The other face of South Africa

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This card comes from my dear friend Natalie and shows the other face of South Africa. Natalie says those shacks are found in poorer parts of the townships. She also says they’re usually made from corrugated tin and most of them don’t have water or electricity. This card might not be as pretty as the most typical alluring touristic postcards and I think that’s the reason why I love it – because it shows something real and that’s what makes it special! ๐Ÿ™‚

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And here’s the AWESOME stamp that Natalie used. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Gold Reef City

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This postcard comes from my pen pal Natalie. I’m adding Gold Reef City to the list of places I’d want her to take me to when I go visit her one day. ๐Ÿ˜€

Gold Reef City is a large amusement park in Johannesburg, South Africa. Located on an old gold mine, the park is themed around the gold rush on the Witwatersrand. Park staff wear period costumes of the 1880s, and the buildings on the park are designed to mimic the same period. There is a museum dedicated to gold mining on the grounds where it is possible to see a gold-containing ore vein and see how real gold is poured into barrels.

There are many attractions at Gold Reef City, not the least of which are water rides and roller coasters.ย Gold Reef City is located to the south of the Central Business District. It is also the site of the Apartheid Museum.

 

African penguins

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This gorgeous postcard comes from my South African friend Ruhan who, by the way, has a birthday today. So, happy birthday! ๐Ÿ˜€ The card was a great surprise because some time ago I had mentioned that I’d like to have a card with the African penguins, so it was very thoughtful of him to send me one.

Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated. It is located in the Cape Peninsula, near Simon’s Town towards Cape Point, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is also commonly known as Boulders Bay.ย It is a popular tourist stop because of a colony of African Penguins which settled there in 1982. Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.

The African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus), also known as the Jackass Penguin and Black-footed Penguin is a species of penguin, confined to southern African waters. It is also widely known as the “Jackass” Penguin for its donkey-like bray, although several related species of South American penguins produce the same sound.

Umhlanga Rocks

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This South African card is the longest travelling card in my collection – Ruhan sent it to me in June and I received it some time in December. But anyway, I’m just happy I finally have a postcard from the Durban area! ๐Ÿ™‚

Umhlanga is a residential, commercial and resort town north of Durban on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, created in 2000, which includes the greater Durban area. Commonly and erroneously pronounced (by residents and visitors alike) as Umshlanga (the correct pronunciation of “hl” in Umhlanga is similar to the Welsh “ll”), the name means “place of reeds” in isiZulu.

Umhlanga Rocks has many luxury hotels and apartments right on the beach, including the Cabana Beach Hotel, the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Oyster Box Hotel, the Umhlanga Sands Hotel and Pearls of Umhlanga apartments. Many of these have views of the landmark lighthouse.