26 May 2017

Drone Video: "My Durban"!

Check out Brad Hunter's drone video of Durban through which he wants us "to explore Durban, its heritage, passion, people, culture and vibe. Fall in love with it - as I have - immerse yourself in it". Kudos Brad! Switch the video to fullscreen, put your headphones on, turn up the volume, lean back and enjoy Durban from a bird's perspective! 

South Africa: Construction work at Mokala National Park in June/July 2017!

South African National Parks (SANParks) is set to upgrade the last three non-self catering units to self-catering in Mokala National Park. The construction work will start on 12 June 2017 and is planed to be finished by 15 July 2017.

Mokala National Park is SANParks' newest Park. It is situated approximately 70km south-southwest of Kimberley, and west of the N12 freeway to Cape Town. Nestled in the hills, landscape of the National Park boasts a variety of koppieveld (hills) and large open plains.

Cape Town: Museum Night returns to the V&A Waterfront!

The Museum Night returns to Cape Town's V&A Waterfront with two editions in 2017. The first event will take place on 28 June 2017; the second Museum Night will follow later in the year. The museums at the V&A Waterfront will be open from 17:00 until 22:00. Most museum sites offer free admission to the public, with the Two Oceans Aquarium offering half price tickets on the night.


The participating museums include Chavonnes Battery Museum, Robben Island Jetty Museum, Iziko Maritime Centre, and the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum,
amongst other sites. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), which opens to the public in September 2017, will host a programme outside the museum building. More information will be made available closer to the event - we'll keep you posted!

23 May 2017

Cape Town: The revamped Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome set to reopen!

The revamped Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome in Cape Town is set to open it's doors to the public on 27 May 2017. The Planetarium, which is located at the Iziko South African Museum in Queen Victoria Street (Gardens), underwent a major digital upgrade since July 2017 and is now a world-class digital fulldome high res 3D-theatre with multiple functionality. It provides unequalled edu-tainment, making virtual travel to explore the universe, the depths of the oceans, the inner working of the human body, the intricacies of atomic and chemical structures possible, or just providing animation and 360° cinema for sheer entertainment. [src.]

Tickets for the re-opening of the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome can be purchased at the door and members of the public are encouraged to arrive early on opening day to secure a seat. Seating for each show is limited to 140 visitors.

New image video: The Kruger Lowveld 2017!

Kruger Lowveld Tourism has released the new 2017 image video for the Kruger Lowveld. The region is located in South Africa's Mpumalanga Province and is bordered by the towns of Komatipoort in the east, Lydenburg/Mashishing in the west, Barberton in the south and Hoedspruit in the north. Other well-known towns and places of interest in the Kruger Lowveld include Sabie, Graskop, Pilgrim's Rest, Hazyview, Nelspruit/Mbombela, as well as the Kruger National Park, the Panorama Route and the Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail. Enjoy!

Oudtshoorn: Two major ostrich show farms stopped ostrich rides!

Two major ostrich farms in the Oudtshoorn area, the Cango Ostrich Farm and the Safari Ostrich Show Farm, have stopped offering ostrich rides. According to statements on their websites, both farms recognise a trend towards a more ethical interaction with animals and decided therefore to stop the sitting and riding of their ostriches. Two other ostrich show farms in the Oudtshoorn area, the Highgate Ostrich Show Farm and the Chandelier Game Lodge & Ostrich Show Farm, are sticking to the feature and are still offering ostrich rides.

Oudtshoorn, known to be the "ostrich capital of the world", is located in the Klein Karoo region of South Africa's Western Cape. The town is home to the world's largest ostrich population.

22 May 2017

South Africa: Maropeng Visitor Centre to host an exhibition of homo naledi fossils!

Maropeng, the Official Visitors Centre for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, is set to host the "Almost Human" exhibition of homo naledi fossils from 25 May 2017. Homo naledi fossils from the first Rising Star Expedition as well as new discoveries from the Rising Star cave system, which is the richest fossil hominin site in Africa, will be put on public display. Entrance into "Almost Human" is included in the entrance fee to the Maropeng Exhibition. The entrance fee is R120 for adultes and R65 for hildren (4-14). The Maropeng Visitor Centre is open to the public from 09:00 to 17:00 every day. The last boat ride departs at 16:00. The Maropeng Visitor Centre, Market Place and Tumulus restaurants, as well as the Maropeng Hotel, can be found just off the R563 Hekpoort Road, Sterkfontein.