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South African Tourism Facts – Proof That the World Loves South Africa
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South African Tourism Facts – Proof That the World Loves South Africa

South African tourism facts are not only interesting to read for those of us involved in the industry. They're also essential to understand how intimately South Africa is affected by, and dependent on, tourism as a major contributor to GDP. It's not just 'nice' to have thousands of people land on our shores to explore its beauty, it's imperative to South Africa's well being. Tourism is one of the world's largest economy drivers, despite terrorist attacks, political instability, natural disasters and health pandemics world-wide. In fact, perhaps because of the obvious issues elsewhe...
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10 Inspiring TED Talks By South African Speakers
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10 Inspiring TED Talks By South African Speakers

Do South Africans have ideas worth spreading? Are they talks to stir your curiosity? You bet. South Africans, like people of every other nationality, contribute to TED, the nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas. These contributions are short, powerful talks of eighteen minutes or less. It's where Technology, Entertainment and Design meet, and I was more than pleasantly surprised to find that our fellow citizens are giving talks that are inspiring and funny. They make you laugh, and some make you want to cry. Listening to them leaves me even more proud to be a South African. 10 inspiri...
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South Africa’s First People
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South Africa’s First People

South Africa's First People - South Africa's earliest, ancient people, believed to have originally migrated south from East Africa, are today a tiny minority group making up 1% of the total 53 million people in the country. They divide themselves into three main self-identified¹ groups... The San people !Xun, Khwe and ≠ Khomani (or !Xu, Khwe, Khomani, 'Auni, Saasi, Xegwi, !Kung and /Xam) The Nama (Khoe) communities (Khoekhoean, Griqua and Korana) Revivalist Khoisan People reclaiming their historical heritage. As a rule these indigenous groups tend to be lumped together in a collective...
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5 Ways to Avoid being Conned by Booking Fraud
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5 Ways to Avoid being Conned by Booking Fraud

They’re out there - booking fraud and travel scams. But we’ve outlined some of the most likely ones doing the rounds, below, so that you can avoid getting caught. Cast your eye over these and rest assured. As the saying goes: forewarned is forearmed… The latest scam to grip South Africa was the very public Plett hustle, where "booking agent", Rick Havemann, advertised holiday homes and then disappeared, taking hundreds of thousands of Rands worth of deposits with him. Holiday accommodation is one of the most popular forms of travel scam. It usually takes the form of fake websites, and...
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10 Best Non-Fiction Books About South Africa That Will Have You Hanging On Every Word
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10 Best Non-Fiction Books About South Africa That Will Have You Hanging On Every Word

Many books have been written about South Africa. It may lie on the southernmost tip of the African continent, but it's attracted a fair amount of attention since 1994 for numerous reasons – political and otherwise. This list of 10 best non-fiction books about South Africa does not include Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom (we assume you've read that). Here, instead, are some you'll know and others about which you won't. All of them are worth reading ... 1. SHIRLEY, GOODNESS & MERCY: A CHILDHOOD IN AFRICA by Chris van Wyk This is not a book about racial politics, despite author Chri...
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The Secret Of Cape Towns True History
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The Secret Of Cape Towns True History

Lucy Campbell's myth-busting, grassroots, warts-and-all account of the little recognised pre-1652 founding of Cape Town, and the trauma of slavery, is a meaningful educational experience that few visitors can afford to overlook. 'Cape Town', says Lucy, her grey dreadlocks loosely held by an orange floral scarf, her hands painting the air in front of her as she passionately engages her audience, 'is a prime indigenous African-Indian-Asian-Eastern must-stop destination, home to the most diverse community in the world.' This, she explains, is all of our history. White or black... Photograp...
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10 Movies To Get You In The Mood For South Africa
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10 Movies To Get You In The Mood For South Africa

There is nothing better than a movie to set the scene. Movies are visual. They cut the fat and bring imagination to life. They can give you great insight into a subject, far faster than a book. And they can take you backward in time. Which is what we've done with this list of 10 movies (in no particular order) that brings you up to speed with South Africa's chequered history, gives you an idea of the people who live here, sets the scene for a visit, and moves you in a way that makes you wish you could get here sooner... 10 Movies To Get You In The Mood For South Africa 1. TSOTSI This s...
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10 Quintessential South African Ingredients – What Every Chef Has In His Larder
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10 Quintessential South African Ingredients – What Every Chef Has In His Larder

South Africa's gastronomy is coming of age as chef's begin to experiment with indigenous foods and plants to create a cuisine that is bursting with unusual flavours and sharp contrasts, and is quintessentially South African. We've compiled a list of ten ingredients any South African chef would be proud to include in his palate of basic ingredients ... MARULA FRUIT The Marula, Sclerocarya birrea subsp caffra, is an indigenous drought tolerant tree (the same family as cashew, mango and pistachio) and a prolific bearer of fruit. These fallen fruits are the essential ingredient for man...
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2016 Travel Trends That Will Define Tourism In South Africa
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2016 Travel Trends That Will Define Tourism In South Africa

The spate of terrorist attacks that rocked the world in 2015 may mean that north Africa and Paris are off the travel menu for a while. But rather than resulting in a dip in worldwide travel, things appear to be just the opposite. People have had to curtail their travel for a number of years due to world-wide financial strain and, whilst the rand is at a record low in South Africa – exacerbated by the recent juggle of finance ministers – in other parts of the world currencies are strengthening and people are looking to 2016 as a year of adventure and long distance travel. These 2016 travel ...
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Just Who Visits South Africa, And Why? – The Top Ten Countries
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Just Who Visits South Africa, And Why? – The Top Ten Countries

Voted among the top 50 most tourist-friendly countries in the world, by the World Economic Forum recently, South Africa remains a popular place to visit. In the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report South Africa leads sub-Saharan Africa and ranks 48th overall (out of 141 countries); even higher on the list than Mauritius, a major tourist destination (56th). Why? Our rich natural (20th) and cultural resources (22nd), a positive business environment (15th) – no over-burdensome red tape and modest administrative burden – and good infrastructure when compared to neighbouring countries. ...
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6 Reasons South Africa Is A Bargain Holiday Destination
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6 Reasons South Africa Is A Bargain Holiday Destination

Lonely Planet recently voted South Africa one of the major bargain holiday destinations in the world - alongside Bali, Samoa, Uruguay and Taiwan. It is not the only organisation to publicly recognise the value of a visit to the south of the African continent. Last year the Garden Route was awarded Destination of the Year by the Global Golf Tourism organisation, whilst for over three years running Cape Town ranked as one of the world's top-ten best cities to visit, and as the world's top place to visit in 2014 (The New York Times). With all this attention, and the beginning of light at th...
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Where To See The Cape Parrot – Africa’s Most Endangered Parrot
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Where To See The Cape Parrot – Africa’s Most Endangered Parrot

Cape parrots are disappearing at a rapid rate... Endemic to South Africa, the Cape parrot, or Poicephalus robustus, lives in the Afromontane yellowwood forests found mainly in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal. Over the last 50-100 years the population has decreased dramatically. They are considered critically endangered. Only 1600 remain in the wild. In other words, you have more chance of sighting a white rhino, in South Africa, than you do a Cape parrot. The Cape parrot is a large bird, roughly 34 cm in height, with an average weight of 260-330g. Their head and neck colours are brig...
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15 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Cape Town
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15 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Cape Town

Here are a few fascinating things you probably don't know about Cape Town... 1. Cape Town is the best place in the world to visit According to the New York Times (2014). The Telegraph Travel Awards voted Cape Town the 'best city in the world' in 2013; it is one of the top 25 destination in the world, according to Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Awards; and Africa dot com voted Cape Town the most liveable city in Africa. 2. All the hype about Jan van Riebeeck is misleading He and the Dutch East India Company officially 'founded' South Africa in 1652 but Bartholomew Dias rounded the southe...
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10 Travel Trends for 2015 – What Will Affect South Africans
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10 Travel Trends for 2015 – What Will Affect South Africans

The forecast is that growth in sub-Saharan Africa will increase to 5.8 percent in 2015, despite the global economic growth forecast's revision down to 3.5 per cent. This means both consumers in Africa, and those visiting the continent, will benefit from new opportunities. Translated into travel speak: tourism to the African continent is on the increase... Here are 10 travel trends for 2015 that affect South Africans 1. Destination Africa - travelling hots up (undeterred by Ebola) According to Sitata.com, a site that tracks infectious diseases using an algorithm, visitors to the countri...
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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Fynbos
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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Fynbos

Fynbos, which is Dutch for fine-leaved plants (even though most fynbos is ericoid and not fine), is in high demand. It's valuable because it is under threat - due in no small part to agriculture, invading plant species, and human development. Fynbos is a totally unique kind of vegetation that makes up 80 per cent of the Cape Floral Kingdom, two-thirds of which are found only in the Cape (nowhere else on earth). To put it in perspective: Table Mountain alone hosts as many plant species as the UK; all 1 500 species of them. Which makes the Western Cape more botanically diverse than the riches...
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