Local Heroes: Passionate South Africans gain recognition down under

Inspirational stories about remarkable South Africans!

These South Africans were lauded in The Heroes of Travel 2018, by Australian Traveller website – www.traveller.com.au

SIMON BLACKBURN, LODGE OWNER AND WAR HISTORIAN, THREE TREES AT SPIOENKOP, KWAZULU NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA

These South Africans were lauded in The Heroes of Travel 2018, by Australian Traveller website – www.traveller.com.au

Simon Blackburn is co-owner, with his wife Cheryl, of the luxury eco-lodge, Three Trees at the foot of Spioenkop, site of the bloodiest battleground of the three-year Anglo-Boer War. He's an experienced safari guide, convivial lodge host and evocative battlefields raconteur. To stand on Spioenkop's "acre of massacre" among trenches and memorial crosses and hear his account of the horror and futility of Britain's worst single Anglo-Boer battle, when troops tried to relieve besieged Ladysmith, is almost to be present at this terrible battle. See threetreehill.co.za 

MIKE WAKEFORD, MOUNTAIN MAN AND CULTURAL GUIDE, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Nelson Mandela, imprisoned on Robben Island, thought of Table Mountain as "a sacred and precious place". Visitors to Cape Town should consider hiking into the mountain's magic kingdom of switchback ravines and rare botanical species to fully experience Mandela's "gift to the earth". However, you need an experienced mountain guide such as Mike Wakeford to do so safely. Table Mountain has been his backyard since birth and Wakeford imparts his quiet passion and intimate knowledge of the world-heritage wonder to those he guides. See guidedbymike.co.za.

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