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Explore the Sevilla Rock Art Trail

Winding alongside the Brandewyn River in the Cedarberg region of the Western Cape, the 4km long Sevilla Rock Art Trail incorporates nine rock art sites, providing intriguing insight into the lives of the San people who lived in the area for thousands of years. While there is still some debate about the age of the rock art, the latest dating techniques claim the different sites are between 8,000 and 800 years old. The experience of walking the trail is a treat for history buffs and nature lovers alike as the area is home to springbok, eland, dassies, baboons and a host of bird species, while the indigenous flora is a delight to see, particularly in spring and early summer.

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Explore the Bontebok National Park

Established in 1931 to protect the bontebok population, the Bontebok National Park is located in the Cape Floral Region in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. With the Breede River flowing along its southern border and the Langeberg Mountains as a backdrop, the park offers spectacular scenery and plentiful flora and fauna. Although it is considered to be a species-specific national park, the Bontebok National Park is home to a variety of other mammals, including the duiker, grey rhebok, Cape grysbok, Cape mountain zebra, African clawless otter and red hartebeest. It also boasts more than 200 bird species, with South Africa's national bird – the blue crane – being among them. Moreover, the park protects numerous species of fynbos, with the renosterveld islands hosting several species of plants unique to the area.

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Explore the Maloti-Drakensberg TFCA

Recognizing the area as having both cultural and natural features of universal value, the Maloti-Drakensberg Park was listed with the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage Site in June 2013. Nature is no respecter of man-made borders, and the collaboration between the governments of South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho to establish the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation and Development Area in June 2001 shows an appreciation on both sides of the picturesque scenery and amazing biodiversity of this region, and an understanding of the need to protect it.

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Nieu-Bethesda's Historic Owl House

Located at the foot of the Sneeuberge in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, the small town of Nieu-Bethesda was founded in 1875 and, as was the case with most Karoo towns at the time, it developed around the Dutch Reformed Church. It was designated as a municipality in 1886, and today falls under the jurisdiction of the Camdeboo Local Municipality. The pure air and natural beauty of the area, along with the untouched-by-time atmosphere of the town, have made Nieu-Bethesda an increasingly popular getaway spot for a day trip from Port Elizabeth, or as a longer term destination. But the main attraction of Nieu-Bethesda is undoubtedly the Owl House – a unique and fascinating memorial to the artist Helen Martins.

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KwaZulu Natal's iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Stretching from Cape St Lucia northward to the Mozambican border on KwaZulu-Natal's northeastern coast, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park has the distinction of being the first site in South Africa to be added to the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) World Heritage List in 1999, acknowledging the incredible diversity of species that depend on the area's variety of landforms, such as coastal dunes, sandy beaches, coral reefs, lake systems, grasslands, freshwater swamps and reed and papyrus wetlands. Due to its geographic location between tropical and sub-tropical Africa, along with its coastal setting, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park is home to more species of animals than are resident in the much bigger Kruger National Park.

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Discover the Charming Town of Prince Albert

Founded in 1762, the picturesque town of Prince Albert is located on the southernmost edge of the Great Karoo, with the majestic Swartberg Mountains as a backdrop. Thirteen of its beautifully preserved Cape Dutch, Victorian and typically Karoo-style buildings have been declared as National Monuments and the people who call Prince Albert home are keen to share their town's rich cultural heritage with visitors, which they do in some novel ways, including the Prince Albert Ghost Walk conducted by the town's very own story-weaver and Art After Dark accompanied by local artist Hennie Boshoff. The town is also the venue of the very popular Prince Albert Olive Festival which takes place in April each year and features loads of entertainment and activities.

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Explore the Klein Karoo Wine Route

As the easternmost wine producing region in South Africa, the Klein Karoo Wine Route includes the area along Route 62 from the Langkloof in the East to Montagu in the west, with spectacular mountain ranges and fertile riverbanks creating conditions favourable for the cultivation of vineyards and production of an interesting variety of wines. Fortified wines such as Port and Muscadel are among the world-class products produced by wineries in the Klein Karoo, as well as a range of red and white wines to suit varied tastes. Quaint historic towns and legendary hospitality are additional reasons for wine-lovers to explore the Klein Karoo Wine Route of South Africa.

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Albertinia – Home of the Aloe

Named in honour of the first Dutch Reformed Minister to serve the community – Johannes Rudolph Albertyn – Albertinia is a tranquil little town located at the foot of the majestic Langeberg Mountain range around 50 km west of Mossel Bay on the Garden Route of South Africa. Laid out on a farm named Grootfontein in 1900, Albertinia received municipality status in 1920 and today is part of the Eden District Municipality of the Western Cape.

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