18 August 2011

Mini vs Maxi Tour - The Eastern Cape has it all

When I was looking at the plans for the Mini vs Maxi tour I was again reminded that the Eastern Cape is a really amazing tourist destination, but that is not always recognised as such.

Sue and I recently joined Couch Surfers and have had some fantastic people come and stay with us, but it always seems that they are just passing through. When I ask them if they are planning a trip to the Addo Elephant Park, they look at me blankly and say, "No, we are going to Kruger. I am sure we will see elephants there."

"Yes you will, but we have the big seven here," I say.

They also don't seem to realise that our elephant cows are much prettier, because they do not have their delicate facial features spoilt by large tusks.

And then, can you see whales and dolphins and sharks in Kruger?

We have the Wild Coast, the Sunshine Coast and the Garden Route.
We have lush green forests with amazing yellow woods and the wide open spaces of the Karoo. There are mountains and valleys and rivers, lakes and dams.

We have the most amazing fynbos and aloes. In fact there is always something flowering in the Eastern Cape, no matter what time of the year.

You can ski in the snow in winter and on the lakes and rivers in summer.

We have everything in the Eastern Cape and next week the Mini and Maxi teams will be experiencing the "adventure" activities the province has to offer. There will be many updates on what the province has to offer next week.

What don't we have? Malaria..............so, who cares. There is no need to go further North or South.


Judy said...

That cow looks like she is smiling coyly at you! Flirting!! Were you leading her on?

iheartsunnydays said...

Looks like such a beautiful area. One day I will make it to your side of the world!

Genie said...

What a gorgeous place to live. This is my first visit to your site and I find it fascinating. So you all raise elephants. That is so exciting. The one in the picture is beautiful. I know you are very proud of her. The entire series of shots are so interesting...just looking at your part of the world makes me wish I could visit. genie

Karen said...

It's true - we do have such diversity here. So much to do, see and experience.

Firefly said...

Even though I know all of this and live in the Eastern Cape, you post made my heart beat faster. The Eastern Cape is such a beautiful province with so much to do and see. I can't wait till next week. Anticipation is building.

Steffi said...

Very very beautiful and impressive photos!I love it.You live on a such great place!Lucky you!

katney said...

I will keep this in mind when some day I come to visit Africa.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Wonderful photos, especially I like the first one-excellent portrait of elephant.


shabby girl said...

An extraordinary place where you live! Fascinating to me. Thank you so much for sharing!