Friday, June 24, 2011

Well done Cape Town

TripAdvisor, the world's best-known customer-driven traveller advisory website, named Cape Town as the world's top destination at the annual TripAdvisorTravellers' Choice Awards.

After placing last in the Top 25 Destinations in the World category at the 2010 awards, this year Cape Town weathered challenges from the likes of Sydney, Paris, Rio, New York, Rome, London and Hong Kong to be named the world's top destination.

Monday, June 13, 2011

South Africa's 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Explore South Africa's UNESCO World Heritage Sites and get a glimse of our natural and cultural wonders.

Robben Island: famous landmark, where Nelson Mandela and many other Freedom Struggle heroes were imprisoned. Guided tours are done by previous prisoners, which together with the location, history and prison conditions make for a highly emotive experience.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park: one of the largest estuary systems in Africa, acclaimed for its exceptional biodiversity and over 520 bird species. Here you’ll find sand dunes, golden beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, mangrove swamps, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands.

Cradle of Humankind: boasts the richest evidence of human evolution over the past 3,5 million years and has yielded the remains of some of the oldest hominids - the early ancestors of the human race.

uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park: South Africa's highest mountain range has exceptional scenic beauty, a diverse habitat harbouring a number of threatened plant and bird species and a concentration of historic rock art paintings. An ideal place for adventure activities ranging from hiking trails to mountain climbing.

Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape: Iron Age site showing evidence of a highly advanced indigenous society existing centuries before European colonialism spread across Africa. This is where the famous golden rhinoceros and many other artifacts were found.

Cape Floral Region: the Western Cape's fynbos (indigenous flowering shrubland) is one of the richest and most diverse floral areas in the world - 70% of its floral species occur nowhere else on the planet. Table Mountain National Park, which is part of this remarkable wilderness area, has more plant species in its 22 000 hectares than Britain or New Zealand.

Vredefort Dome: The world's biggest meteor crater dates back two million years when a gigantic meteorite 10 km in diameter hit the earth. Today this site is the oldest and largest clearly visible meteorite impact site in the world. Adventure activities abound.

The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape: A remarkable mountainous desert in the north-west of the country that is uniquely owned and managed by the Nama communities.