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20 Most Incredible Historical Sites in South Africa
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20 Most Incredible Historical Sites in South Africa

Historical Sites in South Africa ~ South Africa's history is young. It doesn't have buildings that date back to the fifteenth century, because back then its beaches were still combed by Strandlopers (the hunter-gatherer San, known as beach combers for their sh...
15 Tourist Attractions That Are Worth The Money (And 3 That Are ‘Meh’)
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15 Tourist Attractions That Are Worth The Money (And 3 That Are ‘Meh’)

It's only fair that your money should work hard for you on holiday. Let's be honest: there is nothing worse than standing in a queue, to hand over your cash, only to find that the attraction is over-hyped and underwhelming. To save you money, we've put toge...
Greytown and Tranquili-Tea
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Greytown and Tranquili-Tea

A few weeks ago a friend and I took a trip from where we farm in Kearsney to the town of Greytown. I must admit, I had driven through Greytown on my way to the Natal Midlands many times before but had never taken the time to stop and see what the town has to o...
10 churches designed by a woman in the Cape – plan your Sophia Gray Route
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10 churches designed by a woman in the Cape – plan your Sophia Gray Route

Sophia (Sophy) Gray designed no fewer than 40 of the 50 Anglican churches built during her husband Robert Gray's bishopric. She was the first woman to practise architecture in South Africa, and one of the earliest to do so in the world. No mean feat for a woma...
Cape Dutch architecture – 8 best spots to Gawp at Gables
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Cape Dutch architecture – 8 best spots to Gawp at Gables

Think Cape Dutch architecture and one immediately calls to mind the style's most distinctive feature: the central gable. But gables are not anything new, you might argue, what's the big deal? – European architecture is full of examples. But at the Cape, gables...
Where to see windmills in South Africa – 6 historic windmills, 2 mock mills, and one museum
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Where to see windmills in South Africa – 6 historic windmills, 2 mock mills, and one museum

South Africa is no stranger to windmills. The figure doing the rounds is 280 000  - the number we claim to have on farms spread across the country.  But the windmills of modern day are actually windpumps, rather than mills. Most of them pump water from the gro...
Top 10 must-visit museums in Cape Town
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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 moder...
20 must-visit Sacred Buildings in South Africa
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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 fi...
Step Back In Time At The Marie Rawdon Museum In Matjiesfontein
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Step Back In Time At The Marie Rawdon Museum In Matjiesfontein

The historical village of Matjiesfontein packs a punch in terms of heritage and culture.  Apart from the historic hotel buildings dating from the mid 1880's, there is the Transport Museum and the very popular Marie Rawdon Museum, both housing an array of items...
5 Top Struggle Sites In South Africa
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5 Top Struggle Sites In South Africa

The history of South Africa is a mottled one. Like every country in the world, there are sad and tragic elements to it. However, the Rainbow Nation is differentiated by its being able to harness the pain and create a positive heritage from it. This educates it...
Exploring the Baynesfield Museum In Richmond
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Exploring the Baynesfield Museum In Richmond

A few weeks ago my family and I went to Richmond for the weekend and on the way home stopped in at Baynesfield Museum.  Set in beautiful grounds, with a Victorian house as its centerpiece, the Museum is a fascinating place with various buildings and sheds hous...
A Visit to the Minerva Museum and Private Nature Reserve
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A Visit to the Minerva Museum and Private Nature Reserve

Many of you might, like me, not know very much about the Minerva Museum and Private Nature Reserve or for that matter have even heard of them. To put you in the picture, the museum is a Natural Heritage Site and is part of the private nature reserve at the ver...
South End Museum in Port Elizabeth
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South End Museum in Port Elizabeth

The South End Museum tells the story of a suburb in Port Elizabeth that was once vibrant with different cultures, languages and colours. Children played in the street, neighbours chatted over the walls and dances were held every weekend, allowing the entire co...
Durban Museums
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Durban Museums

Durban, in the South African province of KwaZulu Natal, is known for its humid conditions, tropical fruits, hot curries and stunning beaches. However, this area of the country is also rich in cultural history, and visitors are urged to explore some of this bet...
Top 5 Struggle Sites Of South Africa
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Top 5 Struggle Sites Of South Africa

The apartheid regime was one that caused a lot of heartache. However, like water pounding against a cliff face, the difficulties presented by this situation shaped and moulded the country to a large extent. Today, we enjoy a human diversity, culture and herita...