Cape Town, As Seen From Above

Cape Town South Africa

Beginning as a supply station and steadily transitioning into South Africa’s legislative capital and second most populous city, Cape Town is a city that simultaneously embraces and struggles with change. The coastal metropolis is a popular destination for expatriates and immigrants (it’s one of the most multicultural cities in the world), and yet it still faces challenges with its legacy of segregation.

Nelson Mandela Following His Life Sentence In 1964

Nelson Mandela After Life Sentencing

On June 12, 1964, Nelson Mandela and other members of the African National Congress were sentenced to life in prison for sabotage against the state. While Mandela’s attorney said that the “accused represent the struggle of their people for equal rights”, the judge remained unfazed.

Responding to the court’s decision to condemn Mandela and his cohorts to life behind bars, Mandela invoked the following defense: “I do not deny that I planned sabotage. I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after many years of tyranny, exploitation and oppression of my people by the whites.”

In 1990, Mandela was released from prison, and went on to serve as the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

The Astonishing Heights Of South Africa

Drakensberg Mountains South Africa

With its sky-high reign of over 11,000 feet, the Drakensberg is the highest and most geologically-intriguing mountain range in all of South Africa. Ancient volcanic eruptions, wind deposits and water have given the range its unique shape.

The Mysteries Of South Africa’s Sodwana Bay

Sodwana Bay Photograph

South Africa’s Sodwana Bay is deemed one of the top diving sites in the world, and for good reason. In 2000, divers rediscovered the coelacanth, creatures so ancient that they stem back to the Paleozoic Era.

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