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South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced that the ninth annual South African National Parks Week will be from 8 to 12 September 2014.

SANParks started this local initiative in 2006 to promote a sense of pride and to encourage a culture of protecting our national parks across all South African citizens.

During the four days, South African day visitors will have free access to most of the 21 national parks in the country. The only exceptions are Namaqua National Park and the Boulders section of the Table Mountain National Park. It should be noted that free access to parks does not in include free access to accommodation facilities and other tourist activities. The excluded Parks will apply normal entry tariffs, as they have been declared non-participants in the free access scheme, due to the seasonality of their product offering.

Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape

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By Neil Playdon

1.    Signal Hill stands proudly overlooking the city of Cape Town but why is it called Signal Hill?

Well its elevated position was perfect for a lookout to be posted and to watch for ships approaching the harbour. Long ago it was the duty of this permanently stationed signalman to let the castle know when he could see a ship approaching. He did this by means of a flag system and by firing a cannon shot. Once the ship was close enough and if the signal man had identified it as hostile then he raised a red flag which raised the alarm for men to go to the harbour to defend against an attack.

The Clock Tower at the V&A Waterfront

The Clock Tower

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Views from Top Deck at Oblivion

Views from Top Deck at Oblivion

Discovering a hidden little gem like the roof-top deck at the Oblivion Wine Bar and Restaurant in Cape Town is one thing but to find out that you get superb views of Table Mountain from the top is quite another thing. Oblivion is located along Chichester Street in the Claremont suburb of Cape Town. READ MORE


Extreme adventures in Cape TownGiven the choice of catching the Cable Car down Table Mountain or abseiling down 112 metres of this iconic landmark I know which option I would choose. However, for the adrenalin-seeking junkies out there, this and shark-cage diving have to be the ultimate way to get your extreme adventure fix in Cape Town.

How much does it cost?

It costs just R650 per person but this doesn’t include the cost of taking the cable car to the top. Of course you could opt to pay R799 per person and you then get a 2 to 3 hour guided walk up Platteklip Gorge and then get to abseil down.

What to expect

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Earth Hour 2013 will take place on Saturday 23rd March between 20h30 and 21h30 throughout the world.

Earth Hour 2013 South Africa

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The first Earth Hour took place in Sydney, Australia on the 31st March 2007 and was started by the WWF Australia. The original idea was to raise awareness of climate change and to promote discussion and was initially called the ‘Big Flick Off’. It is important to understand that the event isn’t designed to be an exercise in energy or carbon reduction but a symbolic event.

In 2008 the event marked its anniversary by going international with 35 other countries joining in covering over 400 cities. The growing awareness created by Earth Hour also helped to align other initiatives which had already begin in cities like San Francisco which had been running its own ‘Lights Out’ event in October each year. San Francisco dropped this October event in support of Earth Hour. READ MORE