Category: Things To Do

Township Tours in Cape Town

April 13, 2015

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Overlooking a township in Cape Town

The history of townships in South Africa is a troubled one, growing as they did during apartheid as slums for non-whites. Today, the townships still exist, many large enough to be their own cities, and one of the ways visitors can start to understand their historic context is with a township tour.

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Day Trip to Stellenbosch from Cape Town

April 6, 2015

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Scenic Stellenbosch and some of its vineyards

The town of Stellenbosch is a popular day trip from Cape Town for its historic significance to the region – and, primarily, for the world-class wines that are grown there.

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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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