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Green Point Stadium Progress photographs
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Green Point Stadium Progress photographs

This evening we received a tweet that reads ... "Installation of the translucent mesh facade membrane begins at Cape Town Stadium. Soon the stadium will glow at night". Well I for one can't wait and judging by the sheer number of photographs of the Stadium uploaded to Flickr.com by photographers from all over the world (but mostly Capetonians) chronicalling its progress, neither can the rest of Cape Town! So where are we now?  Photograph of Green Point Stadium taken on 9 September 2009 by Blyzz. Photograph of the Green Point Stadium also by Blyzz taken on 15 August 2009: Lookin...
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The Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve
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The Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve

The Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve, consisting of reclaimed farm land, is famous for the ambitious re-stocking program “Operation Phoenix” and is now home to the big five and is famous for its wild dog and spotted hyena. The Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa has the distinction of being one of the few game reserves in the world to be proclaimed purely on the grounds of being the most appropriate and sustainable land use for an area. Madikwe consists of vast plains of open woodlands and grasslands and bordered in the south by the Dwarsberg Mountains. The area is dotted with huge rocky hills ...
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Famous Waterfalls of South Africa
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Famous Waterfalls of South Africa

Famous South African Waterfalls... The Tugela Falls Located in the Drakensberg, and part of the Tugela River, the Tugela falls are the world’s second highest waterfall and drop a total of 950 meters in five cascades (also making the Tugela Falls the highest cascade of falls in the world). During the winter months, the upper Tugela Falls can freeze, forming ice pillars – a sight not often seen in sunny South Africa! The source of the mighty Tugela River is at Mont-Aux-Sources, a few kilometres from the falls. The Tugela is the largest river in KwaZulu Natal and from the Drakensberg meande...
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Buy Table Mountain Tickets Online
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Buy Table Mountain Tickets Online

Buy Table Mountain Tickets Online: As of August 17, Table Mountain Aerial Cableway has introduced a ticketing system that allows visitors to purchase tickets online. This is great news as you can now avoid waiting in queues at the ticket office and head straight for the cable car. Online tickets are available from www.tablemountain.net and are valid for seven days after purchase. During the seven-day period, full refunds are available, or you can extend your ticket for a further three weeks and forego a refund. Online tickets are available from R145 per adult return and R76 per child ret...
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Mandela Square – A Popular Venue for Tourists
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Mandela Square – A Popular Venue for Tourists

Situated in the heart of Sandton Central, in Johannesburg, the Nelson Mandela Square is surrounded by world-class Sandton hotels and restaurants. The popular Sandton City Shopping Centre is adjacent to the Square and is a shopper’s paradise. Sandton Square made headlines in 2004 when, as commemorating South Africa’s first decade of democracy, a specially donated six metre bronze statue of Nelson Mandela was unveiled, and the square aptly renamed Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City. The statue was sculpted by Kobus Hattingh and Jacob Maponyane and weighs over 2.5 tons measuring 2.3 metres ...
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Soekershof – discovering the mystery of all things through plants
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Soekershof – discovering the mystery of all things through plants

Soekershof ('seekers garden') invites an element of 'seeking'; discovering the mystery of all things through plants that sometimes strikes a chord as we uncover a similar mystery within ourselves. If you're looking for unusual and you have a 'thing' for fat plants (more commonly known as succulents, and who is not attracted by these water-retaining plants, some of which come equipped with water-saving features, and manage to survive in arid climates?) then Soekershof belongs on your list of things to do ... Just 10 kilometres east of Robertson, Soekershof lies in Klaas Voogds West - ...
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Take a ride on the Inchanga Choo Choo
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Take a ride on the Inchanga Choo Choo

The Umgeni Steam Railway is the non-profit society behind the thrilling Inchanga Choo Choo - the train that takes its passengers on the first and last Sunday of every month, twice daily, from Kloof to Inchanga Station in KwaZulu Natal, a beautiful colonial station built in 1895, pulled by a steam locomotive called Maureen. Maureen debuted with the Umgeni Steam Railway after 70 or 80 years’ service with the South African Railways and was originally built by the North British Railway Company in 1912 – no surprise that her capacity for speed has slowed to a limit of 60 kilometres so as not to ...
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Favourite South African Beaches
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Favourite South African Beaches

After this weeks cold spell, a day at the beach is probably not high on the agenda but summer will roll around again so here are a few of my favourite South African beaches … In the Overberg, Nanny’s Beach, also known as Kammabaai, is a well loved Hermanus beach.  A firm favourite for a family day on the beach, Nanny’s Beach has great waves for surfing and body boarding and also has safe swimming for the kids.  Milkwoods provide shade for the picnic and braai spots and to work off your lunch you can climb the many rocks around the beach! Breakfast Bay, also in Hermanus is sheltered b...
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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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