I set off on our Isuzu South Africa #BeyondLockdown Expedition with many a misgiving about South Africa roiling around in the pit of my stomach. Post-lockdown blues, cut-throat crime, corruption, a lack of political will, economic junk status, load shedding … let’s just say it’s not all moonshine and roses, especially for the #Tourism Industry.
It is now nearly 3x weeks later, and none of that has really changed. We’re still up shit creek as a nation, but I have hope, because of the people we have met. West Coast fishermen like Oubaas from #Papendorp, who just keep on keeping on; the irrepressible Vinkie, staunchly claiming the blood-orange Kalahari dunes as a proud Boesman woman; guide David Letsoalo , who can imitate every bird in the Kurisa Moya forests; or Mzo Xolo, who we met yesterday in #CoffeeBay on the Wild Coast (9th province and final ‘official’ stop on our 9000km Beyond Expeditions road trip to support #SAtourism).