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Highlights of A Private Tour of Cape Town


A Haunted Ship and a Cable Car to the Top of the World

The Flying Dutchman is one of South Africa’s most famous legends. In 1680, the vessel foundered while trying to round the Cape of Good Hope during bad weather. Captain Hendrik van der Decken swore that even though his ship was sinking, he would make it around the Cape -- even if it took him forever. Through the years, many have reported sighting the lost Flying Dutchman in the murky waters just off the Cape. Poof that the captain has kept his word? You decide.

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Topics: South Africa

South Africa’s Apartheid Years


The People Who Were “Held Apart”

The year was 1948 and it was the wrong time to be black in South Africa. They called it apartheid, literally translated it means “held apart,” but in practical--and unavoidable terms--it was racial segregation and discrimination. For nearly half a century, neighborhoods in this African country would be divided by race; a country quarantined by the color of one’s skin. The policy translated into 3.5 million non-white people being forcibly moved from their homes in one of the largest mass removals in modern history. Denied citizenship and representation, blacks and others of “non-white ancestry” were no longer legal members in the place they called home. Much like the former American South, the government segregated education, medical care, even public areas in a manner that was by no means equal to those of color. Interracial marriage was prohibited and many jobs were classified “white-only.” Apartheid was a systematic form of discrimination where hatred became institutionalized.

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Topics: South Africa

South Africa’s Table Mountain


A Table In The Clouds

Flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east and Lion’s Head in the west, Table Mountain is a dramatic, flat-topped plateau shrouded in a “tablecloth of clouds.” The granite and sandstone summit rises more than 3,500 feet above South Africa’s Cape Town at the southern tip of the continent where two oceans converge in a frothy, churning sea.

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Topics: South Africa