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TTo be in South Africa is to be part of a story that goes back to the start of all humanity. Today, South Africa has evolved into an amazing mix of modern cultures, inspiring history and incredible heroes. It really is a melting pot with roots that run deeper than you think.
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Along Route 62, between Barrydale and Ladysmith is the world-famous Ronnies Sex Shop. It is one of the most popular pubs on the route and travellers on the road stop for refreshments and a photograph of themselves next to the ‘Ronnies Sex Shop’ sign.
Gaabo Motho cultural village in the North West province provides a multi-cultural experience of the Zulu, Ndebele, Tswana and Venda people. Accommodation, meals and entertainment is provided.
KwaZulu-Natal, the Zulu kingdom, is a coastal province known for its mild climate, beaches, mountains and big game savannah. Home to two World Heritage Sites, its capital, Durban is a harbour city popular with surfers.
Sacred sites in KwaZulu-Natal include the Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo, the charming Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple in Chatsworth and the majestic slopes and valleys of the mighty Drakensberg mountain range. Throw in some isiZulu culture, San rock art and Bhangazi legends, and let the journey begin.
Eastern Cape province is the heartland of South African English culture, as the site of the first mass settlement of British settlers around the city they called Grahamstown – now renamed Makhanda.
Visitors to South Africa are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing souvenirs; beadwork, wire sculptures, wooden carvings and other arts and crafts can be found at curio shops all over.
The Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 saw the world’s mightiest empire struggle to overcome a brave indigenous people; today, history buffs can relive that desperate conflict in KwaZulu-Natal’s battlefields.
South Africa’s blend of many cultures means that visitors to Northern Cape province can enjoy a food terroir that is as intriguing and unusual as it is delicious.
Located in a national monument in historic Long Street, Cape Town’s Pan African Market offers visitors to Western Cape an impressive display of African culture, craftsmanship and artistic talent.
The ancient rock engravings that dot the northern Karoo in South Africa give visitors a glimpse into the spiritual life of local hunter-gatherers stretching back 10 000 years.
Visitors to South Africa will be amazed at the art and craftwork on sale at roadside markets dotted all over the country: testimony to grassroots entrepreneurship and an ancient bargaining tradition.