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Mountain Sanctuary Park – effortless time-out
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Mountain Sanctuary Park – effortless time-out

The Magaliesberg makes one want to write a poem that starts: 'I saw the Magaliesberg'. There is nothing quite like it. Stressed out Gautengers use this part of the world, but an hour and a half's drive from Johannesburg, as a retreat; the hills, kloofs, mountains and springs a way to re-connect with themselves, and nature. It's not surprising to find that connection almost immediately when out in the open-skied, mountainous surrounds. This mountain range is one of the oldest in the world – roughly 100 times older even than Everest. They're at least 2 400 million years old, to be more pre...
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Afternoon Tea at Rosemary Hill Farm
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Afternoon Tea at Rosemary Hill Farm

I'll admit it, I’m a complete tea snob.  I don’t mean that I have to drink a fine Ceylon or anything like that but I do love my tea.  I have a cup in the morning and a cup as soon as I get home in the evening and it must always, always be made in a pot.  I’ve been told I make the best tea. My very dear friend, and fellow tea lover, Vanessa will vouch for this - on any visit from Cape Town to her home in Ballito she will announce ‘Helen will make the tea because Helen makes the best tea’ and she’s absolutely correct.  I make the best tea ... I also have a sweet tooth and naturally, te...
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Soccer City – 23 days to kick-off (photographs)
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Soccer City – 23 days to kick-off (photographs)

23 days to kick-off - The 2010 FIFA World Cup starts in exactly 23 days today with the opening match between South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City in Johannesburg. One of the most artistic and awe-inspiring football venues on the African continent, the newly-reconstructed Soccer City Stadium will host the first and final matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa ... The ground's design is inspired by the iconic African pot known as the calabash, and its aesthetic appeal is heightened when the stadium is lit at night. Soccer City is located in Johannesburg's southwest and is only ...
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Goblins Cove in Magaliesberg – an escape from the humdrum
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Goblins Cove in Magaliesberg – an escape from the humdrum

If a faerie wonderland, home to goblins and the little folk, a garden over run with trees - every drooping branch of which hints at the gossamer caress of a wing against your cheek and the innuendo of a pointed calf skin, shoe-clad toe of a pixie – grabs you, then Goblin's Cove in the low lying hills of the Magaliesberg is bound to delight you. It's far enough outside of Johannesburg to serve as an escape, yet close enough to mean that venturing out there simply for a cup of tea in amongst the olde world magic of the restaurant and tea garden is not too much of a trek. Goblin's Cove is a cl...
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Africa Umoja, the Spirit of Togetherness – a South African song and dance sensation
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Africa Umoja, the Spirit of Togetherness – a South African song and dance sensation

Be a part of the reopening of one of Johannesburg’s oldest theatres - The Victory Theatre in Houghton Estates as it has become the permanent home to Africa Umoja. This is a proudly South African production that has wowed audiences around the world. London’s Daily Telegraph described it as having "enough energy to light up London. I defy anyone to leave this hit dance musical feeling anything less than elated." This is a production worth making time for so if you are in Johannesburg make sure you watch this masterpiece. The Victory Theatre has been revamped as it was initially built a...
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Dinner at Chez Girard – An interlude in Jozi
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Dinner at Chez Girard – An interlude in Jozi

My home for last week was Johannesburg and being a born and bred Capetonian this was a bit of a shock to the system. My beautiful mountain and quite streets of the southern suburbs were traded in for a cacophony of sounds and big roads and plenty of road works. While I enjoy Johannesburg, I feel that it is only a place I can visit as I long for the beauty of the mountain which juts out from almost every window you glance out of and the quiet peacefulness that Cape Town exudes. Yes we are known as a “laid back” city, but I think there is something to be proud of and hold in high honour. Oh b...
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2010 Host City, Pretoria
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2010 Host City, Pretoria

Known as the Jacaranda City for all the purple blossom-bedecked trees, which line its thoroughfares, 2010 Host City Pretoria is a lovely, quiet city. It has a long, involved and fascinating history. Here you will find significant old buildings and fascinating museums. The Transvaal Museum has natural history displays and is the home of Mrs Ples, the australopithecine fossil found at Sterkfontein in the Cradle of Humankind. Also worth visiting are the Cultural History Museum and Smuts Museum in Irene, outside Pretoria. Sedate, leafy Pretoria tends to endure a Cinderella complex when compared...
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I Love Roodepoort because …
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I Love Roodepoort because …

Hi, I’m Muzi Mohale from Roodepoort in Gauteng. Through my love for travelling and the internet I blog about the travel and tourism industry in South Africa ROODEPOORT IS BEST KNOWN FOR the discovery of Gold in 1884. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden. THE BEST golf PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN at Ruimsig Country Club. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT Poortview. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO visit Hillfox Flea Market. WHEN THE WEATHER'S BAD, I LIKE TO shop at Clearwater Mall. I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS Summer because of all the outdoor activities...
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Take a hike in Gauteng!
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Take a hike in Gauteng!

When you say the word ‘Gauteng’, people invariably think of Jo’burg or Pretoria, of a bustling metropolis, of bumper-to-bumper highway traffic, even of coalmines, dust and crowded, inner-city informal settlements. It’s not pretty maybe, but it’s part of the deal. What we all tend to forget, is
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Gauteng Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in Gauteng
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Gauteng Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in Gauteng

Addicted to adrenaline and you find yourself in the place of gold? Then you haven't far to look for activities that will keep you out of doors under a wide sky and push you to the limit. The gateway to Africa, Gauteng might be the smallest province, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in dazzle and action, particularly when you consider that the young Johannesburg is the powerhouse of Africa. Not everyone is working and networking all the time, however, and there is plenty of action activity available if you but look. One is seldom short of something to do in Johannesburg, Pretoria...
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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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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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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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Discovering Gauteng
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Discovering Gauteng

South Africa's smallest province, Gauteng, is its richest and is home to most large corporations head offices and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The city of Johannesburg was founded because of the gold mining industry and all of the large mining houses have their headquarters in Gauteng. Gauteng is the country's busiest province by far - it seems that no one rests in Gauteng, and the culture is one of urban indulgence and a work hard, play hard mentality. In Johannesburg the nightlife is excellent, with many of the countries hottest bars, restaurants and clubs located here. It is also...
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