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The famous McGregor Museum in Kimberley was founded in 1907 after the widow of a previous mayor of Kimberley, Alexander McGregor, donated the funds necessary to establish the museum.
The Moja Heritage Collection brings together some of the most intriguing attractions of South Africa.
Published in the form of a booklet and a website guide (www.mojaheritage.co.za), the collection was first compiled in 2006. As its name suggests, it showcases attractions with cultural and historical importance.
But alongside the battle tours and museums and heritage routes are nature destinations, notably the best botanical gardens in the country. The collection also brings together art galleries and quirky places to shop.
It pulls together all the places that offer insight into the specialness of South Africa – its challenges, its heroes, its beauty.
Under culture, there is a pleasant mix of mainstream and offbeat offerings. You could opt for Johannesburg’s inner city, Cape Town’s walking spice tour, Ma Betty’s Xhosa Cultural Experience in Oudtshoorn and the Didima Rock Art Centre in the Drakensberg mountains.
Natural attractions recommended by the Moja Heritage Collection around the country include Cape Point, the Two Oceans Aquarium, Madikwe Game Reserve and the Cango Caves.
Some of the museums they list are the very large national ones, alongside the more interesting regional museums in farflung places, like the Cullinan Diamond Mine Museum near Pretoria, the Red Location Museum in Port Elizabeth and the McGregor Museum in Kimberley.
The only kind of attraction you won’t find, in fact, is general accommodation, although Moja does recommend more unusual stays, like heading off on the luxurious Rovos Rail or Blue Train, or staying at the Cradle of Humankind’s Maropeng Hotel.
You can search the website either via attractions or via their geographical location.
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