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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 | Comments (0)

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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New Airline Alert: Kalahari Airways Between Europe and Africa

Where: Botswana
October 29, 2013 at 8:04 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you’re trying to cross each and every airline off your travel to-do list, then we have bad news, as there’s another carrier that you’ll need to add it your list. Kalahari Airways is thinking about doing the nonstop thing to here and there, and they’re basing their operations in Botswana. We’re thinking that they might just be the real deal too, as they’ve got some stories about them in the news, it sounds like they have an airplane, and they even have a website—that they might have borrowed from GeoCities.

The plan is for Kalahari Airways to fly between Cape Town and London-Gatwick at some point early next year, but just note that there will be a little stopover in Gaborone in either direction—that’s where Botswana comes into the picture. The airline is working to finalize the details of their airplane acquisitions, but it sounds like they’re scooping up three Boeing 747-400s from Qantas. Things are still very much in the works with many moving pieces, as it sounds like Kalahari Airways is even considering some crowd sourcing to bring in a little extra start-up cash.

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Three Touristy (but Totally Worthwhile) Things to Do in Cape Town

June 21, 2013 at 12:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're going to road trip in South Africa, let it be on the Garden Route. This popular stretch of road connects Heidelberg and Storms River Village along the N2, traversing mountain passes interspersed with views out to the Indian Ocean. We recently drove it in a 2014 Subaru Forester XT, opting for the most picturesque (and least paved) stretches from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town. Come along for the ride all this week!

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5

So far this week, we’ve taken you from Plettenberg Bay to Arniston, through numerous mountain passes and ostrich farms, and to a museum choc-full of Ferraris. Alas, all good things must come to an end and the final stretch of our road trip in a 2014 Subaru Forester XT brings us into Cape Town for the usual touristy stuff.

It's totally okay to be a tourist, you know. Everyone must start somewhere in exploring a city new to them. For a first visit to Cape Town, these three touristy activities are completely worthwhile:

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Road Tripping South Africa via the Garden Route: Ferraris in Franschhoek

June 20, 2013 at 7:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're going to road trip in South Africa, let it be on the Garden Route. This popular stretch of road connects Heidelberg and Storms River Village along the N2, traversing mountain passes interspersed with views out to the Indian Ocean. We recently drove it in a 2014 Subaru Forester XT, opting for the most picturesque (and least paved) stretches from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town. Come along for the ride all this week!

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5

So far this week, we’ve taken you from Plettenberg Bay to Arniston, through numerous mountain passes and ostrich farms, but all good news must come to an end. This is the final stretch of our intense road trip. We're Cape Town-bound, although hardly via the “quick and easy” route.

The town of Arniston is a small fishing community on the very southernmost coast of South Africa. Originally called Waenhuiskrans, it received its newer name after a British-owned East India trading ship called the Arniston lost its heading and ran aground off the coast in 1815. Debris and bodies washed up on shore for days and, tragically, only 6 people survived. Regardless, the residents are always pleased to have vacationers in their humble town.

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Road Tripping South Africa via the Garden Route: Oudtshoorn and Ostriches

June 20, 2013 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you're going to road trip in South Africa, let it be on the Garden Route. This popular stretch of road connects Heidelberg and Storms River Village along the N2, traversing mountain passes interspersed with views out to the Indian Ocean. We recently drove it in a 2014 Subaru Forester XT, opting for the most picturesque (and least paved) stretches from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town. Come along for the ride all this week!

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5

We couldn't possibly eat more ostrich meat.

After our adventures driving from Plettenberg Bay and through the Swartberg Pass, we'd reached the pleasant, dusty stretch between Oudtshoorn and Arniston and its population of ostrich.

Originally a farming town, Oudtshoorn gained wealth during the 1800s by exporting ostrich feathers to Europe for use in fashion. Ever since, the town still holds the title for being the largest population center of ostriches in the world. Whether you're an animal lover or just love devouring exotic meats, there are plenty of farms where you can stop and take some time to appreciate both.

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Road Tripping South Africa via the Garden Route: Attacking Swartberg Pass

June 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you're going to road trip in South Africa, let it be on the Garden Route. This popular stretch of road connects Heidelberg and Storms River Village along the N2, traversing mountain passes interspersed with views out to the Indian Ocean. We recently drove it in a 2014 Subaru Forester XT, opting for the most picturesque (and least paved) stretches from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town. Come along for the ride all this week!

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5

Snaking through the Black Mountains ("Swartberg" is the Afrikaans translation of "Black Mountain"), the winding Swartberg Pass connects the towns of Prince Albert and Oudtshoorn. It is relatively unchanged since its completion some 125 years ago, which means that drivers are in for unpaved, dusty roads and hairpin turns at a range of altitudes. Also, because the road is thin with few run-off areas, there's little room for error. Luckily for us, the Subaru Forester was designed precisely for conditions such as these.

This is not a road for your BMW Z4; take care in selecting your rental car if Swartberg Pass is on your itinerary.

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Cape Town Asks Visitors to Donate One Vacation Day to Cleaning Up the Community

October 27, 2010 at 2:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Table Bay Hotel, in Cape Town, South Africa, is getting involved in the community by helping to restore several streets in Langa, one of the Cape's oldest townships, and they are asking their guests to help too.

The initiative is part of the “One Street at a Time” project which aims to build Langa into a sustainable tourism destination. The first street they are tackling is Harlem Avenue, a historic boulevard lined with shops and historic homes, including the home of Chris Hani, the influential anti-apartheid activist. Volunteers will help clean up the area and make needed repairs to homes and businesses along the avenue, which adds a nice positive, active slant to a South Africa vacation.

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