Kingdom of Mapungubwe (1075–1220)   The kingdom of Mapungubwe was a pre-colonial state in southern Africa located at the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers south of Great Zimbabwe. The kingdom, which built stone walls to mark important areas, was the first stage in a development that would culminate in the creation of the kingdom of Zimbabwe in the 13th century and with gold-trading links to Rhapta and Kilwa Kisiwani on the African east coast. The kingdom of Mapungubwe lasted about…

Kingdom of Mapungubwe (1075–1220) The kingdom of Mapungubwe was a pre-colonial state in southern Africa located at the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers south of Great Zimbabwe. The kingdom, which built stone walls to mark important areas, was the first stage in a development that would culminate in the creation of the kingdom of Zimbabwe in the 13th century and with gold-trading links to Rhapta and Kilwa Kisiwani on the African east coast. The kingdom of Mapungubwe lasted about…

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Vredefort Dome:   One of the oldest known meteor impact zones in the world is found close to Parys in the Free State Province.  The Vredefort Dome was formed when a meteor struck the earth approximately 2023 million years ago and formed a crater that stretches roughly 300km across.  Today the Dome is a UNESCO Heritage Site that spikes your heart rate in a variety of ways. The Vredefort Dome offers visitors various outdoors activities, including river rafting, 4×4 trails, birding and, for the…

Vredefort Dome: One of the oldest known meteor impact zones in the world is found close to Parys in the Free State Province. The Vredefort Dome was formed when a meteor struck the earth approximately 2023 million years ago and formed a crater that stretches roughly 300km across. Today the Dome is a UNESCO Heritage Site that spikes your heart rate in a variety of ways. The Vredefort Dome offers visitors various outdoors activities, including river rafting, 4×4 trails, birding and, for the…

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Robben Island, South Africa-where Nelson Mandela was a political prisoner.  Ferries leaving Capetown have the caption "We Are Free".

Robben Island, South Africa-where Nelson Mandela was a political prisoner. Ferries leaving Capetown have the caption "We Are Free".

Maropeng Visitor Center in the Cradle of Humankind is a fascinating day trip for anyone visiting Gauteng, South Africa.

Maropeng Visitor Center in the Cradle of Humankind is a fascinating day trip for anyone visiting Gauteng, South Africa.

ST LUCIA'S iSimangaliso Wetland Park became the first South African World Heritage Site in 1999. Wild and largely unspoilt (hippopotami roam the streets at night), nature lovers can marvel at the area’s large populations of hippos, crocodiles and other wildlife. Apart from the wetlands areas, the area also offers pristine beaches and sensational scuba diving.

ST LUCIA'S iSimangaliso Wetland Park became the first South African World Heritage Site in 1999. Wild and largely unspoilt (hippopotami roam the streets at night), nature lovers can marvel at the area’s large populations of hippos, crocodiles and other wildlife. Apart from the wetlands areas, the area also offers pristine beaches and sensational scuba diving.

Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, Northern Province, South Africa. Inscription in 2003. Criteria: (ii)(iii)(iv)(v)

Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, Northern Province, South Africa. Inscription in 2003. Criteria: (ii)(iii)(iv)(v)

The World's largest meteor crater is the two billion years old Vredefort Dome meteor crater In South Africa.

The World's largest meteor crater is the two billion years old Vredefort Dome meteor crater In South Africa.

A flaming sunset over the Drakensberg mountain range, South Africa. The Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Photo by: Morkel Erasmus.

A flaming sunset over the Drakensberg mountain range, South Africa. The Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Photo by: Morkel Erasmus.

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