When exploring this vast and diverse country, you’re bound to come to understand the nuances that make South Africa such a captivating place. One such quirk that makes Mzansi unique is the nicknames we’ve given some regions. From the Mother City to the Friendly City, here are the stories behind the names.
Bloemfontein, the City of Roses
Not only is Bloemfontein South Africa’s judicial capital, it’s also home to the country’s spectacular Rose Festival. And when directly translated from Afrikaans, “Bloemfontein” means “fountain of flowers”.
Johannesburg, the City of Gold
While the origins of the name “Johannesburg” are still a topic of debate, the… Read More
The newly revamped Campanile, one of Port Elizabeth’s most visible skyline and audible heritage landmarks, is now open to visitors to the Friendly City.
The Campanile Memorial features a climb of 204 steps that take one to the Observation Room, offering a magnificent view of the harbour and surroundings, more than 52m above the city, and contains the largest carillon of bells in the country, in addition to its chiming clock. A silver plaque has been placed on the 67th step of the 204 steps spiralling staircase in honour of Nelson Mandela’s 67 years in service of democracy.
Despite having been two hours away from Hogsback for the past three years, I visited it for the first time with my family in March. It took me only half a day of being there to realise that it isn’t simply a place of natural beauty. It’s mystical.
Situated in the Amathole Mountains of the Eastern Cape, Hogsback was once rumoured to be the inspiration for JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth. Called Qabimbola by the amaXhosa before white settlers arrived, the name Hogsback is supposedly derived from the three peaks that appear to be shaped like, you guessed it, a hog’s… Read More
The beautiful winding Route 62 that makes its way from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape in South Africa, has been listed by CNN Travel as one of the best road trips for 2017.
The R62, which winds between Port Elizabeth, through to the Langkloof, Oudtshoorn and Cape Town made it onto the coveted list alongside 9 other international routes. The route was picked for its picture-perfect scenic views and vineyards, with CNN Travel dubbing it “a journey to the unexpected.”
We may be well into the New Year as the second month kicks in, but that’s no reason not to make the most of the sunny weather before autumn makes its way into our lives. A crisp sundowner in the city after work or a lazy picture-perfect Sunday with a designer beverage in hand are the perfect way to reminisce of the holiday season, while still making the most of what’s left of summer.
So we’ve put a list together of some of the countries must-try rooftop bars, where the view is stunning and the drinks are lovely. From Cape… Read More
Tshwane has overtaken Cape Town as the second most expensive city to live in. In an updated report of the most expensive and most affordable South African cities to live in, Durban has come out as the most affordable city to live in.
The Numbeo Cost of Living Index and the Expatistan Cost of Living Index, which have both been updated for October 2016, also reported that Tshwane has overtaken the Mother City, Cape Town, as the second most expensive city to live in.
In 2015, Cape Town was reported to be the second most expensive city to live in, but now… Read More