The Big Blue

2016-03-03 06:00

WE all know the dire water situation our country is experiencing and that good rains are in desperate need, however, during this season there are pluses­ to be gained as well.

Our wonderful beaches are greeted with a sea that is are a brilliant blue and not discoloured from excessive river outwash after heavy rains. Furthermore, with rains seemingly avoiding our coastline and open skies prevailing, the chances of great beach and rural excursion weather is a bonus for all our visitors.

The other day I took a mini tour of some of our beaches and the combination of sun, golden sands, sub tropical flora and clear seas just confirmed what we as a destination are famed for- we could be an African equivalent of the Caribbean.

Talking of oceans, in January we are promoted our oceanic tourism attractions and services at Das Boot in Germany when some 230 000 people from the tourism trade, media and interested tourists attend. We anticipate that as a result of this show more EU interest on our shores will emanate and translate in their coming to the paradise of the Zulu kingdom.

On that aquatic theme, let’s not forget about our two beautiful rivers the Umzimkhulu and Umtamvuna both of which offer great opportunities for things boating, recreation fishing and hospitality. What better than a gentle cruise up stream to take in the natural environs of these eco tourism assets.

Finally please spare a respectful thought to the men and women in blue who are doing their utmost to ensure that our visitors have a wholesome stay and are as safe as possible on our roads. With the new round of holidays approaching let’s all be safety conscious.

May the forthcoming weeks be filled with enjoyment and family togetherness, and of course, leisure- filled enjoyment.

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