Posts – Culture & History

Zulu wedding

Share a traditional Zulu wedding – not in rural Zululand, but at a colourful authentic ceremony in the heart of Soweto.

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The world according to Lola ...

Lola Akerstrom talks about her impressions of South Africa, her visit to KwaZulu-Natal, and the visual language of a landscape she won’t be able to forget.

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Walking in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps

Step into the shoes of world icon Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Museum, which has two sites, one in Mthatha and the second in his hometown of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

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Worth a thousand words…

Three National Geographic photographers are in South Africa to capture the essence of 3 iconic destinations: Durban, Cape Town and the Drakensberg.

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The Star of the West

If you should ever find yourself in Kimberley with something of a raging thirst, then The Star of the West bar is the place for you.

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Crossing the Agulhas Plain

I cross the Agulhas Plain once a year, and every time it throws up a surprise or two.

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Magersfontein – more than just a battlefield

Magersfontein, just outside Kimberley in the Northern Cape, is famous as the site of an epic clash that took place on 11 December 1899 when Boer forces (descendants of the Dutch-speaking settlers) tried to stop English forces from relieving the Siege of Kimberley during the Anglo-Boer War.

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The shape-shifter praying mantis

I chanced upon the 1st praying mantis of the season in my garden the other day. The San people consider this creature a trickster deity, a shape-shifter.

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The secrets of Mapungubwe Hill

Cedric Setlhako has been up Mapungubwe Hill more times than just about anyone else. As a Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site cultural heritage guide, he has been taking groups of visitors up the hill once or twice a day for over 6 years.

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The Putsonderwater surfer

When South Africans hear the name ‘Putsonderwater’, it carries the same meaning that others would ascribe to ‘Timbuktu’.

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