Taking the Kids — to Robben Island, a Relic of South Africa’s Apartheid Regime
Mlilwana “Sparky” Sparks, prisoner, now guide on Robben Island

Taking the Kids — to Robben Island, a Relic of South Africa’s Apartheid Regime

Nelson Mandela would have turned 101 this year, at a time when South Africa has been rocked by political corruption and still fraught with the ills that Apartheid wrought

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Taking the Kids — on a safari planned for more than seeing amazing wildlife
Jack Frater is unfazed by a passing , fully fed lioness

Taking the Kids — on a safari planned for more than seeing amazing wildlife

The Madikwe Game Reserve borders Botswana to the north and is home to the famous “Big Five.” Before breakfast one morning, we’d seen four of them — lions, elephants, Cape buffalo and white rhino

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A special family connection at Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa
Jack Frater is unfazed by a passing , fully fed lioness

A special family connection at Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa

Jack Prater's mom offered a trip to each of her three children on their 13th birthdays to the  Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge in the huge Madikwe Game Preserve of South Africa

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Not just any park – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
A lioness on her morning walk inMadikwe Game Reserve

Not just any park – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

This isn’t just any park.  It’s the vast malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa, some 185,000 acres in the North West Province bordering Botswana to the North

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A world apart and moving toward the future – life in a South African Township
Drummers in Langa Township teaching the art

A world apart and moving toward the future – life in a South African Township

We are outside of Cape Town in Langa, a historic South African Township, just a little more than one square mile but home to more than 60,000 people, many living in abject poverty

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A Sobering History Lesson– Robben Island
Mlilwana “Sparky” Sparks, prisoner, now guide on Robben Island

A Sobering History Lesson– Robben Island

Mlilwana “Sparky” Sparks was just 17 when he was sentenced in 1983 to the notorious South African Prison Robben Island, less than five miles west of the Cape Town Coast

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Will the mountain come out for the views of Cape Town and Robben Island?
View of Robben Island and Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain

Will the mountain come out for the views of Cape Town and Robben Island?

There is zero visibility at the top of Table Mountain, one of Cape Town’s most popular tourist attractions reachable only by foot or cable car.

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In South Africa’s Winelands: Families welcomed to learn about biodiversity
A duck waddles through the organic farm at Boschendal

In South Africa’s Winelands: Families welcomed to learn about biodiversity

Welcome to Boschendal, a historic winery in South Africa’s famous Winelands area less than an hour outside of Cape town that is embracing visiting families as well as couples and honeymooners

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Cape Town, South Africa: a sports and foodie place where kids are always welcome
The One & Only Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa: a sports and foodie place where kids are always welcome

Cape Town is South Africa’s second largest city with a population of nearly four million at the tip of Africa where foreign visitors like us have been coming since the 15thCentury.

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