Category: History

Top 10 Surprising Facts about South Africa

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Did you know?

1. South Africa has 11 official languages. English is understood and spoken by most of the people in the country.

2. South Africa’s drinking water is rated the third safest in the world.

3. South Africa is the only country in the entire world that has voluntarily abandoned its nuclear weapons program.

Happily Ever After

Two glasses of red wine with flowers

 

A crazy combo turns out to be the perfect pair. Who knew? It all started with an unlikely hook up, resulting in a one-of-a-kind wine called Pinotage. Back in 1925, Stellenbosch University Professor A.I. Perold performed a gutsy marriage of Pinot Noir and Cinsault (also known as Heritage) grapes, resulting in this versatile and food-friendly varietal. The new red wine was not only a blend of the grapes, but also combined their names.

7 Beautiful Nights in Cape Town with Go Touch Down Travel and Tours

Cape Town

 

Cape Town. It’s the iconic Southern African city, pumping with life every minute of the day. The team at Go Touch Down Travel and Tours knows all the secrets of this thriving metropolis, so we’re perfectly placed to ensure you don’t miss a single thing. Here’s a sneak peek at the joys that await you along your journey.

South Africa’s World Heritage Wonders

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Ancient kingdoms, diverse eco-systems, an invasion of space, and a modern-day freedom struggle, all these are celebrated at South Africa’s World Heritage Sites.  Closest to home, the most recent to be named is the Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains in Mpumalanga, declared early in July. Our beloved Humala River Lodge in Songimvelo Game Reserve is nestled in the heart of these majestic mountains. Now may be the perfect time to check this World Heritage Site off your list.

The Rhythms of the Mines

Gumboot Dancers

Rooted back in the dark gold mine tunnels of South Africa more than a century ago, gumboot dancing has come full circle. Initially a codified tap used by black miners deprived of conversation, gumboot dancing today is one of the most expressive South African dance genres.

Franschhoek: The Food and Wine Capital of South Africa

Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape Winelands, lies the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. This is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are made and top chefs create international cuisine. Here, breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and the finest wines all combine to create lasting memories.

Franschhoek Valley, known as South Africa's food and wine capital.

Franschhoek, known as South Africa’s Food and Wine Capital.

Visit The French Corner of South Africa

Franschhoek: The Heart of South African Food and Wine

Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape Winelands, lies the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. This is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are made and top chefs create international cuisine. Here, breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and the finest wines all combine to create lasting memories.

Franschhoek Valley, known as South Africa's food and wine capital.

Franschhoek, known as South Africa’s Food and Wine Capital.

Miracles of Nature

Blyde River Canyon

You may have heard of or even experienced the beauty of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a magnificent miracle of nature. The turbulent convergence of the Truer and Blyde Rivers formed these magical cylindrical potholes over a period of millions of years.

But did you know the history behind the names of these ancient geological features?

Paying Tribute To The Past

Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, coined the term “Rainbow Nation” to capture the extraordinary diversity of races, tribes, creeds and landscape that characterizes modern South Africa. Getting to know South Africa’s amazing people may be the most enduring memory of any visit.

South Africa’s varied museums are a good place to get a feel for the history of the country and learn more about what makes the people here so special. Here is just a sampling that highlights a few of the country’s many outstanding museums.

Paying Tribute To The Past

Rock On!

Ancient Rock Formation - Humala River Lodge

Humala River Lodge is tucked away in a most extraordinary spot, a magical 124,000-acre African wilderness – Songimvelo Game Reserve. Though wonderfully remote, there is much to do: Witness elephants and other magnificent wildlife on safari; angle for wild Yellow Fish in the river; catch some rays at the pool, and be pampered at the bush spa. But a unique highlight here is the opportunity to view Stone Age art carved and painted on rocks that are 3.5 billion years old.