Liphofung Cave Cultural Historical Site

Just beyond the village of 'Muela is the signposted turn-off for this small LHDA-administered site, which includes a cave with some San paintings and Stone-Age artefacts. King Moshoeshoe the Great is rumoured to have stopped here on his travels around Lesotho. There is a visitors centre (adult child M15 5 S 8.3Oam-4.30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-4.30pm Sat & Sun), with unhelpful staff and a small shop selling local crafts. Accommodation is two simple stone four-person rondavels (per person M50, minimum...

South African Museum Planetarium

Although there has been some reorganisation in recent years and a few new exhibits, South Africa's oldest museum (Map pi 14 021-481 3330 www.museums.org.za sam 25 Queen Victoria St, Gardens adult child R10 5, Sat by donation S 10am-5pm) is showing its age. Although not a must-see, it does contain a wide and often intriguing series of exhibitions, many on the country's natural history. The best galleries are the newest, showcasing the art and culture of the area's first peoples, the Khoekhoen...

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Caf Caprice (Map pp120-1 021-438 8315 37 Victoria Rd, Camps Bay S 9am-2am) The bronzed and beautiful gather at this caf -bar, which is as popular for breakfast as it is for sundowners. Grab a pavement table for the best view. Ignite (Map pp120-1 021-438 7717 2nd fl, The Promenade, Victoria Rd, Camps Bay) New name and a slight makeover for this slick venue, with a broad terrace and dress circle views of the beach. La Med (Map pp120-1 021-4385600 Glen Country Club, Victoria Rd, Clifton) This...

Getting There Away

There's an airstrip at Paolosi, about 3km south of Mavuka, for charter flights. A daily bus connects Qacha's Nek and Sehlabathebe, departing from Qacha's Nek at around noon and Sehlabathebe at 5.30am (M30, five hours). The bus terminates in Mavuka village, near the park gate. From here, it's about 12km further on foot to the lodge. If you're driving, the main route into the park is via Quthing and Qacha's Nek. The road from Qacha's Nek is unpaved but in reasonable condition, and negotiable at...

Lesotho Highlands Water Project

The Lesotho Highlands Water Project LHWP is an ambitious scheme developed jointly by Lesotho and South Africa to harness Lesotho's abundant water resources to provide water to a large tract of Southern Africa and hydropower to Lesotho. The project, being implemented in stages until 2020, will result in five major dams two of which are completed - the Katse and Mohale , many smaller ones and approximately 200km of tunnels. Immediate effects of this development include vastly improved roads and...

Oude Molen Eco Village

Located in the once-abandoned buildings and grounds of part of the Valkenberg mental hospital, Oude Molen Eco Village Map PP102-3 021-448 6419 Alexandra Rd, Mowbray includes the only organic farm within Cape Town's city limits. You can volunteer to work here through the Willing Workers on Organic Farms scheme www.wwoof.org as well as stay at a backpackers lodge pl46 , or go horse riding pi37 . A large government grant is enabling the folks who run the site to turn it into a showcase for...

National Parks Reserves

Sehlabathebe is Lesotho's most famous national park. While you won't encounter the Big Five lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino here, its high-altitude grasslands, lakes, bogs and otherworldly rock formations offer a wonderful wilderness experience and are ideal for hiking or just getting away from it all. Sehlabathebe is under the jurisdiction of the Parks Office 2232 3600 of the Ministry of Forestry amp Land Reclamation, j ust off Raboshabane Rd in Maseru. The country's other main...

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And can get extremely crowded, especially on holidays and at weekends. Simon's Town Backpackers 021-786 1964 www .capepax.co.za 66 St George's St, Simon's Town dm d R70 200 B The spacious rooms are brigh y painted at this relaxed backpackers overlooking Simon's Town's harbour. Southern Right Hotel 021-782 0314 www .southernright.info 12-14 Glen Rd, Glencairn s d R375 590 P A couple of kilometres before Simon's Town is this historic inn run by the Boulders Beach Lodge people. The rooms are...

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South Africa's oldest European fortification, the Castle of Good Hope 1 pl08 is an appropriate place to start. Immediately west is Grand Parade 2 , the former military-parade and public-execution ground, which is now home to a lively market every Wednesday and Saturday. Jan van Riebeeck's original, mud-walled fort was here, too, and you can see its position outlined in red at the Plein St end of the Parade. The balcony of the impressive Old Town Hall 3 on the southwest side of the parade is...