Finger On The Pulse - July 2019

Number Twenty-five

What’s in a number? More specifically, what is number 25 all about?

If you were to Google the number 25 you would be presented with a few difference interpretations. The facts from Wikipedia – it is a natural number following 24 and preceding 26; a biblical meaning – it symbolises ‘grace upon grace’; in numerology – it denotes wisdom with a touch of diplomacy and curiosity.

Earlier this year, in South Africa, the number 25 represented a milestone of particular importance – 25 years of democracy.

25 years ago, on the 9th of May, one formidable man stood up in front of a nation at his inaugural address and shared his visions and dreams for his country.

Among many of Nelson Mandela’s inspiring statements is perhaps one of my favourite quotes:

“Sometimes, it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”

In celebration of this, South African Tourism released the 25 most Instagrammable spots in South Africa. If you needed any convincing to visit South Africa, then this list is for you.

Pulse Africa celebrated their 25th birthday back in 2016, but in keeping with the 25-theme fun, here is our contribution:

  • 25 Pulse Africa clients travelling at one time in South Africa during the month of February 2019
  • 25 educational trips taken by the Pulse Africa team in the first half of 2019, a few of which were holidays
  • 25 properties visited by one team member on a one week educational trip to Kenya
  • 25 children among the Pulse Africa team members

Although it may not be your 25th trip to Africa, we would still love to share our travel ideas with you and suggest some terrific spots for your next holiday. Get in touch.

Running Wild

Now here is a truly unique opportunity for the lady runners among you, but you’ve got to be quick.

Join an all-women run across the untouched wilderness areas of Singita Grumeti’s private concession in the western corridor of the Serengeti. The run covers a flexible, multi-stage distance of 21 km per day over 3 days. If you’re not the runner in the family, or if you’re a man, don’t worry, you can go along and show your support from the shadow vehicle.

The run will take place from the 25th to the 30th of October and spaces are limited to a maximum of 18 guests.

This exclusive opportunity will raise funds towards programs for the empowerment of girls and women, specifically focused on providing opportunities for women to become leaders in conservation.

And don’t worry, it’s not all hard work. Each evening, you can enjoy guided game drives in this exclusive 350,000-acre protected reserve. On completion of the run, you will learn more about the Grumeti Fund’s successful anti-poaching strategy, and will get to visit their Canine Unit and Joint Operations Centre to meet the Anti-Poaching team.

Are you up for the challenge? Get in touch with us now to learn more and see if we can still get you a spot on this epic experience.

Best Wine Estate In Africa

In the prestigious World’s Best Vineyard 2019 competition held in London last week, a voting panel from around the world analysed 1500 wineries from 17 countries.

Coming in at number 1 in Africa and 34 overall, is South Africa’s very own Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West. Situated about an hour out of Cape Town, the estate is renowned for its wine, food, exquisite gardens and historic buildings.

An impressive 3 centuries old, Vergelegen was aquired by Anglo American in 1987 and opened to the public. CEO Don Tooth said:

“We are absolutely delighted by this award. The Vergelegen team is committed to building South Africa’s reputation as a producer of world-class wines and this win is an acknowledgment of that passion.

“Tourism is a vital part of our economy, outperforming many key industries in job creation, so this is not only a proud moment for Vergelegen, but for the South African wine and tourism sectors overall.”

Get in touch with us to start planning your next trip to Cape Town and be sure not to miss a visit to Vergelegen.

White Beach Paradise

Luxury villas and white, sandy beaches around the world were not created equal; some just ooze elegance, tranquility, and exclusivity.

Alfajiri Villas certainly falls into that category. Located on Africa’s leading beach, Diani (as awarded by the World Travel Awards) along the Kenyan coast, the Cliff Villa, Garden Villa and Beach Villa are the perfect escape.

Whether you are looking for the ultimate honeymoon spot or somewhere private and exclusive to re-charge your batteries or that special somewhere to spend a quality family holiday, Alfajiri Villas will tick your box.

If this sounds like the spot for your next holiday, then don’t miss out on this special offer:

Alfajiri – Stay for five nights and only pay for four

Get in touch with us now to check availability and book your luxury five night stay at Alfajiri.

Terms and conditions apply.

Blood Lions

Some of the team from Pulse Africa recently attended a screening of the harrowing “Blood Lions”. The film exposes several facilities in South Africa involved in captive breeding, designed for the canned hunting industry.

Pulse Africa does not support petting “sanctuaries” nor the captive hunting trade.

As a tourist, please think before you visit, cuddle, walk, volunteer or shoot with predators, and show your support on social media platforms by liking or following @YouthForLions and @BloodLionsOfficial.

Want to find out more about how you can help? Get in touch and we’ll give you all the details.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this month’s newsletter. Let us know if you have any suggestions on how we can improve the newsletter, we’d love to hear your feedback.

We’ll be back in August.

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