You are off to South Africa and the piece of luggage you want is the Eagle Creek Exploration 2 ORV Trunk 25″.
Among the features on this duffle bag is the built-in and stowable Bi-Tech™ Boot Box. It keeps your dirty shoes away from your clean gear – on this trip that is a definite necessity.
Also, you might just require its lifetime “no matter what damage repair policy” after being out in the bush with wild animals.
Rid yourself of jetlag by spending your first day or two in Cape Town.
You can find surf and sand at the beaches of Clifton, Camps Bay and False Bay. While the Atlantic Ocean waters are typically icy cold year-round, at the first two locations the latter beach is located off the Indian Ocean. This makes the temperatures slightly warmer.
Noordhoek Beach is a popular place for surfers and kite enthusiasts. Surrounded by large rocks, Boulders Beach is home to African penguins.
Observe other wildlife by walking from the west coast beaches Gifkommetjie and Platboom to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Here zebras, baboons, elands and ostriches are found around other animals.
Fog often shrouds Table Mountain in the morning. On its eastern slopes and surrounded by dense vegetation, lies one of the greatest botanical venues – Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Parts of the original 17th Century bramble wall that protected the original Dutch colonists exist here. There is also a large greenhouse and several gardens that reflect some different regions of South Africa, such as a savannah and a semi-desert Karoo. Not only that, but there are trails that lead from the gardens up Table Mountain.
If you are bringing home a few antiques in your luggage, then make sure to visit the nearby town of Kalk Bay. This is a great fishing town with an amazing surfing reef and it has tons of antique and specialty shops. It is a great day trip for both those who enjoy retail therapy and those who do not.
Oenophiles rejoice in the wines of South Africa.
Stellenbosch is the country’s second oldest city. See it for its Dutch Colonial architecture and their superb wines. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinotage and Shiraz are the best known wines.
Settled by French Huguenots, the Franschhoek Valley has been growing grapes for centuries. The wines from over 40 wineries are distinctly Rhône varietals – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon.
If wines don’t interest you, of even if they do, you’ll probably also want to include a wildlife safaris in your itineraries.
It can be as simple as a few hours walking among meerkats at the Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve. Meerkats are the small mongoose with the black patches around their eyes and who live in groups.
Lake Chrissie turns pink from thousands (up to 20,000) of flamingos.
Go to the South African coastal towns of Hout Bay, Dyer Island, KleinBaai, Mossel Bay and Simon’s Town to jump in a cage for an up close and personal look underwater at great white sharks in their native environs. While they can be seen year-round, the months of April through October are best for a “Jaws” viewing.
The Shamwari Private Game Reserve is a luxurious camp for all members of the family to appreciate the closeness to big game. Eco tourism is practiced in full here, with two Born Free Foundation sanctuaries. Each welcomes lions and leopards, retired from circuses and animal shows, to have a place to retire.
South Africa is a treasure trove of wonders just waiting for you to discover them.
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