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The first whales of the 2010 season have been spotted at De Hoop Nature Reserve. The reserve has some superb accommodation, including upmarket self-catering. South Africa’s coastal waters receive migrating whales each year between June and November, when they migrate from icy Antarctic waters and enter our sheltered bays to give birth to their young … Continue reading “It’s Whale Season!”

The Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban will host one of the semi-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

I’ve just read a story about a female humpback whale rescued near the Farallon Islands outside San Francisco’s Golden Gate, and it reports some really interesting post-rescue behaviour. A fisherman spotted a struggling whale that had become ensnared in a tangle of crab traps and lines. Weighted down by the heavy traps, she was battling … Continue reading “An Amazing Whale Story: What Do You Think?”

[Image: SA Tourism] South Africa is home to eight of the world’s official heritage sites, as determined by Unesco’s World Heritage Committee. Robben Island  is a cultural heritage site lying 11 kilometres offshore from Cape Town. This is where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison during South Africa’s pre-democracy years. The island has since … Continue reading “South Africa’s World Heritage Sites: Robben Island”

The incredible Table Mountain has captivated the imaginations of visitors since the earliest times. Made of sandstone, the majestic mountain reaches over a thousand metres at its highest point, which is marked by Maclear’s Beacon – a stone cairn built in 1865 by Sir Thomas Maclear for trigonometrical survey.

  Interested to learn how to produce a just-right malay curry? Take a guided walking tour through the colourful streets of Bo Kaap and meet up with some of the equally colourful locals. Shop for fresh spices and ingredients in a local store and meet one of the locals at her home. In her kitchen you … Continue reading “Cooking in the Bo-Kaap”

Source: examiner.com Nine South African cities were chosen to host soccer world cup 2010 matches. See all the teams, all the dates, all the venues, here. 1) Bloemfontein Bloemfontein, City of Roses, is something of an oasis right in the middle of both Free State province and South Africa, with no other major city for … Continue reading “The 9 host cities of South Africa”

At first glance, Kevin Richardson may look like any other 35 year old, but when you see his friends, you might have a different perspective… Kevin has always shown an interest in all types of creatures large and small and from an early age at just 3, was breeding crickets under his bed and keeping … Continue reading “The Lion Whisperer – Kevin Richardson”

Gauteng-aleng

Gauteng is one of South Africa’s well-known provinces. Being one of the smaller provinces in South Africa, it serves as one of the biggest with reference to the economy, population and popularity. With 11 dominant languages and Johannesburg as its capital, it is sure to see that Gauteng offers more than you bargain for. One … Continue reading “Gauteng-aleng”

From 1 to 5 July the Stellenbosch Wine Festival will paint the Winelands red – a treat for football fans who will be visiting the Mother City during the 2010 World Cup Soccer Season.  The Festival will also be running a fun Supporters’ Football Competition on a mini-pitch in the vineyards of the Helderberg region. … Continue reading “JUST FOR KICKS Soccer in the Cape Winelands”

UP, UP & AWAY

A Balloon Safari Offers Something Really Different If you’re going to do it – do it in unassailable style  It’s sunrise. The silence of flight is punctuated only by the occasional blast of the powerful burners and the faint call of a bird or animal far beneath. The thrill is indescribable. You’re sipping fine champagne while … Continue reading “UP, UP & AWAY”

From land to sea

If you’re not interested in safari’s or staying in a skyscraper hotel during the World Cup, you can always settle for the sea… Article from Suite101.com Luxury Cruise Ships Head to South Africa for Soccer’s Premier Event Two of the world’s biggest and most luxurious cruise ships will dock at South Africa’s harbours during the … Continue reading “From land to sea”