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21st February 2013

table mountain,cape town,south africaTable Mountain
One of South Africa's most spectacular landmarks, Table Mountain towers 1.086m above the 'Mother City', and on a clear day can be  seen from as far as 200km out to sea. A quick trip up the cable car is a must,  offering breathtaking views of the city and coastline from the many view points  at the top. For the more energetic pack a picnic and a map and hike up one of  the mountain paths, drinking in the spectacular scenery and the rich diversity  of flora and fauna. No trip to Cape Town is complete without a visit to this  splendour of nature.


kruger national park,south africaThe Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is the  largest game reserve in South Africa. Nearly 2 million hector of land  with an extremely high diversity of life forms and archaeological sights are  protected in the oldest National    Park of South Africa.  The park is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish,  34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.Furthermore, it  preserves evidences of early human settlement such as the Thulamela Stone  Citadel or ore mines.Today the Kruger  National Park is one of the top tourist destinations in South Africa and  attracts about 1.25 million guests per year. Despite this huge number of  visitors, the park managed to align nature conservation with tourism very  well. Today it is a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.

ostrich farm,oudtshoorn ,south africaOutshoorn Ostrich Ranch and Cango Caves
Outshoorn became a thriving town in the early 20 th century when Ostrich feathers were at the height of fashion, and is now the Ostrich capital of the world. Visit one of the many ranches and learn more about these huge flightless birds, try your hand at riding one and take home an enormous painted egg as a souvenir! The Cango caves are situated 28km outside of Oudtshoorn, and are well-known for their fascinating limestone formations. The cave extends for 5.3km in a series of connected chambers, the largest at 107m being the Grand Hall. Experienced guides take you through the caves, and one can choose the length and degree of difficulty of the tour. A must see!

cango caves,oudtshoorn ,south africaCango Caves
The Cango Caves lies in the Swartberg Mountain Range in a limestone belt  measuring about 1,5km in width and almost 16km in length. The limestone layer  was formed by the deposit of calcium carbonate crystals. This part of South  Africa was once below the ocean. As the continent rose the Little Karoo finally  found itself above the water level. The caves only started to form some 20  million years ago, when the water level dropped to such an extent that the  ground water could start to seep into the limestone.

Tsitsikamma’s Big Tree
The  ancient Outeniqua yellowwood, estimated to be between 600 and 800 years old. Tourists  and locals are able to admire the tsitsikamma’s big tree,garden route,south africagiant specimen, reaching  40m skywards and a girth near to 9m. Sanral  has pledged to assist in improvements in efforts to attract more tourists, with  the construction of a secure public parking area that can accommodate up to 74  cars. The famed Tsitsikamma (a Khoi word meaning “place of abundant water”) Big  Tree lies within the boundaries of the spectacular Garden  Route National   Park, on South    Africa’s southern coast. The majestic tree is open to viewing all year around. Interested  visitors can park their cars in the parking lot beside the N2 near the Paul Sauer bridge over the Storms River – often incorrectly called the Storms River bridge.The walk to the yellowwood is about 1km in total and takes about 10  minutes through lush indigenous bush. For the more advanced hiker there  are two other trails starting from the same point, one of 2.6km and one  of 4.2km.From the shadow of the Big Tree visitors can also gaze over the  forest from a look-out deck, and the more energetic can wander down one  of the trails that are accessible from this point.

nelson mandela museum,eastern cape,south africaThe Mandela Museum
The Nelson Mandela  Museum in Mthatha, situated in the Eastern Cape, is fast becoming a top tourist attraction  in South Africa.   The Nelson Mandela National Museum  opened its doors on the 11th of February 2000 and the museum’s popularity  continues to increase daily with thousands of South African and international  tourists every year. The Mandela Museum is also considered one of South Africa's  most significant heritage institutions.It's a rather out of the way place  that nobody really knows about, yet it's a most fantastic museum once you're in  there.

The Big Hole – Kimberly
The province's capital, Kimberley,  dates back to the early 1870s when diamonds were discovered between the Vaal  and big hole,kimberly,northern cape,south africaOrange  rivers. Dug in the rush frenzy, the 500m wide Big Hole is now the biggest  attraction of the otherwise ordinary town. By 1914 when the mine closed, over 14,5 million carats of diamonds had been removed from the earth, from the hole  which descends 800 metres into the earth.The Kimberley Mine Museum consists of the old diamond-rush town, with shops, bars, banks and churches.
Diamonds are still mined from two mines on  the outskirts of the city, and tours underground are available.The Big Hole itself is an astonishing sight.Mined to a depth of 215 metres, and with a surface area of about 17 hectares and a perimeter of about 1,6 km, it is the largest hand-dug excavation in the world.On 14 August 1914 work on the mine was suspended.
By that time 22,5  million tons of earth had been excavated, yielding 2 722 kilograms of diamonds.

robben island,cape town,south africaRobben Island Museum
From  the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island  served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is a  World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder to South Africans of the  price paid for freedom.
History of Robben Island
People lived on Robben Island  many thousands of years ago, when the sea channel between the Island and the Cape mainland was not under water. Since the Dutch  settled at the Cape in the mid-1600s, Robben Island  was used primarily as a prison.Indigenous African leaders, Muslim leaders from the East Indies, Dutch and  British soldiers and civilians, women, and anti-apartheid activists, including  South Africa's first democratic President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and the  founding leader of the Pan Africanist Congress, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, were  all imprisoned on the Island.

 


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