24 September marks Heritage Day in South Africa. South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to its entire people. That’s according to Wikipedia. Most people though prefer to just come together with a couple of friends and have one BIG braai.
But, in the spirit of all things South African I’d like to share three photos, each showcasing the breathtaking beauty nature in our beloved country has to offer. The first two photos were taken practically on my doorstep and the third from my porch. Which just go to show that us Lowvelders don’t need to travel far to experience nature in all its glory.
Heritage need not be physical. What does Heritage Day mean to you as a South African? What makes you proud to be South African? For me it is:
- Standing on the escarpment of the mighty Drakensberg, seeing the distant rolling hills of Natal far down beneath me.
- My ancestors trekking north from the Cape to start a new life, fighting every day for survival in a wild land.
- Singing the national anthem during a Springbok vs All Black rugby test.
- Visiting the Kruger National Park and experiencing the bushveld with all its dangers and spectacular sightings.
- Making a fire in the bush with something cold in the hand while watching the sun set.
As I’m writing this a late afternoon thunderstorm hits us with accompanying wind, lightning and hail. Thunderstorms aren’t endemic to South Africa but there are few places where a thunderstorm can shake the foundations of your house or heart like here.
Have a happy Heritage day and remember, whatever you do keep those lamb chops juicy.