Archive for August, 2013

The Cradle of Humankind

To the west of Johannesburg, in a valley scattered with unremarkable koppies, shrubs and the odd tree – dry in winter and green in summer – lies the 47 000 hectare World Heritage Site known as the Cradle of Humankind.

Visitor Centre MaropengAbout 40 different palaeo-anthropological sites, including Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, Coopers B and Wonder cave, have unearthed some of the world’s most important fossils.

Mrs Ples (make that Master Ples, as some believe), dates back some 2.5 million years, and Little Foot, completely excavated only in late 2005, is an almost complete ape-man skeleton that is 3.3 million years old. Continue Reading

The V&A Waterfront

While for most visitors to Cape Town the V&A Waterfront describes the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront shopping centre and its immediate surrounds – a one-stop shopping, food and entertainment attraction right on the water, set against the backdrop most often featured when depicting the mother city, the V&A Waterfront is in fact virtually a suburb in its own right, including office parks, hotels, luxury apartments and a residential marina.

The V&A WaterfrontThe V&A Waterfront is a tourist hotspot, high on the must-visit list of visitors into the city, but it has its fair share of locals who live and work in the area or use the facilities en route to the Atlantic Seaboard from the city. The marina and lavish apartments that dot the waterways created along the Waterfront are the way Cape Town should be enjoyed. With Table Mountain as your backdrop, the sea and water immediately accessible, a buzzing nightlife outside your door and easy access to the city bowl, there are few places to stay that beat the appeal of the Waterfront. Continue Reading

Durbanville

Named after the original Governor, Sir Benjamin D’Urban, Durbanville is an ever-growing suburb on the outskirts of Cape Town that was once a small town in its own rights. It was established in the early 1800’s when it became an important watering station for travellers, thanks to its freshwater spring. The actual village began when a Dutch Reformed Church was built here in 1825 by local farmers. From there, the expansion has never ceased.

Durbanville Wine ValleyToday, Durbanville is a suburb that boasts beautiful homes and breath-taking vistas of the Western Cape mountains all around. Despite being known as one of South Africa’s fastest growing suburbs, Durbanville has retained much of the village charm for which it is so loved. In fact, many of its permanent residents were once visitors from countries all over the world, who left their home countries to settle in these pretty surrounds. Today, there is a population of well over 40 000 people.

Due to its prime location, Durbanville is less than 30 kilometres away from Cape Town, which means that all of the Cape’s tourist attractions, amenities and facilities of this exciting hub are a short drive away. In addition, during the busy tourist season and times of special international events, when stays in Cape Town is less easily available, Durbanville is a fabulous alternative. Continue Reading