The infamous dompas of Apartheid

What was apartheid? Many visitors to South Africa ask ‘What exactly was apartheid?’. You might be puzzled at such a question because, surely, it was simply: legalised segregation of races. There was Grand Apartheid which was a massive grab of all resources for the benefit of whites; and there was Petty Apartheid which affected all individuals’ personal lives.…

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Do you know the famous Cape Town Big 6 ?

The wildlife reserves have the Big 5 – lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo – but do you know the Cape Town Big 6 attractions are just as famous? Groot Constantia – South Africa’s oldest wine producing farm and now a beautiful museum, still producing excellent wines! Spend some time strolling through the grounds and the…

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10 Cape Town facts you may not know

You know about the beaches and the wine and Table Mountain and about many other beautiful aspects of Cape Town but here are 10 Cape Town facts you may not know. During the late 18th century French soldiers stationed at the Cape to help the Dutch defend it against the British turned the burgeoning city…

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Nelson Mandela – RIP, and thank you!

It’s 2 in the morning and I am obsessively reading online tributes pouring in from around the world for Nelson Mandela who died just a few hours ago at the age of 95, at his home, surrounded by his family. Wherever you go in South Africa you can’t avoid reminders of this great iconic man.…

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Things to do in Cape Town – Robben Island

One of the many things to do in Cape Town is a visit to Robben Island – this world famous landmark just off the Cape Town mainland is a must-see for any visitor to the area. Ferries leave several times a day from the V&A Waterfront. It’s always advisable to book in advance to avoid…

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