South Africa Travel Guide

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Where to Learn About Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg

May 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

When we think of the country South Africa, the name Nelson Mandela is without doubt one of the first things to come to mind. We all know the Cliffs Notes: He spent 27 years as a political prisoner, and four years after his 1990 release he became the country's president, subsequently ending nearly 50 years of apartheid in South Africa.

While Cape Town remains the shining star of South Africa's tourism industry, Johannesburg is ground-zero for all things historical when it comes to Mandela and his battle against the apartheid government. It's where you'll find the Apartheid Museum, a must-visit for international tourists looking for perspective on the racism that plagued South Africa from the 1950s until Mandela's rise to power.

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Forget Wine Bars, One Airport is Developing Its Own Winery

October 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM | by | ()

Beer and wine at the airport is hardly anything new, but when that wine is made right at the airport—now that’s something worth an intentional layover.

That’s the plan over in South Africa, as the Cape Town International Airport is planning to produce wine right in the terminal. They’re starting off small, as the plan is to just make around 700 bottles of Merlot every couple of years.

Officials have already invested around $20,000 into the operation, and the experts over at Du Preez wine estate are helping establishing the cellar in the concourse.

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Get Away for an Adult Gap Year at a South Africa Game Reserve

September 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM | by | ()

South Africa's Phinda Game Reserve is giving adults the chance to take a Gap Year of their own.

Over the past twenty years, the Phinda Game Reserve's growth has made it possible to hire a full time researcher who leads a team of research assistants. These volunteer helpers are actively involved in studying the biodiversity of the entire game reserve.

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Holy Moly, South Africa's New Entry Rules for Families are Beyond Strict

September 8, 2014 at 8:43 AM | by | ()

South Africa’s new rules for traveling into and out of the country with children are so strict, they almost seem unbelievable. But a new reality is indeed coming for families, so, despite how excessive they might seem, they must be taken seriously if you want to be allowed to enter the country. Enforcement will commence in a few weeks on October 1st.

To start, let’s take a look at what the new rules are, and then we’ll get into some perspective on the motivation behind them. South Africa’s website gives us a very detailed breakdown of the new requirements, applicable to all children under 18 years of age:

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Two New Tours Introduce Fans to Cities Where 'The Giver' Was Filmed

August 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM | by | ()

The Giver might be set in a world lacking color and memory but in reality the new movie was filmed in two of the world's most vibrant cities - Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa.

To celebrate the film's release, African Travel, Inc has two tours that will bring fans to the cities where where The Giver's stars -including Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Jeff Bridges, Alexander Skarsgård, and Meryl Streep - lived while filming The Giver.

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One Heart Source is Looking for Youth Volunteers to Join Them in South Africa

July 9, 2014 at 7:52 PM | by | ()

One Heart Source is looking for driven young adults who don't just want to volunteer in a foreign country for a couple of weeks and leave, but want to take action to create something that can have an impact for years to come.

Does this sound like you? Then you still have plenty of time to sign up for one of the organization's 2014 programs.

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How to Win a 'Blended'-Inspired Trip to South Africa

May 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM | by | ()

To celebrate the release of Blended, Warner Brothers and the Huffington Post UK are giving away a dream trip to South Africa.

The Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore comedy was filmed at the Sun City Resort, located 2 hours outside of Johannesburg, last spring.

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Pick Your Seatmate Via Facebook on South African Airways

May 13, 2014 at 10:39 AM | by | ()

When it come to selecting an economy seat for a flight, there is a very limited platform on which you can base your decision. There are two decisions to make: Aisle or middle, and front or back. Other than that, it's a blind decision, most notably in terms of who ends up being your seatmate. The classic complaint always revolves around an annoying seatmate who talks your ear off all flight, but is this only because we typically sit next to people with whom we have nothing in common?

South African Airways thinks so, and is launching a new feature called Social Check-In to help people select their seats based on common interests with other passengers. The concept is pretty simple. When you check in online, you can choose to share select Facebook details, such as your interests or upcoming events, which are then available for other passengers to see when they are selecting their seats. Passengers can then vet the value of empty seats by evaluating who is occupying the ones adjacent to it.

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South Africa Wastes No Time Creating Nelson Mandela Tourism Map

March 25, 2014 at 9:57 AM | by | ()

Less than four months after his death, the South African tourist board has launched a new website and interactive map to help visitors relive the life of Noble Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela.

Mandela, often referred to by his clan name 'Madiba,' has long been heralded in South Africa and throughout the world for his activism, which included spending 27 years in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the state. As it turns out, he was trying to do just that. When an international campaign got him released from prison in 1990, he became the first president of South Africa just four years later, ending the reign of the apartheid government.

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What It's Like to Land at the Tiny Safari Airport of Hoedspruit, South Africa

February 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM | by | ()

We love it when our travels take us to slightly more unusual airports, and this one in South Africa certainly fits the bill. Hoedspruit (HDS) lies 280 miles northeast of Johannesburg on the eastern edge of the Limpopo province, towards the border with Mozambique. The most likely reason for venturing out to HDS is the same for which we came: the proximity to world-famous Kruger National Park.

Only one airline (South African Express) and two cities (Johannesburg and Cape Town) offer scheduled service to Hoedspruit, using small, single-aisle Bombardier jets or prop aircraft. The link to Johannesburg is twice-daily throughout the week, with one daily flight to Cape Town only available on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. A few charter airlines will also make the hops.

Hoedspruit’s location and level of traffic could easily fool you into thinking this is just a tiny airport, but that impression would be wrong; only a section (officially Eastgate Airport) is for commercial use, with the airfield being unexpectedly vast due to its use as a military base and, even more interestingly, as one of the emergency landing spots for the now-grounded Space Shuttle.

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Why Twitter Went Crazy Over the Arrival of British Airways Flight 43

December 21, 2013 at 1:30 AM | by | ()

The top trending topic on Twitter Friday night was a cryptic inquiry: #HasJustineLandedYet?

To tell the story behind the hashtag is to sum up 12 hours of Twitter intrigue and outrage stemming from a single idiotic tweet by @JustineSacco.

Sacco, a communications director for media conglomerate IAC (representing brands like Vimeo, OkCupid, and, couldn't resist the urge to fire off a final tweet before boarding a 12-hour nonstop flight on British Airways from London to Cape Town, South Africa:

Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!

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How You Can Use Your Camera Phone to Empower South African Women Photographers

September 18, 2013 at 3:46 PM | by | ()

Most of us don't tend to think about the impact something as simple as a cell phone can have on women around the world. Luckily, the innovators at the heART of a woman project did recognize the potential in the cameras we carry in our pockets and launched an initiative to use them to help women in South Africa.

Their program is designed to "provide education in mobile photography to women (15+) in developing communities, to empower and to create small business and sustainable income through the sales of their photographic art and photo art products." But, to make their vision a reality the folks at HOAWP need a few helpful volunteers. They are looking for advanced amateur or professional photographers willing to travel to Khayelitsha, South Africa this November.

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