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Township Tourism in South Africa
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Township Tourism in South Africa

It could only be the can-do spirit of South Africans that took what most people consider to be one of our country’s failings, and turned it into something positive. Township tourism, which took off after our first post-Apartheid elections in 1994, is becoming increasingly more popular, as visitors to the country look for a more ‘authentic’ experience, away from game reserves, Table Mountain, and the usual breathtaking scenery. The idea is pretty much self-explanatory; visitors are taken on guided tours through South Africa’s townships - historically marginalised communities where non-whites...
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The Richtersveld Explored
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The Richtersveld Explored

The Richtersveld National Park is arguably one of the most unforgiving landscapes in South Africa. A desert, where rainfall is unheard of for most of the year, and communities are sparsely spread around the vast, sometimes lunar landscapes. With the park being run by the residents of the area themselves, however, expert experience and advice is on hand, ensuring that any trip to the area will be a memorable one. The Richtersveld is located in Northern Namaqualand, in the Northern Cape, and stretches all the way up to the Orange River, South Africa’s border with Namibia. Despite the i...
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Jozi Attractions
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Jozi Attractions

A massive city and boasting many ‘firsts’, Johannesburg boasts an impressive number of awesome attractions to suit both young and old. First off, the Apartheid Museum is oddly located next to the fun-park thrills of Gold Reef City. This is an essential South African experience which tells the apartheid story with a confronting sensory verve through large, visually stunning displays and excellent audio visual exhibits. For a trip down memory lane or to experience some of South Africa’s sad history, visit the Apartheid Museum. The Hector Pieterson Memorial is another must visit. Through the u...
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Watch the Penguins Play
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Watch the Penguins Play

Things in life aren't always black and white... except for the African Penguin. Of course things that are black and white leave little room for individuality... except for the African Penguin whose specific monochromatic markings are so unique that they personalise the birds like fingerprints on humans. What may seem like conservative tuxedo colouring is in fact complex camouflage ensuring that when swimming the penguin's black back blends with the ocean to predators aflight and that the penguin's white belly reflects like sunlight to predators lurking the deep. These Black-footed Pengui...
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The Cradle of Humankind … right here in South Africa
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The Cradle of Humankind … right here in South Africa

The Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO world heritage site located approximately 50kms from the metropolis of Johannesburg, has been the site of many archaeological and anthropological finds since the early 20th century. The most famous of these discoveries was the unearthing of “Mrs. Ples” (Australopithecus africanus), dating back 2.3 million years, at the Sterkfontein caves. This evidence of our early ancestors prompted the naming of the 474 square kilometer site, home to more than three dozen other caves bearing fossilized hominid remains. Ever since these discoveries first became known, tour...
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Langebaan – A West Coast Gem
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Langebaan – A West Coast Gem

Defined by its rugged shorelines, coastal vegetation, heritage fishing villages and unpretentious lifestyle, the Cape West Coast still holds an element of the wild unknown. A tangibly strong culture of fisher-folk with their quaint small wooden fishing boats and simple lives on the sea, are qualities that draw visitors from across the globe. Loved by many, the dramatic coastline, changeable seas, white sandy beaches and cerulean blue skies creep under your skin and seep into your soul. The most popular of all the quaint villages is Langebaan, with its natural wonders, blue lagoon and azure ...
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The Bainskloof Pass
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The Bainskloof Pass

However wordly and well-travelled you are, meeting a man who has had an ear and part of his nose bitten off by a bird of prey is an unusual experience. The ranger as the camp site we stayed at in Bainskloof had a remarkably good sense of humour for someone mauled by an eagle. Asked about it, he merely shrugs. As a snake wrangler and keeper of the type of birds that can take off body parts with a single snap of the beak, apparently it comes with the territory. I couldn't help but be glad that I didn't inhabit that territory. Bainskloof pass (a part of the R303 regional road) runs from Pa...
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Bayworld in Port Elizabeth
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Bayworld in Port Elizabeth

Now known as Bayworld, which means you get to see the Oceanarium, the snake park, and no 7 Castle Hill as part of the same visit, the country’s third oldest museum boasts a 15 metre Southern Right whale skeleton, a life-size reconstruction of the giant dinosaur Algoasaurus (it’s not a recently discovered species, but a take on Algoa Bay) and a bronze cannon that dates back to 1640 that was recovered from a Portuguese galleon shipwrecked off the coast near Port Elizabeth. If that isn’t enough reason to visit the Port Elizabeth Museum, which effortlessly combines cultural and natural hist...
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De Hoop Nature Reserve – famous lookout spot for the whale watchers
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De Hoop Nature Reserve – famous lookout spot for the whale watchers

De Hoop Nature Reserve is roughly three hours drive from Cape Town and just east of the town of Bredasdorp. The Reserve covers an area of 34,000 hectares and one of the favorite destinations for those who want to spend time away from frenetic city life. The reserve offers diverse scenery for hikers, bikers and bird watchers and Koppie Alleen is a famous lookout spot for the avid whale watchers, with about 40% of the world’s Southern Right whales coming to the De Hoop Marine Reserve each year during breeding season. Visitors have a lot of freedom within the reserve. Take a leisurely ...
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The Transkei
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The Transkei

When driving towards the Transkei, particularly between East London and the Kei River crossing, it almost seems as if you are entering another country. This, you can tell, is wild, untamed country. Whereas en route to Transkei you will travel through towns and cities much like any other in South Africa, when you get there these bastions of civilization are few and far between, with miles and miles of lush, unspoilt green fields and countless aloes lining the hills and valleys of this beautiful area instead. Having been an independent homeland, the traditional Xhosa stronghold for many y...
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Exploring the Cango Caves
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Exploring the Cango Caves

The KhoiSan used the Cango Caves thousands of years ago as shelter but nobody else realized the beauty under the limestone ledge until the curiosity of a farmer in 1780 made him lower himself into the caves to investigate. For the first time his dim torch showed an awesome splendour that still takes the breath away today as countless people make the pilgrimage to the caves each year. The Cango Caves can be found about 26 kilometres north of the town of Oudtshoorn, which lies in the heart of the Little Karoo. In the last century the caves have become world renowned not only with South Af...
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Hermanus Whale-Crier
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Hermanus Whale-Crier

Until fairly recently it was unknown to all but locals, but mention the small South Africa coastal town of Hermanus anywhere in the world today and someone will have heard about the village, and no doubt, the whales. Whales are one of the most popular and well known attractions on offer in this small town, located nearby Cape Town on the eastern coast of the Cape and have been instrumental in transforming a now booming tourist industry. One of the most unique aspects of the Hermanus whale experience is the whale crier, the town’s own “GPS” for the Southern Right whales that frequent its c...
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