Posts – Culture & History

Welcome to St Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal

  • 04 February 2015 by Christine Marot

Tucked between the Indian Ocean and Lake St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal is a wildlife and bird-lovers’ paradise centred on the largest estuarine system on the African continent – welcome to St Lucia.


The Durban Natural Science Museum – fascinating, fun and free

  • 03 February 2015 by Christine Marot

Where can you find a life-sized dinosaur replica, a dodo skeleton and a mummy, all in one place? Head off to the heart of Durban and look out for the distinctive City Hall, home to the fascinating Durban Natural Science Museum.


The Cradle of Humankind: Does the past have a future?

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, the Cradle of Humankind – rolling hills and plains about an hour north-west of Johannesburg – is made up of 15 important fossil sites of which the possibly 20-million-year-old Sterkfontein Caves are the most renowned.


The Garden of Eden – Ardmore Ceramics, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

Today 60 Zulu artists create unique works of art in workshops at Ardmore Ceramics on a lovely farm by a tumbling river in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.


Art deco is alive and well in Durban – a photo essay

  • 28 January 2015 by Christine Marot

More than 20 buildings in Durban are considered significant examples of art deco architecture, while many lesser-known examples are dotted around older residential areas.


Artillery heritage of the Cape

  • 22 January 2015 by Willem Steenkamp

From sieges to coastal defence, maritime engagements to face-to-face battlefield action, artillery has often meant the difference between victory and defeat. Much of South Africa’s artillery heritage is centred on Cape Town, for one reason: globalisation.


The ancient chambers of the Sudwala Caves

  • 20 January 2015 by Sarah Came

The history of the Sudwala Caves in Mpumalanga goes back approximately 240-million years to their formation. This makes the caves older than Africa itself – the Sudwala Caves formed when what is now Africa was still part of the supercontinent Gondwana.


Cape Town’s Minstrel Carnival – a colourful event

  • 17 January 2015 by Lynnette Johns

One of the youngest minstrels showing off her troupe’s colours


University towns in South Africa

With the start of the academic year around the corner in February, here’s a round-up of some of South Africa’s most popular university towns.


Geology off the beaten track – exploring South Africa’s hidden treasures

If you’re at all interested in understanding and interpreting some of the rocks, mountains, soils and dunes that you might spot on a road journey through South Africa, there’s a fascinating book that will give you the know-how.