes visitors with warmth and sincere hospitality.
Where else do you get wild animals, a stunning coastline, mountains
and incredible diversity (4 ethnic groups, 12 culture groups).
South Africa also has more mammals than North and South
America combined. Table Mountain alone has more plant species than
UK..! Talk about diversity! Wow. In fact, the 2006
Reader's Travel Awards scored South Africa's scenery at 97.8%, the
highest in the world and their hospitality is second to none! South
Africans are a unique breed. You won't find anyone quite like them.
They're cheerful, generous & spontaneous; they laugh at
themselves (and everyone else), are world champions at smiling -
because they're not afraid to practise in public. Overseas, you
won't find people smiling quite as often as the South Africans.
They daren't, if you're caught smiling elsewhere in the world, they
think you're brain-damaged or haven't realised the seriousness of
the situation. Apart from the South African's remarkable
hospitality, they are also incredibly hard-working, creative,
imaginative... and they know how to make decisions without waiting
for a committee meeting. The climate in South Africa is unbeatable!
In the northern hemisphere, the winters are so long & gloomy
that the suicide rate soars. Whereas, winter in South Africa, the
rate at which we buy moisturising cream & packet soups goes up
a bit. The service is great! Seriously! Try getting
24-hour dry-cleaner in Germany when you spill gravy on your outfit.
They're so over-organised, over-specked & over-efficient they
need three or four days to sort anything out! South Africa's
self-reliance is unique. Overseas, if something goes wrong, they
call a specialist. It might only be a loose screw, but they remove
the entire unit and; send it off for a complete replacement! In
South Africa, they would somma fix it or somebody's got a
china who's got an ou maat who sorts it our
now-now! In another country, when you feel like a quick
graze you just can't get decent biltong or pap or boerewors. Then,
lo & behold, you spot some litchis, but you have to take out a
mortgage to pay for them! South Africa's diversity is remarkable.
In London they organise a multicultural experience once a year
which brings together some Asians, West Indians, Africans and a few
Pale faces from the native English. It's good, undeniably. But
throw a small office party for 30 staff in South Africa and you'd
see double the diversity & probably have twice the fun! And
although the crime rate is somewhat high, South Africa is
relatively safe for tourists. After a century of conflict, it is
reinventing itself. The culture is so magnetic and vibrant. The
cities are alive with passion. It's hard not to want to be
a part of it.The pride and energy of its people, bound together by
a fierce love of the land makes South Africa one of the most
interesting countries in the world and worth visiting!
And perhaps, because it is my land, I write about South Africa with
so much gusto!
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