Learn More About the Cities I Have Visited and

Check My Blog Postings for Extra Tips and Highlights

 

Cape Town

History:

"Although the founder of the Cape Colony, Jan van Riebeeck, planted vines and made wine himself, it was not until the arrival of Governor Simon van der Stel in 1679 that wine-making began in earnest. Van der Stel created Groot Constantia, the superb estate on the flanks of Table Mountain, and passed on his wine-making skills to the burghers who settled around Stellenbosch."

Check out:

Gain More Background About the Country

History:

"The San people were the first settlers; the Khoikhoi and Bantu-speaking tribes followed. The Dutch East India Company landed the first European settlers on the Cape of Good Hope in 1652, launching a colony that by the end of the 18th century numbered only about 15,000. Known as Boers or Afrikaners, and speaking a Dutch dialect known as Afrikaans, the settlers as early as 1795 tried to establish an independent republic."

South Africa History Timeline

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"The Bloukrans Bridge, Western Cape, is the highest commercial natural bungee jump in the world."

"The meandering 850km road through Cape Winelands is the world’s longest wine route."

Legal System

Customs and Culture:

"South Africa is one of the most multicultural countries in the world... South Africa has 11 official languages. English is the language of administration and is spoken throughout the country."

Start Preparing for Your Trip

  Quick Facts: Entry & Exit, Safety & Security  

Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A, Typhoid

Visas: Not required for US citizens for a stay up to 90 days

What to Pack"We’d advise against carrying large quantities of cash, so for big purchases rather use your credit card. Most major credit cards (Amex, Mastercard, Visa, and Diners Club International) are widely accepted in shops, restaurants, and hotels but are not always accepted at many petrol stations.

Stellenbosch

History:

"Close to Cape Town, South Africa, and surrounded by the magnificent mountain scenery of the Jonkershoek valley lies the historic town of Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch, the country's second oldest town, after Cape Town, was founded in 1679, during the period of control of the Dutch East India Company. Situated 111 metres above sea level on the banks of the upper reaches of the Eerste River. Here the river flows out of the mountains and into a shallow, alluvial and fertile valley."

Check out:

Clanwilliam

History:

"Clanwilliam formerly Jan disselvlei (after Jan Dissel, a botanist who lived 'at the Rhenosterbosch along the Piquetberg Mountains'), celebrated its 150th anniversary in Sept. 1964. The district originally formed part of the district of Stellenbosch."

Check out:

Johannesburg

History:

"The history of Johannesburg as a city is brief by comparison to most world cities, but nevertheless breathtaking. In just over 120 years a lawless mining camp had flourished and become Africa’s most prosperous and developed metropolis, full of colour and contrasts. The golden mine dumps that once stood out as landmarks are no longer as prominent and in their place is an immense treed city with areas of urban sprawl juxtaposed with Sandton’s gleaming high-rises. The city’s history is inextricably part of South Africa’s history, and the struggle for freedom and democracy. "

Check out:

When You Arrive

Water Safety: Drink bottled water

Currency: South African Rand Exchange Rate

Maps
Weather
Holidays
Show More

Resources

Tourist Information Site: Plan Your Trip

Best of South Africa. Go. Do. Deals. Plan Your Trip.

Enjoy a Little South Africa from Home

Get Around
Show More
Food and Recipes
Music
Show More
Attractions
Hotels
Airbnb
Restaurants
Travel Guide
Show More
Attractions
Hotels
Airbnb
Restaurants
Travel Guide
Show More
Attractions
Hotels
Airbnb
Restaurants
Travel Guide
Show More
Attractions
Hotels
Airbnb
Restaurants
Travel Guide
Show More

© 2016 by Marti. Proudly created with Wix.com