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OOur road-trip through South Africa continues and we’re in the wilderness. No, literally, we’re in ‘Wilderness’, a small town in South Africa’s Western Cape Province, part of the popular Garden Route and the perfect base for us to explore the magical underground world of Cango Caves near Oudtshoorn.
The huge Cango Caves are one of the Seven Wonders of Southern Africa and began forming more than 20 million years ago! Filled with weird and wonderful stalactite and stalagmite formations, a visit to the caves is an eery and stunningly beautiful experience.
The Western Cape was the first place that Europeans settled in the country, in 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck’s three vessels landed at the Cape. As employees of the Dutch East India Company, they had come to establish a halfway station for ships travelling to and from the East. Their influence is evident in the buildings, some of which are 350 years old, and culture of the Western Cape.
Experience music, dance and food from across the country, as well as Tsonga crafts and Zulu beer-brewing; and don’t forget the magical clicking language of the San people.
The music culture in South Africa is made up of diverse genres, from jazz, hip hop, kwaito and gospel to pop and alternative rock.
From soft red tea leaves and fermented milk to home-made beers and pub-favoured shooters, these are some of South Africa’s finest drinks.
The first shebeens in South Africa were local bars and taverns where mostly working-class urban males could unwind, socialise, and escape the oppression of life during the Apartheid era.
Prepare to be enchanted by whitewashed fisherman’s cottages, seasonal wildflowers, seafood fresh from the sea, and wines with complexity and conscience.
Gumboot dancing was originally a means of communication amongst miners who were forbidden from talking to one another.
A walk up the beautiful Company’s Garden, at the top of Cape Town, takes you to the South African Museum.
Footsteps to Freedom will take you on a walking tour of all the great struggle sites in Cape Town.
St Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg is significant in taking a firm stand against apartheid.
The old official residence of the president of South Africa, Groote Schuur, is the very place where the country’s bright, new future first came into being.
Bishopscourt is a spellbinding residential suburb that boasts a rich history, lush valleys, oak-lined trees and pristine homes.
The Mandela Rhodes Building was built in 1903 and now houses the headquarters for the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.
At St George's Cathedral, the church kept its doors open to people of all races throughout the apartheid era.
Cape Town City Hall – A grand old building.
Houses of Parliament –The heart of Cape Town
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (Zeitz MOCAA)
Have you heard of Agritourism? This is a category of tourism that provides visitors the opportunity to experience everyday life on working farms, ranches, wineries and agricultural industries.
Inland from the Cape’s famous Garden Route, over breathtakingly beautiful mountain passes, magnificent red rocks and the wide open spaces of the Klein Karoo, you’ll find Oudtshoorn – once known internationally as the ostrich capital of the world
While South Africa embodies our most ancient roots, we have evolved into an amazing mix of modern cultures.
Jazz fans from around the world appreciate the skill and vibrant talent of South African jazz musicians.
As you make your way through the corridors of Robben Island, you get transported to a time in South African history where the country reached a turning point.