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National Arbor Week in South Africa

Many countries across the globe will recognize the importance of educating youths about the benefits of keeping our environment as green as possible. With this in mind, many countries celebrate Arbor Day once a year – a day on which trees are planted and emphasis is placed on the importance they play in the circle of life. In South Africa, Arbor Day is celebrated for an entire week.

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South Africa’s Misunderstood Aardvark

South Africa's Aardvark (Orycteropus afer) is an unusual species known for its excellent digging skills and termite diet. The common name of Aardvark originates from Afrikaans and is translated as “earth pig”. Although it may resemble a pig, it absolutely no relation. In fact, the Aardvark has been classified into its own family of Orycteropodidae of the order Tubulidentata. Lets find out more about this fascinating, elusive African creature.

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Hope On The Horizon For SA’s AIDS Epidemic.

Recent years have seen a lot of attention turned towards the rise and prevalence of AIDS in South Africa and this has lead to many concerns – both founded and unfounded. What really is the AIDS situation in South Africa? Is it still safe to visit the country? Questions such as these need to be asked and answered in order for you to enjoy at least some peace of mind while on holiday in the country.

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African Wild Dog

The African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus) has often received negative publicity due to its hunting behavior, but as with any species, they play a vital role in the ecosystem. Sadly, Wild Dogs are the most endangered large carnivores of South Africa with a current population in Africa of between 3000 and 5000 individuals. South Africa's main viable Wild Dog population is located in the Kruger National Park. Let's explore this fascinating highly family-oriented carnivore further.

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South Africa’s Native Horse Breeds

Contrary to popular belief, there are a small number of horse breeds which have originated in South Africa and which continue to be popular riding and racing horses today. Granted, not many of these little creatures have ever set foot off African soil. Yet their value as both riding and farm animals can never be underestimated. If you are a horse lover from another country, you will likely be interested to know that there are no fewer than six different horse breeds which can trace their origins back to this tip of the African continent.

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Experience the Thrill of Ratanga Junction

The screams of delight and excitement fill the air, with people milling around waiting for their turn on one of the adventure rides. Flashes of cameras are going off in all directions, with visitors trying desperately to capture every moment. Children are running wildly around the park, with parents trying to keep up, as the young ones explore every inch of the 20 hectares of beauty and adventure. This is the Ratanga Junction Theme Park, one of the most popular attraction in Cape Town.

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Johnny Clegg One Life Concert

In a country that struggled with racism for so many years under the Apartheid regime, many people in South Africa went out of their way to help those who were oppressed. Johnny Clegg was one of those who reached out to help others and his music was inspired by what he saw and experienced in his youth. The One Life music concert is a brief but entertaining glimpse at the musical phenomenon that he later became.

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The Nederburg Arts Festival

Regardless of what time of the year you decide to visit Knysna, there are always a wide variety of art shops worth visiting. The lives of those living in Knysna is strongly influenced by a variety of arts and crafts and the resulting culture gives the town a unique and vibrant feel.

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