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Visit the Arend Dieperink Museum in Mokopane

Located in a quaint red-roofed stone building which once served as a school, the Arend Dieperink Museum in Mokopane documents the ancient history of human habitation of this fascinating region of South Africa, which goes back more than three million years. The museum also displays a host of interesting items relating to the history and culture of the town, its surroundings and the people of the region. Set in beautifully maintained gardens, the museum also includes an outdoor exhibit area with wagons, old tractors and farm implements which give insight into the lives of the pioneers who settled and cultivated the land.

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Tribute to South African Boxing Legend Corrie Sanders

Internationally renowned in boxing circles for defeating Wladimir Klitschko with a second-round knockout in 2003, earning him the title of WBO heavyweight champion, South African boxer Corrie Sanders died in the early hours of 23 September 2012, after being shot during an armed robbery at a restaurant in Brits while attending a family occassion. Tributes and condolences have been pouring in, with his arch-rivals Wladimir Klitschko and his brother Vitali Klitschko expressing their shock and condolences at the news, noting that Sanders will be remembered as a great person both inside and outside the ring, and that he had been a great fighter who positively represented the sport of boxing. Sanders' 2003 victory over Klitschko was named by The Ring – an American magazine dedicated to boxing - as the "Upset of the Year".

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Indigenous Treasures at the Garden Route Botanical Garden

The Garden Route Botanical Garden (GRBG) is located in the coastal town of George and was established to showcase the unique flora that is found in the spectacular Garden Route region of South Africa. The southern side of the garden is located in George and it stretches to the border of the Outeniqua Nature Reserve and mountain forests. Two lush wetland areas dominate the town side of the garden with easy access for visitors to enjoy the water-loving plants and resident waterfowl in tranquil surroundings. Cape mountain fynbos, coastal fynbos, Renosterveld fynbos and the extensive protea family are among the many plants visitors can enjoy while strolling through the gardens.

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Rehabilitating Wildlife in Limpopo Province

A visit to the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre in Hoedspruit is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone with an appreciation for animals. Located at the foot of the Mariepskop Mountain in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, this safe haven for injured, abandoned, poisoned and orphaned wild animals undertakes the challenging task of rehabilitation, with the ultimate goal of reintroducing the animal into its natural habitat wherever possible. With a dedicated team of permanent staff and volunteers, the centre is also involved with breeding programs in an effort to prevent endangered and vulnerable species from becoming extinct.

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World Renowned South African Baobab

Baobab trees are found in a number of locations in sub-Saharan Africa and are easily recognized by their broad trunks and wide spreading branches with sparse foliage, giving rise to the nick-name of the 'upside-down' tree. These large distinctively shaped trees are generally solitary specimens standing out in savannah and scrub terrain. Its scientific name Adansonia digitata is a reference to the five leaflets in a cluster being likened to the five fingers on a hand. The fruit of the baobab, referred to as 'monkey-bread' is used as a traditional food in Africa and is high in calcium, vitamin C, and antioxidants. The leaves of the tree are edible, oil can be extracted from its seeds and as a succulent, it provides moisture to animals that strip its bark.

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South Africa's Historic Pioneers

The Voortrekkers are an integral part of South Africa's history, commemorated in museums and monuments around the country. Literally meaning 'forward-pullers', Voortrekkers were pioneers who headed north not knowing what they would encounter, but determined to find suitable places to settle and establish communities. Over the years there has been much speculation as to what motivated the Voortrekkers to tackle uncharted territory, and while the topic is obviously complex, a growing discontent related to British rule and a desire for a better and freer life are thought to be the primary reasons.

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Cycads – South Africa’s Green Treasure

With fossil evidence dating back to before the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth, cycads are considered to be the oldest living seed plants on the planet. While at that time, referred to as the Jurassic period, cycads were widespread across the earth, today they are found in ever decreasing numbers in some tropical and sub-tropical areas. South Africa is home to 39 species of cycads and as such, is one of the world centers of cycad diversity. Unfortunately, many of these cycads are classed as 'critically endangered' by the IUCN, with two species having become extinct in South Africa between 2003 and 2010.

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Education and Entertainment at Bester Zoo Park

Located in the picturesque, jacaranda-clad suburb of Willow Glen, Pretoria, Bester Birds & Animals Zoo Park is an attraction that the entire family is sure to enjoy. The petting zoo gives the little ones a hands-on farmyard experience, while the diverse collection of animals and birds is both entertaining and educational. Owner Mike Bester had long had the goal of opening his own zoological garden where families could gather in tranquil surroundings and spend time getting to know some of the world's most fascinating animals, and visitors to the park will soon see that his goal has been reached. The zoo park has all the facilities for the comfort and convenience of visitors, and offers a fun venue for special occasions such as kiddies' birthday parties.

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