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Soaking up the scenery in South Africa

Reg with his two boys at the Spier Wine Estate's Cheetah Outreach

This week’s Guest Blogger is Reg Bamford. Reg is CEO of 1st Contact, an expert tax, financial and migration group based in the UK.

Holidays often end far too quickly, but in the case of my South African holiday earlier this year, we ended up with 10 extra days due to the air-traffic disaster that was the Ash Cloud. With the kids quickly getting bored, we decided to visit a game reserve and see the famous Big 5.

For the uninitiated, the term Big 5 is a term originally coined by hunters referring to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot, including lion, African elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino. After seeing these incredible animals up close we drove through the Hex River, crossing the amazing Du Toit’s Kloof, which brought back wonderful childhood memories.

Unfortunately, my wife and I failed to impress upon the children just how incredible the rock formations in this area are, succeeding only in boring them almost to tears. But a trip to Oudtshoorn and the remarkable Cango Caves quickly pulled them from their funk. My 7 year-old insisted I climb right to the end of the caves – an endeavour that requires a scramble through narrow tunnels, a climb up a steel ladder and a squeeze through a hole that seemed a lot larger from a distance – I barely made it! It turns out revenge is a dish best served in a cold, dark, damp cave…

Following our underground adventure, we drove back to Cape Town along the scenic route of route 62 and back to the luxurious One & Only hotel. Dropping the kids at the Kid’s Club left my wife and I free to explore Cape Town’s other great attraction – the shopping!

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