Cast of Culture in South Africa
along one of South Africa's scenic strips and you will notice a landscape
composed of a backdrop of wide open spaces, blue mountains and blood-red
sunsets. These scenes abound, but given the nature of the culture in South
Africa, your attention could swiftly switch to a small boy gallantly escorting
herds of cattle, end to end, over a rainbow-like walkway crossing one of
the largest and busiest highways in South Africa. Culture makes Africa
special and aside from beautiful landscapes, this kind of exuberant and
contrasting culture in South Africa is what you really should experience.
this scenario for a moment: You are hopelessly stranded deep inside the
African interior, without a spare tyre and waiting for help. You prepare
to flag down the first car that passes by. “When will that be?” you think
to yourself. Time wears on. You picture yourself dragging your dehydrated
self over the many kilometres of parched semi-arid terrain towards the
nearest town, while hordes of hungry vultures looming overhead contemplate
you for lunch.
a small, dust-battered truck pulls up and this nightmarish vision quickly
dissolves. Tough looking men gaze out of the back of the truck, peering
at you with hardened looks acquired through labouring this tough, untamed
land. The uncertainty and tension is broken by their sympathetic smiles
and they drive you, happily and with good cheer, to the nearest service
station and back to your car where you are kindly helped to fit your newly
that you're safely back on the road you begin to realize the meaning of
genuine hospitality, known within the culture in South Africa as 'geselligheid'.
Thankful that you have just had the actual experience (a certain something
you felt) you now have a connection, whole-heartedly, with the people and
culture in South Africa.
is not a heat-induced delusion or an isolated event. It is the actual story
of one of our clients, who broke down while driving across the arid West
Coast diamond fields of Namibia. Travellers have confirmed many of these
kind-hearted acts that have occurred during their experimental African
it has to do with the land itself or its unrestricted nature. The reason
why people help each other, whether a stranger or a friend. This doesn’t
mean South Africa is a nation of altruistic saints. Leave your camera in
your car on a downtown side-street and the chances of it being there after
lunch are less than great.
then is being said of this country? These vast unspoilt spaces and unbridled
wildernesses. This wild place where the civilised nature and unique culture
of its people are measured by the kind-hearted attitude experienced so
frequently by many travellers.
is the simple reason so many of our visitors from the Northern Hemisphere
return here again and again? It can only be found in the actual experience
of South Africa's culture and the friendship of its people.
many answers to this question can be shown over and over in the friendly
smiles you receive walking through a township market; in the respect and
tolerance shown, visiting the sacred sites and cultural icons of the people;
and in the greetings and genuine concern felt while within the hospitable
arms of local establishments.
about “Africa” have been changing slowly, but they are nonetheless changing.
Foreign visitors used to believe that herds of elephants roamed the dusty
streets of local areas and that to go hiking alone in the pristine African
hills meant meeting lions, giant spiders and possibly being attacked by
masked warriors with six foot spears.
herds of elephants do exist, relegated to the African game farms existing
in remote areas throughout the continent. The pristine hills stretch from
one end of the Cape Peninsula to the other, like a giant smile peering
down over the valleys below, but the wild beasts have long since been tamed
and the hills are safely open to all who would venture into them.
you are looking for the archetypal African adventure, laden with richly
diverse wildernesses and infinite possibilities, come and experience the
warmth and hospitality characteristic of this country. Trust South Africa
to set the stage and the cast to be our culture.
The Author: Gregory Hudson
are a group of experienced travellers who have been exploring Southern
Africa since 1976. We would like to share with you our combined experience
and extensive travel knowledge, acquired through our passion for exploring
the unlimited potential that South Africa has to offer.