Category: Things To Do

The Best Beaches in Durban

February 23, 2015

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Durban's beaches along the Golden Mile

Durban, the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal, is the biggest city on the Indian Ocean and one of the busiest ports in all of Africa. The name “Durban” means “bay” or “lagoon.” In other words, this is a city closely tied to water – so it’s not surprising that it’s a popular beach destination.

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Constitution Hill in Johannesburg

January 26, 2015

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Flag in Constitution Hall

South Africa doesn’t have one capital city – it has three, one for each branch of government. In addition, a fourth city – Johannesburg – is the site of the country’s Constitutional Court. The court is an important historic place in the city, at Constitution Hill.

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Cape Malay Culture in Cape Town

December 29, 2014

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The colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood in Cape Town

Cape Malay sounds like it’s a place, but it’s not – it’s a community of people in South Africa, originating around the Cape Town area.

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Mandela Family Museum

December 1, 2014

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Kitchen in the Mandela Family Museum, Mandela's former home

In 1946, Nelson Mandela moved into a small house in Johannesburg’s Soweto neighborhood. This is the house in which he lived with his wife Winnie when he was arrested in 1962 and later thrown in prison for what would end up being 27 years. He returned to the house for a short time in 1990 upon his release, and today the house is the Mandela Family Museum.

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Cape Town from Above

November 3, 2014

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Helicopter tour over Cape Town

Some places don’t really come into focus until you can see the big picture. Cape Town can be sampled in different areas – the trendy V&A Waterfront, the white sandy beaches, the majestic Table Mountain – but until you can see it from the air you can’t quite put it all into context. Luckily, there are tours that will get you up in the air over Cape Town.

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MuseuMAfricA in Johannesburg

October 27, 2014

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MuseuMAfricA

The premier African cultural history museum in Johannesburg is MuseuMAfricA, but you might be surprised to learn that the museum’s roots go back decades – long before apartheid was a thing of the past.

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