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AND PARTY PLAYGROUND Gauteng may be the smallest of our nine provinces, but it demands recognition as one of the coolest, and for very good reason. Feel the pulse of the worldâ€™s largest urban jungle with art galleries, eateries, shopping malls, bars, hotels, casinos and a vibrant cultural and entertainment scene. Uncover the places of historical interest that tell the story of South Africaâ€™s emerging democracy, soak up the cityscape views in Maboneng and visit the world class Sci-Bono Discovery Centre. And if all of that is not enough, then take in an aerial perspective and find a place for a soulful retreat and a taste of fine country living.
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Find out what the world was like for our evolving human ancestors some three million plus years ago. Their incredible story is told through archaeological finds that include ancient stone tools and fossil sites. The Cradle of Mankind is located about 50 kilometres out of the city, and is one of eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa.
Flight by hot air balloon speaks of the adventures of a bygone era and should be on all travellers’ wish lists. More of an ultimate experience than a destination, Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris make this experience particularly rewarding in an area where the Highveld plains and rolling hills, as well as winding rivers, greet you.
And while you’re there, you can also explore the Sterkfontein Caves and enjoy time at the Maropeng Exhibition Centre, which walks you through the path of humanity with interactive, state-of-the-art displays.
Gather, pre-dawn, near the Clubhouse Pavilion to watch the pilots and crew ready the balloons for flight on the flood-lit field. Then soar above the clouds in silence as you stand in the basket taking in the views below, while regular bursts of hot air lift you to altitude. Also, make a point of meeting the legendary Mr Bill Harrop himself, who is usually present and sometimes even flies one of the balloons.
Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris make this experience particularly rewarding in an area where the Highveld plains and rolling hills, as well as winding rivers, greet you.
THE CRADLE OF MANKIND
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NOT TO BE MISSED HIGHLIGHTS!
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MABONENG PRECINCT THE HEART OF THE CITY A freshly rejuvenated area that speaks of a new optimism and style, unique to South Africa, that both tourists and locals need to experience. Remodelled buildings with a progressive perspective, daring tenants opening top art galleries, bioscopes, fashion shops, cafés and restaurants. Street fashion matched in style and colour only to the street art that covers the walls. Bright, clean, vibrant – this is home to a thriving community that embraces and inspires you to believe in the urban dream and the new generation. Meaning ‘Place of Light’, Maboneng is exactly that. Visit The Bioscope after a stroll around the Museum of African Design, a stop at Kwa Mai-Mai Traditional Healers Market, which is said to be one of the oldest in the city. And spend some time in one of the side street cafés and restaurants to which the crowds flock daily for coffee or a meal, devotedly served by the maker.
THE MAGALIESBERG PLAYGROUND Take a cable car trip on the longest mono-cableway in Africa, which offers visitors panoramic views of the beautiful Magaliesberg and surrounds. Enjoy a Magalies Canopy Tour in one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. Take a one to two hour hike through indigenous bush up to the summit of Olienhout Ridge, or enjoy horseback riding with Saddle Creek Ranch in the Hekpoort.
BOOKS GLORIOUS BOOKS!
The Collector’s Treasury Book Shop is the largest used and rare bookshop in Africa, with more than a million items on hand! It was founded in 1974 and is housed in an eight-storey building in the diamond and jewellery district on the eastern side of the Johannesburg Central Business District on Commissioner Street. In addition to books, there are also maps, old engravings and prints, printed ephemera, periodicals, newspapers and photographica, with more than 300 000 vinyls on sale too. Allow yourself plenty of time in this book lover’s place of worship.
SEEK AND FIND Meet the challenge and head downtown in search of the ten-storey high Shadow Boxer mural of Nelson Mandela in Maboneng, a favourite interpretation of the original photograph by Bob Gosani that depicts a young Mandela sparring. Boxing was his favourite sport and he trained as an amateur boxer in the 1950s, but didn’t participate in competitive fights. The mural is painted by artist Ricky Lee Gordon, and was commissioned by the Maboneng precinct as a gift to the city in honour of Madiba’s legacy. The text at the foot of the mural reads, ‘I am because we are’ and is inspired by the definition of ubuntu, the philosophy of humanity that Madiba subscribed to. It can be seen driving on the M2 highway going east as well as from Joe Slovo Drive, peering out above the shorter buildings. To get a close up of the mural head to the corner of Staib Street and Beacon Road, where the 40-metre high Shadow Boxer is so big that unless you look up when you turn the corner, you run the risk of walking right past it.
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This small village at the heart of a beautiful region has a developed tourist route that offers a wide choice of country houses and hotels, good shopping, art and craft studios, working farms, places to enjoy a good meal and very many activities. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, or simply a place to unwind in the country, you’ll find it here.
EAT Be brave, eat at Urbanologi, the epitome of urban gastronomy using live cultures, extreme fire and negative temperature cooking in a symphony of catastrophe. It tastes even more intriguing than it sounds. For fine dining, look to Marble in Rosebank, where under the guidance of Chef David you’re guaranteed to be wowed.
Go walking in the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve, a 58-year old reserve and Johannesburg Heritage site. Here, on the last of Johannesburg’s remaining ridges, more than 200 bird species and a variety of small mammals have been recorded, such as slender mongooses, civets, genets and hedgehogs. Bear in mind that Melville Koppies has controlled access only, so you would do well to book a guided tour.
Get your market fix at Market on Main, which is held at Arts on Main on Fox Street every Sunday. A hub for the city’s creative community it was developed in a converted early-1900s bonded warehouse and preserves the historical aspects of the building. Here you’ll mingle with hip, beautiful people as you indulge in Ethiopian coffee, organic fruit and veg, delicious pastries and energy boosting juices, as well as a selection of meals, craft beer and spirits. Upstairs, rummage through the vintage clothing and pause to appreciate the art and photography on display. And if, after all that, you still need some retail therapy you can always hit the Mall of Africa.
Sign up for a Main Street Inner City walk with Past Experiences who run a variety of themed tours from shopping to street art and a spicy Fordsburg tour. Recommended is the Ka’Ching Tour which focuses on the birth of Johannesburg as a mining and wealth-oriented town. An excellent background to how the city got started!
Enjoy sundowners at The Living Room rooftop venue in Maboneng with views across the endless city skyline. The lush urban garden gives a sense that you’re sitting in a park, which is the origin of the name. Enjoy tapas, sip on exotic sounding cocktails, chat to the locals and take to the dance floor once the sun goes down, and the volume goes up.
Retreat to Satyagraha House or what is more commonly known as Gandhi House, designed by the architect Hermann Kallenbach for Gandhi and himself and where Mahatma Gandhi lived and worked between 1908 and 1909. Satyagraha means insistence on truth and has a new life as both a museum and guesthouse that offers peaceful and contemplative serenity. Restored, cherished and with many lessons to be taken from the curated photos, books and journals on display.
RIDE For a Sunday cycle head out to the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve off the N3 to Heidelberg, 50 kilometres from the city. A real hidden treasure with 15 and 70 kilometre cycling loops, as well as opportunities for the family to walk, picnic and look out for wildlife. The reserve is home to zebra, wildebeest, red hartebeest and even brown hyena. The prominent Ventersdorp and Witwatersrand rock formations make for some steep gradients, excellent for hard hill training.
LEARN Delve into our country’s history with visits to these six museums that offer a raw and real look at our history, from prehistoric man, our cultural position in Africa, and the difficult path South Africa walked into democracy under the leadership of Nelson Mandela: Apartheid Museum, the Johannesburg Fort and Constitution Hill, Liliesleaf House, Hector Peterson Memorial and Museum in Soweto, the Origins Museum and Museum Africa.
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MUST SEE SMALL TOWNS! MATJIESFONTEIN
A quaint hamlet rather than a small town, Matjiesfontein consists of a hotel, a railway station, a collection of museums and more than a touch of magic! Youâ€™ll find it north of Cape Town just off the N1 highway that joins the Cape and Johannesburg. Its history takes us to a time when railway lines reached inland and pioneers held the vision of a road from Cape to Cairo. Over the years, Matjies catapulted from its rural serenity to a top tourist resort of the time. Today, fondly referred to as The Grand Duchess of the Karoo, the Lord Milner Hotel still receives visitors in style, standing testament to a bygone era.
Things to do include a visit to the Transport Museum with its private collection of vintage cars and a tour of the area in a London Bus, which takes no more than ten minutes. Spend time in the Mary Rawdon Museum and enjoy walks in the surrounding veld, where some 10 000 British troops were camped during the Anglo-Boer war. At night, walk outside and breathe in the beauty of the starlit Karoo skies.
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Restful winelands and beautiful, bustling coastlines embrace iconic attractions like Table Mountain, Robben Island and the Cape of Good Hope, consistently drawing crowds to the Mother City. But beyond this obvious beauty (and within easy reach) are open roads that lead to everything your travelling heart may desire – walking trails, mountains, desert, Karoo skies, and endless small country towns that burst with character and charm.
Things to do include long walks on the pristine white beach, browsing for treasures at Die Winkel op Paternoster and a visit to the Cape Columbine Lighthouse, which was built in 1936 and is still manned to this day. Also, explore the West Coast National Park and don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a meal at the famed Noisy Oyster.
Among the oldest fishing villages in the country and situated about 150km north of Cape Town, Paternoster is a true example of West Coast living. Paternoster is a popular tourist destination best known for its whitewashed fishermen’s cottages and brightly painted fishing boats selling their daily catch straight off the shoreline.
Once overlooked by motorists who sped past it on the N2 highway between Cape Town and the Garden Route, Swellendam is now a destination in itself. A village where artisans and traders once settled, today offers travellers a welcome break from their journey, with a variety of accommodation options, as well as an assortment of restaurants, activities and attractions. Things to do include a visit to the Drostdy Museum and time in the neighbouring Bontebok National Park, formed with the specific purpose of saving the species. Walk Swellengrebel Street to the art galleries and coffee shops and for the children, spend time at the Sulina Faerie Sanctuary and definitely book a massage at the Rain Africa Spa!
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A picturesque country village surrounded by the Langeberg Mountains, McGregor is said to be the best-preserved 19th century South GREYTON African village with its white washed reed roof Its leafy lanes, historic cottages and natural cottages, Victorian and Georgian homes. surrounds attract visitors from near and Every Saturday there’s a morning market far. The town has managed to preserve its in the Square next to the Church, which authenticity while still offering facilities and is a good place to mingle with the local attractions you’d expect of a popular holiday community. The roads are mostly used for destination. walking, with very few tarred, and the pace of Things to do include the Saturday morning life is idyllically slow. market, where you’ll find a wide selection The Temenos Gardens have been drawing of farm-fresh produce. The funds raised people to McGregor since opening, with at the market go towards environmental their soul nurturing gardens and spiritual conservation efforts, such as the upkeep of meditation programmes. Their established Art the Greyton Nature Reserve. Route includes visits to 10 galleries. Get to There’s great hiking to be enjoyed in the area, the Old Post Office turned pub for a whiskysome good shopping, three wine farms, the tasting, book a visit to the Tanagra Distillery Von Geusau chocolates (which are a must) and for Method Cap Classique, don’t miss and the historic village walk. Lord’s Winery.
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TASTE THE MAGIC Nine out of the Top 10 Restaurants in the 2016 Eat Out Awards are in the greater Cape Town region so a visit to the city must include eating! The Pot Luck Club, Test Kitchen and Shortmarket Club, all under the watchful eye of top Chef Luke Dale–Roberts, should top any foodie’s list. In Swellendam don’t miss a chance to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine attentively served at the gorgeous and intimate La Sosta Restaurant, with Chef Cristiana in the kitchen and her charming partner Gianni Minori in front of house.
On the Garden Route, a hidden gem is Fire Fly Eating House in an original 1906 Knysna tin mining house right on the lagoon, where Sanchia and her mom, Dell Hadlow, take you on a spice journey and introduce you to an array of new tastes and aromas that will leave your tastes buds giddy and your tummy asking for more. On Thesen Island in Knysna find Ile de Pain, heaven for the pastry lover and where globally inspired dishes by chef Liezie Mulder and baker and master chocolatier Markus Farbinger, are a good indulgence at any time of day. In winter, don’t miss the decadent hot chocolate.
WALK THE TALK The Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails is one of the newest trail products on offer in the Western Cape and growing in popularity given its close proximity to Cape Town. Providing the choice between Eve’s Trail, the Five Bay Trail and The Wheels of Time, it’s the Darling Stagger that is drawing the crowds.
Named after the nearby village of Darling, the Stagger follows a 2.5 day route once walked by short-necked giraffe, the San tribe who once occupied this land and the early settlers and farmers we know today. The route explores some of this history along the way and includes a taste of contemporary culture, olives and wine, with long stretches walked on the beach. Look out for tortoises along the way and the spring flowers, which are a great attraction.
In a similar way the Whale Trail traverses one of the Western Cape’s most unique and diverse nature reserves and stretches more than 55km from Potberg to Koppie Alleen. The trail offers the opportunity to explore the natural diversity of the De Hoop Nature Reserve, where the fragrance of fynbos on the Potberg Mountains and unique limestone plains intermingle with the salty sea air of this marine protected area. Along the way, walkers discover an abundance of indigenous plants and rich birdlife. De Hoop is also world-renowned as one of the best whale-watching spots and between June and December this coastline is transformed into one of the world’s most valuable nursery areas for southern right whales.
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LOOKING FOR A TOTALLY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE?
CHEERS! The Weltevrede Estate outside Bonnievale has been in the Jonker family for four generations. Book a tasting in their underground cellar and walk through a maze of rooms lit by flickering candelight to an area where their Philip Jonker MCC and delicious wines are served to anecdotal tales of years gone by.
GO UNDERGROUND Delve deeper into Cape Town with a tour of the historic underground tunnels found beneath the bustling Mother City. Built between 1652 and the 1895 with the express purpose of diverting tons of mountain water to the ocean, they were arched over and forgotten about in around 1895. They now form part of a popular historical tour, which makes for one of Cape Town’s more unique experiences.
FARM FRESH The Oranjezicht City Farm Market is held every Saturday at the V&A Waterfront. With an express focus of supporting independent local farmers and artisanal food producers, this is the perfect place to do your weekly shopping, stock up on veg, fruit, bread, organic dairy, free-range eggs, honey and more. As well as spend the morning chatting to some of the locals who frequent it.
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
Join Meerkat Adventures just outside the Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn where you can experience a meerkat encounter with a wild but habituated colony of these adorable and charismatic suricates in their natural habitat.
Leaving from De Zeekoe Guest Farm before dawn, you sit encamped in a semi-circle a fair distance away and wait for them to emerge from their burrow to warm themselves in the morning sun. You’ll be able to stay with them a while, keeping your distance as your observe them going about their daily business, scrabbling for insects and stealing your hearts.
DO GOOD, FEEL GOOD Should you wish to support a feel good effort, consider a visit to one of these authentic animal rescue sanctuaries. In the Plettenberg Bay area, Monkeyland and Birds of Eden are great places to visit, and in Cape Town take a behind the scenes tour of the Two Oceans Aquarium and learn more about the invaluable work being done by SANNCOB seabird rescue facility. Offering care to fur friends of a different kind, both the Eseljiesrus Donkey Sanctuary in McGregor and the Karoo Donkey Sanctuary outside the picturesque village of Prince Albert, work tirelessly to provides permanent homes and loving care to destitute, retired and rescued donkeys. Don’t be surprised if you leave having adopted a new member into your family.
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NATURAL AND UNTAMED In the ‘wild’ province of the Eastern Cape, also known as the adventure capital of South Africa, you’ll find vast expanses of untouched beach, bush and forest. An area with enticing attractions, among them the Addo Elephant National Park (home to more than 600 elephants!), dramatic Wild Coast seascapes, numerous Big Five malaria-free game reserves and, of course, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela.
The province is home to South Africa’s only snow skiing resort, Tiffindell, which is situated near the hamlet of Rhodes in the Southern Drakensberg on the slopes of Ben Macdhui.
KAROO LIFE NIEU BETHESDA Born of a farming community, residents have always led a quiet and somewhat sheltered existence in remote Nieu Bethesda. It’s only in the past twenty plus years that it’s gained increased attention for Helen Martin’s Owl House. Helen was an eccentric character who, in the latter part of her life, worked tirelessly to convert her simple home into a colour-filled fantasy. The inside walls are encrusted with ground glass and the many mirrors catch the light at different times of day, while in the Camel Yard statues of men face east. As much as the Owl House is a drawcard, it’s not all that’s on offer here. You can indulge in locally grown produce, try the craft beer and goats cheese platter at The Brewery, search for fossils in the riverbed and take a donkey cart tour of the town.
Set in the heart of the stark and beautiful semi-arid Karoo and completely surrounded by the Camdeboo National Park, Graaff-Reinet is South Africa’s fourth oldest settlement. Founded in 1786, it is now a centre for tourism, agriculture and game farming, with a closely guarded history and cultural past that sets it apart. The town has at least 220 heritage sites meticulously listed in celebration of a bygone-era. Cape Dutch, pre-Victorian and quaint Karoo style homes that now hold a rich collection of museums and galleries. Get to the The Old Library Building, Reinet House and the recently rebuilt Drostdy Hotel and remember to pay respect to the great anti-apartheid activist Robert Sobukwe, who’s modest grave is found on the outskirts of town.
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NATURAL WONDERS DWESA NATURE RESERVE Dwesa Nature Reserve is a green gem along the Wild Coast that offers coastal forests, grasslands and a gloriously empty beach. About 3 900 hectares in size, it has excellent bird watching and mangrove forests at the Mbashe and Nqabara river mouths. In the forests look out for the rare samango monkey, the equally rare blue duiker as well as the more common vervet monkey and tree hyrax. One of the oldest protected areas in the country, the Dwesa region was declared state forest in the 1800s. Before then, the area had been the hiding places for high-ranking Xhosa chiefs during the heroic Frontier Wars against the British settlers.
HOLE IN THE WALL A rocky archway set just off the Wild Coast, south of Coffee Bay, this landmark was created millions of years ago through the restless action of waves against sandstone and shale. Because of it’s iconic appearance, it’s instantly recognisable and is the source of many legends. In the Xhosa language, this area is called ‘esiKhaleni’, which means ‘the place of sound’. Some say it’s because under certain conditions, the waves hit the rocks with a resounding cracking sound, especially during storms.
MAKING WAVES Jeffreys Bay is an area with some of the country’s wildest coastline backed by spectacular sub-tropical rainforest and is famous for its ‘supertubes’ – probably South Africa’s longest and most consistently good wave. Once a sleepy village, over the past few decades, surf enthusiasts have flocked here in pursuit of the perfect swell. A good place to indulge in some serious lessons with Wavecrest Surf School and the legendary Andrew Moon offering three, five and seven-day workshops.
THE LAND OF OUR FATHER
Found in the Butterworth area, the village of Qunu is where Nelson Mandela grew up and where he lived after his retirement. In his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela describes Qunu as the place where he spent the happiest moments of his childhood and is where he was finally laid to rest in December 2015. Today Qunu can be visited as a modest and humbling tourist attraction.
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INSIDER TIPS TO THE WINDY CITY Visit the Donkin Reserve, a public space gifted to the city by its founder, Sir Rufane Donkin. Equal in size to about two city blocks, its main feature is a stone pyramid monument with a touching inscription in memory of his late wife. There is also a lighthouse that was built in 1861. Today the area is home to Route 67 and holds 67 pieces of public art to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of public life and his contribution to the freedom of South Africa. While exploring Port Elizabeth, stop for a coffee at the area called Friendly Stranger on Bridge Street. Rejuvenated and developed over the past years to become a hub for creatives, designers, renovators and the impressive Bridge Street Brewery. Housed in a cobblestone building that dates back to the 1820s and believed to be one of the oldest in the city, here you can enjoy a tour, tasting and delicious meal.
ARTS AND CULTURE The National Arts Festival, held annually in Grahamstown, is Africa’s largest and most colourful cultural event, offering the very best of both local and imported talent. For 11 days every July, the town’s population almost doubles as more than 50 000 people flock to the town for a feast of arts, crafts and sheer entertainment that astounds in its quality.
DID YOU KNOW?
• The capital of the Eastern Cape is Bhisho, but its two largest cities are Port Elizabeth and East London. • This region is the birthplace of many prominent South African politicians, such as Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, Chris Hani, Thabo Mbeki, Steve Biko, Bantu Holomisa and Charles Coghlan. • The Eastern Cape has more cattle, sheep and goats than any other province and the Wild Coast is one of the few places in the world where you’ll see cattle on the beach! • The Tsitsikamma National Park is an 80 kilometre long coastal strip between Nature’s Valley and the mouth of the Storms River. The nearby Bloukrans Bridge Bungy jump is the world’s third highest at 216 metres high.
COMMUNITY PROJECTS Visit Nomvula’s Knitters in St Francis and meet the incredible women driving this community project that teaches the skill of knitting, empowering others to earn a steady income. There’s also a shop in town where you can buy some of their beautiful knitwear for men, women and children. In St Francis, enjoy a walk in the Supertubes Indigenous Garden that is supported by the Supertubes Surfing Foundation and nurtures the theme ‘passion through the protection of rescued land and plants.’ In the town of Hamburg, the Keiskamma Art Project, founded to help solve unemployment of women, has grown into a number of art studios specializing in beading, felt-making, embroideries, ceramics and printmaking.
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BIG SKY COUNTRY
Everyone thinks that there really isn’t much more to this province than good lamb, a big diamond mine and seasonal daisies, but just like the treasures hidden in Kimberley’s Big Hole, the Northern Cape has a plethora of magical things to do and see. It’s a bit like looking into the stars, if you know where to look, there is so much to find. The people are friendly, the weather is great and the opportunity to explore makes the Northern Cape South Africa’s most uncovered gem. Take a detour down the impeccable N12 highway and discover there is more than meets the eye in this mysterious province.
AFRIKABURN IN TANKWA
AfrikaBurn is the spectacular result of the creative expression of a community of volunteers who gather in the Tankwa Karoo to create a temporary city of art, theme camps, costumes, music and performance. The Festival brings people together to burn structures, ride bicycles and vehicles, talk, share and enjoy a great big celebration. The temporary citizens of Tankwa Town gather in the Karoo once a year.
The quaint little town of De Aar is famous for being the second most important railway junction in the country. It also boasts ancient Khoisan rock engravings and is even home to a huge ammunitions dump. What most people don’t know however is that De Aar is also a world famous paragliding and hang-gliding destination. De Aar hosted the 2008 and 2009 XC World Series, and even holds two gliding world records and most of the country’s national records due to the winds and thermals in the area. There are museums and other interesting things to see, but De Aar is the perfect place to visit if you’re an adrenalin junkie looking to take to the skies.
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WINE IN HARTSWATER
Hartswater is a small, agricultural town in the north eastern part of the province, about 120 kilometres from Kimberley. Hartswater is of critical importance to the province and the country, as it’s a central part of the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme, one of the largest irrigation schemes in the world. But besides its value to the water network of South Africa, one of the best things to do in the area is visit the Hartswater Wine Cellar. The cellar first produced wine in 1977 and it invites visitors to come, taste and experience the wine. The Cellar offers tours to visitors and we’d happily recommend you try their Elements and Overvaal ranges. The whole Hartswater cellar experience is unique and offers wine buffs something different to the typical tours made famous in the Western Cape.
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SKATEBOARDING IN KIMBERLEY Kimberley really is a jewel in South Africa’s crown. We highly recommend a visit to the biggest city in the Northern Cape to see the Big Hole, or play a round of golf on one of the exquisite golf courses. For those of you looking for some alternative fun, we suggest a visit to the world famous Kumba Skate Plaza. The Skate Plaza is home to the Kimberley Diamond Cup, a $500 000 World Skate Series event which attracts some of the world’s best skating talents. The skate park has some of the best facilities anywhere in Africa, and with its location right in the heart of the action, it’s easy to base all your activities around this adventure park.
THE GEMSBOK RALLY IN UPINGTON For those of you who love to travel on two wheels, the Gemsbok Rally is one place you need to be. Hosted every July at the Upington Expo grounds, the Gemsbok Rally attracts motorcycle and car enthusiasts from across the country and features stunt bikes, fun races and good food. With a quarter mile drag race competition for the participants and an antique car show, the Gemsbok Rally has become an event which encompasses brotherhood in the motorcycling fraternity.
SEE THE STARS IN SUTHERLAND
Conducting research into astronomy and astrophysics, the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is the national centre for optical and infrared astronomy. The primary telescopes are located in Sutherland, in the Northern Cape and include the development of a spherical aberration corrector and the Southern African Large Telescope, otherwise known as SALT. SALT was a partnership between six countries and it makes South Africa one of the global hotspots for the understanding of space and the night sky. From Monday to Saturday there are two guided day tours and four night tours per week. A maximum of 20 people are allowed per tour, so we strongly suggest booking in advance. SALT is able to record distant stars, galaxies and quasars that are a billion times too faint to be seen with the unaided eye.
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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
From the sticky-aired hub of the big city, to an endless coastline of beaches that stretch beyond beauty; from the lofty Sani Pass to the snow-capped heights of the Drakensberg Mountains, KZN offers a mishmash of wondrous places thatâ€™ll make your head spin and your heart smile.
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reserves, enjoy breathtaking scenery on a Drakensberg hike or explore the sparkling Indian ocean that hugs the KZN coastline. Accommodation ranges from camping to fully self-contained chalets and bush lodges. Hiking, biking, fishing, game-viewing or just relaxing …it’s yours for the asking. Go Wild and Make your Reservation Now! T: +27(0) 33 845 1000 E: email@example.com Online booking: bookings.kznwildlife.com Email: www.kznwildlife.com
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THE GOLF COAST Any list of top tracks in KwaZulu-Natal must include the three terrific Peter Matkovich courses at Prince’s Grant, Cotswold Downs and San Lameer. Hugh Baiocchi’s Champagne Sports course at Winterton and the 18 holes of Tom Weiskopf’s Zimbali course are wonderful late 1990s designs. But, the “best in province” tag still belongs to the Old Durban Country Club layout that was first played in 1922!
“THE HILLS ARE ALIVE!” 1 000 HILLS EXPERIENCE If you’re looking for a break from the norm, the Valley of 1 000 Hills is the place where outdoor adventure and culture collide! A rich heritage combines luxury, laid-back country living with a vibrant yet ancient Zulu culture, giving the area a pretty distinct identity. The riverside valley has been home to the Zulu people for centuries, with many continuing to live their unique, traditional lifestyle mostly unaffected by the high-rise city on its outskirts. Guided tours deep into tribal lands, will afford you the incredible opportunity to explore the roots of real Zulu culture! Colourful expressive ceremonies, creative energy and an all-round vibrant atmosphere offer outsiders an experience they won’t soon forget. From traditional dance and cultural shows to ancient Zulu ceremonies. Gain insight into Zulu folklore at the home of the village headman. Visit a Sangoma as traditional diviners ‘throw the bones’ and communicate with their spiritual ancestors. Enjoy
a meal with a local family; all while taking in the beauty of this riverside environment. Plus there’s game drives, local curios to buy, wonderful views across the valley and a crocodile and snake park. For those with adventurous taste buds and a carnivorous hunger, you must try a crocodile steak at PheZulu Crocodilians Restaurant. Besides being immersed in the beauty of nature, with a network of hiking and mountain biking trails, a river, forests and hills, the warm-hearted hospitality of the Zulu villagers make this one for the memory bank.
TAKE A TOUR! For all tour info visit: www.1000hillstourism.co.za
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A DOSE OF DURBS
BARGAIN YOUR WAY THROUGH THE VIC No trip to Durbs can be bona fide without brushing up your haggling skills at the Victoria Street Market - a veritable Aladdin’s cave, brimming with ceramics, ornate brassware, ethnic curios, not to mention pyramids of pungent curry powders and spices. More than just a market, it’s a historic landmark built at the beginning of the ‘80s upon the heritage and passion of the famous 1910 Indian Market! Today ‘The Vic’ (as the Market is now known) is set in a huge building that resembles something of a Maharajah’s palace. Experience a relaxed blend of Durban’s Afro-Oriental atmosphere and pick up some great bargains. From fresh produce including meat, fruit, veg, fish and a seafood market, to spices, fine cut jewellery, brass ornaments, souvenirs, crafts, clothing and fabrics. And just next door you’ll find the ‘muti-market’, where you can step into the colourful world of ethnic medicine. Address: 151/155 Bertha Mkhize St, Durban
TIME OUT AT THE GREY STREET MOSQUE Visit the magnificent Juma Masjid Mosque (also known as The Grey Street Mosque). It’s the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere and dominates Durban’s central Indian district. Its gilt-domed minarets tower over the bustling commercial area, but inside the marbled worship hall is peaceful and boasts a simple elegance. Visitors are only allowed into this place of worship at certain times of the day and a strict dress code is enforced. No shoes are allowed to be worn in the building. Every Friday, Grey Street (now known as Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street) buzzes with activity as thousands of Muslims go to the mosque to pray. The mosque can accommodate about six thousand worshippers at one time! C/O Denis Hurley (old Grey) Street and Dr. Yusuf Dadoo (old Queen) Street, Durban
Come nose to snout with a couple of sharks, with just a few millimetres of glass separating you, as you explore the wreckage of an old ship. uShaka Marine World is one of the five largest aquariums in the world, and also boasts a dolphinarium, seal pool, dive tank, snorkel reef and a water world warren of slides and pools for the kids and big kids alike! Conveniently located on the Durban People Mover route. Tel: 031 328 8000. www.ushakamarineworld.co.za
EAT A BUNNY You haven’t truly tasted Durbs until you’ve eaten a bunny chow. Grab yours from the Beach Hotel’s Pier 107 restaurant (within easy walking distance from a Durban People Mover bus stop). They’re famous for their bunnies and offer a nice sea view too! Tel: 031 337 5511.
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FOUR FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT KZN #
Nelson Mandela was not only arrested in KZN (in the town of Howick) back in 1962, but he then chose to return to the province after his incarceration to cast his first vote in Inanda, as a free man in 1994.
The worldâ€™s tallest bungee swing is found at the futuristic Moses Mabhida stadium!
Umhlanga is home to the largest shopping mall in the southern hemisphere. Gateway Theatre of Shopping even boasts an in-house skatepark designed by Tony Hawk.
Durban harbour is the ninth largest harbour in the world and the busiest container port in Africa.
a destination for THE WHOLE FAMILY Sardine image courtesy of: John Lamberti.
Its Sardine Season. When predators and spectators wait with baited breath for the Greatest Shoal on Earth â€“ the Sardine Run. Whales, sharks, dolphins, Cape Gannets, game fish like mackerel and tuna. Pro and popup fishermen with families. All anticipate a silver catch to feast on. A natural spectacular, the Sardine Run can happen anytime between May and August.
PARADISE www.tourismsouthcoast.co.za Call: +27 39 682 7944 Fax: +27 39 6821034
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TEN THINGS TO DO IN KZN THAT WON’T COST A CENT!
ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS
The Nelson Mandela Capture Site is a magnificent mustsee in Howick. It’s significant sculpture seals our story of democracy. Plus, it’s surrounded by gorgeous scenery, making a visit that much sweeter.
See nature from a bird’s eye view along the Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk. The walkway is ten-metres high and leads through the forest canopy. There is also a 20-metre high viewing platform so you can lap up the views of the rolling hills and soaring Crowned Eagles.
Explore the Midlands Meander with studios, workshops and craftsmen galore! Don’t miss Karkloof Falls, Beacon Hill, and a selection of gorgeous nature reserves along the way.
HEAD IN THE CLOUDS
SOLDIER ON! KwaZulu-Natal has many battlefields, museums, and places of remembrance spread throughout the province - 82 to be exact! The best approach for a road trip (according to the Battlefields Route) is to choose an era, war or campaign, then select the sites you’d like to visit.
BE A BEACH BUM STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES
There are many great beaches to choose from, but Pelican Island in Richards Bay is described as ‘a hidden Island in the busy city’. However, the beach gets pretty busy during peak times, so go early!
The Durban Botanical Gardens are known to be the oldest surviving public gardens in SA. Take a stroll and enjoy a picnic. There’s also an old slave bell and sunken gardens in which to relish.
WET ‘N WILD
Lake St Lucia is one of the jewels of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site too. The lake is home to more than 800 happy hippos, crocodiles, pelicans and flamingos. While there are paid activities such as boat cruises and scuba diving, you can also opt to explore the nature trails and relax on the beach without paying a cent.
FEEL THE EARTH MOVE UNDER YOUR FEET
Experience the earth-shaking boom of the one o’clock gun outside City Hall in Pietermaritzburg. This beautiful Victorian building is said to be the biggest brick building in the southern hemisphere. It also has a huge pipe organ and beautiful stained glass windows.
HEAR NATURE WHISPER Enjoy blissful peace and quiet at Giant’s Castle in the Drakensberg. Go for a game drive, go fishing or go on a selfguided walk.
SHIPS AHOY! The eight-metre-high Port Shepstone Lighthouse is a landmark in this small seaside town and a great spot to sit and soak up the beautiful ocean views.
Catch the rides of your life at the Wild Waves Water Park, Wild Coast Sun. Soak in the fun and experience several of the world’s best rides.
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ADVERTORIAL A visit to the Okhahlamba-Drakensberg mountains is never complete without an attempt at the Amphitheatre climb, which can be accessed from the Sentinel car park. To get to the top of the mighty Amphitheatre, two sets of arduous chain ladders would need to be tackled before you are launched into panorama heaven. Please complete the mountain register for safety purposes. We highly recommend hiring an experienced mountain guide, who can assist with the sudden changes in weather, route, geology, and fauna and flora on the mountain.
On arrival in Dundee, head to the Talana Museum. The museum is set on 20 acres of heritage park with 47 buildings to explore. Talana Museum offers full moon tours, ghost and Ghandi walks, Anglo Zulu and Boer war reenactments, and events throughout the year. The Soofie Masjid Mosque in Ladysmith, which sits on the banks of the Klip River, is considered one of the most beautiful mosques in the Southern Hemisphere. The original mosque was built in 1898 out of wood and iron, however, it was replaced with the current mosque in 1969 by master builder ‘Chacha’ Jamaloodeen. The Midlands Amble, is a fisherman’s delight. Tucked away in the valleys just beyond Pietermaritzburg, the rolling green hills are littered with small dams and the
much larger Albert Falls Dam, offering you premier bass fishing. The Midlands Meander is not just a ‘pretty face’, running between Mooi River and Hilton; you get to discover a host of foodie destinations, coffee hang-outs and creativity dens. Grab a Midlands Meander Guide and spare some lazy hours uncovering the meander. Ensure you pass through Ixopo on a Sunday, as the Paton Express starts her engine around 10h30 to give you a fantastic train tour of the Southern Midlands (Alan Patons beloved country). Heading out in a vintage steam train, you travel to Ncalu siding where you enjoy a lunch at the 103-year-old Mid Illovo station Bring a picnic with. The train returns to Ixopo at 14h00.
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A PROVINCE OF PANORAMAS ‘The land of the rising sun’ is a place of game, adventure and rich history. It’s also geographically the most diverse in the country! Follow the Panorama Route for a brilliant way to explore this province – the route is scenic, steeped in South African history and centred around the world’s third largest canyon, the Blyde River Canyon.
A CLIMBING MECCA
Found on the edge of the escarpment, Emgwenya or Waterval Boven is a fly-fishing and climbing destination. This world class quality, climbing spot is suitable for any grade. It has a friendly and active local climbing community and routes have been opened by well-known local and international climbers. It’s also becoming a highlight on the must-visit lists of international climbers such as Paige Claassen, Sasha DiGiulian and Alex Honnold’s. With more than 850 climbs to choose from, you are sure to find something to make you happy at what is also known as The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Crags.
At 26 kilometres long and 762 metres deep, with a dammed wall of 72 metres high, this is the third largest canyon on the planet!
The Blyde River Canyon is the only green canyon in the world and considered one of the natural wonders of Southern Africa. At 26 kilometres long and 762 metres deep, with a dammed wall of 72 metres high, this is the third largest canyon on the planet! Of course, it’s pretty spectacular from the top, but when you get up close and personal, this river and canyon are just epic! Kloofing involves climbing cliffs, scrambling down water courses and jumping into crystal-clear pools.
It’s incredible full-on involvement and makes for the best memories and day out if you have good non-slip trail/water shoes that is, otherwise it makes bruises - a lot of bruises. If jumping off cliffs isn’t really your thing then you can try the eight kilometres of Class Three to Four white water rapids on the upper Blyde River. Here you navigate steep drops and long rapids in two-man crocs while under the watchful eyes of qualified guides.
When you aren’t navigating your croc, take the time to look up at the Three Rondavels and make sure your kit is tied to yourself or the boat because once it’s overboard, it’s gone! If abseiling is your thing, then you have 72 metres to hum the 007 theme music as you gracefully skip down the dam wall. Want something a touch more sedate? Try quad biking, hiking, hot air ballooning, a sunset cruise, mountain biking or take a microlight for a flip.
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FOR THE HISTORY BUFFS What you might not know is that Mashishing or Lydenburg has the earliest known forms of African sculpture in Southern Africa displayed in their local museum; they date back to between 500 and 800 AD. There are seven of these hollow terracotta sculptures, six are human and one is an animal replica, called the Lydenburg Heads. They were found in the Sterkspruit Valley in the ‘50s and are believed to be ceremonial, used during initiation rituals. Some more historical fun while you’re grabbing lunch (all on the same block): The thatched house on the corner of Church and Kantoor Streets, typical of pioneer architecture, dates back to 1845 and is probably the oldest school building in the old Transvaal. The old Voortrekker Church in Church Street, erected between 1851 and 1853 is the oldest Dutch Reformed Church in the old Transvaal. The older Neo-Gothic style church was consecrated in 1894. The old red ZAR PostBox in Kantoor Street was manufactured in 1893 and is one of the earliest examples of pillar post boxes that were ordered specially from the Netherlands.
THE ONLY COMMERCIAL SILK FARM IN AFRICA Now, moms, we know you have done your time as silkworm parents but stick with us! Situated between Graskop and Bushbuckridge, Africa Silks farm offers daily tours that show the cycle from egg to silkworm to pupae and the final transformation, either back into egg or silk products. Having learnt about the multitude of different mulberries that can stain your clothes and how to unwind between 1.3 and 2.6 kilometres of silk from each cocoon, as well as marvelling at the magic of the spinning process, you can relax at the tea garden. Then reward yourselves for those years of silkworm parenthood with beautiful silk duvets that are lighter than feathers and much warmer than down. Also check out the scarves, cushions, sheets and don’t forget to try out the amazing silk skincare products. They smell like heaven and work like a dream.
TREEHOUSE ADVENTURES Some of us were lucky enough to have treehouses when we were little, some of us wished we could live in treehouses when we grew up and then there are those who actually get to live in treehouses (even if it’s just for the weekend).
Pezulu Tree House Lodge in Hoedspruit has eight beautiful thatch and reed treehouses built right in the trees, in fact, the branches may even form part of your temporary home. Worthy of special mention is the Dream Treehouse which stretches across two stately marula trees! Don’t forget the Jacuzzi and outdoor shower, and the Honeymoon
Suite which will have you scampering off to renew your vows with its sunken bath, split level living, stunning Drakensberg Mountain backdrop and waterhole views. Lion Sands Treehouses in Greater Kruger offers Chalkley’s Treehouse to honeymooners at the top of a giant jackalberry. This completely private wooden platform forms a lavish world under the stars, devoid of Wi-Fi but filled with the sounds of the bush and your significant other. You can also choose the Kingston Treehouse or the Tinyeleti Treehouse – in their own words, ‘the ultimate bush bedroom’.
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Punda Maria Restcamp
Punda Maria Gate
Sirheni Bushveld Camp
Bateleur Bushveld Camp
TAKE TO THE SKIES! There are some days that you just need a new perspective on life, the kind of perspective that is gained from throwing yourself out of a plane, to freefall towards the ground for 40 seconds, with only a parachute strapped to your back. Luckily Witbank is only an hour from Joburg and Skydive Witbank offers static line courses every second Saturday. Don’t worry, you get to practise on the ground first with your tandem instructor, before you jump out the plane at 220 kilometres per hour! Once you have static line skydiving mastered you can pump up your adrenalin levels with the Accelerated Freefall Programme. If you would like to skydive but like the idea of having a knowledgeable buddy to pull your chute, then they offer tandem dives as well! Ideally, you should be 18 or older to jump out of the plane, but 16-year-olds can jump with their parents signed permission.
FUN FACTS OF THE KRUGER PARK
Kruger National Park
Shimuwini Bushveld Boulders Bush Lodge Camp
Letaba Restcamp Phalaborwa Gate
• The Kruger is two million hectares or the size of Israel. • It has 21 rest camps, two private concession areas and 15 private lodges. • Kruger has 517 different bird species, 336 tree species, 147 different mammals, 114 different reptiles, 49 types of fish and 34 amphibian species for you to find.
Balule Roodewal Private Bush Lodge Camp
Umbabat Reserve Klaserie Reserve
• In 1950 a Zambezi shark was caught at the confluence of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers, 150 kilometres from the sea.
• In the rainy season (October to March) the park turns into a lush paradise making the bush thicker and the animals harder to see.
Maroela Private Camp
Tamboti Satara Tent Restcamp Camp Talamati Bushveld Camp
• In the dry season (April to September) animals become concentrated around waterholes and rivers while vegetation becomes thinner, making your sightings better.
• There are almost 254 cultural heritage sites in Kruger, including 130 recorded rock art sites. • Evidence of prehistoric man, Stone Age and Iron Age settlements have also been found in Kruger.
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• To explore Kruger, the choice is yours: wilderness trails, game drives, guided walks, 4x4 trails, mountain biking, backpacking trails, eco-trails, bush braais, or try some golf with some crocodile water hazards.
Sabi Sand Reserve
Paul Kruger Gate
Lower Sabie Restcamp
Biyamiti Crocodile Bridge Bushveld Restcamp Camp
Berg-en-Dal Restcamp Malelane Private Camp
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NATIONAL PARKS A-PLENTY! KRUGER NATIONAL PARK This park is a little smaller than Belgium, it runs 360 kilometres from north to south and crosses two provinces, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The Limpopo section of the park is considered to be the quieter section (both visitor and animal wise). Here, having a wildlife sighting to yourself is completely the norm!
MAPUNGUBWE NATIONAL PARK
This park, situated on the southern bank of the Limpopo River, is relatively new and it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Graves with gold and iron artefacts were discovered in the 1930s on the top of the sacred Mapungubwe hill, and over the years 15 000 year-old San rock art, as well as Cecil John Rhodes and Jan Smuts figureheads, have been discovered in the area to name a few – the most famous being the ‘gold rhino’. Try the Kongoni 4x4 loop or the Maloutswa Pan Hide as they normally offer fruitful sightings.
BIRDING, BUSHVELD AND BIG GAME
Limpopo has become a sought-after tourist destination for its ancient African kingdom. Itâ€™s also the northern gateway to the Kruger National Park and offers the beauty of the Magoebaskloof forest!
The Limpopo section of the park is considered to be the quieter section (both visitor and animal wise). Here, having a wildlife sighting to yourself is completely the norm!
This park, in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains, is known for its Cape vulture breeding colony, the largest in the world at around 800 breeding pairs. Look out for elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, kudu as well as reedbuck, eland and tsessebe. Besides the usual fair of morning and sunset game drives and bush walks, there is also a two night 4x4 eco-trail, 4x4 routes and a fantastic drive up the mountain pass that gets you above the soaring vultures for some really spectacular shots. This is Big Five territory with wild dogs thrown in. It even has its own endemic cycad.
MARAKELE NATIONAL PARK
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RUN FOREST RUN! MODJADJI CYCAD RESERVE This reserve, just north of Tzaneen, is named after Queen Modjadji who is revered for her magical rain making powers by the Balobedu people. The Rain Queens skill at cloud and rain making is shown in her gardens surrounding her compound – the Modjadji Cycad Reserve. The reserve boasts the only cycad tree forest in Southern Africa and considering that cycads date back to ancient times you wouldn’t be surprised to see a dinosaur pop out of the misty cycad forest – yes, dinosaurs considered this dinner. The reserve is home to the tallest cycad species, which is commonly known as the Modjadji palm. These cycads grow up to 13 metres tall and can produce massive seed cones weighing about 35 kilograms. While exploring, you can also arrange to go on a guided tour to the Rain Queens Royal Kraal to learn about her fascinating history and for a walk around Modjadji Village. This village has been run by successive matriarchs for two centuries, one for the girls! Don’t forget to stop in at the cycad nursery on your way out.
MAGOEBASKLOOF Unromantically, the area is named after a decapitated tribal chief but the amazing playground more than makes up for the name. Magoebaskloof is home to fly-fishing and mountain biking, hiking and birding, the Magoebaskloof Canopy Swing where, you can play Tarzan and Jane, and Ebeneezer dam – popular for water sports and picnicking. You can explore the forests with Magoebaskloof Hiking Trails and if birding is your thing, then pack your bird book, your camera and a good pair of binoculars! Find the Crying Rock that sounds like a gong when you hit it and visit Cheerio Gardens during spring, for some tea, when the azaleas, cherry blossoms, camellias, hydrangeas, irises and foxgloves begin to bloom and strut their stuff. Finally, finish off with a visit to the tea plantations to see where those exquisite steeped leaves come from.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR… THE BIG FIVE Lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino – the term Big Five was coined as the most difficult and dangerous animals to hunt on foot by big game hunters. Over the years the term has been taken over by non-hunters, as well as being featured on our banknotes.
THE LITTLE FIVE
Created in direct contrast to the Big Five’s size, the Little Five add a little extra challenge to your game viewing trip. Made up of the ant lion, the elephant shrew (which is a small mammal with a long nose), the buffalo weaver (the easiest to see of the Little Five), the leopard tortoise and finally the rhino beetle.
THE BIRDING BIG SIX The Birdery Big Six are easy to identify and large, making it great for starter birders. In no particular order they are the: kori bustard, that can weigh up to 20 kilograms; the martial eagle, that can knock an adult off their feet; the lappet-faced vulture, Africa’s largest vulture; the Pel’s fishing owl, which is the rarest of the six birds and seldom seen as it’s nocturnal (but look along the Limpopo, Luvuvhu and Olifants Rivers); the saddle-billed stork, there are only about 30 breeding pairs in Kruger making them rarer and more threatened than cheetah and wild dog; and finally the southern ground hornbill, which is endangered but slowly recovering in Kruger with about 78 nesting sites.
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ODD HABITS An odd quirk of National Parks is greeting or waving at other cars as you drive past them. No, you don’t personally know them and your bumper isn’t falling off, waving is seen as good manners and reminds you that we are a rainbow people enjoying our National Parks
together. It’s also always appreciated if you let approaching cars know of a really great sighting further down the road if there isn’t a queue of cars to alert them, however rhino sightings are not shared due to poaching.
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THE MAGICAL BAOBAB Known as the upside-down tree; early folklore suggests that the baobab offended God, so as punishment he planted the tree upside down. You only need to see these trees in winter to see where this tale comes from. You can also see why the Bushmen don’t believe that baobabs are like other trees – they seem to magically appear fully grown and when they die they leave a heap of fibres, they simply disappear, a magical tree. The tree is home to all sorts of wildlife and starts to flower in September. The flowers are white, live for 24
hours, only open at night and are pollinated by bats and bush babies. Picking a flower means being eaten by a lion! The fruit is cherished by humans and animals and tastes like cream of tartar – think of sour worms! The largest South African baobab was the Sunland Baobab at 47 metres in circumference and a height of 22 metres, though a third of it collapsed last year and recently collapsed again in March this year! This massive six-thousand-year-old tree, which housed a pub for the last 24 years, can be found near the town of Tzaneen.
IMPROVING CHILDREN’S SAFETY The World Health Organization reports on Road Safety (2009, 2013), children in Africa are most at risk to die in road crashes. Middle income economies like South Africa are even more at risk. Bakwena N1N4 toll road is very excited about its Safe to School project which is taking place in the Bapong, Modderspruit and Majakaneng communities that are adjacent to the N4. The objectives and goals of the project are:• • • •
To reduce speed of vehicles on roads around schools Improve safety for children crossing roads near schools Encourage children who walk/cycle to school to use the safe route Improve safety around school entrances so children can be safely dropped oﬀ & picked up • Improve safety of children being driven to school Phase 1 of the pilot has already successfully been rolled out which included training of the project staﬀ, sharing project concept with schools, training of Disaster Team and Road Safety Oﬃcers using GRSP Safe to School Safe to Home as well as data collection. Phase 2 includes education activities with learners and the community as well as enforcement activities and infrastructure provision/maintenance. A Steering Commiמּee which comprises members from schools, the communities as well as stakeholders is in place. Once the data collection is complete, community workshops will be held to share the information and get feedback from the community in order to draﬞ a business plan. This will facilitate stakeholder participation and focus. Through these initiatives learners and teachers will have improved their road safety knowledge, behaviour and aמּitude to road safety. Driving skills and behaviour of taxi’s and scholar transport drivers will signiﬁcantly improve. Improved infrastructure around schools and school routes will all contribute towards children’s safety and ultimately reduced crashes and injuries. BakwenaN1N4 BakwenaN1N4 www.bakwena.co.za 0800 BAKWENA 0800 2259362
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If you’re a flora fanatic, be sure to visit Bloemfontein’s Botanical Gardens, home to some 400 plant species...
FREE STATE THE HEART OF SA
Bordering six of the country’s nine provinces (including the Kingdom of Lesotho) the Free State, the heart of the country, beats with scenic beauty and rural tranquillity. Also the legislative capital of SA, it offers a clutch of charming small towns and some thrilling natural wonders…
PLAAS LIFE STAY ON A WORKING ROSEHIP FARM
DID YOU KNOW? Bloemfontein, also known as ‘The City of Roses’ is the birthplace of both the National Party and the African National Congress (how’s that for a contrast?), as well as the world-famous fantasy writer JRR Tolkien. If you’re a flora fanatic, be sure to visit Bloemfontein’s Botanical Gardens, home to some 400 plant species; the Orchid House, which houses the largest collection of orchids in the country; and the historic King’s Park which features more than 4 000 rose bushes!
The Old Mill Drift offers rustic, but comfortable self-catering accommodation. It’s definitely where to go for a good dose of authentic farm life. The big cottage boasts a cosy farm kitchen, complete with an old Dover stove, giving it a ‘Little House on the Prairie’ ambience. Its primary business is as an organic rosehip farm. The Old Mill Drift offers a delicious respite from civilisation, a mere seven kilometres off the beaten track, and only 57 kilometres from Ficksburg.
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DELIGHTFUL DORPIES GARIEP DAM Many motorists travelling through the Free State pass this gem by without giving it a second thought, but anyone who has woken up to the sunrise from the De Stijl Hotel, which overlooks the dam, will forever understand why this inconspicuous village is a must! The many islands and bays are reminiscent of a Mediterranean archipelago, made all the more spectacular against the backdrop of the Free State’s plains.
PARYS Drive along the northern part of the Free State and you will find the delights of Parys along the Vaal River. This little dorp is located within the oldest and largest meteorite impact site in the world, the Vredefort Dome, formed some 2 023 million years ago. An asteroid, roughly the size of Table Mountain, collided with earth, so you can only imagine the impact of that!
THINGS TO DO: THE DE STIJL GARIEP HOTEL: This hotel is now the Upper Karoo’s most stylish hotel. It overlooks the Gariep Dam, giving breathtaking big sky views. The atmosphere is ideal for long lazy weekends! THE TIGERS OF TIGER CANYONS: Not only a hugely successful conservation project, it’s also the chance for you to get up close to free ranging wild tigers in the African bush. DAM WALL TOUR: One of South Africa’s most celebrated civil engineering projects on the country’s biggest dam. Local guides take visitors on interesting tours of the Gariep Dam wall through passages and down to the bedrock. If you’re lucky, they might open the sluice gates while you’re there.
THINGS TO DO: Visit one of the mountains in the area and get a 360-degree view of the humbling Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site. Once you’re done, you can paddle the Vaal or if you’re more inclined towards consumer ‘sports’, then you must check out the glut of antique shops on Breë Street - Parys’ ‘high street’. Serenely infused with country charm, it’s perfect for a stroll. Don’t forget your wallet as it’s littered with antique shops, art galleries and bistros, the contents of which all scream, ‘Buy me!’ Also look out for the Bon-Af Berry Farm & Tea Garden signboard, located just off the R59. Here you can pick and take home more than 80 different varieties of berries including gooseberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, elderberries, black nightshade and many more – all for just R30 a punnet.
THE VULTURE RESTAURANT AT GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL PARK
Millions of years ago, the area was a swampy delta ruled by dinosaurs. Today in the foothills of Lesotho’s Maluti Mountains, The Golden Gate National Park offers unforgettable hikes through extraordinary landscapes with an abundance of caves and shelters. For a real thrill, a 300-metre hike will take you to a the very neat and functional bird hide known as the
TIP: It’s recommended that you go in the mornings, as this is the most popular time for the vultures to feed!
‘vulture restaurant’ to provide hours of entertainment – given that there are fresh carcasses of course! If you are lucky, the Cape Vulture and the endangered Bearded Vulture can be seen scavenging; a sight that will leave you breathless. And you’re pretty much guaranteed to see some interesting jackal and raven antics too.
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EVENTS WORTH TRAVELLING FOR! FREE STATE FLOWER FESTIVAL PARYS (NOVEMBER)
CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL CLARENS (FEBRUARY)
Join SA’s most loved breweries in the tranquil village of Clarens, where top dedicated micro-breweries return to the majestic foothills of the Maluti mountains for a weekend filled with fun, flavour and great entertainment.
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A brilliant flower parade takes to the streets with dancers, massive floats and giant flower puppets in a fantastic Disney-like flower story.
Enjoy the biggest selection of roses in the Free State! Walk through an expo of Green Businesses, sanctuaries of vivid colours, water and soothing greenery and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.
Catch cherry fever in what is known as the ‘Cherry Capital’ of the world. A highlight event on the South African tourism calendar!
PAYING YOUR TOLLS HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER Having an e-tag means you now have the added convenience of having multiple toll routes linked to one account. It reduces the amount of time spent on the road and provides free ﬂowing traﬃc which eliminates congestion. You are also able to manage your account beמּer with access to itemised billing. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? FOLLOW THESE THREE EASY STEPS FOR A QUICKER AND PLEASANT TOLL EXPERIENCE: • Open a SANRAL account • Link it to a payment method of your choice • Fix the *tag to the inside of the windscreen of your vehicle *E-tags are available from SANRAL outlets, alternatively you can log onto www.sanral.co.za for a list of participating retailers. For more information contact our customer careline on: 0800 BAKWENA I 0800 225 9362 I email@example.com TAGS ARE NOW ACCEPTED ON ALL OF THESE TOLL ROUTES BAKWENA TRAC
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With an average speed of 120 kilometres per hour (and reaching speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour), over two kilometres of breath taking views, Zip 2000 has held the title of the worldâ€™s longest, highest and fastest zip slide.
NORTH WEST A PLACE TO PLAY One of the world’s richest platinum reserves is also home to the glamorous Sun City gaming and entertainment resort, an enormous range of leisure options, a wonder of premier wildlife destinations and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites! There’s plenty to see, do and explore. Welcome to what is also known as the heritage destination of SA!
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FUN FACT! The team that built the Zip 2000 zip slide also built the rope bridge and the Maze of the Lost City (located close to the Sun City Entertainment Area).
There’s a higher zip slide in Alaska, there’s a longer zip slide in South America, but to get the total thrill of speed, distance and varying heights above ground, Zip 2000 is the ultimate experience. With an average speed of 120 kilometres per hour (and reaching speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour), over two kilometres of breath taking views, Zip 2000 has held the title of the world’s longest, highest and fastest zip slide. Also, unlike many other great adventure activities, this one is open to young ones from the age of 12, making it a fun family activity.
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PICNIC HEAVEN! MOUNTAIN SANCTUARY PARK & TONQUANI ROCK POOLS This privately owned nature reserve, nestled in the ancient Magaliesberg Mountains, is enveloped by the most magnificent crystal clear mountain pools and extraordinary rock formations. The walks are exquisite and you can swim in the crystal clear rock pools. Embrace your inner child and spend time playing at the natural ‘slide pools’ where you literally slide down smooth algaecovered rocks splashing into spring water – but be careful, the
rocks are very slippery! Pack a picnic and prepare to waste away some well-deserved lazy hours in the beating sun. This environment is perfectly suited if you’re looking for a relaxing weekend getaway where the emphasis is on the peace and quiet of nature, and it sure will suck you in with its beauty and tranquillity. There is also a strict ‘no noise’ policy after 9pm, to assure a wonderful quiet break.
NIROX SCULPTURE PARK For a great way to spend a Sunday, art lovers must visit the Nirox Foundation complex and become immersed in a fascinating world of sculpture. The scenery alone is enough to get you there! It’s a 15 hectare lush expanse of land that was once a commercial trout farm, and is now a serene atmosphere of walkways and water features. As you stroll through the garden, you are met by wonderful creations from giant kneeling figures to steel mesh heads that appear to be emerging from the earth. But, perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the garden is that none of the works are permanent fixtures. Works are continuously replaced by the works of other artists, which means that each trip to the park is certain to be a new and unpredictable experience.
DID YOU KNOW? The North West Province is home to two of the eight UNESCO World Heritage sites in South Africa: The Taung Skull Fossil Site (where the Taung Skull was found in 1924) and the Vredefort Dome (the oldest meteorite impact structure on Earth), estimated to date back more than two
million years! The North West Province is also known as the ‘Platinum Province’ because of its abundance of platinum. Most of the platinum around the world comes from North West’s Merensky Reef.
There’s also an amphitheatre, where jazz concerts and poetry readings are held regularly.
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THE MAGALIESBURG EXPRESS From the moment you stand on the platform ready to board, to the moment she chuffs you breathily back to the station before sunset, you’re in for an unforgettable rail adventure! The Magaliesburg Express, operated by a voluntary group of rail enthusiasts (Reef Steamers), will rekindle the romance of rail travel. The rhythmic clickety-clack ride will take you to the original Krugersdorp station building (built in 1896), and an hour later you arrive at your choice of destination - either the Magaliesburg Country Hotel, or the Swallows Inn, in the town of Magaliesburg. You’ll have just under four hours to explore the quaint village’s craft shops, enjoy a leisurely lunch, or swim, braai, or picnic. Then it’s all aboard once more for a scenic trip back to Johannesburg, as the countryside steams by. It’s a great and unusual way to spend a day.
The train departs from different stations at different times, so consult www.reefsteamers.com for exact times and to book! The cost is R250 per adult, R165 per child (3-12). Magaliesburg Express trains sell refreshments, snacks and sweets on a cash-only basis. Bring your own picnic, book a buffet lunch at the Magaliesburg Country Hotel (approximately R120 pp, half-price for children under 12), or bring-and-braai at the Swallows Inn (R20 p/p). There are also fast food franchises in town.
Itâ€™s a Fact Kitchens Improve Vacations! What makes a great vacation? While some say itâ€™s the destination, being with your loved ones and even the weather - research has revealed that the most important factor is actually a kitchen.
Also, the flexibility of being able to grab a healthy snack or have breakfast and lunch at your convenience allows more time for other holiday activities.
ARDA (American Resort Development Association) International Foundation found in an omnibus survey that more than 85% of vacation owners had the use of a kitchen on their vacation, compared to only 37% of non-owners. At least 99% that used the kitchen said that it improved their vacation so much that they planned to book their next break with accommodation that included a kitchen.
Moms and dads will vouch for the fact that kitchens are perfect for families with young children as it makes it possible to give kids an early dinner and then head out to enjoy some well-deserved adult dining and conversation. And for the aspiring master chef in every family kitchens make it possible to enjoy your favourite family meals while on holiday or to explore new recipes with local ingredients.
So, why are kitchens so appealing to vacation owners? The Vacation Ownership Association of SA (VOASA) explains that while dining out certainly is a treat it can also add up, whereas kitchens are a major cost saver.
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Vacation owners know that kitchens improve holidays, which is just one of the many reasons why they love their home-away-from-home quality holiday experiences and are never stuck eating pizza in cramped rooms or sharing common eating amenities with strangers.
MOKKA X The Mokka X is a nimble city runaround that has a good engine which delivers ample power and great economy.
here is no doubt that Opel is making some of the best affordable cars on the market at the moment. With the all new Astra winning the South African Car of the Year for 2017, among its many international accolades, the new Mokka X is filling a gap between hatchback and SUV - a segment we like to call CUV, the Compact Utility Vehicle.
SUVs are incredibly popular at the moment, especially in South Africa, because they offer more space and safety than a standard family sedan. The higher ride height gives better visibility and with the state of some of our roads, having a car with a big ground clearance helps in the negotiation of potholes. But SUVs are expensive, most of them drink petrol quicker than you can put it in and most of us don’t actually need a car that big.
This is where the CUV comes in and this is why the Opel Mokka X is such a great car to buy for the family. The Mokka X looks like a Corsa that had a huge lunch. There is obvious hatchback pedigree in its design, but it looks and feels much bigger. The increased size is very noticeable when you sit behind the wheel or if you have to squeeze your luggage and a pram into the boot (something we experienced first-hand), but the compact nature of the Mokka X is evident when you have to park this CUV in one of those compact mall bays. The Mokka X is a nimble city runaround that has a good engine which delivers ample power and great economy. It isn’t a car which is built for racing, but at the same time it offers just enough zip to get the blood pumping. The 1.4 litre Turbo engine gives
...the new Mokka X is filling a gap between hatchback and SUV – a segment we like to call CUV – the Compact Utility Vehicle.
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you 103 kW of power and 200 N m of torque, and with the six-speed manual gearbox, most drivers will have a lot of fun behind the wheel. The Key standard features of the new Mokka X takes up an entire web page, but the ones we enjoyed the most were the cruise control system with speed limiter, speed sensitive power steering and the IntelliLink system with BluetoothÂŽ, USB and auxiliary ports. The speed sensitive power steering meant that at every speed, you get the best response. The world is evolving and so are our cars. The Mokka X and other CUVs represent a step in the right direction for families looking for more than just an automotive experience. The Mokka X represents the perfect example of how compromise can be a good thing. Just big enough to count and just small enough to manage. Starting from R317 000 and with so many special offers, itâ€™s certainly worth looking into.
The world is evolving and so are our cars. The Mokka X and other CUVs represent a step in the right direction for families looking for more than just an automotive experience.
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EXTENDING YOUR BATTERY LIFE 1. Have the voltage, charge level and starting power of the battery, as well as power loss in the car, checked at regular intervals. 2. It is advisable to remove the battery before storing the car long periods of time. Our advice: Store it in a cool place. EN_20_050_0078I
3. Inspect the battery at least twice a year – once a month in winter (frosty conditions), in the case of older batteries. 4. Make sure the battery is firmly in position in the battery compartment and that the metal parts of the battery have been greased and the terminals firmly tightened. 5. Remember to turn off your headlights, so they don’t drain the battery.
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Temporary blurred vision is more likely to occur in winter, warns Eye Researcher
Blurred vision, according to Water and Eye Researcher, Sharon Kleyne, occurs when the tear glands of the eyes attempt to compensate for the loss of tear film water to evaporation by flooding the eyes with reflex tears. This causes the eyes to become temporarily watery and impairs light refraction. Dry eye may also cause dry spots on the cornea, the clear part of the eye. Since water is critical to light refraction, images transmitted through a corneal dry spot tend to be distorted and unclear. In both cases, closing the eyes briefly, or taking a short nap, will often clear up the problem.
Kleyne warns that episodes of temporary blurred vision, especially when associated with other dry eye complaints, can be extremely dangerous especially when driving at night. Many people feel insecure, uncomfortable and stressed when driving, especially in difficult light and weather conditions such as rain and mist, or at dusk or night. Choose one pair of glasses for everyday use and safer driving!
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HEALTH & SAFETY PREVENT COLDS AND FLU • Take zinc supplements to increase your immune system. • Remember the five-a-day rule: eat palm sized portions of two fruits and three veg daily.
• Wash hands regularly to prevent the spread of germs. • Keep windows open to allow fresh air in and germs out!
• Continue with moderate exercise throughout winter ideally 200 minutes a week but even just taking a brisk walk can make a difference.
• Stay well hydrated.
• Get seven tp eight hours of sleep a night.
• Flu vaccines help prevent flu and this is a time that children and the elderly are most susceptible. The best time to have the flu injection is ideally four to six weeks before flu season descends, but better late than never. NHC health centres offer the flu vaccine at all their branches.
BEAT DRY SKIN Dry skin is especially common in the winter months, when the humidity level outside drops. When the air outside is cold and dry, the water in your skin evaporates more quickly; this makes your skin feel dry and tight, and makes it look flaky. To beat dry winter skin you should moisturize immediately after a bath, avoid overly hot baths and showers, drink eight glasses of water a dry, apply sunscreen, even in cloudy weather, and increase your intake of Omega 3.
INTERESTING FACT Apples, garlic and onion all contain anti-viral and immune boosting properties!
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DIGITALLY DETOX YOUR FAMILY!
friend on Facebook recently posted how he had asked his wife to rate him, out of 10, as a father and as a husband. He was horrified when she gave him a seven and a six, respectively. His wife’s main reasoning was because he was often “checked out” when he was at home because he was so engaged with his digital devices. The realisation made him decide to ‘check his phone in’ when he got home from work and to spend a solid three hours engaging with his family.
He challenged others to make the same commitment and be present, in more ways than just physically. ‘Device check in’, is a good tip on how to digitally detox. Here are five more:
1. IRL (IN REAL LIFE) One of the main reasons teenagers are addicted to their devices is not to surf the Net but rather to be in constant contact with their friends. Introduce ‘in real life’ friend experiences at your home once a month. This may mean 10 teenagers playing night soccer experience will be enriching, meaningful and real!
2. POWER HOUR Banning technology in your home will make kids want it more! Allow time for them to play on their devices, but set a time limit. Everyday, after sport and homework of course, allow your kids surfing or TV time. Once that time is up, it’s game over – even if it means unplugging the modem.
3. BOOKS IN BED Digital devices should never be allowed in any bedrooms – make bedrooms a tech-free space. Build a library of kids’ books and allow your children to choose a book (made of paper) to read in bed. For smaller children it will give you quality time to introduce them to the classics and for older children, it will allow them the chance to discover the joy of being lost in a story, like Harry Potter for example.
4. TOPSY TURVEY NIGHT Once every two weeks, on a weekend, implement family ‘topsey turvey night’. This is a night when crazy happens and technology disappears. Set up camp in the lounge for the whole family, eat dessert before your mains and play ‘family has talent’ – singing, dancing, acting and laughing! Engaging on this level will make them realise that fun exists beyond the screen and these are the things memories are made of.
5. GREEN FINGERS
Allow your kids to research how to build a veggie patch or plant a garden on their digital devices. The research will be digital but the actual build will mean fresh air, dirty hands, accomplishment and interest in nature.
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Published on Jun 9, 2017