"FOR many of us, there is something primal about Africa. Something that seems to call out to our deep subconscious. A voice from the distant past. A yearning to connect with a land that many have never seen yet have a feel for.
"So it's no surprise when science tells us that all of the world's humanity originated in Africa. Somehow we already knew that."
Kevin Mann, from Escorted Tours Africa, is passionate when he speaks about South Africa.
"Stretching from the Cape of Good Hope to the borders of Zimbabwe and surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian oceans, South Africa is a breathtakingly beautiful and diverse country," he said.
"There is so much to experience in the 'Rainbow Nation' - a country with a fascinating political history in a land that features truly amazing wildlife."
Kevin says two "must sees" are the city of Cape Town and Kruger National Park, considered to be the world's best game reserve.
"The Cape is stunningly picturesque with a blend of man-made and natural structures," he said.
"Resting between the ocean and the mountain, Cape Town looks like it was always meant to be here. As much a part of Africa as the wildlife and the pyramids.
"If you don't go to the Cape during your lifetime then you will have missed seeing one the world's true treasures."
Kevin describes Kruger National Park as the jewel in South Africa's crown.
"There is no wildlife reserve anywhere to match it, no matter what others may try to tell you. It has the largest number of species of any national park in Africa and is administered with unsurpassed passion and authority.
"A conglomerate of national park and private reserves but with no internal fencing, it is a vast expanse of open native bush ideally suited to wildlife.
"Most lodges within the park include top quality accommodation and game drives with knowledgeable guides and spotters.
"Once you have dined outdoors in the African veld set against a vivid orange sunset, you will be hard pressed not feel a primal stirring that brings one closer to nature in a very profound way."
Escorted Tours Africa has a South African safari tour specifically designed for seniors departing March 13.
The fully-escorted 10-day tour features premium accommodation, including a five-star safari lodge on a private reserve.
Optional add-ons include a four-day Victoria Falls tour, three-day Sun City tour or two-day African markets tour.
- For this and other tours, phone 0411-150-462, www.escortedtoursafrica.com