DUP assembly member Jim Wells is in South Africa over the Easter recess to witness first-hand the build-up to the country's general election.
Travelling with the Westminster Foundation, the parliamentary group that works with emerging democracies, the South Down MLA will be on the campaign trail in Cape Town.
“It will be fascinating to see the election in person, the rallies and counts and everything,” he said before flying out.
“We'll be staying near to where Nelson Mandela lives, so while it's unlikely, I've my fingers crossed I might get to meet him too.”
Though it won't be all work for the cricket and football fan, who hopes he'll be able to make the most of his free time.
“The Indian Premier League cricket has been moved to South Africa and I'd love to catch a game if I could,” he said.
“I'll also maybe check out a few hotels with the football World Cup in 2010 in mind.
“It would be a dream if I was able to go back to see Northern Ireland in the World Cup, and after being at the Poland and Slovenia (qualifying) games I think we have a real chance.”