Hip Guide to South Africa
Hip Guide to South Africa
South Africa has been inhabited by humans for over 170,000 years, Europeans discovered the area in 1487, led by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias. The Dutch colonized the area beginning in 1652, and held it until the British drove them out in 1806. The discovery of diamonds in 1867 and gold in 1884 led to the so-called ‘Mineral Revolution’ whereby the British, Boers and indigenous tribes began to fight over the resources. In 1910 the Union of South Africa was founded as a dominion of the United Kingdom, and in 1931 achieved full independence. The country was run under the system of ‘apartheid’ or separation of blacks and whites, with the whites ruling the country until 1994 when the policy was abandoned and Nelson Mandala become president.Whether you come for a quick visit or extended tour, you will find a wealth of information about destinations here. The Hip Guide to South Africa offers the highlights of the country, and contains many tips for making your stay here more rewarding.The Hip Guide to South Africa is your source for hotel reservations, tourist information, events, reviews, shopping and much more. Don’t forget to visit our South Africa Photo Gallery! Bookmark this site, and visit whenever you need to find out what’s happening in South Africa.THIS SITE IS INTERACTIVE! You can participate by adding your own reviews, comments, stories or event listings. Don’t forget to tell your friends about us!
"This is a place where people come together in peace and celebrate life, arts and music. There is also a permanent community there. They have recently had a disaster. A fire destroyed most of their infrastructure, but they are rebuilding. To find out more info about this magical place visit their website www.rustlers.co.za."
“If you’re looking for hippies South Africa has got them. Cape Town especially hosts a large hippy community, here we have the famous Green Market Square where hippies sell their creation from clothes to paintings. Every year from late June into early July thousands of people make their way to Grahmstown, a small town in the middle of nowhere, for the Grahmstown festival. Every hippy in the country winds up there sometime time during the 2-week festival. The festival is actually an arts festival where plays of all kinds (from miming to Shakespeare) can be seen, but along with the… Continue reading
Use this handy interactive map to explore South Africa. Double-click to zoom in, click and drag to move the map around.