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Kimberley, South Africa, is home to the world’s largest diamond mine, also known as the “Big Hole.” Dug by humans and so large it is visible from space, the pit has yielded some of the world’s largest diamonds and made the De Beers name famous worldwide. Kimberley is the diamond-mining centre, and capital of Northern Cape province, South Africa. It lies near the Free State province border.
A little history lesson; Founded after the discovery of diamonds on farms in the area in 1869–71, the mining camp of Kimberley grew as a result of the intensive digging of the diamond-bearing pipe at the hill called Colesberg Koppie. The camp was named after John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley, who was then British colonial secretary. The town of Kimberley was created in 1878 and incorporated into the Cape Colony in 1880.
Kimberley’s gardens and squares are dotted with memorials, including an equestrian statue of Rhodes. Important collections of Khoisan artefacts are in the Alexander McGregor Memorial Museum, and the Duggan-Cronin Bantu Gallery contains early 20th-century photographs of African miners. The city also has Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals.
So what actually is a near-space odyssey?? Well for £380,000 you get a private group space travel with the bloon company. Imagine being able to say that you have actually been to space, do you know how insane that sounds???? How many people besides astronauts can actually say that ??? Not a lot that’s for sure.
For me, this sounds like an absolute dream because I am one of those annoying people that is always questioning shit; such as did we actually land on the moon? What do astronauts do because it’s clear they don’t spend the majority of their time in space like your average job. Are we sure the earth isn’t flat and does the government genuinely watch and listen to everything we do? So this experience would be able to disprove my so-called ‘dumb’ conspiracy theories 🤣.
Astronauts have always described the view of earth from space as a life-changing experience. For me, I know for a fact that this entire experience would in some sort of way change the way I see life, I don’t know why I feel like this but do you know when people say they feel as though they’re in the presence of a greater being, whether or not that may be God, that is exactly how I would feel if i went to space and then seeing just how small the world is would make me feel some sort of way, as in it would make me appreciate everything a lot more. In addition to that, I think it would also make me feel so grateful because in reality this is a once in a lifetime experience and to be able to afford it is honestly a WOW.
Seeing as we now live in an environmentally cautious era – Bloon is a zero-emission vehicle that relies on a large ‘sail’ filled with static helium gas capable of lifting its capsule 22 miles into the earth’s atmosphere. Being devoid of any combustible fuels means that Bloon’s ascent is gentle, has zero impact on the environment, and is entirely noiseless. So if you can get on a plane, yacht or car you can definitely get on this feeling a lot less guilty.
Do take note that the Bloon pod is safe for children (those below 16 must be accompanied by an adult). A report from your physician and a simple medical checkup is needed to ensure you and your fellow Bloon travellers can enjoy the flight safely. The pod also holds up to four people and all bookings are subject to availability and weather conditions. We advise booking at least six months in advance to guarantee the desired date and time.
To book your flight or for more info – http://www.zero2infinity.space/bloon/
Mbombela, formerly known as Nelspruit (Nelspruit, which means literally Nels stream) is the capital of South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province. It’s a gateway to Kruger National Park, home to elephants, zebras, rhinos and other wildlife. The city’s Lowveld National Botanical Garden even features a man-made rainforest. Northwest are the prehistoric Sudwala Caves, with unusual rock formations. South, Umhloti Nature Reserve contains the Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimp Eden sanctuary.ue to its proximity to the world-famous Kruger National Park. Other than the Kruger National Park, there are also many tourist attractions within easy driving distance, such as Sudwala Caves, Bourke’s Luck potholes, Kruger Park, Panorama Route, Kaapschehoop, Pilgrim’s Rest, Long Tom Pass, Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation CentreWhether or not you’re an adrenaline junkie the list of things to do in this city is endless!
The charming town of Knysna (pronounced ny-znah) lies in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and is part of the Garden Route. Never in this life would you ever think that this beautiful town is located in South Africa because I mean look at how clear that water is!! Not to mention, Knysna is a natural paradise of, indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches, it is South Africas very own Garden of Eden. The town nestles on the banks of a breathtakingly pretty lagoon that is now a protected marine reserve that is home to the extraordinary Knysna seahorse and over 200 species of fish. It may be small but there is an endless opportunity for leisure and outdoor adventure. Fun Fact – Knysna, Formerly the centre of the timber industry, supplying yellowwood and stinkwood for railway lines, shipping and house-building, it still has several shops specialising in woodwork and traditional furniture.
I am such a wimp so when it comes to South Africa, one place I can never stay in is central Johannesburg, especially in light of everything that has been happening in the press involving South Africa! Imagine my small self – a Zimbabwean girl who grew up in the U.K. staying in central Joburg AKA a disaster waiting to happen. That is why Sandton is the solution and more of my scene, it is an affluent area situated in the Johannesburg Municipality. The name comes from the combination of two of its suburbs, Sandown and Bryanston. Sandton is a popular area for visitors to stay in when exploring Johannesburg and its surrounding attractions.
I bet you all think I’m joking when I say there is a St. Lucia in SA but I can confirm to you that this is in fact 100% true and something that I didn’t even know about until literally a few hours ago and I just thought I had to write a blog post about this! There are clearly some obvious differences about the island of St. Lucia and the actual town in South Africa including the fact that there are no volcanic beaches, reef-diving sites, luxury resorts and fishing villages but instead you get hippo and crocodile cruises, night safari’s, beach excursions and so much more!
Fun fact about South Africa’s paradise on earth is that it is a municipality meaning that it is a small town with its very own local government. Awarded as a World Heritage site in 1999 (Unesco), this small but quaint village has fast become a top tourist destination. St Lucia also happens to be the most visited town in Africa to witness our beloved Hippos. According to Lonely Planet in high season St Lucia is a hotbed of activity as the population swells with visitor numbers. The main drag, McKenzie St (a former hippo pathway), is packed with restaurants, lively hostels and bars, but the quieter avenues behind it offer a touch more hush and a good selection of B&Bs. Hippos sometimes amble down the town’s quieter streets (beware: these are not cute, just dangerous).
Among the accommodation this is my favourite, the rest were ether old fashioned or they just didn’t have a nice aesthetic, but at least if any of you ever wanna go to St. Lucia I have made the accommodation bit that little easier as I have only given you one option lol.
In a town surrounded by iSimangaliso Wetland Park, this low-key resort on a leafy property is 3 km from Jabula Beach on the Indian Ocean, and 28 km from National Route 2 so it is the perfect place for your stay in St. Lucia! Accommodations range from simple rooms and permanent tents with fans and shared bathrooms to upgraded permanent tents offering safes, decks and en suite facilities.
I don’t know about you but I am TIRED of this cold weather. I am not a winter person nor will I ever be, it is so fucking depressing and I am tired 24/7. As soon as I graduate from Uni I will be spending my winters in South Africa that is until my children are 4 (the age they start school) because why am I killing myself? I hate winter and at this point, I’m sure it hates me with the number of times that I’ve been ill since it began. I am literally shivering as I write this and I am in my house in LAYERS underneath a blanket!!!!!!
By now you all should know how much I love to travel and how much I wanna see the world so it’s only right that I give you the best holiday destinations for February;
It’s been MONTHS since I last did an All About Africa post, lord have I missed this series. Franschhoek AKA the french corner of the Cape is a town located in one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world – it is in South Africa’s Western Cape with centuries-old vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture. This is the home of amazing food and wine in South Africa – they don’t call Western Cape the Italy of Africa for nothing. At Franschhoek, you’ll experience the most splendid wines as you take in the breathtaking scenery, top chefs creating international world-class cuisine – 8 of the top 100 restaurants in the country are found in Franschhoek, there are over 28 restaurants to choose for your gastronomic experience! Last but not least you will create the most unforgettable memories here whether you’re by yourself or your loved ones!
Travelling has been a passion of mine since I could remember, most three-year-olds would be afraid of getting on a plane but not me. My family constantly remind me of how excited I was to get on my first ever plane at the age of 3 and surprisingly 14 years later nothing has changed. I still love that feeling of getting on a plane and knowing that there’s a whole other world out there that’s just waiting for me to discover, a new culture for me to experience and new memories for me to create.
Throughout my life, I have been lucky enough to travel to amazing places around the world such as Amsterdam, Spain, the south of France, Qatar and South Africa but there’s still so much that I have left to see and experience. In my opinion, travelling not only educates you as a human being but it also challenges you by teaching you new skills you never thought you could do and it helps you to get in touch with yourself, grow as a person and helps you to figure out what it is that you exactly want from life. It gives you a whole new perspective. But most importantly travelling makes history come alive. You get the chance to see and experience everything that you have ever read and heard about.
People always say that in life you only ever regret the things that you didn’t do and I completely agree with this, in my eyes, everything happens for a reason and our actions reflect how we felt at that moment in time, therefore, we can never regret the things we did, instead we should see them as life lessons. 10 years from now I don’t ever want to regret the decisions that I made. Sometimes I feel that as people we over think everything and although taking responsibility for our lives is important our happiness should come first, above everything and anything else, sometimes you just need to be spontaneous and do whatever it is to make sure that you’re living the best life possible. Men are so much better at putting themselves first than we are as women, this is something that we need to learn from them because life is meant to be a joyous thing.
As soon as I turn 18 I am grabbing my passport and I plan on going EVERYWHERE, however, I will not be backpacking, staying in hostels or hitting the interrail. As much as I want the full experience I am way too high maintenance for that – I have extremely high standards. If I’m travelling I plan on spending my time in the most luxurious hotels and resorts. I Can’t have it any other way, after all, I want to document it all for you guys!
I’d love to know your Top 10 places to visit in the comments! Mine are