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WWith the stresses that’s associated with exams and assignments, it’s without a doubt that you need a space to breathe and get your creative juices flowing again. Yes, there are the odd museums here and there, however sometimes you need a little more to get you excited about your academic year and field of study.

Whether you’re studying archaeology, marine biology, zoology or even an unrelated field, you’re bound to find inspiration at our top 10 pick of educational spots around South Africa.

Cradle of Mankind – Maropeng

HHave you ever wondered where we, human beings, came from? What led to this evolutionary revolution on Earth? All of the answers can be found in one place: the Cradle of HumankindIf you’re interested in the study of human evolution, be sure to visit this incredible centre in Maropeng. Students pay R75 (on presentation of a valid student card)

DDullstroom Birds of Prey Centre, Dullstroom

FFor those interested in zoology, and specifically birdlife, head to Dullstroom Birds of Prey Centrewhere you can learn about raptors and their plight as a growing endangered species. Entrance fee is R70.

Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town

VVisit the Two Oceans Aquariumfor an insightful tour around this world-class aquarium that boasts predator tanks with ragged-tooth sharks and a shoreline display that houses both African and rockhopper penguins. Other highlights include an array of diverse marine life. Students pay only R140 for entry.

Ushaka Marine World, Durban

TThe uShaka Marine Worldoffers visitors an unforgettable experience, combining the thrills of a theme park with the educational aspects of a world-class aquarium to make for a unique adventure outing. Tickets range from R179 to R210 depending on the chosen package.

Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town

TTake a journey back in time at the Castle of Goodhopeand discover the rich history of Cape Town’s early settlers. Opened in 1679, it’s the oldest surviving building in South Africa and has been the centre of civilian, political and military life at the Cape and the nation since. Entry is R50.

Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, Johannesburg

LLearn more about iconic former South African president, Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memoryin Johannesburg. From his political struggle, personal life and beliefs to his imprisonment, students will get a sense of what made Madiba the strong, principled character that he was.

The Big Hole, Kimberly

TTravel to Kimberly and be amazed by the city’sBig Hole. Here you’ll learn about South Africa's diamond mining history as well as what Kimberly looked like more than 100 year ago as the this town developed around the diamond mines.

Cango Caves, Oudtshroon

TThe Cango Cavesare a geological masterpiece. Open throughout the year, take the tour into the cave to view the various formations of dripstones and learn more about the people who lived here over the millennia. Entry is R120.

Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town

TTo all students studying botany, a trip to the Kirstenbosch Gardenswill help you understand more about plant life. Be sure to pack a picnic basket and enjoy an afternoon basking in the sun while lying on lush green lawn that the garden is known for. Students pay R40 upon presentation of their student card.

Vilakazi Street, Soweto – Johannesburg

TTake a stroll along Vilakazi Streetin Orlando West, Soweto, and absorb the township vibes of this iconic area. Known for being one of the central parts of the country’s struggle for democracy, this street is the perfect place for students who’re interested in South African history to visit.

There you go, our top 10 places for you to take a Shot’Leftand find inspiration to as you continue your journey throughout the academic year. Good luck!

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