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Adventure Tourism in the Drakensberg

With its spectacular and varied terrain the Maloti-Drakensberg Route offers thrill-seekers a host of opportunities for adventure. Rock climbing enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice with the area's sheer cliff faces, rugged ridges and challenging chimneys. Climbers travel from all over the world to test their skills in an area known to have more peaks per square kilometer than any other African destination. In the high Drakensberg, climbers will encounter volcanic rock with rounded overhangs, blocks, gullies and consecutive rock faces with narrow grass ledges in between – something to challenge every level of skill.

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Cheetah Conservation in Somerset West

Renowned as the world's fastest land animal, the cheetah has the ability to move from a stationary position to 100 km/h within three seconds, and can reach speeds of 120 km/h over distances of around 500 meters. It has been estimated that in the early 1900s around 100,000 cheetahs thrived throughout Africa, as well as in parts of Central Asia and the Middle East. This figure has dwindled to around 7,500 with fewer than a thousand living in South Africa. The cheetah is listed as 'vulnerable' by the IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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Mellow Out in Marvellous Montagu

The Western Cape Province town of Montagu is located at the confluence of the Kingna and Keisie rivers around 180km from Cape Town. Considered to be one of the Cape's most beautifully preserved late Victorian agricultural villages, Montagu is renowned for its therapeutic hot mineral springs, warm hospitality and spectacular scenery. Home to the Montagu Wine Cellar and Montagu Wine & Spirits Company, Montagu is one of the prime destinations on the Klein Karoo Wine Route. Visitors to this tranquil town will find a range of accommodation and dining options and loads of activities to enjoy in the picturesque surroundings.

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Take a Hop-on, Hop-off Tour of Cape Town

As one of South Africa's top tourism destinations, Cape Town offers a number of ways to explore its historic landmarks, cultural attractions and natural beauty. Popular options for getting around Cape Town are the hop-on, hop-off bus tours offered by City Sightseeing. Sightseers can choose from the Cape Town Red City Tour and Cape Town Blue Mini Peninsula Tour, each of which arrives and departs from the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront. Passengers can hop-off at any of the stops along the tour, spend some time exploring the attraction and hop-on the next bus going past. The Red City Tour has buses departing every 15 minutes, while the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour departs every 20 or 25 minutes depending on what day it is.

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Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve

Entering the ocean at Muizenberg on Cape Town's False Bay coast, the 300-hectare Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve is home to more than 150 species of birds, as well as around twenty species of reptiles and amphibians, and a number of interesting mammal species, including grysbok, otters, mongoose and porcupines. The estuary is important to the conservation of fish such as steenbras and stumpnose, both of which are endemic to the south and east coast waters of South Africa. Vegetation is typical strandveld, low growing scrub and succulents endemic to Cape Town's coastal areas.

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South African Comedian Trevor Noah

With a career that includes being a radio DJ, actor and TV host, South African stand-up comedian Trevor Noah has certainly found his calling in comedy, with a fan-base that just keeps growing, both in his home country and internationally. Wherever he goes Noah receives positive reviews, and has been given the thumbs-up for his stand-up routine, The Racist, which he is currently performing at venues in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany. South Africans can look forward to seeing him at Montecasino in Gauteng from 28 February 2014, where he'll be performing his new show, It's My Culture.

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Discover South Africa's Oldest Wine Estate

Dating back to the late 17th century, Groot Constantia is the oldest wine estate in South Africa and is listed as a heritage site in the Western Cape Province. Located in the Constantia suburb of Cape Town, Groot Constantia continues to operate as a highly successful wine estate, winning a total of 66 Gold medals in the past decade, many of which were awarded at international wine shows.

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Springbok: South Africa's National Animal

Visitors to the many game parks and nature reserves of South Africa are very likely to come across the country's national animal – the springbok. This graceful medium-sized antelope, with distinctive brown and white markings, large upright ears and curved horns, gets its name from the Dutch words spring (jump) and bok (goat) and nature lovers who see the springbok in action will soon understand why. Moving with amazing agility and reaching speeds of up to 100 km/h, the springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis marsupialis) can leap up to 4 meters through the air as it flees predators. Although in the past springbok were found in large herds, the fencing off of farms has disrupted their migratory patterns and hunters have decimated their numbers. Nonetheless, the springbok remains the most plentiful antelope in South Africa.

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