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Father’s Day Special

Enjoy the South African Mzansi Experience with your Father, without stepping out of your home

Father’s Day is marked to honor fatherhood and paternal bonds, and to also highlight the influence that they have in a society, and in our families. It is a day to celebrate fathers – for who they are and all that they do – and let them know that they are appreciated by means of words, tokens, food or quality bonding time.

While travel – one of the best ways to bond with family – is on the backburner due to the current pandemic lockdown and restrictions, technology brings to our doorsteps the tools to explore, to dream and to plan that next vacation, once we are able to travel again. Hop onto the ‘armchair travel’ wagon, grab a comfortable spot, cups of coffee (dalgona or otherwise), and let your screen transport you across continents in a mere matter of minutes, for the Mzansi experience.

Mzansi. The word originates from umzantsi, which is Xhosa for low or south.

Situated at the southernmost tip of Africa, cradled by the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, is the Rainbow Nation of South Africa. Steeped in history, rich in culture and most popularly known for its unrivaled adventure and wildlife offerings, South Africa features high on the list of all those bitten by the travel bug.

The Mzansi experience on Google Maps, lets travel aficionados explore some of South Africa’s top natural attractions with 360-degree imagery from the comfort of their homes.

For those dreaming of beaches, this experience can be fulfilling. Street View allows you to watch the waves break at Sandy Bay, contemplate nature’s wonder and complexity as you watch the clear blue sky reflect in the water at Clifton Beach, go parasailing at Sunset Beach or just take a leisurely walk along Durban’s Golden Mile.

Those hoping to explore South African wildlife, can simply click over to Kruger National Park – one of Africa’s largest game reserves, and maybe catch a glimpse of rhinoceros grazing the plains, zebras frolicking around, giraffes as they stick their necks out to reach higher branches, or a herd of buffalos charging against the wind. You may even spot a leopard, who often remain! Home to over 350 elephants, Addo Elephant National Park is the best place to virtually tour if you are fascinated by these huge mammals.

Those in the mood for some breathtaking views, can slide their pointers over the Cape of Good Hope, Lion’s Head, or the stunning Table Mountain – where civilization and nature collide and yet, co-exist. Botanical enthusiasts can explore Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, or Durban Botanic Gardens.

While giving you a taste of these vast plains, the Mzansi experience will leave you with deeper appreciation for South Africa and the African continent, and will inspire you to travel sustainably and in harmony with nature, in the days to come.

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