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Attractions

This category includes posts about featured and new attractions throughout South Africa as well as editors’ reviews of popular towns and holiday resorts. Need more info? Visit SA-Venues.com for comprehensive information about all our towns and South Africa’s Attractions.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Ten Natural Wonders of South Africa

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Little of what we claim today as natural wonders will be here in a hundred years time.

Little is today as it was a century ago.

But we are blessed with many phenomenon hewn by the natural world in South Africa… Continued

Monday, 21 April 2014

The city of saints – 10 slightly off-beat historical attractions in Grahamstown

Grahamstown is not known as the town of 60 churches, or the city of saints, for nothing. It is steeped in colonial English history, filled with historical buildings and churches, and is also a university town – which goes some way to explain its reputation for tolerance and left-of-centre thinking.

The town of the annual avant-garde Arts Festival, Grahamstown is also home to the oldest independent newspaper offices (still producing the Grocott’s Mail), and was home to author André Brink, who lectured at Rhodes University between 1961 and 1990 whilst producing numerous novels, many of which went on to win literary awards (more controversially: a couple were banned during apartheid, making him something of a cult hero).

Grahamstown’s churches are worth investigation in their own right. But below are a selection of historical buildings that have something slightly quirky or different about them and are thus interesting to visit. Continued

Monday, 7 April 2014

10 Best Public Art Pieces in Johannesburg

posted to: Attractions, Gauteng

Visual art in public spaces can be big or small. It can loom overhead, forcing you to squint into the sun to see it, or it can scream for attention from beneath your feet on the pavement. There are no rules about how it must look, what medium it should use, or what shape it should take.

What it must do is play with expectation, heighten awareness, spark debate, shift the way you think, celebrate imagination, and make art accessible to everyone. In Johannesburg much of the city’s public art is concentrated in the Newtown Cultural Precinct. Continued

Thursday, 3 April 2014

10 Best Places To See Cheetahs In South Africa

The Cheetah: fastest land animal on earth over short distances; can reach a speed of 120 kilometres an hour; measures two metres from the snout to the end of its tail; weighs between 40 – 60kgs; is the only cat with semi-retractable claws, and has a spotted coat.

Cheetah are listed as Vulnerable, and Critically Endangered in North Africa and Asia.

Cheetahs prefer open plains where they run down their prey, but they can function as well in savanna woodland. They no longer occur in almost 80 percent of their historic range in Africa, although they have been reintroduced in about 38 reserves in South Africa. However, their populations are small and isolated… Continued

Thursday, 27 March 2014

5 Picture-Perfect Autumn Destinations In South Africa

Autumn – the secret season. A time of year that, in South Africa, stretches across March, April and into May, marked by cooler mornings and evenings.

Dried, crisp, brown leaves litter kerbsides, roads and gardens – blown by the wind or the insistent whine of garden leaf blowers. The presence of vivid colour that marks autumn elsewhere in the world – the reds and ochre of deciduous trees – is not as prevalent here; the season’s passing not as marked. Continued

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

7 Undiscovered Sunshine Destinations for the April May Break

Chasing the sun is something we think of doing only when it begins going through the motions of packing up and leaving. Around this time of year. Whilst the last few months have had even swimming pool devotees shade hopping and water slugging, the slight shift in weather manages to catch us off balance and a last bid for the sun-kissed break we missed over Christmas is crucial for the easter break.

Chasing the sun in South Africa is never difficult – most parts of the country it never leaves. We’ve come up with a combination of beach-side, river-side and inland sunshine destinations where the sun is almost guaranteed to put in a daily appearance… Continued

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

10 best places to see elephants in South Africa

The African elephant, the world’s largest terrestrial animal, is under threat…

Scientists revealed in 2013 that we have overestimated the number of elephants that remain in the wild; that we lost 62 percent of African forest elephants between 2002 and 2011, and that the forest elephant population is now less than 10 percent of its potential size. Admittedly the elephants of South Africa are not forest elephants. These are found mainly in equatorial forests in central and western Africa. Continued

Monday, 10 March 2014

10 interesting and unusual monuments and statues in South Africa

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Monuments, statues and memorials to commemorate a notable person or event are part of the fabric of travel. They draw countless thousands of people in every city of the world.

They queue to see: Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid, Michelangelo’s David, The Taj Mahal in India, New York’s statue of Liberty, the Great Buddha, Japan – works that hold not only a vivid image, but also an impression of the country in which they stand.

South Africa has its own share. Here are 10 of the more unusual or interesting monuments and statues in South AfricaContinued

Friday, 7 March 2014

Dorp Adventures

Small towns are affectionately known as dorps (pronounced “dawps”) by local South Africans. While they may be little and tucked away in the mountains and valleys of this multifaceted country, so many of these towns and villages offer a host of exciting things to do and see. Discover the fabulously diverse world that awaits visitors to the dorps of this country. Continued

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Top 10 must-visit museums in Cape Town

Museums are no longer dull repositories filled with archaic collections that gather dust.

Any museum worth its salt has reinvented the way it displays objects of scientific, artistic, cultural or historical importance, using virtual exhibits and other modern tools to transform its halls into places of interest; spaces that can compete with the Internet.

There are over 55 000 museums in 202 countries across the world. Visitors are offered a wonderful selection of museums in Cape TownContinued

Monday, 3 March 2014

5 places to see San rock art in South Africa

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South Africa is regarded as having the richest collection of rock art in the world with examples in national parks and nature reserves around the country.

Beyond the initial belief that San rock art was a record of daily life, much of their work is now thought to portray the specific San experience of spirit world jouneys and the experience of San shamans (known as the shamanistic hypothesis). This hypothesis regards rock art as repositories of the supernatural vigour that shamans needed for their spiritual journeys – by touching the paintings, they drew on their spiritual power… Continued

Friday, 28 February 2014

15 of South Africa’s most famous visual artists

Impossible though it is to come up with a finite list, here are 15 of some of South Africa’s most internationally famous visual artists… Continued

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

5 most famous streets in South Africa

No two streets in a city are alike. And no two famed streets are popular for the same reason. Some are the centre of a city’s nightlife, others are remarkable for their historical importance, while others still are great for shopping – think Oxford Street, London.

South Africa’s cities are no exception to the rule. From Vilakazi Street, famous for housing not one but two Nobel Prize winners, to vibey Long Street in Cape Town, there are a myriad reasons to visit the country’s city streets. Here are some of the most famous streets in South Africa … Continued

Friday, 21 February 2014

20 must-visit sacred buildings in South Africa

Millions of tourists are drawn to places like Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, and the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

South Africa, with her multiplicity of creeds and myriad places of worship, has many fine examples of sacred buildings.

Here are 20 of the most historical, unusual, or architecturally memorable, sacred buildings in South AfricaContinued

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Walks in the wilds – 8 green city spaces in South Africa

Green ‘lungs’ or green spaces are what make cities liveable. As our population grows, so our cities expand. And the importance of green spaces increases. Living in an area with access to green spaces is vital for our well being.

We have many green city spaces in our cities in South Africa. But these are wilder spots – the greenbelts, wetlands and untouched areas left to remain the way they should be … Continued