Archive | South Africa

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town

On the comparatively  verdant, eastern facing slopes of Table Mountain lies one of South Africa’s most under rated, but nonetheless superb attractions. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a world renowned destination, covering five of South Africa’s six biomes, and underwritten by a commitment to the preservation of the natural plant heritage of South Africa, but […]

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Vergelegen Estate, Somerset West

Rating: Vergelegen Estate in Somerset West, just outside Cape Town in the Western Cape, is among the premier infield wine destinations accessible from Cape Town. Somerset West is a little bit of a bedroom community for the Cape, and on the surface has a slightly industrial flavor, with the main freeway running through towards Cape […]

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Kariega Game Reserve, Private Conservation With a Difference

Rating: One thing that South Africa does very well is private conservancies equipped with luxury bush camps and lodges. There are a good number of these out there, some with iconic names, others small, specialized and obscure. It is these establishments that help place South Africa very much on the front line of African wildlife […]

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Giants Castle, Drakensberg uKhahlamba Park

The Drakensberg uKhahlamba National Park comprises a number of individual conservation areas that collectively embrace the Drakensberg Escarpment under state protection as areas of supreme natural beauty, a fact which also exists under the purview of the United Nations as an International Heritage site. Giant’s Castle is not regarded as the most outstanding of the […]

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Spioenkop Battlesite South Africa

Spioenkop (lookout, or spy hill), or Spionkop  as it is frequently, but incorrectly spelled, is another of the better known battlesites that litter the South African Battlefield Route. It is located  about 20 miles southeast of Ladysmith, and was fought as part of the British attempts to break the Siege of Ladysmith that took place […]

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Isandlwana Lodge

Rating: Overlooking the iconic Isandlwana Battlefield, arguably the most recognizable feature on the KwaZulu/Natal Battlefield Route sits Isandlwana Lodge, a four star hospitality establishment reflecting all the by now well established traditions of the South African, and in fact African, wilderness lodge network. As might be expected Isandlwana Lodge is themed around the local Zulu […]

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The Battles of Isandlwana and Blood River, South African Military Heritage Sites

Two of the most impactful and symbolic battle sites in southern Africa are Isandlwana and Blood River, both of which involved the powerful and highly militaristic Zulu, against the British and the Boer respectively. The first battle took place on January 22 1879, and the second on 16 December 1838. During Blood River a force […]

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