Posts – Culture & History

The Frenchman and the secretary bird

François le Vaillant, an eccentric Surinam-born explorer, came to South Africa in 1780 at the behest of a man high up in the Dutch East India Company, specifically to describe birds in this remote and exotic outpost.

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Dinner theatre – Karoo-style

Have you ever heard the story of the ostrich industry and how the ostrich barons came into existence in the Karoo? Or how about a Khoisan love story?

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Bones for Africa

Maropeng, the award-winning visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, has teamed up with the famous Bernard Price Institute of the University of the Witwatersrand, to give you a sneak peak into a never-before-seen collection of priceless fossils. Without one of them, we humans wouldn’t be here today.

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A big fat dose of feel-good

The Inspiring New Ways commercial has just been launched and it’s goosebump-inducing stuff.

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Comforts of a corbelled house

We began seeing these dilapidated old stone beehives years ago on our travels through the Karoo, and even then they fascinated us.

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Footsteps in the sand

Learn about the culture and history of the oldest people on earth when you walk deep into the Kalahari desert in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with the San Bushmen

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The endless road to Wupperthal

So we’re leaving the marvellous mountains of the Cederberg and heading east back to the Karoo, and a couple of klicks up the pike I notice my right back bakkie tyre has gone a tad flat.

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Cederberg rock paintings: the art of altered states

There’s an overhang deep in the northern Cederberg, a place called Fallen Rock, that has me absolutely fascinated by San rock art all over again.

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Cape Malay cooking safari

The Cape Malay cooking safari is unique to Cape Town; visitors can immerse themselves in the culinary, history and culture of the Cape Malay people in the Bo-Kaap area.

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The changing colours of South Africa

Summer is by far my favourite season but I do love that time in South Africa when autumn sets in.

I live in Joburg and the city is a sight to behold when she changes into her autumn garb, as leaves turn golden and rust.

The days are getting cooler, but Mother Nature can still surprise us with a lovely warm afternoon.

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