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House of Parliament

House of Parliament (Parliament Street, Cape Town) – when the Union of South Africa was established in 1910, a compromise was reached, where the country’s legislative capital would be at Cape Town, while Bloemfontein would be its judicial capital, and Pretoria would be its administrative capital. Even after the country’s transition to democracy, the country’s […]

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Ditsong National Museum of Natural History

Ditsong National Museum of Natural History (432 Paul Kruger Street Pretoria) – formerly know as the Transvaal Museum, this building contains large collections of Plio-Pleistocene fossils, (including hominids from Sterkfontein, Swartkrans and Kromdraai in the Cradle of Humankind), as well as late Permian therapsids (mammal-like reptiles from the Karoo). In addition the museum holds very […]

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District Six Museum

District Six Museum (25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town) – this museum pays homage to the former residents of the 6th municipal district (a.k.a. “District 6”) who went through an extreme form of gentrification during the height of the Apartheid era. In February 1966, it was declared a “white area” under the country’s Group Areas Act, […]

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Constitution Hill

Constitution Hill (11 Kotze Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg) – this is the seat of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, established on the site of the Johannesburg Fort (built as a fortress in 1898 and later converted to one of the country’s most notorious prisons – popularly known as “Number Four”). There, political prisoners were sent, […]

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Cape Town Diamond Museum

Cape Town Diamond Museum (The Clock Tower, Waterfront, Cape Town) — Diamonds are the world’s most desirable treasure – and the oldest, with origins over three billion years ago. South Africa’s contribution to that history changed the world diamond industry forever. The Cape Town Diamond Museum pays homage to this extraordinary story, with insight and […]

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Apartheid Museum

Apartheid Museum (Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Rd, Johannesburg) — The Apartheid Museum, close to downtown Johannesburg, focuses on the notorious system of racial discrimination that became synonymous with South Africa from 1948 (when the white-minority National Party was voted into power) until 1994, the year in which the country held its first fully […]

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44 Stanley

44 Stanley (44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg) – located a short distance north of downtown Johannesburg, the 44 Stanley shopping center was once a series of industrial 1930′s buildings, and has been developed into a collection of specialty boutiques, foodie stops and design studios. Meander through the shady arcades and courtyards to savor the trees, […]

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African Penguin Colony

African Penguin Colony (Boulder’s Beach, Cape Town) — Boulders Penguin Colony in Simons Town is home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African Penguins. Administered by South African National Parks )which is also responsible for Table Mountain National Park), this colony is one of only a few in the world, and the site […]

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Asoka

Asoka (68 Kloof Street, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town) – this is a loungy hangout spot where one can order drinks and/or tapas. The signature cocktail served here is “the Pornstar” (with vanilla vodka and a shot of sparkling wine on the side). Two reasons why this place is hard to miss: its Asian décor (including the […]

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Africa Café

Africa Café (Shortmarket Street, Cape Town) – located in the city center, this restaurant has a vibrant multi-cultural dining experience that showcases real African hospitality. The restaurant is located within a historic national monument, and is divided over 3 levels: the ground floor, the first floor and the Zulu room (all of which are decorated […]