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Enjoy the Tranquility of Rondvlei Nature Reserve

Home to the only hippos in the Western Cape Province, and a spectacular bird watching destination, the Rondevlei Nature Reserve incorporates parts of Grassy Park, Lavenderhill and Zeekoevlei in Cape Town. Covering an area of about 290 hectares, the reserve is one of South Africa's most important wetlands and is home to as many as 230 bird species, as well as small mammals and reptiles. The hippopotamus population was introduced into the area in 1981, to control an invasive South American grass species which was taking over the wetland. The name 'Zeekoevlei' is a reference to the resident hippos, 'zeekoe' being the Dutch name for hippopotamus.

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Take a Hop-on, Hop-off Tour of Johannesburg - Part 1

Visitors to South Africa's City of Gold may want to consider using the hop-on, hop-off bus service provided by City Sightseeing to visit some of the city's top attractions. Starting and ending at the Gautrain Park Station in the Johannesburg city centre, the bright red open-top bus stops off at Gandhi Square, Carlton Centre, James Hall Transport Museum, Gold Reef City, Apartheid Museum, Mining District Walk, Newtown, Origins Centre at Wits University, Braamfontein and Constitution Hill. With buses departing every 30 or 40 minutes, depending on the day of the week, passengers can spend time at the various attractions and catch the next bus to continue their journey.

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Visit the Museums of Pretoria

Located in the Gauteng Province of South Africa, Pretoria is often referred to as the "Jacaranda City" – a reference to the thousands of Jacaranda trees that line the streets and are found in its parks and gardens. Pretoria is also the administrative capital of South Africa and home to a number of museums that chronicle the history and culture of the region and its people. These include the Van Wouw Museum, the Voortrekker Monument, Kruger House, Freedom Park and the Ditsong Museums of South Africa.

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Calitzdorp: South Africa’s Port Wine Capital

Situated on Route 62, in the western region of the Klein Karoo, Calitzdorp is a superb example of a typical Karoo town, where preservation of culture and warm hospitality are paramount. Referred to as the 'Gateway to the Garden Route' and 'Port Wine Capital' of South Africa, Calitzdorp offers an ideal stopover point from which to explore the area. With spectacular mountains rising up on three sides – Rooiberge to the south, Huisrivier Pass to the west, and Swartberg to the north – the area around Calitzdorp offers a treasure trove of nature to enjoy, with bird-watching, hiking, fishing, horse-riding and 4x4 driving being some of the popular activities.

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Visit Durban's Top Attractions

Affectionately referred to as "Durbs", the city of Durban is the capital of the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa and is the country's third largest city, after Johannesburg and Cape Town. Its subtropical climate and spectacular beaches make Durban a popular holiday destination for inland-dwelling South Africans as well as international tourists. Durban's visitor attractions include the vibrant Golden Mile, uShaka Marine World, Greyville Racecourse, the Umgeni River Bird Park, and the Victoria Embankment. Sports venues include the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Kings Park Stadium and the Sahara Stadium Kingsmead. The International Convention Centre in Durban is counted among the leading conference centres in Africa and in 2005 was rated as the world's 4th best conference venue. The Gateway Theatre of Shopping offers movie theatres, a live performance theatre, more than 350 stores, loads of restaurants, cafés and fast-food outlets, a games arcade, theme park and science centre.

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Loads of Edutainment at Pretoria Zoo

The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, better known as Pretoria Zoo, was in the news recently when one of its residents was thought to have been stolen. Dubbed by the press as 'Houdini', the zoo’s two-meter long black mamba was found almost a month later in the Reptile Park service area, and how he escaped from his enclosure, and remained undetected despite an extensive search, remains a mystery. After a period of observation to ensure he was not traumatized or injured in any way, Houdini was returned to his terrarium where he got more than his usual share of attention, no doubt due to his new celebrity status.

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Take Time to Meander Through Magaliesberg

The Magaliesberg region offers a host of leisure-time options just an hour or so beyond the city limits of both Pretoria and Johannesburg. Established in 1998, the Magalies Meander is designed to make the most of this spectacularly beautiful region, no matter what your interests are. Adventure options include canopy tours, microlighting, quad biking, gliding, mountain biking, go-karting and hot air ballooning, while nature lovers can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, birding and safari tours. Visitors with an appreciation for arts and crafts will find a wide range of home crafted items and artworks at the Magalies Meander's galleries and coffee shops, and wellness and health spas offer an extensive range of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments in pristine surroundings.

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A Haven of Nature in Gauteng City Limits

Covering an area of 275 hectares of land at Modderfontein in Gauteng, the Modderfontein reserve includes parts of the Modderfontein Spruit and a number of dams surrounded by hills and grassland. Operated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust on behalf of Heartland Properties, the reserve was opened to the public on 20 September 2012, providing a haven of nature in the heart of urban living. To meet the goal of protecting indigenous flora and fauna, the reserve has a number of ongoing projects to clear alien vegetation, plant trees and provide education and awareness regarding the environment and preservation of natural ecosystems.

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