Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape

Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription: The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape demonstrates the rise and fall of the first indigenous kingdom in Southern Africa between 900 and 1,300 AD. The core area covers nearly 30,000 ha and is supported by a suggested buffer zone of around 100,000 ha. Within the collectively known Zhizo sites are the remains …

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iSimangaliso Wetland Park

From the World Heritage inscription: The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is one of the outstanding natural wetland and coastal sites of Africa. Covering an area of 239,566 ha, it includes a wide range of pristine marine, coastal, wetland, estuarine, and terrestrial environments which are scenically beautiful and basically unmodified by people. These include coral reefs, long …

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This Week in Travel – Episode 160

Regular hosts Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guest Sean Keener from BootsNAll and Jennifer Miller from edventureproject.com. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts

Maloti-Drakensberg Park

From the World Heritage inscription: The Maloti-Drakensberg Park is a transboundary site composed of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park in South Africa and the Sehlathebe National Park in Lesotho. The site has exceptional natural beauty in its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks, and golden sandstone ramparts as well as visually spectacular sculptured arches, caves, …

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Why NOW is the Best Time To Visit South Africa in Decades…. And By the Way, Did I mention I’m Running A Photography Tour Here in May?

I’ve been in South Africa now for about three weeks. I was last here in 2010 and I was rather shocked at how affordable I’m finding it this time. I didn’t remember it being this cheap before. As it turns out, my suspicions were correct. South Africa has gotten significantly cheaper. During my 2010 visit, …

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This Week in Travel – Episode 159

Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guest Jeff Greenwald, the world’s first travel blogger and Executive Director of Ethical Traveler. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts

My 2014 Travel Plans

Several times in the past I’ve outlined my future travel plans, and in every case they ended up being inaccurate. Plans change, opportunities arise and some things just don’t pan out. I present this not as an official document, but as a draft of what I know as of now. The further out in time …

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