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The second-largest city in South Africa, beautiful Cape Town began as a supply station for Dutch ships sailing to eastern Africa, India, and the Far East. Today it is a showcase of Cape Dutch-style architecture and is one of the globe's most multicultural cities. Attractions include cable-car rides up Table Mountain; Cape Point, the southernmost point on the continent; and Boulders Beach, known for its colony of Africa penguins. Other highlights: tours to Robben Island, a vibrant waterfront area, and wine tastings in the Cape winelands, to name just a few.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Cape Town, South Africa. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Cape Town and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Cape Town and South Africa insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Lionel is a born and bred Capetonian and thus has an intimate knowledge of what the Cape has to offer, be it the history and culture, the many dining experiences or the magnificent wine lands. Lionel has a great sense of humour and endeavours to make your experience as fun filled and enjoyable as possible. As one of his Guests wrote "Lionel, you were not only our wonderful guide you were also our friend."
Set against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town, Kirstenbosch is rated as one of the most magnificent botanical gardens in the world. It is actually part of a larger nature reserve that is dedicated to preserving the diverse flora of this region and other parts of South Africa. It is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. This is a must visit while in Cape Town if you love plants or learning about unique habitats.
Also known as the "Cape Malay Quarter" this lively Cape Town neighborhood is famous for its colorful houses, ranging from lime-green and pink to orange. Founded by former slaves in the 1750s, it has a fascinating history and is a true melting pot of cultures. Walk through the neighborhood and absorb the atmosphere and consider stopping for a traditional Malay meal at a local restaurant or visit the Bo-Kaap Museum to learn more about the history of the neighborhood and the people that call it home.
This moving and informative museum documents the history of this vibrant area that was bulldozed during the Apartheid years. Through the use of photographs and testimonials the moving story of the 60,000 people who were forcibly displaced comes to life. For history buffs this is the one museum in Cape Town that is not to be missed.
Did someone say diamonds? South Africa has storied history of diamond mining that is chronicled at this museum. Diamonds were discovered in South Africa in 1867 and within ten years 95% of the worldwide supply was coming from this rugged country at the southern tip of Africa. From the birth of a stone to the final polishing to colorful characters the story of diamonds in South Africa is a fascinating one. Add to that the convenient location in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and it is easy to add this to your visit.
The largest city in South Africa and the economic powerhouse of Sub-Saharan Africa, lively Johannesburg has been known as the "Gold Capital of the World" since the planet's richest gold fields were discovered in the 1880s. Approximately 6 million trees make it the largest man-made forest in the world. City highlights include multicultural SOWETO (South Western Township), the largest township in the country and part of South Africa's turbulent history; the homes of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Constitution Hill, site of the Old Fort Prison Complex, where many famous political activists were detained; and the memorable Apartheid Museum.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Johannesburg, South Africa. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Johannesburg and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Johannesburg and South Africa insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Ian is a proud South African who has been guiding since 1999. Ian loves animals and over the years he has obtained a comprehensive knowledge of the animals of South Africa, their habits and environments; especially whales, great white sharks and elephants. Ian’s diverse career history stretches from working in the largest winery in South Africa, owning and running an advertising company for 10 years, to selling power transmission equipment from USA. As a tour-guide Ian feels he has found his niche in life and that is to show visitors a truly wonderful country!
Newtown Cultural Precinct is where some of Johannesburg’s hot and happening cultural scene can be found. At the heart of Newtown sits the famous Museum Africa as well as the Market Theatre complex. Newtown is part of the inner city regeneration project and promises to be Joburg’s most popular tourist hotspot.
This nature reserve features over 600 species of flowering plants, 210 species of birds, as well as a number of reptiles and small mammals.
Spend a day at the famous Gold Reef City, where you can go underground on a mine exploration and relive the old gold rush days of Johannesburg.
Designed by British architect Sir Herbert Baker Built in 1913 to accommodate the offices of the Prime Minister the buildings now house the offices of the State President. Set in terraced gardens modeled on the famous Villa d’Este at Tivoli near Rome, Italy, you can take in magnificent views of the city or visit the Delville Wood memorial commemorating South African soldiers who died in the Battle of Delville Wood in World War I.
President Paul Kruger lived in a house situated just three blocks from Church Square, from 1884 until 1900. The Victorian gabled house – which represents a simplified version of the neo-Gothic style - is a museum and displays his furniture, stagecoach, private railway coach and all of his personal effects. A few hundred meters to the west, is Pretoria’s Old Cemetery, Helde Akker (heroes’ acre) where President Kruger lies buried.
Pretoria offers a number of fantastic museums, grouped together as Museum Park. Why not visit the Natural Cultural History Museum of Science and Technology, the Transvaal Museum and the GeoScience Museum, to mention just a few.
Perched conspicuously on top of one of the many hills that surround the city of Pretoria, is the imposing Voortrekker Monument. This enormous granite construction commemorates the Voortrekkers (pioneers) who trekked from the Cape, between 1835 and 1854, in search of independence from British rule.
Situated 40 km to the northwest of Pretoria, the Tswaing Meteorite Crater is known as the Pretoria Saltpan. One of the best-preserved meteorite craters in the world, this crater is home to a few stone artifacts of the Late Stone Age as well as an impressive wetland.
The private game reserves surrounding Kruger National Park feature endless beauty and the ideal combination of relaxation and activities. Discover the unique wilderness and abundance of wildlife with a skilled tracker and professional ranger. Early morning and afternoon game drives will ensure an unpredictable adventure and unforgettable experience. Each private game reserve is home to the "Big 5"—lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and Cape buffalo. Also watch for giraffe, crocodile, hippo, cheetah, and spotted hyena, as well as ostrich, kingfisher, owl, cormorant, hawk, stork, and several varieties of eagle.
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