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Bloemfontein - Anglican Cathedral
The Anglican Cathedral of St.Andrew and St.Michael in Bloemfontein has a long and interesting history. The very first Anglican Church in Bloemfontein, which ultimately became the
Anglican Cathedral of St.Andrew and St.Michael in Bloemfontein was based on drawings of Sophia Gray, wife of Bishop Robert Gray. The Church was never completed as the British Garrisons withdrew from the town before the roof went on.Construction started again in 1863 and was completed in 1866. Additions were done in 1876 and 1885

Bloemfontein - The Orchid House

The Orchid House
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The Orchid House in Bloemfontein is managed by the Parks and Gardens department of the Mangaung Council. The Orchid House is circular in design and inside is a circular boardwalk, so that you can have a close up view of hundreds of these exotic and ancient plants (including the Vanilla Orchid where all our vanilla essence comes from) in a tropical oasis of lush greenery.
The Orchid House, with all this astonishing beauty and colour, should be on your list of places to visit.

Kimberley - The Big Hole and Mining Museum

Kimberley is famous for The Big Hole. Started in mid1871 The Kimberley Diamond Mine fast became known as the Big Hole in Kimberley

The Kimberley Big Hole is allegedly the deepest and biggest hand dug hole in the world. It measures 215 metres deep and the perimeter of the hole is around 1.6km (The folks at Jagersfontein, in the Free State, think their hole is bigger!) 


Swellendam - Canola Fields a Festive Sight

Canola Fields
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Canola plants, grown for their oil, flower in late July through to mid September. When they do it is a quite beautiful sight. Canola is a derivative of rapeseed and there is a lot of debate regarding the qualities of Canola Oil, but there is little to beat the sight of Canola fields around Swellendam (and other parts of the Cape) in full bloom. 

Of course wheat fields and maize fields and vineyards and fields full of sheep and herds of Herefords are just as beautiful. I suppose it depends where you are, and the time of year! 


Plettenberg Bay - Keurbooms River Cruise

Keurbooms River Cruise
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Take the ferry on The Keurbooms River Cruise and enjoy the splendour of a riverine eco-system first hand together with an experienced guide.

 A Keurbooms River Cruise lasts around 2½ hours including a stroll through the yellowwood forest upstream.

You will learn how the eco-system functions, its threats and potentials, from qualified tour guides and boat skippers. See the Keurbooms Forest, fynbos, mountain and river bird species such as the Knysna


Yzerfontein - Lime Kilns - National Monuments

Lime Kilns near Yzerfontein
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Lime Kilns similar to the ones near Yzerfontein were first used for converting mussel shells into lime in South Africa within 18 months of Jan van Riebeeck landing at the Cape. Up until then the VOC (east India Company) personnel had been living in wood and mud structures which offered little shelter against the Cape winter.

Lime was needed as cement and as mussel shells were plentiful they were used in these lime kilns. The only two remaining lime kilns are to be seen on the R315 toward Yzerfontein on the West Coast.


Mamre - Visit the Historical Mission Village - West Coast

The Church at Mamre
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Mamre Village is situated just off the R307, between the towns of Darling and Atlantis. Mamre Village has a long and chequered history that can be traced back to the late 1600’s and not many years after Jan van Riebeek landed at the Cape

Mamre Village is a National Heritage Site with some of the buildings being erected as far back as 1692. In 1682, the original farm where Mamre stands today was called Groenekloof and in 1697 it was named “De Kleine Post” 


Paternoster - Cape Columbine Nature Reserve

Cape Columbine
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The Cape Columbine Nature Reserve is situated a few kilometres south of Paternoster. Managed by the Saldanha Bay Municipality the Cape Columbine was declared a Nature Reserve in the early 1970’s. 

Cape Columbine Nature reserve include some incredibly beautiful stretches of coastline including Tietiesbaai. The total area is 263 hectares of Cape fynbos and Karroo Succulent veld. Very little is recorded on the number and variety of plants but even to the untrained eye there is a wide spectrum of flora species present. 


Johannesburg - Visit Constitution Hill

The Court Room
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The great miracle of South Africa is its Constitution and the way it was created by men and women of such diverse cultures, thinking and learning. It is a constitution that really works, and can be upheld, and you can see it working at Constitution Hill.

Constitution Hill houses South Africa's Constitutional Court which sits most days of the week.

Conducted Tours of Constitutional Hill take place every day between 09:00 and 16:00 from Monday to Friday and from 10:00 to 15:00 on Saturdays.


Thomas River - An African Legend - Eastern Cape

Thomas River Historical Village is located at Thomas River between Cathcart and Stutterheim. It is within the Thomas River Conservancy The story goes that a British Deserter and one time member of the van Der Kemps Missionary, Thomas Bentley, was shot and killed by a poisoned arrow as he was crossing the river and the village subsequently established there in 1801 was named after him.


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