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The South African Museum

 

The South African Museum

The South African Museum in Cape Town has a collection of more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance.  The massive variety of exhibits range 700 million year old fossils to rock art and stone tools used 120 000 years ago by our ancestors. The 4-story building’s halls and passages meander through themed exhibits like the African mammals (whales, antelope, the big 5 etc), reptiles, birds, sharks, dinosaurs and the planetarium.

The South African Museum was founded in 1825 and has continued to collect and store items of importance right up until this present day. It wont be long before the old computers and our smart phones will be old hat on display here. I’m sure the Nokia 30210 has already earned its place.

If one just wants to take a walk through to see what is on display one needs at least an hour, but if you are interested in learning more about what’s on display we suggest you take at least half a day to carefully read up on your favorite exhibits. Each item has a story to tell that fits into the history of South Africa. We found it quite amazing to see how many dinosaurs are still being found in the Karoo today. There is so much of the world still undiscovered, and this is definitely the place to stay in the loop of new discoveries. The displays rotate to give others in storage a chance to be seen too. Be sure to visit the Museum at least once a year to see what may have changed.

The entrance fee is only R30 (or R40 including the planetarium show). So there is no excuse not to take the whole family to the Company Gardens for a day of squirrel feeding and exploring the great halls of the South African Museum.

Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town

The Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans Aquarium, located in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, is an absolute visual treat with over 3000 living sea animals. It is one of the biggest attractions in Cape Town and for good reason. The South African coastline is a meeting place of two major oceans. The tropical Indian Ocean and the cold Atlantic Ocean meet at Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa. This divide is almost smack bang in the middle leaving thousands of miles of coast on each side. The Two Oceans Aquarium is one of the only aquariums of its kind housing aquatic creatures from both sides. The exhibits are not limited to fish but also crustaceans, plants, sharks, turtles and penguins.

We met up with Katja Rockstroh, who fronts the education department of the aquarium (and also went to school with Dean), to hear a little more about what makes this place so unique as well as what’s going on at the Aquarium at the moment. They have recently opened their new exhibit… we will be sure to pop in to see what all the fuss is about.

The Two Oceans Aquarium prides itself in education, awareness and conservation and often has events and displays to help promote the longevity of our Seas. Be sure to stay long enough to see the feeding sessions. It’s quite a sight.

The Newlands Brewery Tour

More than just a beer tour

Welcome to SAB, the South African Breweries, situated in Newlands, Cape Town. The brewery is home to most of South Africa’s iconic beer brands like Castle Lager, Castle Lite, Carling Black Label, Castle Stout, Lion Lager, Hansa Pilsner and more. They produce over 2.2million units of beer per day in a very impressive production line. One must take the opportunity to do a site tour which gives you scientific as well as historic insight in the brewing process at here at the  Cape. The tour takes you from the arrival of ingredients right through to the bottling and distribution and is followed by a tasting with two additional complimentary beers of your choice. Its a must do tour in Cape Town for beer lovers.

Tour Details
Monday 11am & 3pm (Speciality Brewery only)
Tuesday – Thursday: 10am, 12pm & 2pm
Friday 10am, 12pm, 2pm & 4pm
Wednesday evenings: 6pm
Saturdays: 10am, 12pm

Tour cost R80pp and includes a beer tasting and two complimentary drinks.
Contact: 021 658 7440
Email:newlandstours@za.sabmiller.com

Advance booking essential, No U18’s, closed flat non-slip shoes to be worn, No alcohol beforehand. Unfortunately the tour is not wheelchair or walking aid (crutches, walking stick etc) friendly.

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