As a South-African, living in Corsica and the creator of Destination Namaste, I can’t help but realise how many similarities there are between Cape Town and Corsica. Firstly there is the “fynbos” the fauna and flora in the Western Cape that looks so much like the “maquis” in Corsica. Both can only be found in their specific regions. Being a huge nature lover myself, I would also say that both places have the same wild, breathtaking landscapes. There is still something untouched and untamed about the nature here and in the Cape, which I absolutely love.
The only thing most people know about Corsica is that it is the birthplace of Napoleon and not much else, as to Corsicans that Nelson Mandela is synonymous to South Africa. We would like to promote more awareness around both places natural beauty and heritage through our upcoming Yoga Retreats and events.
With Corsica being a mountain in the sea and Cape Town having equally beautiful mountain ranges itself, hiking is very popular. In Corsica you have the GR20, for the more serious hikers that like a good challenge, taking up to 15 days to complete. Yet you also have thousands of other hiking and walking trails that could last an hour to a day depending on what you are up for; a gentle walk along the coast or a more challenging hike up the mountain. Cape Town’s famous Table Mountain that protects the Mother City, with many other mountain ranges around it that fall into the ocean, also offers some magnificent hiking trails.
One can hike up Table Mountain in the morning and see the whole city and its bays right around at a 360° angle, one of the most beautiful views in the world! Both places also having great wind conditions for kitesurfing, windsurfing and calmer bays for stand-up paddle boarding…making it paradise for any of these activities.
There is also something very unique about the brightness of the natural light of Corsica and Cape Town. It is not without reason that photographers and advertising companies share their time between Corsica and Cape Town to shoot campaigns and adverts. As the seasons are inverted, photographers have the best conditions all year round in regards to the natural lighting and the diversity of different landscapes.
Most South-Africans and Corsicans both have a very special relationship to their land, with a desire to take care of it. This proximity to the earth still remains in the hearts of both populations. Corsica is a gem, a jewel and possibly the the best kept secret of the Mediterranean. Corsicans like to keep their island with its magnificent beauty and weather a secret…and in a way I am starting to feel the same. Our retreats are one of most respectful ways to share and explore both these gems with you, so feel free to come join us here or there!