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04.03.2015
South Africa occupies just over 1.2 million km?, spanning about 1,600 km from north to south, and the same from east to west. The Western Cape is arguably South Africa’s most popular tourist destination with its incredible beauty and diverse attractions such as the Table Mountain National Park and the Cape Peninsula, to mention a few. The Eastern Cape (capital city Bisho) is an untouched region that offers miles of white sandy beaches and the incredible, yet unforgiving terrain of the Baviaanskloof. The Northern Cape (capital city Kimberley) is one of the least populated of the South African provinces.
The North West Province (capital city Mafikeng) offers visitors a great deal of diversity, from an authentic bush experience to boasting the spectacular, opulent gaming and holiday resort of Sun City, 170 km north of Johannesburg. The Free State (capital city Bloemfontein) offers wonderful panoramic landscapes and vistas, from the flat corn and sunflower fields to the dramatic sandstone canyons located on the Lesotho border. Gauteng (capital city Johannesburg) is the smallest province, but it has the highest population of 9.5 million people.
KwaZulu-Natal - KZN (capital city Pietermaritzberg) has unspoilt coastlines and a rich cultural heritage.
Mpumalanga (capital city Nelspruit), ‘the place where the sun rises’, lies in the eastern part of South Africa. Limpopo (capital city Polokwane), is an attractive, disparate landscape made up of dusty flat bushveld, rolling hills, lush savannah and dry bush.
History & BackgroundNine of South Africa’s 11 official languages are African, reflecting the cultural and linguistic diversity of the African people, comprising of the Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi), the Sotho-Tswana (Southern, Northern and Western Sotho), the Tsonga and the Venda. The white population – largely descendent from the Dutch, German, the British and French Huguenot, were colonial immigrants from the late seventeenth to the nineteenth century. With so much ethnic diversity and a richly layered past, South African culture is far from homogenous. After his release from Robben Island, Nelson Mandela, as the first democratically elected President of south Africa, received many gifts from the South African and international community. Nelson Mandela accepted these gifts on behalf of the South African people and wished that the gifts be displayed for the benefit and appreciation of the nation, near his home village, Qunu – in the Eastern Cape.
Safari Attraction in South AfricaThe Western Cape offers a rich floral kingdom, pristine beaches, a globally renowned wine industry, award winning conference venues, hotels, restaurants and a unique history and heritage.
You can go further afield and visit the West Coast National Park, enjoy a gourmet safari along the Garden Route or go whale watching in the Overberg.
The Northern Cape is largely desert and semi-desert and features an exotic lunar landscape with unique flora and fauna.
Looking at the historical spectrum, the San, known as Africa’s First People, provide a fascinating insight into life in this harsh landscape. The Northern Cape is known for its precious artefacts, rock-art and fossils that date back to time immemorial.
This is the home of Sun City - Africa’s most famous entertainment and conference complex, themed to portray the mythical Lost City of an ancient African kingdom. You will find the Magaliesberg mountain range in the North West –a great place for hiking, mountain bike trails and bird watching.
The Free State is known as the ‘bread basket of South Africa’, due to its thriving agricultural industry. You can visit one of the local townships and get to know a bit more about the local culture. Further afield there is much more to be enjoyed such as the spectacular Golden Gate Highlands National Park. There are also great attractions on the outskirts of Gauteng such as The Cradle of Humankind, the old mining town of Cullinan (where the world’s largest diamond was found). KwaZulu-Natal is the Zulu Kingdom – a heady cultural, historical and natural mix of attractions. Its major city is Durban – known as ‘South Africa’s Miami’ is a favourite spot for local holidays, enjoying sunshine (320 days a year), sea and sand!
Away from the city, along the North Coast you’ll find the Big 5 game reserves and wonders of the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Mpumalanga is home to the Kruger National Park and the exclusive Sabi Sand Reserve – both teeming with wildlife and home to the Big 5. Mpumalanga has the world’s largest green canyon – the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon, including other attractions such as the Three Rondavels, God’s Window, Long Tom Pass and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. The province is renowned for its colourful Ndebele and Shangaan cultures and a visit to a Shangaan Cultural Village will give some insight into traditional life in this part of the world. Limpopo is the one province where you’ll find the legendary Rain Queen, the site of a bona fide African Kingdom and ancient baobabs – upside-down trees’. Home to the growing city of Polokwane, Limpopo is the perfect stepping stone to the wonders of the Kruger National Park. A notable attraction to visit is the Mapungubwe (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), where the remains of a thriving African kingdom offer insight into a rich cultural heritage that has stood the test of time.For nature lovers there is the Nylsvley Nature Reserve – famous for its birding opportunities.
If you are a lover of art, then the Venda artists in the Soutpansberg region is well worth a visit. We have other South Africa Attractions that you might want to visit on your South Africa safari. It’s one thing for Mardi Gras goers to say they won’t allow the yet-unfulfilled threat of rain to keep them from going to the Zulu parade. But then again, dwindling membership in the 1960’s amid a rising Black-consciousness movement that questioned the club members’ tradition of wearing grass skirts and putting on black face didn’t stop Zulu. Still, if the scene of men, women and children alike competing for Zulu throws or the imagery of the mayor leading the way as the Zulu parade signals the very start of Mardi Gras Day give the impression that the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club has always had the hearts and minds of every New Orleanian, then you don’t really know multi-layered, deep-rooted, and perhaps somewhat uneasy story of the more than 100-year-old organization.


One simplistic version of how the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club began dates back to 1909 when a group of laborers who had organized themselves as the Tramps decided to change the club’s name to Zulu after seeing a musical about the tribe of African warriors. However, the formation of Zulu was more multifaceted, and the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club was likely created by a merger of several similar groups from different wards throughout the city.
That’s why Becknell scoffs anytime he hears the often-told narrative about Zulu forming to lampoon Rex.
After the South African government this week reiterated its policy of discouraging citizens from visiting Israel to protest Jerusalem’s treatment of the Palestinians, the country’s reigning Zulu king said he would visit the country. King Goodwill Zwelithini, 64, accepted the invitation of Israel’s ambassador to South Africa, Dov Segev-Steinberg, to visit the country early next year, the embassy in Pretoria announced. Zwelithini, who has been to Israel before, will look into “new possibilities to co-operate with Israel in the fields of health, agriculture and education amongst other areas of interest for the benefit of the Zulu people,” the statement read.
The constitutional monarch of the kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal, Zwelithini heads the state-recognized institution of Ubukhosi, the traditional leadership of local chiefs. The king’s commitment to visit is “a sign that Israel still has good friends in this country — friends who are happy and willing to share experiences and ensure love and respect for Israel,” Segev-Steinberg told the South African website MyShtetl. Bilateral relations have been frosty for years now but worsened earlier this year when a South African minister proposed banning Made in Israel labels for products from the West Bank, a move Israel slammed as racist. According to South African media, Ebrahim supports the plan of Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said to “require traders in South Africa not to incorrectly label products that originate from the Occupied Palestinian Territory as products of Israel.” He rebutted the claim that this measure would amount to a boycott.
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Agents and operators will also have the chance to meet key partners Africa Collection, African Pride and Tourism KwaZulu-Natal at certain events.  Local travel trade are in for a real treat!
20 July – the roadshow heads north to York where African Pride will entertain some of their agents and reservations staff at another workshop.
21 July – the team head to Cheshire for a lunchtime workshop including drumming and a couple of “bush-tucker trials” for Northern-based tour operators and travel agents at the impressive Jabula South African restaurant. 25 July – the final evening will be another workshop and Durban Curry evening at Shaka Zulu in London for tour operators and any travel agents who were not able to attend the first event. Here is an amazing collection of rare photos that shows the life in Jamaica from between 1860s to 1890s. Ever since Queen Victoria wed in 1840, however, white has remained the traditional color for wedding gowns and bouquets. It is flanked by two dramatic oceans: the Atlantic to the west and the Indian to the south. It is flanked by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and it is a popular holiday province thanks to its beautiful beaches (some wild and secluded), its game parks and semi-desert regions.
The Northern Cape is known for its serene semi-desert landscapes, game reserves, wild flowers, diamond diggings and clear starry nights.
This landlocked province has a population of 2.7 million people and is known as the City of Roses.
Situated on the Highveld (a high plateau), it is bounded by the North West, Free State, Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces. It is known as the kingdom of the Zulu and is one of South Africa’s premier holiday destinations. The ancient baobabs, lush wooded mountain valleys and scorching bushveld make this a place of romance and intrigue. The mixed race peoples are a combination of descendants from eastern and central African slaves, the Khoisan (indigenous people who were the earliest inhabitants of the Cape), Africans and white people. They mainly speak English as their language of origin, and are traced back to indentured workers brought to work on the sugar plantations of the then Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal) in the nineteenth century.
Rural culture is well represented and there are several cultural villages in which visitors can experience the traditional African way of life. He is an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. These gifts were in recognition and appreciation of the role he played in the struggle for peace, freedom and democracy in South Africa and the world. It is for this reason that the museum comprises the impressive Bhunga Building in Mthatha, the Qunu component and the open-air museum at Mvezo. You can take a trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, enjoy a wine-tasting sojourn to the Winelands, soar to the top of Table Mountain on the aerial cableway or simply bask on one of the many Blue Flag beaches. It covers over 820km of pristine coastline and is a Big 7 destination, which means you can view lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo as well as whales and Great White sharks.
You can visit Bloukrans for the world’s second highest bungee jump, hike the Otter Trail or take a 4 x 4 drive into the spectacular Valley of Desolation.
The Pilanesberg Game Reserve is minutes from Sun City and not far off is the Madikwe Game Reserve.
Further down is Hartbeespoort Dam, known for its fun water sports and relaxed holiday mood.
The name Bloemfontein means ‘a spring of flowers’ and the city offers the most spectacular gardens.
This was once home to the legendary King Shaka and has one of the largest Indian communities outside India, and also has a strong British colonial heritage.
The city hosts fantastic restaurants, pubs, clubs and world-class hotels spread across its Golden Mile and Durban’s Florida Road is the main spot for fun and entertainment.
Inland from Durban you’ll find the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park (another UNESCO World Heritage Site) boasting the highest mountain range in Africa – next to Kenya’s Kilimanjaro. See their Pictures, Watch Videos and Clips of Movies they were in, Answer Quizzes, and Connect with Fans just like you!


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Discover Travel Destinations, View Pictures, Videos, or get Opinions from fellow Travelers before you book your next Trip. It’s another thing, entirely, to actually watch as hundreds of revelers hold tight to their spots along Orleans Avenue even after the rain begins to fall as it did during Mardi Gras 2013. And when lawsuits stemming from claims of injuries allegedly caused by coconuts thrown from floats made it impossible for the club to secure insurance one year, it suspended the organization’s tradition of tossing the coveted coconut; but it didn’t stop Zulu.
Becknell, who has been working along with other members since he joined the organization more than 30 years ago to share the history of Zulu and even correct some misconceptions is quick to remind that one of the most important facts about the club is that it was started by laborers—men from all walks of life—who came together to do more than socialize. Though its membership has come to include high-profile political, civic, social leaders, Zulu still remains an organization that any man can join and be treated as an equal.
Glapion served as the club’s president for about a dozen years and was posthumously honored as King Zulu in 2000. On Sunday, South Africa’s Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim angered Jerusalem even more with statements ostensibly calling for a boycott.
We are saying that the consumer should have a right to know that these are goods produced in occupied territory,” Ebrahim said.
These groups fought each other for the gazing rights by shouting insults and throwing assegai on each other.
From its desert border with Namibia on the Atlantic coast to its subtropical border with Mozambique on the Indian Ocean, South Africa’s coastline spans over 2,500 km.
The capital city, Cape Town is the province’s largest city with a population of approximately three million people.
Kimberley is home to the largest man-made hole in the world, the diamond mine known as the Big Hole. Here in the heart of South Africa’s Highveld, highly urbanised Gauteng is the economic powerhouse of South Africa. KZN is on the east coast and borders Mozambique, Swaziland and Mpumalanga to the north, Lesotho and the Free State to the west and the Eastern Cape to the south-west. The province is characterised by stunning scenery (mountains, forests, canyons and wild animals) and its premier attraction is the Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest and most renowned national park.
Located in the northernmost province in the country, it is named after the Limpopo River, which forms the border between South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. There are numerous game reserves in the Eastern Cape including the well-known Addo Elephant National Park and the world-famous Shamwari Game Reserve. The Big Hole is a major attraction that pays tribute to a turbulent past obsessed with diamonds and obscene overnight fortunes. The urban hubs of Gauteng offer non-stop entertainment with restaurants, shebeens (local bars), jazz clubs, concerts and clubs. Though the weather held out much of the morning, by the early afternoon it fell heavy enough at times for umbrellas to be used intermittently along the last stretch of the route as beads, cups, stuffed animals and the prized Zulu coconuts were thrown from floats. The evolution of Zulus took place with the Nguni people movement towards south along with their groups. These pictures have been collected from different public sources including different websites, considering to be in public domain.If any one has any objection of displaying any picture here, just send us an email and we will remove it immediately, after verification of the claim. This famous game park, roughly the size of Wales, is easily one of the best in the world and one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country.
There are shopping centres offering international designer labels and bona fide African arts and crafts.You can visit museums, galleries, nature reserves and botanical gardens. With the dues they paid, these men were able to help each other and their families during illness or death. The largest diamond ever found, the Cullinan, is a Kimberley diamond and the city pays tribute to its heritage in the form of an open mine museum, with a quaint museum village.
And while Zulus would eventually take to the streets on Mardi Gras Day, it was not to mock Rex, but to stage a Mardi Gras celebration all their own—one for themselves and other Black New Orleanians to enjoy at a time when the celebration was segregated. The Zulu group was very small and occupied only an area of a few square kilo-meters.Senzangakhona had an affair with Nandi the daughter of a neighbouring chief of the Elangeni group.
They are expected to look after family and fields while they also do stick fighting as pass time.Sticks are used to train boys to fight. She is also trained in carrying out field work.The MenThe man of the house owns the hut and its contents.
They look after children and do all household work.The ChiefThe tribal chief is called inkosi and has powerful role and influenc on the whole community. If he fails as king he is served a death penalty.GrandmotherThe Zulu Grandmother is the object of reverence and exerts considerable influence. She lives in the large hut of the ancestors.PolygamyZulu tribe culture regards polygamy or many wives to a man as social status. In fact man’s respect is judged by  number of wives he kept.The first wife has powerful role along with the grandmother. Each wife has separate hut, herds, fields and cooks.LovelifeSex without penetration is allowed among the young couple without marriage in south African zulu tribe culture. Rubbing the stomach compliments the brewer. Food Zulu food items consist of Maize, tubers and pumpkin are mostly eaten in different forms. Tomatoes, cabbage and onions are popular when available.Eating is hygienic, each member using his own plate and utensils.



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