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South Africa. A land of diversity and opportunity.

South Africa is a spectacular country with a diverse culture, beautiful scenery, intriguing wildlife, some of the top beaches in the world, and friendly poeple. Being roughly twice the size of Texas or France and Spain combined, South Africa offers something for every traveler. Come to South Africa, and create unforgettable soul moving memories.

South Africa is indeed one of the world's finest tourist destinations. Though it is a ten- or twelve-hour flight from Europe, the country offers visitors from the northern hemisphere a welcome change of climate in the less agreeable seasons of their year - South Africa has sunshine on something like 250 days in the year - magnificent scenery, fascinating wild life and a great range of leisure activities. South Africa is a land of striking contrasts. Tourists arriving in the country will be struck at once by the juxtaposition of modernity and tradition and the mingling of people of different origins and race - black, white, coloured, Indian - who meet visitors with openness, ready interest and friendliness.

 

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Popular Tourist Towns and Attractions in South Africa.

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Pretoria

Pretoria's surrounding areas offer a wealth of attractions for the independent traveller – there’s the Dinokeng tourism region, the Cradle of Humankind, the Hartbeespoort Dam and the Magaliesberg, as well as a number of small noteworthy attractions just outside the city limits. About 55 kilometers from Johannesburg, Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa and is worth visiting for its impressive lineup of historical buildings, monuments, and museums. Ablaze with the purple hues of jacarandas in the spring, Pretoria is also a city of beautiful parks and gardens. Highlights of a visit here include the Pretoria National Botanic Garden, the Voortrekker Monument, Freedom Park, the large zoo, and a clutch of peaceful nature reserves within the city limits with diverse wildlife and an abundance of birds.

 

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The Voortekker Monument Heritage Site

The Voortrekker Monument stands guard over Pretoria, the Jacaranda city, and serves as a reminder for the Great Trek (1835 to 1854) of around 20 000 Voortrekkers that served as a catalyst to the events that shaped much of South Africa. Containing three levels with exibits as well as stunning panoramic views of Pretoria, this is a must see attraction. However, do not miss the garden of rememberance, fort Schanskop, The Heritage Centre, Wall of remembrance, Replica Tanganyika Monument, and many more attractions on the same grounds.


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The Union Buildings

The Union Buildings, together with the Tuynhuys in Cape Town, forms the official seat of the South African Government. Situated atop Meintjieskop at the northern end of Pretoria in the suburb Arcadia, the Union Buildings give magnificent views of Pretoria. The theme of the buildings is heavily influenced by Greek design, and a number of statues on the building are directly from ancient Greek mythology. The Union Buildings feature a magnificent garden with the tallest statue in South Africa of former president, Mr. Nelson Mandela.


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Freedom Park

Sitting on Salvokop Hill with panoramic views, Freedom park traces the story of South Africa's liberation and honors those who played an important role. The site opened to the public in 2007 and encompasses a series of poignant memorials and an impressive museum with exhibits examining the nation's history from the dawn of humanity to the present day. The site overlooks the nearby Voortrekker Monument and other key landmarks of the city below. A highlight is the Wall of Names, inscribed with the names of all those who lost their lives in South Africa's major conflicts; an eternal flame; and the Gallery of Leaders, an inspirational look at role models on the road to freedom. Guided tours take about two hours and provide fascinating insight to the stories represented here as well as the symbolic features of the architecture.


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The Cradle of Humankind Heritage Site

The Cradle of Humankind is situated on 47 000-hectare of beautiful countryside, just outside Krugersdorp and is approximately 60 minutes’ drive from either Johannesburg or Pretoria. The site is one of eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa, and the only one in Gauteng. Heralded as the place from which all of humankind originated, the area has unearthed the best evidence of our ancestral history. Ongoing scientific study has resulted in new discoveries as late as 2013 with the finding of a new species, Homo Naledi. This discovery, unveiled on 10 September 2015, has caused a rethink in our ancestral history. Currently, the Maropeng Centre, Sterkfontein Caves, and Wonder Cave is open to the public.

 

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100 International Travel Tips

Advice for travel can be found all over the Internet, from friends and travel agencies, government websites, as well as airlines. The problem is not a shortage of information, but an overload of information. Wasting time sifting through numerous tips that in most cases have no relevance to you, often leaves you frustrated while at the same time possibly causing you to forget the actual advice you do need. This book has 129 tips and advice to help prevent lost or stolen luggage, keep you safe and save you money.