Posts – Culture & History

Celebrate Bastille Day in Franschhoek

Franschhoek seldom needs an excuse for a festival, but one of its favourites is its Bastille Day celebration, now in its 21st year.

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Johannesburg’s Nizamiye Mosque – the biggest in the southern hemisphere

Just a few years ago, a wide swathe of grassy, empty land lined the Old Pretoria Road in Midrand, Johannesburg. Today, the four tall minarets that pierce the Highveld sky proclaim the imposing presence of the first Ottoman-style mosque in the southern hemisphere.

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Leshiba Wilderness: The art of fulfilling travel

  • 05 July 2014 by Willem Steenkamp

In this age of convenience, we’ve become accustomed to not working for the things that turn us on intellectually and emotionally – but sometimes a little effort makes them even better.

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Backpacking along the Wild Coast

  • 03 July 2014 by Lynnette Johns

South Africa’s Wild Coast, as the name suggests, is an untamed strip of coastline in the Eastern Cape. It stretches from East London to the mouth of the Mtamvuna River, and is increasingly popular with tourists. Backpacking is one of the best ways to experience the Wild Coast.

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The Cape route less travelled

  • 30 June 2014 by Lynnette Johns

Take the road less travelled with Coffeebeans Routes and get a taste of the Cape that you will never forget. Choose whatever takes your fancy: a jazz safari visiting legendary jazz musicians in their homes, or one of the other routes showcasing revolution, storytelling, food, art, music and design.

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Braamfontein: Places and spaces

There’s a major buzz in Braamfontein, and it’s all part of the regeneration of Johannesburg as a city where people live, work and play. Here’s our list of fun places to hang out ...

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12 things to do in Franschhoek

Franschhoek lies in a beautiful valley, surrounded by mountains and vineyards. It’s known as the food and wine capital of South Africa, but there’s so much more to do in and around this lovely little town.

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The misty, magical story of Modjadji, the Rain Queen

  • 18 June 2014 by Willem Steenkamp

Set in the majestic green mountains just north of Tzaneen, in Limpopo, is the seat of South Africa’s only matrilineal – and most secretive – dynasty: the royal kraal of Modjadji, the Rain Queen of the Balobedu people.

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Youth Day: June 16, always remembered

  • 16 June 2014 by Kolosa Vuso

June 16 marks a special day on the South African calendar – it’s a day that honours youth who fought for a fair education system during apartheid, as well as the role of youth in the liberation of South Africa.

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​South Africa's oldest pubs and bars: Watering holes with a history

  • 13 June 2014 by Daphney Mngomeni

South Africa has a long and interesting history when it comes to beer, bars and pubs.

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