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Explore the Kamoka Open Africa Route

The Mpumalanga Province in South Africa is surrounded by the Kingdom of Swaziland, the Limpopo Province, the Free State, KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng. It is an area that is chiefly known for the Kruger National Park. Even though there are many cultures living in this province, the most dominant is the Ndebele. To develop the smaller towns and villages in the province, all the tribes decided to work together to create opportunities by uniting their efforts and establishing the Kamoka Open Africa Route.

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Return Visit to South Africa

The afternoon guided tour of The Winelands by Hylton Ross Tours comprised a visit to a cheetah sanctuary, a tour of picturesque Stellenbosch and food and wine in The Anura Boutique Winery. The tour group included persons from Ghana, Greece, and Angela and I from Ireland. We had dinner that night in renowned new Balthazar restaurant, grill seafood and wine bar in the V&A in Cape Town. Balthazar was voted the best steakhouse in South Africa in 2005. The welcome literature contains the following: "indulge your palate; enjoy the best in life – from slick service to superb Karan beef aged in our butcher's shop, a variety of South African game, export quality Mozambican shell fish and freshest South African seafood". Dining in Balthazar was truly unique personal experience on a warm evening in full view of Table Mountain.

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Enjoy a Break in Barrydale

Located in the Western Cape Province, on the Overberg border, lies a town named Barrydale that had its beginnings in the eighteenth century. Looking for land that had natural water sources and fertile land for their crops, farmers moved into the area. At first they did not have a church, only houses where Holy Communion could be taken and a small school. In 1878 a piece of land was purchased, the Dutch Reformed Community of Barrydale was founded and a church constructed. All these developments created what is now a historic town that is as picturesque as it was when it first came into existence.

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Exploring the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area

Just outside the city of Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape Province, is a natural getaway destination that is popular with locals due to its unmatched beauty and the opportunity to enjoy the tranquility and peacefulness only nature can provide. It is a conservancy, and visitors are therefore requested to respect their surroundings and the animals that call the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area their home. Over and above the beauty of the rugged mountains and landscapes that have not been tarnished by human actions, eco-friendly activities are also available.

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Visit Beautiful Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve

Recognized by UNESCO for its incredible biodiversity, the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve lies in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom on the southern tip of South Africa. Located just an hour out of the bustling metropolis of Cape Town, the reserve contains up to 1,880 different species of plants, with 77 of these species endemic to the area. When taking into account that all these treasures of nature are spread over an area of just 100,000 hectares, the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is widely considered to be among the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. Moreover, some of the species found in the Cape Floral Kingdom are considered to be living fossils, as scientists are of the opinion that the southern tip of Africa was not affected by the last ice age which would have destroyed the flora, as was the case in large parts of the earth.

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Scenic Chapman's Peak Drive

Just outside the bustling city of Cape Town, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, is a mountain by the name of Chapman's Peak. Its name has become synonymous with two large annual events, namely the Two Oceans Marathon and the Cape Argus Cycle Race. Many locals and visitors travel along the Chapman's Peak Drive, not only to reach the summit of this magnificent mountain, but to enjoy the spectacular views this drive has to offer.

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Discover the History of Liliesleaf Farm

There are numerous museums, galleries and exhibitions that have dedicated their work to showcasing a part of South Africa’s history that is not easy to forget: the Apartheid Era. But there is one location in the country, in the north of Johannesburg, which is directly connected to this time period and is a location that led to the notorious Rivonia Trial. Although the city has sprung up and expanded around Liliesleaf Farm, the building remains and has been transformed into an interactive museum that allows visitors to explore the events leading up to, during and after the Rivonia Trial.

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Baynesfield Estate Museum

Located in the picturesque Natal Midlands of South Africa, Baynesfield Estate was established in 1863 by Joseph Baynes. This interesting man played a vital role in the development and history of the area and this fascinating museum provides some insight into the man and his operations.

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