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Visit Howick Falls In Kwa Zulu Natal

Years ago, before the N3 highway from Johannesburg to Durban was constructed the old main road wound through every dorp and village from start to finish. One of these villages was Howick, Site of Howick Falls, about 120km from Durban.
It was almost traditional to stop at Howick, peer over the edge at the Howick Falls, have something to eat and drink at the restaurant next to the falls or at the Howick Hotel and then continue on your journey.

Perhaps it's time to slow down, take a detour and show your family Howick Falls as the Mgeni River plummets 111 metres in one drop.

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The Smallest Church in SA -Van Reenen KZN

Llandaf Oratory
Llandaf Oratory
Breaking a long journey is not only a good safety habit but can be an interesting one as well.

If you are on the road from Johannesburg to Durban there are a few interesting places to stop, stretch your legs and experience something new or different.

One of them is the Llandaff Oratory in Van Reenen Kwa Zulu Natal

From Johannesburg as you enter the mountain enclave of Van Reenen you will see a
sign to your right to the Llandaff Oratory or Roman Catholic Church.
Llandaff Oratory was built as a memorial to Llandaff Matthews who rescued 8 miners in
a mining accident at Burnside Colliery near Glencoe (KZN) in 1925.
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Take Garcia's Pass to Ladismith

Garcia's Pass
Garcia's Pass Credits: trailriderreports.blogspot.com

Garcia's Pass is on the R323 road from Ladismith to Riversdale
The old route to reach Riversdale from Ladismith was long and tedious and locals realised that a more direct route had to be found to move goods to and from Mossel Bay to Ladismith.
A Mr. A H Garcia plotted a route along the Kafferskuils River and by 1868 a bridal path route that had been constructed was in regular use by horsemen. In 1873 Thomas Bain was tasked with constructing a road on the route, which was completed in 1877.

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Visit Calvinia and experience the Real Karoo

NG Kerk Calvinia
NG Kerk Calvinia Credits: HHSA
Calvinia is in the Great Karoo and nestles along the foot of the Hantamberg Mountains and the Oorlogskloof River. To get there take the R27 from Upington or on the R63 from Carnarvon and Williston.
Although early settlers were in the area as far back as 1750 it was only in 1847 that the NG Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church) was established in the area. In 1848 the NG Kerk bought 1400 hectares of land and established the church site and the stands of "Hantam'. In 1851 the resident Dominee proposed that the name of Hantam be changed to Calvinia in tribute to religious reformist John Calvin.

 For a small town there is much to do

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Swim with Penguins At Boulders Beach Simons Town

Penguins at Boulders Beach
Penguins at Boulders Beach Credits: www.parentportal.co.za
There are over 3000 African 'Jackass' Penguins living here at Boulders Beach and the area is now a National Park. You can see them up close as they frolic in the water and waddle on land, and this is the one place in the world where you can actually swim and sunbathe with them. In a survey done by the BBC, Boulders Beach was rated one of the five best beaches to visit in the world.

 If you drive through the seaside village of Simons Town (with the sea on your left), you will see the turn left off to the Boulders Visitor Centre. Park there and pay the

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Things to do in Victoria West

Things to do in Victoria West
Things to do in Victoria West Credits: www.visitvictoriawest.com

If you ever travel from Gauteng to the Cape consider going via Kimberley. Stopover in Victoria West which is some 700km to Cape Town. There is lots to do 

If you take the Loxton Road out of Victoria West you will find a collection of very photogenic and unique Victorian Houses.

The Museum in Victoria West has an interesting display of artefacts dating back  to the Stone Age, as well as fossilised fish dating back 200 million years, when the Karoo as we now know it was at the bottom of the ocean.

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Visit The Eastern Cape

Elephants in Eastern Cape
Elephants in Eastern Cape Credits: www.ectourism.co.za

Brim full of turbulent History, Birthplace of Nelson Mandela, Land of the Addo Elephant. Every discerning traveller to Southern Africa makes certain that they spend time in this unique and colourful province.

The Eastern Cape is made up of 8 regions, most named after heroes of the freedom struggle. A land of vast contrasts, from the sweeping beaches on the Indian Ocean in the East to the magnificence of the snow capped peaks in the West, and the vast open space of the Karoo the Eastern Cape has something for everyone

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Visit Nieu Bethesda

Compassberg
Compassberg Credits: www.nieubethesda.co.za

The little hamlet of Nieu Bethesda is some 65km North of Graaff-Reinet. Nieu Bethesda is at first glance, probably not worth a visit, but then there is the Owl House. With it's mysterious history the Owl House and it's former occupants have made Nieu Bethesda world famous 

There is a long and sad history leading to the origins of the Owl House. Many say that taken  in its totality, Owl House is truly, a remarkable piece of art.

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Visit South Africa

King Protea
King Protea Credits: www.ferenc.biz

South Africa is divided into 9 distinct provinces. 4 of the provinces (Western Province, Eastern Province, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Northern Cape) are coastal in part and the other 5 (Gauteng, Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West) are all inland.

The great beauty of South Africa is that all 9 provinces are so different from each other, and each has it's own special character and unique attractions.

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Visit North West Province

Sable Antelope
Sable Antelope Credits: North West Tourism

North West Province is rich in Gold, Platinum and minerals. It is also the heart of South Africa's maize producing area and has wildlife in abundance North West Province  is also home to the world famous Sun City Complex near Rustenburg.

The spectacular Gary Player Country Club and golf course as well as the challenging Lost City course are two of the finest golf courses in the country.

A wealth of Superb Public and Private Game and Nature Reserves, International quality restaurants, Casinos, Luxury Accommodation as well as a host of  outdoor activities makes North West Province a must visit destination.

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