July 6, 2021

Cape Town Big 7: Cape Point makes a statement

Come to think of it, the first recorded person to make a statement on Cape Point was Sir Francis Drake when he said: “The fairest Cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth”. That was back in 1580 and is as true as it is today. Over the years Cape Point has had […]

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June 14, 2019 The Happy Challenge – Wolfgat, Paternoster, Western Cape

The best restaurant in the World is in South Africa?! No Way! Yes way, and it’s called Wolfgat and was named as Restaurant of the Year at the inaugural World Restaurant Awards in Paris for 2019. Wolfgat is perched atop the Wolfgat cave, after which the restaurant is named. The intimate 24-seater heritage cottage enjoys unimpeded views of the […]

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June 14, 2019 The Happy Challenge – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape

Africa’s first formally declared trans-border conservation area, the ‘Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park’, on the border of South Africa and Botswana, was officially launched on May 12, 2000. The word ‘Kgalagadi’ means land of thirst, and when you visit this massive piece of earth the size of Switzerland you’ll understand why. It is known that rivers do […]

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June 14, 2019 The Happy Challenge – iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwazuluNatal

The ‘iSimangaliso Wetland Park’ is a series of incredibly beautiful beaches, coral reefs, lakes, swamps, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands that stretch all the way from Kosi Bay, virtually on the Mozambican border, to Cape St Lucia in the south collectively form the first of eight South African UNESCO World Heritage sites. The park […]

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June 14, 2019 The Happy Challenge – Bloukrans Bungee, Western Cape

Bloukrans Bridge Bungy is one of the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy at 216 metres (709 ft) above the Bloukrans River. It is situated at Bloukrans Bridge on the N2 Highway at the border between the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape in the Tsitsikamma area of South Africa’s Garden Route. It has been operated […]

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June 14, 2019 The Happy Challenge – Cango Caves, Western Cape

The Cango Caves houses some of the biggest stalagmite formations in the world set in Precambrian (a time about 4500 million years ago) in limestone. A series of dripstone caverns that open into vast halls of towering stalagmite formations with names like ‘the bridal couple’, ‘glass flower fantasy’, ‘weird cango candle’ and ‘the hanging shawl’ […]

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June 14, 2019 The Happy Challenge – Quiver Tree Forest, Northern Cape

Quiver trees are a kind of aloe that are as beautiful as they are full of character. They are reminiscent of a wilder Africa, where only the toughest survive. Also known as ‘kokerboom trees’, these are part of the aloe family (Aloe dichotoma) and are characterised by branches that split into smaller sections, and by […]

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June 14, 2019 The Happy Challenge – Nelson Mandela Square, Gauteng

Situated in the heart of Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Square is surrounded by world-class hotels and restaurants. The popular Sandton City Shopping Centre is adjacent to Mandela Square. The Square made headlines when, commemorating South Africa’s first decade of democracy, a specially donated six metre bronze statue (which weighs over 2,5 […]

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June 14, 2019 The Happy Challenge – Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng

The Cradle of Humankind covers 47 000 hectares of land. The Site comprises a strip of a dozen dolomitic limestone caves containing the fossillised remains of ancient forms of animals, plants and most importantly, hominids. The dolomite in which the caves formed, started out as coral reefs growing in a worm shallow sea about 2.3 […]

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June 14, 2019 The Happy Challenge – Ronnies Shop, Western Cape

Ronnie painted the name Ronnie’s Shop on this cottage next to the R62, planning to open a farm stall to sell fresh produce and fruit. His friends played a prank on him by changing the name to Ronnie’s Sex Shop!! Initially angry about the involuntary name change, Ronnie left the name and continued fixing the […]

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