Howzit, my chommie! Are you ready to discover the Lion King’s land?
Once upon a time, I met a South African girl that wherever she went, she always carried her South African vibes. Her name was Jessie and she reminded me a bit of Simba, not only for her innocence and her bravery but for the fact that, even she moved to another country for a while, she had a proudly South African on her. She was in love with her home and her family as Simba was in love with Nala.‘Love will find a way, anywhere we go.’
‘Any story worth telling is worth telling twice.’ Everytime Jessie came back home, she spent many lekker days with her family. Apart of doing braais (barbecue in South African style), they used to visit some of Jessie´s favourite places. Come with us in this virtual tour now-now and discover the best spots in South Africa.
*MABULA GAME RESERVE
‘Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.’ Mabula is a wildlife place plenty of animals where Jessie and her family used to go. As Timon and Pumbaa were taking care of Simba, this place allows all these creatures to live in a safety environment.
‘When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so, we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.‘
‘Can you feel the love tonight? The peace the evening brings. The world for once in perfect harmony with all its living things.’ We also should highlight the amazing sunsets in this game reserve.
The scenery after the sundown reminds me when Rafiki showed to Simba his reflection in the water and it changed to that of Mufasa. Then, Simba saw his father’s spirit in the sky.‘You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become.‘
‘Look beyond what you see.‘ Following Rafiki´s advice, we keep on this adventure in Cape Town where we could find The Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. Overlooking the City of Cape Town, you will enjoy the kif sea view and also the nature of these places. In Cape Floral Region, a Unesco World Heritage Site, you will find the unique fynbos. Don´t forget your most comfortable takkies!
* THE WINE FARMS
South African famous wine farms could be one of the bonsellas of this country. They are located in many plattelands. If you fancy sweet wine, remember to ask about hanepoot that is made from muscat blanc d’Alexandrie grape cultivar. In case you prefer beer, leave it to us, we will make a plan.
‘I laugh in the face of danger.’ ‘I’m only brave when I have to be. Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.‘ We know that wine is to die for but be careful if you don’t want to suffer a babbelas the next day.
South Africans used to call this beachfront as Durbs. It’s a seaside spot blooming peaceful. During the sunset is even more chill bru. And if you didn’t like the wine, what about a dumpie (South African beer) or any dop with some chommies? That reminds me the ‘Hakuna Matata’ philosophy. ‘Sometimes bad things happen — and there’s nothing you can do about it. So why worry?‘
But if you prefer to spend time by yourself, this is also the perfect moment to put you behind your past. ‘The past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.‘
‘Remember who you are.‘ We finish this lekker trip in the place where Jessie belonged, Johannesburg or Jozie, as South Africans used to call the city. Maybe it should have been our first stop but as Simba said ‘As you go through life, you will see that there is so much that we don’t understand. And the only thing we know is things don’t always go the way we plan.‘
Jozi is really kif but the best place, without any doubt, is Jessie´s home. As Rafiki, Jessie thought ‘Change is good‘ but she felt blessed everytime she came back home with her family. There, she learnt one of the best lessons: ‘Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.‘
I don’t know you but I wouldn’t miss all these places in my list of What to see in South Africa. What do you think of them? Do you have any other recommendations for this country? And If you liked this ‘virtual trip’ through a native or resident’s favourite places, stay tuned for the next posts.
Thank you Jessie for sharing with us your lovely place. Sharp, sharp!
GLOSSARY OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN ENGLISH WORDS
*Bonsella: Surprise gift, an extra
*Braai: South African barbacue
*Chill bru!: Relax, take it easy!
*Dop: Alcoholic drink
*Dumpie: South African bieer
*Durbs & Jozi: Durban & Johannesburg
*Hanepoot: Sweet wine made from the muscat blanc d’Alexandrie grape cultivar
*Howzit!: Hello! How are you?
*Make a plan : Leave it to me, I will solve it
*Platteland: Any rural area in which agriculture takes place
*Sharp, sharp!: Goodbye!
*Takkies: Running shoes or sneakers
*To die for: Enthusiastic approval for an object or a person
*Jessie Jo Sutcliffe
*Mount Zion Tours and Travels https://www.mountziontours.co.za/blog/10-best-wines-estate-to-visit-in-cape-town/