Top Historical Sites in Cape Town, Western Cape

ahThe first Europeans to discover Cape Town were the Portuguese, led by Bartholomeu Dias in 1488, followed by the Dutch in 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck was sent to establish a halfway station for travelling ships. Since then, Cape Town is steeped full of history from historical sites, figures and even famous dogs. Here are a few of our favourites.

The legendary tale of Just Nuisance

Just Nuisance left his paw print in history with a legendary tale that made him Cape Town’s most famous dog. Born on a Thursday on 1 April 1937 in Rondebosch and sold to Benjamin Chaney who moved to Simon’s Town to run the United Service Institute (USI). As fast as he grew in size, the Great Dane quickly became popular with everyone who worked at the institute who would feed him all sorts of snacks and take him for walks. He soon began to follow them to the South African Navy Base and would sun himself on top of the gang plank. At almost 2 metres (6.6 ft) tall when standing on his hind legs, he became quite an obstacle for those trying to board and he affectionately became known as Nuisance. Just Nuisance began to follow the sailors onto the trains and take trips of up to 22 miles (35 km), the disgruntled train officials would put him off the trains but this would not deter him as he would simply board the next train or walk to another station. Even though besotted travellers would offer to pay his fare, the South African Railways company eventually threatened an ultimatum that he would be put down if he continued to board the trains. The South African Navy responded to this threat by enlisting him as an official Navy officer (the first dog ever to be enlisted), which meant he was officially entitled to free rail travel. For the next few years he served with honour as a faithful travel companion to the sailors and a morale booster for the troops serving in World War 2. In 1944, at the age of 7, Just Nuisance was involved in a serious car accident and was euthanised after his condition deteriorated drastically. He was buried with full naval honours on top of the hill at Klawer. Visitors to Simon’s Town can visit his grave or admire the statue erected in his honour at Jubilee Square.

Robben Island

Robben Island is a tiny island in Table Bay, Cape Town located 6.9km west of Bloubergstrand. The name is Dutch for “seal island” but it is famous, not for its seals, but for it’s dark history. At different times in the past, it was a leper colony, defense training base and a mental hospital but it is most famous as a prison where former South African president Nelson Mandela was banished during the Apartheid struggle. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela spent 18 of his 27 year incarceration on the prison island. The prison is also known as the ‘university of the struggle’ as many of the most famous anti-apartheid activists sharpened their political thinking and formed lifelong relationships while they were behind bars. They emerged to lead South Africa into democracy and changed the course of South African history. Robben Island has become a World Heritage Site and visitors can catch a short boat trip to the island and visit the cell in which Nelson Mandela was kept. It will give you a unique glimpse into the great sacrifice the anti-apartheid leaders made in order to make South Africa a better place for all.

The Castle of Good Hope

The oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa is the Castle of Good Hope and was built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company. It was not only built as a replenishment station for their ships journeying from Europe to the East but as tensions rose between Britain and Netherlands amid rumours of war, Zacharias Wagenaer was instructed to build a pentagonal fortress out of stone. The fortress housed a bakery, church, living quarters, various workshops, shops and during the Second Boer War part of the castle was also used as a prison. In 1936, the Castle of Good Hope was declared a national monument, the first building in South Africa, and extensive restorations took place to preserve the building. Guided tours of the Castle are conducted daily and you can visit the workshops, the living quarters, the cellars and dungeons. Key ceremonies are performed, replicating the ceremonial unlocking of the Castle and is followed by the firing of the signal cannon.

Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap is a photographers dream with all its colourful houses and cobble stoned streets. Situated above the city centre, it offers a unique trip into the Malay history of the early Muslim settlers as it is the historical centre of the Cape Malay culture. The Bo-Kaap museum is the oldest house in the area that is still in its original form and dates back to the 1660s. A visit to the museum will highlight the cultural contribution made by early Muslim settlers in South Africa and the little village on the slopes of Signal Hill offers a unique cultural experience with its many restaurants serving traditional Cape Malay cuisine and unique shops. You will also be able to hear the Noon Day Gun which is Cape Town’s oldest lasting tradition going back to 1806. The cannon has historically been fired every day at noon since.

West Coast Fossil Park

A short drive from Cape Town will transport you back in time to the West Coast Fossil Park which has a rich fossil deposit dating back over 5 million years to the Milocene / early Pilocene era. Located near Langebaan, the fossil sites have exceptionally well-preserved fossil fauna and includes many extinct animals that lived in the riverine forest and wooded savanna when the sea levels were much higher. You can see the fossils of bears, sabre-tooth cats, short-necked giraffes, three-toed horses and many other exotic animals which inhabited the west coast area at the time. Activities at the park includes fun, educational activities as well as coffee shops, picnic sites and mountain bike trails.

How To Pick The Right Family Vacation Destination Every Time

fhFamily vacations are a source of fun, loving memories that last a lifetime. There are amazing sights to see and experience with your children the world over! But how do you consistently choose a family vacation destination that satisfies? And what type of trip is right for your family? Do you choose a locale that has plenty of rest & relaxation, or somewhere you can really step into some adventure? Compiled below are some smart tips on how to pick the right destination every time.

Look for Amenities
A family vacation destination is often chosen to please the kids. Happy children make for happy parents on vacation! You want to select a location that has ample outdoor activities at any time of the year, to ensure your children’s entertainment needs are met. A mountain retreat with plenty of biking, fishing, and nature walks is a perfect way to get the current generation to enjoy some outdoor time. Parents want to find some downtime to de-stress, too. Lush parks to explore, quiet towns with picturesque views, and fresh air may fit the bill. And of course, a hotel that offers a tranquil spa, where mom can relax into a massage while dad and the kids hit the slopes can be absolutely ideal.

Make it Creative and Economical
A family vacation destination can come at quite the cost. If you’d prefer to get creative about making vacation happen, there are plenty of family trips ideas to be had. For instance, quaint cities often host annual festivals and events that are free to attend and simultaneously offer culture and entertainment. Take advantage! You’ll find that the locals are in a festive mood and there’s plenty of historical entertainment happening. And, bonus – mom and dad don’t have to organize the events.
Visiting a location that is brand new to you and your family offers the opportunity to learn a bit about the culture and heritage of the place. Find a town with a climate completely different to the one you have at home, and learn why and how that specific terrain’s climate behaves the way it does. Try new foods the way the locals prepare them. Teach your children about the local flora and fauna. The possibilities are endless when you get creative.

Stay Comfy
A good family vacation destination will offer a relaxing environment with the ability to enjoy a touch of home. One of the difficult parts about travelling with children is throwing them off of their routine. While mom and dad want to relax a bit on vacation, there are times when kids need to be able to check back in with reality. In those times it’s nice to be in a destination that feels a bit like home. Living it up at a resort that offers rooms with a full kitchen will afford you the opportunity to make a freshly prepared meal and enjoy a quiet night in as a family. After a day of fun in the fun, some sweet family time may be just what everyone needs. So, choose a location with in-room amenities and homey touches that make for a comfortable stay.

Khandadhar – The Glistening Fall

zvvThe Peculiar Road

The once inaccessible fall has legendary stories of presence of flying snakes which added to the mystic aura of the place. On one hand, the narrow road cuts across remote hamlets, solitary farms, few dilapidated schools and barren parched fields while on the other, the presence of a heavily guarded police station with armed watch towers and electric fences seemed enigmatic. The condition of the road and the absence of any sign posts make the journey arduous and seemingly endless.

The Fall

Shining like a diamond on the top of a distant hill, the sparkling waterfall finally comes into view after a diversion of almost 45 km from the main road in Keonjhar district. As one walks on the red muddy path, the loud roar of falling water reverberates through the dense canopy. The dazzling, almost blinding white reflection that emanates from the top of the fall is a spectacular sight. The sheer drop against the brazen rock face is a sight to behold.

Natural Spa

The silvery streak of water gets divided into four minuscule falls after it hits rocky protrusions at the bottom. This natural intervention results in a refreshing spray of small water droplets. Standing near the fall with closed eyes and experiencing the flurry of tiny droplets caress your face, will let one feel unencumbered, free to reinvent oneself and the world as one deems fit and for a sliver a time, might believe it too. The noise of all discordant thoughts disappears in the ubiquitous sound of flowing water. Such rejuvenation can never be experienced in any spa therapy centers.

The Mountain Village

It is difficult to comprehend the presence of a tiny village consisting of around 10 families on top of the cliff. On further enquiry, it came to light that the presence of the stream has made the mountain soil fertile and selling home-grown vegetables in the local market was the only way of sustenance for these people. Just when one would be leaving with the thought of harsh life in the mountains, one might encounter group of women folk and children shrieking with juvenile glee and manic laughter returning with empty vegetable baskets on their way back up in the hills. May be this is how one is supposed to live, rejoicing in nature’s harmony.

Wee places like Khandadhar, are not much travelled. May be the reason why the area is still pristine and wild. Sometimes it is pleasing to know the dominance of nature which limits unnecessary human intervention. The inaccessibility of the fall till recent years has kept Khandadhar waterfall the way it should be – mystic, enigmatic and hidden.

FACTFILE

Getting There: Khandadhar falls is located in Keonjhar district. Approximately 200 km from Bhubaneswar, Keonjhar is well-connected by rail and road.

Best Time to Visit: November to March

Transport: The only viable option to reach the falls is by booking a private cab. There is no public transport to this area.

Blockades and Marches in Oaxaca, Mexico: It’s Safe, But Words of Warning for Residents and Tourists

agThe 2016 edition of teacher union marches, blockades and protests in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca, began May 15th. It’s a tradition which commences on the same date each year. And similarly like clockwork, the questions on social media posed by prospective tourists to the region persist, about safety, and more generally concerning the advisability regarding travel to Oaxaca.

Over the past quarter century, I’ve only read of two non-Mexican visitors to the city of Oaxaca and the state’s central valleys who have been harmed as a consequence of becoming involved in protests, marches and / or blockades initiated by either teachers, or members of other unions or interest groups. Visiting Oaxaca is essentially always safe (relative to being a tourist in any city of comparable size in a developing nation), even after the commencement of the teachers’ strike and occupation of the city’s central square or zócalo, and associated blockades and marches. What’s more crucial, however, is understanding that the constitution of Mexico precludes foreigners from participating in the political process, and enables government to expel any non-Mexican almost at will.

The following is the essence of Article 33 of the Constitution:

While foreigners are entitled to the guarantees granted Mexicans, the federal executive has the exclusive power to compel any foreigner it deems inexpedient to leave the country without requiring any previous legal action. Foreigners may not in any way participate in the political affairs of Mexico.

While it appears that this provision is rarely enforced, the point is that it can be. If you rub the wrong person or community the wrong way, the authorities can be notified and you can be removed from the country, on a dime. A few years ago an American resident of Teotitlán del Valle (popularly known as the rug village), was suddenly gone, having been expelled from Mexico. I do not recall the precise circumstances, and never did learn the official reason that he was told he must leave. All I knew was that he had some kind of occasional employment in the state’s central valleys; I would periodically see him working at a mezcal retail outlet on Sundays at the Tlacolula de Matamoros marketplace.

Walking alongside any politically motivated march, or even hanging around a blockade for the purpose of chatting with a member of a union or community group can have adverse consequences. Granted, using Article 33 to kick someone out of Mexico is rare, but it can happen.

One never knows when a peaceful protest will descend to violent conflict.

Many still recall the 2006 death of an American videographer who elected to embed himself with protesters. At some point in time in his misadventure he surely realized that on the other side were armed police/soldiers. Though presumably not intentionally, during the conflict he was shot dead by a government employee or employees. He elected to put himself in the middle of a political mess. Don’t do it.

The other incident, also within the context of the 2006 civil unrest, was a tourist being inadvertently pepper sprayed as a consequence of having elected to walk alongside marchers so that he could video the procession of protesters and/or film any ensuring conflict. In at least one media report he brushed it off as having been in the wrong place at the wrong time, and to my knowledge he did not take any steps to follow up by lodging a complaint.

Protesters, marchers and blockaders in this part of Mexico can become aggressive and even violent at the slightest provocation. In January, 2015, I was attempting to leave the city for the day, in my vehicle, when I saw a blockade forming. There was enough space for my car to proceed between two vehicles which had been strategically placed along the roadway for the purpose of precluding other vehicles from getting by. Either the organizers had not finished setting up the blockade, or they had done a poor job, since it would have been very easy for me to get by. I attempted to do so, whereupon protester immediately stood in front of my car. I told him I just wanted to leave the city. Two others began kicking my driver side door, and then another (or one of the two) suddenly punched the left side of my face through my open window. My glasses flew off. By the end of the day I was sore, with a black eye. But I subsequently realized that it was my own fault. I have since joined the ranks of the meek, my wiser Oaxacan friends.

For most of us with age comes wisdom. For most of us with age we begin to lean a little to the right, even those of us who grew up in the 1960s counter-culture era. Leave it to Mexicans to change the socio-political and economic order. While we have good intentions, we must keep in mind the following:

• Non-Mexicans visit or live in the country at the grace and with the permission of government;
• Being in Mexico is a privilege, not a right;
• As much as we might want to right what we perceive as wrongs, or show our support, any steps aimed at so doing can have dire, long-lasting consequences.

As much as I like to believe that I know what’s going on to the same extent as my native Oaxacan friends, compadres and colleagues, I likely don’t, despite the fact that I’ve been living in southern Mexico for well over a decade. And even if I do, a good, safe and prudent rule of thumb is to quietly walk, or drive, the other way. I value my ability to continue to live peacefully in Oaxaca.

The Green City in the Sun

assNairobi is home to thousands of businesses and more than 100 major international organizations and companies including the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It has established itself as a hub for culture and business. The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) is amongst the largest in Africa and also the second-oldest exchange on the continent. It is fourth-largest exchange in Africa in terms of trading volume with a capacity of making 10 million trades a day.

The best points of Interests to explore in the capital

The elegant city of Nairobi offers a number of attractions for the tourists to savor. The nature and wildlife adorers will find a lot to their delight with numerous scenic spots such as David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (Kenya) Ltd. – Giraffe Centre, Nairobi National Park, Karura Forest, Ngong Hills, Nairobi Arboretum, Nairobi Mamba Village, American Embassy Memorial Garden, Uhuru Gardens Memorial Park and Oloolua Nature Trail.

The art and history buffs will find much to discover with the various affluent sites the capital offers such as Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi National Museum, Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages, Aero Club of East Africa, National Archives, Railway Museum and Nairobi Gallery.

For the shopaholics, The Village Market, The Junction Mall, Sarit Centre, Utamaduni Craft Centre, Galleria Shopping Mall, Spinners Web Kenya, Westgate Shopping Mall, Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass, Amani ya Juu and Matbronze Wildlife Art are the ideal spots.

The gourmets can relish some of the most mouthwatering meals in the city with Tamarind Restaurant, The Talisman, Tamambo Karen Blixen, Fogo Gaucho, Open House Restaurant, Ocean Basket, Java House, The Carnivore Restaurant, Haandi Restaurant and Hashmi`s Restaurant. While for the night howlers, K1 KlubHouse, Black Diamond, Aqua Blu Club & Lounge Bar, Club Cubano, Safari Bar and Skylux Lounge are the perfect destinations to make their nights happening.

Ideal time to Unearth Nairobi

The dry seasons i.e. from January to March and July through October are considered the best of the months to explore the Kenyan capital. You can witness the great migration at Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, go climbing at Mount Kenya or even daze in the luscious beaches alongside the Coast of Kenya. You can also look for some cheap flights to Nairobi and make your trip even more enriching.

Major Airport

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) is the primary commercial airport serving the sprawling capital. It handles over 6 million passengers annually and is the 9th busiest airport in Africa in terms of passenger traffic.

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The Best Things to See and Do in Hisaronu, Turkey – Start Planning the Trip of a Lifetime

sddHisaronu excursions are plentiful when visiting this popular tourist destination in Turkey. One may not even realize that there is so much to offer, but it is definitely a trip unlike any other. When planning a holiday or vacation, be sure to keep these destinations, attractions and Hisaronu excursions on the list of must experience for an unforgettable trip.

Most travelers prefer to include a mix of things within their stay, unless it’s a quick weekend visit. Regardless, there are plenty of options from thrilling and wild to relaxing and mild so that everyone in the travel party will have the break they need from their day to day routine.

Fethiye Harbor

This Hisaronu excursion has many options. It’s a lovely spot to visit with many restaurants and bars along the harbor. Stroll around the marina to just see the boats or feed the turtles that are present. For a relaxing time just grab a drink or coffee, take a walk or just sightsee. If desired, there are many small boats for rent that tour the islands or offer fishing. It’s best to arrive early in the morning if wanting to book a boating trip.

Island hopping is a fun day out for all and one can get the true feel of what the area is all about, have some fun in the sun, as well as see everything the harbor has to offer for excellent photo opportunities.

Private Tours

Jeep safari and quad biking tours are popular for those searching for Hisaronu excursions. There is nice sightseeing and lunch included sometimes, depending on the provider. Some even combine with bungee jumps, white water rafting and zip lining for the ultimate in excitement. By visiting any of the private tour providers one can pick and choose their package and create some memories for an affordable rate. Quad biking is typically in a safe off-road area and lasts for up to two hours.

There are also more mild Hisaronu excursions that go sightseeing to historical sites and villages, and up in the mountains. Tlos, Yaka Park and Saklikent Gorge are just a few of the destinations. There are also sailing and boating excursions so there is definitely something for everyone.

Shopping

For anyone feeling like indulging in a unique shopping experience, Hisaronu has much to offer! There are many shoppes offering jewelry and clothing that are privy to the area and very unique. Make a day long Hisaronu experience out of it when combining breakfast or lunch and a day exploring what these unique places have to offer.

Pick up a new outfit for a night on the town and then choose one of the following bars or clubs to enjoy some music and entertainment with the locals.

Bars and Clubs

Among the favorite clubs in the area are Harmony Bar and Lazy Turtle but there are so many to explore. They feature delicious foods and great drinks as well as entertainment. When it comes to nightlife this area doesn’t fall short and offers something for everyone from families to singles. DJ’s, live music and more are offered. Do some exploring and have a blast.

Dinner Theater

For an amazing nighttime Hisaronu excursion book the Talk of the Town dinner theater. Enjoy amazing food and true entertainment like no other. A night of fun includes entertainment for teenagers and older from drag queens who will provide plenty of laughs, song and dance from start to finish. It is truly a unique experience and one that is well-known in the area. Many find that it’s the perfect start to an evening out.

Top Gardens to Explore When Visiting London

xxxWhen staying in London, you find yourself in a busy capital city with skyscrapers and bumper to bumper traffic. Sometimes, whether visiting for pleasure or business, you just want to escape, find that outdoor space where you can breathe in the fresh air and allow yourself a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle.

The great thing you will find when visiting London is how many fantastic gardens there are that you can visit and enjoy. Soak up the beauty and tranquillity they provide while absorbing the beautiful flower beds and mixture of colours. All the gardens in London are well-maintained and due to the busy nature of the city; they are very popular with both tourists and locals alike.

Royal Botanical Gardens

The Royal Botanical Gardens are an impressive three hundred acres or one hundred and twenty-one hectares of relaxation and beauty. Here you will find more than thirty thousand types of plants. The gardens date back more than two hundred and fifty years and are located in the South West of London. These gardens are more than a relaxing place to just soak in the fresh air and abundance of beauty, they are also a World Heritage site and definitely worth the visit when staying in London.

Kensington Palace Gardens

Kensington Palace Gardens are nineteenth-century gardens that are guaranteed to make an impact. If you are looking for a place where you can enjoy a leisurely walk, then these may be the gardens for you. The Kensington Palace Gardens comprise of a variety of different landscapes, including the famous Italian gardens. It provides you with an opportunity to explore different landscapes and designs, giving you some perfect picture moments in the heart of London.

Hampton Court Palace Gardens

The Hampton Court Palace Gardens date back to Henry VIII, who created the gardens to showcase an opulent display centuries ago. Today this sixty-acre garden is home to the annual flower show, but also provides visitors with a stunning selection of landscapes and flower beds. It is a place where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll in the sunshine or simply relax under a tree and soak up the beauty and magnificence of this beautiful garden setting.

Kyoto Japanese Gardens

The Kyoto Japanese Gardens are exceptionally relaxing and a must to visit if you love exploring new parks and gardens when visiting London. These gardens were created in the famous Holland Park in 1991 and have become a leading tourist attraction. The gardens oriental style combined with relaxation and being beautifully maintained make them a very special place to visit when in London.

Buckingham Palace Gardens

Buckingham Palace Gardens is a very popular choice which spans over fifteen hectares in the heart of London. Those who visit the palace for the full guided tour will also enjoy taking the garden tour and seeing this open public space and all it has to offer. One of the most beautiful landscapes in the gardens in the famous Rose Garden, which must not be missed.

Syon House and Gardens

Syon House is always worth a visit, but it’s the beautiful gardens that are the leading attraction here. These sixteen hectares are so well-maintained and provide you with a relaxing and spectacular setting whether you want to have a relaxed walk on a sunny afternoon or just sit back and relax for a few hours. The Great Conservatory is definitely not to be missed during your visit.

5 Water Bridges From All Around the World

aqBridges are always overwhelming. Bridges help connect places that have never been connected before. Everyone drives their trucks, bikes, cars and trains over them regularly. But, what if you are told that there is a bridge for boats and ships too? Yes, it does sound a little kiddish, but humans, the greatest engineers have made that possible. Water Bridges are purely a wonder of modern engineering. They are also known as the navigable aqueduct, which exactly means a bridge that carries water and allows a boat or ship to navigate. Even a thought of this sounds unique and dactylic. Acting as connectors between channels and canals, these water bridges are incredible achievements of engineering and are certainly perfect places for fanciful and dreamlike experiences over water.

Some of the water bridges from all across the world are:

Magdeburg Water Bridge in Germany

The Magdeburg Water Bridge, the largest navigable aqueduct in the world, started in the year 2003. It is a connector between the Elbe and Havel channels, and is also a streamlined bridge cross over 918 meters.

Aqueduct Veluwemeer in Netherlands

It is 25 meter long open flowing water exactly above an underpass in the center of the Veluwemeer Lake, well known as the Aqueduct Veluwemeer. It is a perfect connector between Netherland and Flevoland – two of the largest and artificial islands in the world.

Pont Du Sart Aqueduct in Belgium

Well placed in the western Belgium, Pont du Sart Aqueduct weighs about 65,000 tons, nearby the town Houdeng-Goegnies. This enormous structure was constructed to carry the Centrum Kanaal water channel, which is one of the largest of its kind.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in UK

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is the longest and the highest navigable water bridges in Britain, which was formed in the year 1805. This is 307 metre long and 38 metre above the river flowing below. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct also comes in the list of world heritage sites. Exploring this amazing destination will be on the top of your must do list.

Aqueduct Ringvaart Haarlemmermeer in Netherlands

Ringvaart Haarlemmermeer Water Bridge is the oldest in the city of Netherland. It is in the shape of a circle well enclosed by the Haarlemmermeer polder – a low-lying expanse of land surrounded by dikes. The astounding structure creates the borderline of the Haarlemmermeer municipality, and makes for a lustrous sight to look at. Come and experience a completely new place.

Parks and Reserves in South Africa

qSouth Africa displays picturesque landscapes, nature parks and wildlife reserves. Many tourists visit the country to observe the wildlife in their natural habitat. It is a travel destination of breathtaking beauty and colourful history.

The country boasts of its abundant parks and reserves, which are as follows:

• Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park is adjacent to Port Elizabeth, which is Eastern Cape’s biggest city. The park gives you the chance to see elephants up close. The area was originally 2500 hectares during its proclamation, but it has grown to 180,000 hectares, encompassing the north and south coast. Hence, it ranks as the country’s third largest. The park is a natural habitat for buffalo, leopard, lion, and rhinoceros. You will also discover that its marine area is a home to great white sharks.

• Augrabies Falls National Park

It is a national park situated in the Northern Cape of South Africa. You will wonder with the various rock forms such as the Moon Rock, which is a dome from granite stones rising about 30 meters above the Augrabies Falls Park. The weather in this area is dry, but most of the wildlife has adjusted to the temperature. The park offers challenging guided games supervised by park representatives. You can also go hiking, mountain biking, and canoeing in the Orange River.

• Kruger National Park

The park is a well-known conservation site, which is ideal for witnessing wildlife. It stretches for about 20,000 square kilometres and is home to the Big Five, which are buffalo, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinoceros. There are approximately 145 species of mammals, which hunt and feed in the natural environment. You can go for a guided tour with skilled rangers. The ideal time to visit the park is from June to September. Flora is sparse during this time, which enables you to see the wild animals better. Furthermore, the risk of contracting malaria is lower during those months.

• Garden Route National Park

Forests, beaches, lakes, and oceans merge to give you a spectacular view. The Tsitsikamma National Park portion is the natural habitat for blue duiker, bush pig, genets, monkeys, otters and sometimes leopards.

You can explore the lagoons and lakes within the park via a canoe. There are dolphins and whales surfing the waves. You will surely enjoy the dense forest, sun-drenched beach and sea breezed.

• Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Golden Gate got its name from the bright gold shade radiating from the sun. You can go here at sunset to marvel at the view of the park’s vast space. You will appreciate the beauty of this park during summer, which is from December to March, when the temperature is cooler than in the low areas.

• Mountain Zebra National Park

This park is a conservation site for the endangered species of zebra in the Cape Mountain. Aside from zebra, you will find about 216 species of birds such as blue crane, Ludwig’s bustard, ostrich, secretary bird, and Verreaux martial eagles. You can also have a picnic or join an afternoon game for a unique wildlife encounter.

• Table Mountain National Park

The mountain is located in Cape Town, where you will witness the majestic view of the Cape Peninsula. It is a splendid park situated within the metropolis. You can access most of the park’s area free except for the four portions, which require entrance fees. You will see various creatures such as baboons, bontebok, eland, lizards, otters, tortoise, steenbok, and zebra. Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden within the park is an area for picnic.

• Royal Natal National Park

The park is located in the northwestern part of Durban. The perfect schedule to book your tour here is from April to July, when the mild climate is ideal for hiking activity.

These various parks offer you the opportunity to discover the biodiversity of the country. The South African tour will provide you with the exceptional and unforgettable experience.

Bali – A Perfect Place to Enjoy Your Dream Vacations

aBali is everything you can hope for on a vacation. Staying in one of the luxury hotels in Bali is bliss. The island offers a platter of all good things, from beaches to temples and paddy fields. Pick one of the Bali hotels and you are in for a joy ride.

The destination

  • If you are into beaches, don’t miss the Seminyak beach, Kuta and also Sanur. You can explore surfing, swimming and partying options while on these beaches. Seminyak has plenty of chic retail outlets, bars etc, and is one of the most happening beaches in town! Also, if you are looking for luxury accommodation from among the many Bali hotels, you should choose Seminyak. Many of the luxury hotels in Bali are located in Seminyak.
  • Do temples interest you? Bali is indeed the right destination for you then. Bali is full of temples, and you could pick a couple of them to visit, if not all of them. One of the most commonly visited temples is Tanah Lot, which is situated on a rock and offers stunning views of the waters, the sunrise and the greenery. It takes 45 minutes to get to this temple from Kuta. Closer to Seminyak is the Pura Petitenget, where some interesting ceremonies are held on the beach. Uluwatu is yet another stunning temple, and you can catch a performance of the Ramayana there. The temple is also close to the famed monkey forest, which is full of macaques.
  • You can’t visit Bali, and not explore the Ubud area, which is the cultural headquarters of the island. You can explore the many temples, museums there or explore the volcanoes and go on a rafting session on River Agung. Also, visit the villages and the lush green paddy fields that Bali is famous for.
  • If you opt for one of the luxury hotels in Bali, you should not miss on the spa experience. Bali is known all over the world for its massage therapies. A five-star hotel in Bali is bound to offer many packages. One of the therapies is called the Mandi Lulur which is all about exfoliation and softening of the skin. Experience a nice Balinese massage session and you are all set to step out into the island for another day of adventure, shopping and exploration.
  • If you are in one of the Bali hotels, you can also get a taste of the rich cuisine of the island. Try the food that the island is famous for, from tiger prawn dishes to an assortment of seafood dishes cooked with the best of Balinese spices. Enjoy an exotic dinner with views of the Ocean in candle light as you sip some of the finest cocktails your restaurant offers! Bali is well and truly a great sensory experience, especially if you are staying in one of the luxury hotels.

The best time to visit Bali is during the April-October season. So, pack your bags and head to Bali now!

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