Live the life! Seize the day! Dream the dream! Mottos that make a man who will not waste a minute. A man who would rather run than walk, would rather sing than be silent, would rather feel the cold slap of rain on his face than suffer the stuffy oppression of the indoors. That’s me – that’s my ethos, that’s the way that I believe life should be lived.
And what a place to live a life of outdoor abandon – South Africa has it all: close your eyes, let your senses drift and imagine the wonders of the country. The sound of laughter, of African voices singing for the sheer joy of song – feel the cheerful rhythmic shuffle of bare feet in the sand.
Now smell the ocean wind, blown chilled straight from the Antarctic freezer onto a lonely Cape beach. Feel the spray from the sea whip across your face. Open your eyes and drink in the blue sky and golden sun. Let your mind wander the rust-hued tracks of the veld, and watch the world explode into colour as the first raindrops fall.
Scratch the surface of the land and feel the weight of history well up – oppression, riot, death and fear are there, scars on the conscience of a country that would rather forget. But forgiveness and hope pulse in the veins, and the real warm heart of South Africa lives and breathes with the love of the outdoors and the joy of adventure.