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An American’s Awesome South African Vacation

Despite criticism that South African expats can be negative about their homeland, many abroad know that it’s often quite the opposite. Some of South Africa’s BEST ambassadors ARE its expats. And here’s a case in point.

American traveller Rodney Mallari, and two of his mates, recently enjoyed a three-week holiday in South Africa… thanks to the recommendations of South Africans abroad.



“It was amazing!” he told SAPeople. “It was just the three of us… but we met so many people along the way! All the people you see in the video are new friends we made…”

Rodney said their reason for holidaying in SA was “because we have several South African friends from the States who highly recommended visiting.

“The pictures were stunning when we did our research, and we were looking for a fun, active, adventurous town – which Cape Town and South Africa provided thoroughly!”


Rodney says: “Everyone in South Africa was so welcoming and friendly. Honestly the nicest people we’ve come across. The people we met were very open-minded, curious, and helpful during our entire journey.”

He said the only surprise was that they weren’t expecting “how perfect the weather would be (and also how cold the Atlantic ocean is this south of the equator)!”

Rodney – who travels and works remotely with his company, Multibrain, building software catered towards the Direct Selling Industry – says: “Every day was sunny and perfect!”


Rodney and his fellow travellers embraced the SA culture – “We had a braai the first day we arrived. It felt like a good homecoming! Biltong was a standard staple throughout the trip. We would have beef and kudu in our backpacks while we went on our excursions. Unfortunately we didn’t get to try koeksister, but we did have a lot of roosterkoek when we drove up the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth (such a beautiful drive!).”

They also picked up some local slang along the way and found themselves saying “howzit my bru”, “izzit?”, “robot”, and “we’re having a proper braai now”… without even thinking.

Although based in Cape Town, the guys took a five-day road trip down the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth, visiting Mossel Bay, George, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Stormsriver on the way there.

“On the way back we stopped by Jeffrey’s Bay and Oudtshoorn (and met a few Ostriches)! It was so beautiful on that road trip. One of our favourite cafes on the trip was the Coffee Club in Mossel Bay. It had a quaint, 1950’s vibe, beautiful decor, and wonderful food.”

They didn’t have time for the Kruger National Park safari they’d dreamed of, but instead got some great footage during a two-day safari in Inverdoorn.

Rodney says they will be back!

Watch ‘Away – South Africa’ On YouTube.


An American’s Awesome South African Vacation

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Amanda Sampaio

A bit about me: I am Rhodesian born, grew up in Zululand, South Africa. Post matriculation, I studied a 3 year Travel & Tourism National Diploma; I then spent 7.5 years (during the mid-90’s) working in various operational roles for SAA at the old Durban Airport; My husband, son & I then moved to the UK and lived in south-west London (Worcester Park) for 10.5 years – I worked for 3.5 years in Local Government (at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council) and then for 7 years for QANTAS as part of the Cabin Crew Ground Management Team based at Heathrow and later with Qantas Corporate Sales based in their London Hammersmith office. My family and I have been back in South Africa for almost 3 years now (having missed too much of our family, SA sunshine and braai’s) and during our time back, we are also delighted to have welcomed our 17 month old baby girl into our family! Travel is definitely my passion and is in my ‘blood’ as I am firmly back in the travel seat with my current role within Sales and Marketing at iGo Travel and look after this for our newly launched brand ‘iGO Africa’.