South Africa is full of beauty, both natural and man-made, and has amazing oceans and views as well as the gorgeous architecture and culture. We have it all, our diverse ecosystem, wildlife, numerous indigenous plant species and unique mountains. Our sunsets are spectacular and our skies share the same beautiful hues and colours of sunset. What more can we asked for?
1.SHAKALAND ZULU CULTURAL VILLAGE – ESHOWE
The village is the oldest Zulu Cultural Village in Zululand. The village was originally built as a scenery for the movie “Shaka Zulu”. Shakaland is situated in the Entembeni hills with a view of the bushland and the Pobane Lake. The Umuzi consists of several Zulu round-huts built in a circle around the cattle kraal. At the open-air museum you can learn about the Zulus’ former traditional way of life. A social system explained the rites, costumes, meaning of their clothes and ornaments. You will be entertained by their fighting technique, various crafts and afterwards you can taste the Zulu beer and join in a traditional meal. You can visit the village by appointment only. The village offers overnight stays in a traditional Zulu beehive hut with all the modern luxuries of today, including DSTV.
2.FLY FISHING IN DULLSTROOM
Dullstroom is a charming village nestled in the Mpumalanga Highlands. It is renowed for its fly fishing, but also offer other outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain-biking, horse riding and other adventures sports. Some of the favourite fly fishing spots is at Talbot Farm, Remi Lodge, Field & Stream, Walkersons and Spring Valley Retreat. Accommodation is available at each of the spots. You can catch trout all seasons, but the best time is from May to August. Dullstroom is a arts community and is an escape for artists, writers and musicians. The beautiful rivers and greenhills makes Dullstroom a perfect spot for honeymoons.
3.ORANGE RIVER RAFTING
River rafting experiences is rated as one of the best entry level rafting adventures in South Africa. The Orange River rafting offers an outdoor adventure for the family and friends. You can feel the flow from the Maloti Mountains in the Drakensburg through the desert at Richtersveld while you paddle on the longest river in South Africa. A highlight of the rafting trips is the portage into the gorge and a few meters up to where the Waterfall dropping into the Gorge itself. After a long day on the river, you can sit around a bonfire and look up at the stars and experience a sight you have never witnessed and will ensure you memories for a lifetime.
4.HOWICK FALLS IN KWAZULU-NATAL
KwaNogqaza the “The place of the tall one” is the other name of the 95 meter Howick Falls is called by. Following the course of gorges and steep crags, forming volleys of water that rush into pools and beyond, until it reaches the Indian Ocean. Local legends believe that the water cascading down the waterfall into a broiling pool is the place of the spirits of ancestors. They believe a giant snake-like creature lives in the pool and because of this only sangomas are safe close to the falls. The view from the top is spectacular and the volley of water mesmerizing. You will find interesting walks and trails, some to the bottom of the walls. The official Howick Falls Gorge Walk begins at the bottom of Harvard Street and makes its way to the seat of the falls. Some interesting facts is that Mark Twain visited the Howick Falls Hotel in 1896 and has been recently link with Nelson Mandela’s arrest in 1962.
5.BATHURST – PORT ALFRED
The small town with the big pineapple is located 12 kilometers inland from Port Alfred in the Eastern Province. It’s local chief claimed that Bathurst was famous because it was the administrative center of the 1820 British Settlers established in the district as a buffer between the Cape Colony and the Xhosa pastoralists. Many of the original settler houses and other buildings have been preserved. The oldest building built by Thomas Hartley in 1831 today is housing the oldest pub in the country. The populations mostly consists of artists, academics and retirees. Places to visit: Waters Nature Reserve, The Horseshoe Bend, Bradshaw’q Mill, Wesleyan Chapel, St. John’s Anglican Church and Bathurst Agricultural Museum. There is also coffee shops and a small art gallery.
6.THE OLD BISCUIT MILL – CAPE TOWN
The adorable village with the city’s most charming architecture is in the heart of Woodstock. The Mill is home to day and night markets, office space, workshops, stalls, restaurants as well as line-ups of festivals and productions. You can meet many of South Africa’s most talented designers, artists, photographers, and connoisseurs of fine taste and décor. The mill started out as a biscuit mill and before it’s conversion it was a mill for “Photts”. Things to see/visit: CocoaFair, Gourmet Food Galore, Hint Hunt, Wine at the Mill, Arts and Crafts, Pottery, Neighbourgoods Market, Boundry Architect, Style and Décor.