Showing posts with label South Africa. Show all posts
Showing posts with label South Africa. Show all posts

Monday, 16 March 2015

The Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway in South Africa

Kirstenbosch is a world popular botanical garden and a special jewel for Capetonians and nature lovers alike. The stunning views, of flora and fauna, the paths and facilities are all of great quality and enjoyment. However, this is possible now to walk above the trees? The Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway in Cape Town is a raised walkway that allows visitors to view the forest and the trees the way a bird or a monkey might.

The canopy elegantly snakes its way along the treetops in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in South Africa. The striking walkway spreads a maximum height of 12 meters from the ground and only touches the ground twice. It has more than a few observation points from which visitors can relish the surrounding view, but it also descends among the tree canopy in a some places so that they can relish the foliage as well. Kirstenbosch is lovely and worth a visit. The "boomslang" is great, because it is unusual vantage point and the rather surreal feeling that comes with standing atop tree crowns that’s surely the raised boulevard’s greatest drawcard.

Well, you can look out for labels on the trees that document their family and common names as well as information boards along the path that provide details about the birds, animals and mountain peaks visible from the boardwalk. The good looking 427 feet walkway is open now and involves no extra charge, so if you’re ever in South Africa or plant to visit Cape town, then you should definitely consider paying the park a visit! Therefore the Botanical Society of SA has supported the project from the start. A number of similar projects were researched in other renowned botanical gardens such as Kew in London and Kings Park in Perth.

This project construction costs is almost R5 m are met entirely from bequests from many benefactors - in particular, R1m from the late Mary Mullins. The planning of the walkway started in 2012, and foundations were laid down in June 2013 and it was completed on 16 May and opened to the public on 17 May 2014.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Augrabies Falls South Africa

The Augrabies Waterfall is possibly the most impressive thing you’ll see anywhere out there. The Augrabies Falls is an eye-catching waterfall on the Orange River, South Africa, within the Augrabies Falls National Park. The waterfalls are about 60m in height. Augrabies Falls is definitely among the major large-river waterfalls in the world. Among the Waterfalls of the World this is such a great waterfall, because the volume of the Orange River varies so greatly between the wet season and the rest of the year, and ultimately because it is so hard to appreciate the falls from the ground, Augrabies Falls can't be considered more than a second-tier world class waterfall. 

The locals Khoikhoi residents named the waterfall "Ankoerebis" which translate into means is "place of big noises" from which the Trek Boers, who settled here later on, derived the name, "Augrabies". The waterfalls have recorded 7,800 cubic metres of water every second in floods in 1988 and 6,800 cubic metres in the floods of 2006. This is more than three times the average high season flow rate of Niagara Falls of 2,400 cubic metres per second, over four times Niagara's annual average, and greater than Niagara's all-time record of 6,800 cubic metres per second. The gorge at the Augrabies Falls is 240 m deep and 18 km long, and is an impressive example of granite erosion. Well if you’re planning to visit South African then the nest time to visit begin from February to September. The waterfall is at its fullest in April. However from December to March is extremely hot, but the falls are lit up from 8 pm – 10 pm at night so you can visit after dark when it’s cooler. Source: CP

Sunday, 19 October 2014

True Natural Water Wonders of Bourke's Luck Potholes

The gorgeous Bourke's Luck Potholes are a true natural water feature located within the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, approximately 35 kilometers north of Graskop on the R532 road. It is found at the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon, these cylindrical potholes on the bedrock have been carved more than thousands of years ago with sand and pebbles swirling around in whirlpools at what time the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River. Originally, water borne pebbles carved out minor depressions, which soon trapped river debris additional accelerating erosion. Therefore hollows grew with the passage of time and got deepened to cylindrical potholes up to quite a lot of meters deep.

The potholes were titled after an ineffective gold prospector called Tom Bourke who revealed signs of alluvial gold in the canyon in the late 1880s. He swiftly staked a claim and originated to pan for gold. Unluckily for him, Bourke never stuck gold, though hundreds of others found riches just south of where he projected the presence of the precious metal. Bourke’s gold mine proved to be totally unproductive but his splendid legacy lives on at Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Unluckily, certain tourists treat Bourke's Luck Potholes as a “wishing well” and several have dropped coins into the potholes. A small visitor’s center is found close that offers information about the canyon’s origins and the flora and fauna found in the area. From there, the viewing point for these potholes is 700 meters away.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Tugela Falls South Africa

Tugela Falls is World’s 2nd highest Waterfall, but some debate about perhaps the tallest waterfall in the world as compared to Angel Falls. There’s a persuasive argument that the Tugela Falls is the tallest waterfall in the world, rather than the more commonly known Angel Falls. Angel Falls, however, is almost universally regarded as having the tallest single drop of any waterfall in the world. Tugela Falls, even though likely the tallest waterfall on Earth, is multi-tiered. Tugela Falls is located in the Drakensberg in the Royal Natal National Park in KwaZulu-Natal Province South Africa. Its total drop in five free-leaping falls is 3,110 ft and one of the most iconic sights in the Drakensberg.

Tugela Falls can be easily viewed after a heavy rain from the main travel road into the park. The stunning reflection in that late afternoon is best part of this falls. There is an undeveloped camp site and mountain hut immediately above the falls. There’re two trails to the Tugela Falls, one is top of Mount-Aux-Source at the Scentinel Car Park, which is fairly easy climb to the top of Amphitheatre, takes approximately four to five hours, and certainly depends upon fitness level. This is the only day hiking trail which leads to the top of the Drakensberg escarpment. The second trail to the Tugela Falls starts Royal Natal National Park, which is seven kilometers gradient up the Tugela Gorge winds though indigenous forest. The final part of the hike to the Tugela Falls is a boulder hop. A slight chain ladder leads over the final stretch for a view of the falls rushing down the amphitheater in a series of five cascades. So Tugela Falls is falling more than 3,000 feet, displaying a magnificent view from top to bottom. Tugela Falls is definitely an easy one to visit, and the park it is in is more beautiful than anything

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Hotel in a Real Train

An old abandoned train, parked on Santos beach in the harbor town of Mossel Bay in the Southern Cape of South Africa has been transformed into a good-looking little hotel. It is called “The Santos Express Train Lodge” or simply “Train”, the lodge sits on a pair of abandoned rails approximately 30 meters from the sea. There’re 7 coaches, of which four are same with sleeper compartments, sharing two toilets and a shower. The fifth coach is transformed into a 16 bed dormitory with a self-catering kitchen. The last two coaches are the “Royal Ladies”, are two vintage coaches dating from the early 1920`s, each containing two very roomy suites. In addition, there is a restaurant that serves a good range of traditional South African dishes, like “bobotie” a dish of spicy ground meat with savory custard topping. Santos Express Train Lodge is not a luxurious stay, because every sleeper coach is separated into single, double and budget accommodation units and lodgers share toilets with others boarders, but the toilets and shower are clean. The rooms are miniature except for the Caboose, which has its own bathroom and a private deck. There’re also no lockers on the compartments, so if you have any valuables items, you could deposit them at the front desk for safe storage.

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