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Top 10 Lesser Known Facts About Robben Island

Robben IslandChristine Mungai has written an article for the Mail & Guardian in which she lists 10 lesser known facts about the small, but significant, island in Cape Town’s Table Bay.

In the article, Mungai lists some things Robben Island, the subject of Robben Island: Mandela’s prison and place of inspiration, has been used for. She says it was once a leper colony and would be a place of compulsory education for teenage mothers if President Jacob Zuma had his way.

The island is known best for being a prison for political dissidents, like Nelson Mandela and Zuma. It was also the site of a very unique sports club.

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7. The Island became a place for imprisoning political prisoners in 1961, but life on the Island was not all bleak. In 1966, the prisoners formed a football league among themselves that they called Makana Football Association, adhering strictly to FIFA’s Laws of the Game – one of the few books in the prison library. The league was named Makana after a 19th century Xhosa prophet who was himself incarcerated on the Island.

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Lees oor Amanda van Blerk se ervaring op die Shingwedzi eko-roete op pad na Mosambiek

Travel Guide to Maputo and Southern MozambiqueAmanda van Blerk het onlangs in ‘n konvooi van ses voertuie na die noorde van Mosambiek gereis, of altans probeer reis, om dié deel van die kontinent te verken.

In ‘n artikel vir Weg skryf sy oor die avonture en misavonture van hierdie vakansie wat onverwags deur Moedernatuur in ander rigtings gestuur is. “Soos met elke toer, neem ons nuwe vriende en hulle addresse huis toe. Die nag is lank, maar nie so lank nie, en die son breek gou weer in die ooste. Mosambiek is mooi hier. En miskien sal ons altyd wonder hoe die Shingwedzi eko-roete regtig was,” skryf Van Blerk.

Vir meer oor Mosambiek raadpleeg gerus Travel Guide to Maputo and Southern Mozambique deur Bridget Hilton-Barber, ‘n Penguin-publikasie.

Die Shingwedzi-ekoroete is al talle kere aan my beskryf as een van die lekkerste eko-roetes in Suid-Afrika. Dit begin by die piekniekplek by Pafuri in die Krugerwildtuin, en gaan verby Crook’s Corner, uit by die Pafuri-grenspos na Mosambiek. Die Koorsboomwoud en Limpopovallei, asook Mosambiek-bier by Mapai en kamp by die Mambapan, is alles op die spyskaart.

Ons wou graag die noorde van Mosambiek gaan verken en het ons plek op die roete bespreek. Maar minder as ’n week voor ons vertrek word ons ingelig dat die grenspos by Pafuri verspoel het en ons nie die oorspronklike roete sou kon ry nie.


Calling all Twitchers to the 2015 SASOL Tankwa Birding Bonanza at the Tankwa Karoo National Park

It’s that time of the year again! Sanparks, Sasol and BirdLife South Africa take great pleasure in inviting all twitchers to the 2015 SASOL Tankwa Birding Bonanza!

Timeless KarooNational Parks and Nature Reserves: A South African Field GuideSan Rock EngravingsThe Great KarooSasol Birds of Southern Africa IVSasol Birds of Southern Africa

The event will kick off on Friday, 10 April, and will run until the Sunday. All birders are welcome to join in the fun – proudly hosted by the SANParks Honorary Rangers Boland Region in the Tankwa Karoo National Park.

Expert birders will guide amateurs through the Tankwa semi-desert and point out the different birds in the region. Contact Jenny or Michael Lodge to make a booking, which include self-catering accommodation in the park for two nights, a prize-giving dinner, lectures from top birding experts and so much more.

To sharpen your birding knowledge have a gander at Sasol Birds of Southern Africa: 3rd Edition and Sasol Birds of Southern Africa IV by by Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey, Peter Ryan and Warwick Tarboton, with photography by Norman Arlott.

Prepare for your journey to the Karoo with the following titles: Timeless Karoo: Discover the sunlit interior by Jonathan Deal, San Rock Engravings: Marking the Karoo Landscape by John Parkington and Neil Rusch and The Great Karoo by Leon Nell.

The writing duo Chris and Mathilde Stuart captured the essence of natural parks in South Africa in their book, National Parks and Nature Reserves: A South African Field Guide.

Don’t miss this exciting weekend with the birds!

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2015 SASOL Tankwa Birding Bonanza


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Tuinroete Nasionale Park stel ondersoek in na voëlsterftes in Wildernis-gebied

National Parks and Nature ReservesNetwerk24 het onlangs berig dat SANParke besig is om ondersoek in te stel na die groot aantal voëlsterftes in die Tuinroete Nasionale Park.

Bewaarders het opgemerk dat baie van die voëls in die Wildernis-gebied op onverklaarbare wyses vrek en is besig om die situasie te monitor. SANParke sal die publiek op hoogte hou van verdere verwikkelinge.

Vir meer oor Suid-Afrika se nasionale parke loer gerus na Chris en Mathilde Stuart se boek, National Parks and Nature Reserves: A South African Field Guide.

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Nandi Mgwadlamba, woordvoerder van die park, het gesê die vrektes het by van die mere in die gebied voorgekom. Sanparke is bewus van die situasie en voëls in die gebied word dopgehou.


Walking Jozi: Discover the Sights and Sounds of Maboneng with City Sightseeing and Bheki Dube

Visitors to Johannesburg and Soweto can now look forward to an innovative way to explore these streets: on foot.

City Sightseeing Johannesburg has partnered with tourism entrepreneur Bheki Dube, who runs walking tours of Maboneng,” The Star reports.

Dube explained how he came up with the idea: “I lived in an area with some of the great artists, socialists and rebels of society. So I come from a culturally orientated background, and it influenced the way I think and what I do. There is no-one better equipped to guide you through an area that has reformed from a ghost town to a place where people ‘play, live and work’.”

Read the articles by The Star and City Sightseeing to find out more about these tours and the driven entrepreneur behind it:

Tour-goers just have to get off the red bus at the Carlton Centre stop (Bus Stop 3), where staff will get them on a shuttle to be dropped off at the departure point for the Discover Maboneng walking tour.
Each day this walking tour has a different focus. For example, on Thursdays it is architecture, on Fridays it is “Hidden Gems” and Saturday it is public art.

Discover Maboneng shuttle at a glance

- Shuttle departs from Bus Stop 3 (Carlton Centre).
- Walking Tours offer unique insights into the Maboneng Precinct from Thursday to Saturday.
- On Sundays the exciting Sunday Market on Main can be visited, however no walking tours are offered.
- Thursdays to Saturday the first shuttle departs at 10h00, returning at 11h55. With another shuttle departing at 12h00, returning at 13h55.
- On Sundays the shuttle departs every 30 minutes with the first shuttle departing at 10h00 and the final shuttle returning from Maboneng at 13h30.
- Come equipped with comfortable walking shoes, camera and spending money for all the lovely things you will see for sale!
- Adult tickets cost R80 whilst kids between the ages of 4 and 17 cost R40.
- Tickets for the Sunday shuttle cost R40.
- Tickets are available directly from the shuttle guide as you step on the shuttle at Bus Stop 3


Walking Cape TownFor a similar experience in Cape Town consult John Muir’s Walking Cape Town: Urban walks and drives in the Cape Peninsula.

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Check out a Guide to the Best Stargazing Spots in the Southern Hemisphere (Excerpt from Offbeat South Africa)

Offbeat South AfricaOffbeat South Africa: The Travel Guide to the Weird and Wonderful by Denise Slabbert, Richard George and Kim Wildman is an exciting book full of quirky suggestions for people who prefer the road less travelled.

Namibiana Buchdepot has shared an excerpt from Offbeat South Africa in which the authors expand on one of the country’s most amazing activities: stargazing.

Did you know that the largest telescope in the southern hemisphere is found in the small Karoo town of Sutherland and that the dorp is known as the “Gateway to the Universe”? South Africa is bursting with extraordinary places that allow you to see the magnitude of heaven, from the Kruger National Park to the Zebra Country Lodge outside Pretoria.

Read the excerpt for more exciting stargazing spots:

The Kruger National Park might be better known for its Big Five safaris, but don’t miss out on a unique way to experience Africa’s most famous reserve, a stargazing safari. Astronomy Africa, comprising professional and advanced amateur astronomers, has partnered with South African National Parks (SANParks) and is presenting Africa’s ‘Big Sky’ safaris. Here guides (trained as Sky Rangers) set up telescopes and take you on a voyage through the skies of our southern hemisphere.

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  • Offbeat South Africa: The Travel Guide to the Weird and Wonderful by Denise Slabbert, Richard George and Kim Wildman
    EAN: 9781770071902
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