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Sheikh Yusuf Kramat

Faure is a suburb of the city of Cape Town in South Africa, and is home to one of the most treasured historical sites in the Muslim religion. The Sheikh Yusuf Kramat is a spiritual shrine and a site of pilgrimage for many Muslim communities. Visitors are welcomed at the Sheikh Yusuf Kramat, which is the final resting place of this legendary icon and nobleman. His revolutionary work, opposing the invading Dutch armies in Macassar, led to his capture and relocation to the Cape of Good Hope in 1693.

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Kowie Canoe and Hiking Trail

Located along South Africa's 'Sunshine Coast', between Port Elizabeth and East London, the picturesque town of Port Alfred is a haven of tranquility for nature-lovers wanting to escape the rat-race. With its temperate climate, sheltered harbor and the Kowie River emptying itself into the ocean, this is also the perfect destination for a variety of water-oriented activities – including the popular Kowie Canoe/Hiking Trail, starting at Port Alfred and ending at Horseshoe Bend in Water's Meeting Nature Reserve.

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Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo

For more than twenty years the Buddhist Retreat Centre, located at Ixopo in KwaZulu Natal, has been welcoming people to take some time out of their busy schedules to re-connect with themselves in an area of great natural beauty and tranquility. The retreat is located on a ridge overlooking the Umkomaas River, indigenous valleys and rolling hills. Paths winding through the 300 acre property take guests through the lush greenery to quiet places which are perfect for meditation and contemplation, while enjoying exquisite scenery. Birdlife is plentiful and the grounds of the retreat are a breeding site for the rare Blue Swallow. In fact, the Buddhist Retreat Centre has been appointed by the Endangered Wildlife Trust as custodian of these beautiful birds, as well as being declared a Natural Heritage Site by Nelson Mandela during his presidency in recognition of conservation efforts.

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Vaal Meander

Usually when creative people get together to brainstorm an idea, one can expect a masterpiece, and in the establishment of Vaal Meander this is just the case. A mere hours drive away from the bustling city of Johannesburg awaits a world of beauty, creativity and relaxation that has become a popular getaway for locals, the perfect venue for special occasions and a chance for tourists to discover the quieter side of South Africa, while being close to towns and cities.

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Observing the Wonders of the Night Sky

Many people will automatically think of animals and varied landscapes when they think of South Africa. Others will think of the iconic Table Mountain and still others might think of past political struggles. Very few people think of the wonderful variety of stars which are often very clearly visible in the night sky above this lovely country.

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Herald Cycle Tour 2009

Cyclists across the country will be getting ready to dust off the cobwebs and prepare for some of the country’s best-loved cycling events around this time of the year. The Herald Cycle Tour is just one such event and it takes place in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth every year.

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Summer Elegance at the House of Krone

The House of Krone is located on the Twee Jonge Gezellen wine estate that was established in 1710. It is one of the oldest wine estates in South Africa that is family-owned and the Twee Jonge Gezellen wine ranges are well known in the country. To differentiate and to bring honor to the contributions that Nicky Krone made to the sparkling wines range, Mèthode Cap Classique, the House of Krone was created, and to celebrate the success of the sparkling wine and the industry, the Summer Elegance at the House of Krone, will be an event of good taste, entertainment and art.

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Adventure Travel: Caving in South Africa

Caving is gaining in popularity as a leisure or extreme sport in many parts of the world, and South Africa, with its abundance of dolomite and limestone, is a very rewarding caving destination. Each of the myriad of caves scattered around the county has its own unique formations, offering thrill-seekers a challenge no matter what level of caving experience they may have.

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