South Africa

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Additional Information
Capital cape town
Currency ZAR
Timezone Africa/Johannesburg
Total States 9
Airport City Andrew's Field Airport, Aggeneys Airport, Aliwal North Airport, Alldays Airport, Barberton Airport
Ruling Type Government
Offical Languages Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho
National Animal Springbok
Food Boerewors, Chakalaka & pap, Bunny chow
Seasons Autumn  : Mar - Jun
Summer : Dec - Mar
Winter     : Jun - Sep
Sprint      : Sep - Dec


Destination



1 ) Cape Town
Popular - Capital City     Location - Cape Town, -Eastern Cape, -South Africa

Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum.
 


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2 ) Johannesburg
Popular - Theme Park     Location - Johannesburg, -Gauteng, -South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa's biggest city and capital of Gauteng province, began as a 19th-century gold-mining settlement. Its sprawling Soweto township was once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Mandela’s former residence is now the Mandela House museum. Other Soweto museums that recount the struggle to end segregation include the somber Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill, a former prison complex.
To the northeast, Herman Eckstein Park encompasses a boating lake and Johannesburg Zoo. The Gold Reef City theme park combines thrill rides with mining history and an underground tour. The Johannesburg Art Gallery features contemporary local work and 17th-century Dutch paintings. Arts on Main is a trendy studio development in a converted industrial precinct, part of the up-and-coming Maboneng district. Upmarket stores cluster at the Sandton City mall, and Sunday’s Rosebank Rooftop Market showcases African crafts, food and entertainment.


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3 ) Port Elizabeth
Popular - Beach     Location - Port Elizabeth, -Eastern Cape, -South Africa

Port Elizabeth is a city on Algoa Bay in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province. A major port, it's also known for its numerous beaches. The Donkin Heritage Trail takes in the Old Hill neighbourhood's Victorian landmarks. Coastal boat tours spot whales and rare seabirds, while wildlife reserves outside the metropolitan area are home to elephants, rhinos and other big game.

Port Elizabeth is one of the major cities in South Africa; it is situated in the Eastern Cape Province. The city, often shortened to PE and nicknamed "The Windy City", stretches for 16 kilometres (10 mi) along Algoa Bay, and is one of the major seaports in South Africa. Port Elizabeth is the southernmost large city on the African continent, farther south than Cape Town.

It was founded in the early 19th century by the government of the Cape Colony with about 4,000 British colonists, recruited in 1820 in order to strengthen the border region between the Cape Colony and the Xhosa. It now forms part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, which has a population of over 1.3 million.


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4 ) Knysna
Popular - Wild life & Adventure     Location - Knysna, -Western Cape, -South Africa

The charming town of Knysna offers accommodation in a veritable paradise of lush indigenous forests, tranquil lakes, and golden beaches; showcasing the natural loveliness of South Africa. She nestles on the banks of a breathtakingly pretty lagoon, now a protected marine reserve that is home to the extraordinary Knysna seahorse and over 200 species of fish.

Knysna is a town with 68,659 inhabitants as of 2011 in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and is part of the Garden Route. It lies 34 degrees south of the equator, and is 55 kilometres east from the city of George on the N2 highway, and 33 kilometres west of the town of Plettenberg Bay on the same road

Knysna is a natural paradise of lush, indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches. She nestles on the banks of a breathtakingly pretty lagoon, now a protected marine reserve that is home to the extraordinary sea horse and over 200 species of fish.Beaches, lakes, mountains and rivers provide endless opportunity for leisure and outdoor adventure. Within the town, craft shops, flea-markets and cosy cafés beckon with small-town charm and hospitality. The area around Knysna is a veritable Garden of Eden. This is home of the only forest elephant in South Africa, the rare Pansy Shell, the brilliantly coloured, and elusive, Knysna Loerie, a plethora of waterfowl and forest birds, dolphins and visiting whales.

 


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5 ) Durban
Popular - Theme Park     Location - Durban, -KwaZulu-Natal, -South Africa

Durban, a coastal city in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, is known for its African, Indian and colonial influences. Refurbished for soccer’s 2010 World Cup, the seafront promenade runs from uShaka Marine World, a huge theme park with an aquarium, to the futuristic Moses Mabhida Stadium. The Durban Botanical Gardens showcases African plant species
 


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6 ) Pretoria
Popular - Wild life & Adventure     Location - Pretoria, -Gauteng, -South Africa

Pretoria (Tshwane), in Gauteng Province, is the administrative capital of South Africa. Known as "Jacaranda City" for its thousands of jacaranda trees, it's also home to universities and government buildings. The semicircular Union Buildings encompass the president's offices and hosted Nelson Mandela's inauguration. Nearby is the Voortrekker Monument, honouring 19th-century Afrikaans settlers from the Cape Colony.
Church Square is flanked by historic buildings such as neo-Renaissance Ou Raadsaal and stately Palace of Justice, both completed in the late 19th century. Close by, the Kruger House is where Paul Kruger, the former President of the Transvaal, lived from 1883 to 1901. The expansive National Zoological Gardens is home to rare species such as Komodo dragons. Other animals, such as the blue wildebeest, can be found at the Groenkloof Nature Reserve, which offers game safaris and many outdoor activities. Pretoria also hosts a number of local food and flea markets.


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7 ) Hermanus
Popular - Beach     Location - Hermanus, -Western Cape, -South Africa

Hermanus is a seaside town southeast of Cape Town, in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. It's known as a whale-watching destination. Beaches include Voëlklip Beach and the broad Grotto Beach, overlooking Walker Bay. The Old Harbour Museum is a site encompassing the old harbour, a fishermen’s village and the Whale House Museum. The latter has informative displays and a suspended skeleton of a whale.
The museum complex also includes De Wet’s Huis Photographic Museum, displaying pictures of Hermanus in the early 20th-century, and the Open Air Museum with fish sheds and brine tanks. North of town, Fernkloof Nature Reserve is home to wildlife like long-tailed Cape sugarbirds, as well as indigenous plant species and trails leading to views of the bay. Rotary Way is a mountain road with lookout points with views that stretch from Sandbaai, to the west, to the Klein River Valley, in the east. Starting in Benguela Cove, popular wine routes meander through the Hemel en Aarde Valley, dotted with vineyards and wineries.


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8 ) Stellenbosch
Popular - Scenic Area     Location - Stellenbosch, -Western Cape, -South Africa

Stellenbosch is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa, situated about 50 kilometres east of Cape Town, along the banks of the Eerste River at the foot of the Stellenbosch Mountain. It's surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Jonkershoek and Simonsberg. The town's oak-shaded streets are lined with cafes, boutiques and art galleries. Cape Dutch architecture gives a sense of South Africa's Dutch colonial history, as do the Village Museum's period houses and gardens.

It is the second oldest European settlement in the province, after Cape Town. The town became known as the City of Oaks or Eikestad in Afrikaans and Dutch due to the large number of oak trees that were planted by its founder, Simon van der Stel, to grace the streets and homesteads.

Stellenbosch has its own municipality (incorporating the neighbouring towns of Pniel and Franschhoek), adjoining the metropolitan area of the City of Cape Town. The town is home to Stellenbosch University. Technopark is a modern science park situated on the southern side of the town near the Stellenbosch Golf Course.


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9 ) Franschhoek
Popular - Architecture     Location - Franschhoek, -Western Cape, -South Africa

Franschhoek is a town in South Africa’s Western Cape with centuries-old vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture. Trails wind through flowers and wildlife at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve to views over Franschhoek Valley. The Huguenot Memorial Museum and neighboring monument honor the area’s French settlers, who arrived in the 17th and 18th centuries. Franschhoek Motor Museum displays vintage cars amid mountain farmland.

Just a short drive from Cape Town, you’ll find this petite piece of France (Franschhoek means “French corner” in Dutch), where French Huguenots fleeing religious persecution arrived during the late 17th century. Though they would gradually integrate into the culture of the Dutch farmers who worked the land alongside them, their cultural influences were adopted along with those of the Dutch settlers, freed slaves and indigenous Khoi and San peoples to create a rich and unique heritage befitting the splendid beauty of this majestic valley.


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Activity



1 ) Soweto
Activity Duration - 24 hours     Activity Category - Attraction

Soweto is an urban settlement or 'township' in South Africa, southwest of Johannesburg, with a population of approximately 1.3 million.Soweto was created in the 1930s when the White government started seperating Blacks from Whites. Blacks were moved away from Johannesburg, to an area separated from White suburbs by a so-called cordon sanitaire (or sanitary corridor) this was usually a river, a railway track, an industrial area or a highway etc., they did this by using the infamous 'Urban Areas Act' in 1923.

Soweto became the largest Black city in South Africa, but until 1976 its population could have status only as temporary residents, serving as a workforce for Johannesburg. It experienced civil unrest during the Apartheid regime. There were serious riots in 1976, sparked by a ruling that Afrikaans be used in African schools there; the riots were violently suppressed, with 176 striking students killed and more than 1,000 injured. Reforms followed, but riots flared up again in 1985 and continued until the first multiracial elections were held in April 1994.In 2010, South Africa's oldest township hosted the FIFA Soccer World Cup final and the attention of more than a billion soccer spectators from all over the world was focused on Soweto.


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Festival

1 ) The National Arts Festival

Festival Month - June

Out of all the art festivals in South Africa, the National Arts Festival stands out/. Famous for being one of the greatest gatherings of artists from all over the world, this event is one of the best in the country. With a no restraint rule, you will get to see some of the most incredible art pieces here.


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2 ) Cape Town Jazz Festival

Festival Month - March

An event that needs no introduction, the Cape Town Jazz Festival is one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in South Africa. It is the fourth largest jazz festival in the world and musicians from all over the world come together to bring the best of this genre of music.


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3 ) Knysna Oyster Festival

Festival Month - July

Often termed as the ‘Best 10 Days of Your Winter’, the Knysna Oyster Festival is one of the best outdoor family and community events of South Africa. The two most popular events of this event are Pick n Pay Cape Times Forest Marathon and the Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Cycle Tour.


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