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May 28, 1976 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-05-28

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12 May 28, 1976

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Beautiful South Africa More Accessible and Appealing

NEW YORK — Spanning continent, is Johannesburg,
the majority of land mass
the business center of the
below the equator on the Af-
republic. Founded just over
rican continent is a country
90 years ago, Jo'burg, as it is
of infinite contrasts, a
more commonly called, still
smorgasbord of vacation has gold mine dumps sur-
attractions and tourist, facil- rounding the downtown
ities — the Republic of area, a vivid reminder of
South Africa. just how the city rose to
Far from new in the busi- prominence in world finan-
ness of catering to overseas
cial circles.
visitors — the Dutch East
As a commercial capital,
India Co. provisioned mari-
Jo'burg also offers a variety
ners calling at the Cape in
Of cultural programs, focus-
the mid-1600's — South
ing around the civic center.
Africa still enthusiastically
Ballet, opera and theater
welcomes foreign tourists,
are performed in season
the bulk of whom have with local talent as well as

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South Africans, Cape Town
is also fabled with visitors
from abroad, especially sail-
ors who first gaze upon her
beauty from the sea.



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crossed the entire African artists from abroad.
continent to visit from Eu-
One of the city's major
rope.
tourist attractions is the
Americans have only re- Carlton Center, a 51/2 city
cently discovered the pot- block maze of towering of-
pourri of activities and land- fice buildings and the sub-
marks in South Africa but terranean shops and res-
their numbers are rapidly taurants. Prominent on
increasing. This percentage the city's skyline are two
is sure to further expand broadcasting towers, the
with the introduction of Pan Strydom version housing
American World Airways'
an observation deck
recently inaugurated twice-
and revolving restaurant
weekly service from New which is a good place to
York to Johannesburg, via begin a sightseeing tour of
Rio de Janeiro.
the city.
The one-stop Boeing 707
The republic's adminis-
flights, which leave on Fri- trative capital and one of
day and Monday evenings South Africa's prettiest
from New York, speed the towns is Pretoria, located 35
9,500-mile route in just 19 miles from Johannesburg.
hours elapsed time. Connec- The main attraction here is
tions are also available in the Union building with its

Located at the extreme
southern tip of Africa, Cape
Town's geography is domi-
nated by world-famous Ta-
ble Mountain, the 3,500-foot
flat top which looks down on
the city. Cable car lifts run
to the top of the mountain
in seven minutes. The $1.25
ride is well worth the spec-
tacular panorama. For the
more energetic, it is possible
to climb to the top and
watch Africa stretching to
the north.
The city is gateway to the
rugged Cape of Good Hope
Peninsula which juts out
separating the Atlantic
from the Indian Ocean. Mo-
torists can make the lei-
surely 38-mile trip in about
two hours over winding
roads which offer fantastic
vistas.
All along the way, wide
expanses of beaches lie at
the foot of the mountains.
Some of the most pictur-
esque beaches en route to
Cape Point, are Sea Point,
Clifton, Camps Bay and
Hout Bay on the Atlantic
side. However, the water is
extremely chilly, and sun-
ning, not bathing, is recom-
mended.
Returning on the Indian
Ocean side of the Penin-
sula offers bathers a
chance to try the warmer
water at such resorts as
Fish Hoek and St. James.
The summer season runs
from October to May, the
rest of the year being
somewhat cold and rainy.

Besides the beach, water
and scenery, Cape Town has
many other attractions to
offer. The Castle, for exam-
ple, dates back to 1666 and
is built in the style of a five
pointed star. Museums, art
galleries or romantic old
lanes and historic Cape
Dutch houses dot the city.
The composition of the
downtown area is changing
monthly as new buildings
push their way to the sky.

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Located about two hours
by air from Cape Town are
the foothills of the Draken-
berg mountain range. This
area is considered the

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Rio for passengers arriving manicured gardens espe-
on Pan Am flights from San cially resplendent in the
Francisco, Los Angeles and spring, September to No-
Miami, with departures umber. There are 4,000
scheduled for the South acres of parks in Pretoria
Atlantic crossing from Rio and countless jacaranda
to Johannesburg on Satur- trees which bloom in Octo-
day and Tuesday mornings her and November.
at 8:30 a.m.
Cape Town is to South Af-
South Africa's largest rica what San Francisco is
city, some 1.6 million to Americans: sea and
Strong, and the third most mountains joining to create
populous on the African beauty. A favorite among

For flora and fauna lov-
ers, the Cape is abundant in
natural botanic gardens and
bird sanctuaries. Most of
the Republic's 18,000 species
of flowering plants thrive in
this region alone, with. Kir-
stenhosch Gardens being
the best place to view the
floral beauty. There are
numerous vineyards where
some of the world's finest
wines are produced, most
notably in the P _ aarl River
Valley.

Switzerland of South Africa
and skiing is available in the
Southern Hemisphere's
winter, from June-August,
in Rhodes where the moun-
tains reach to 7,000 feet.
There are frequent
flights between Jo'burg
and Cape Town on the
domestic carrier, taking
some 1 3/ hours nonstop. A
more popular way to
travel, however, is via the
world-famous "Blue
Train," the ultimate in
deluxe rail transportation
— a veritable five-star
hotel on wheels. The 1,000-
mile journey from Cape
Town to Jo'burg takes 25
hours of sheer breathtak-
ing scenery and sump-
tuous comfort.

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A good way to split the
journey is to fly to Kimberly
from Jo'burg, then board
the train for the last 700
miles, departing at 8:11 p.m.
There one can stop briefly
prior to boarding the train
and visit the "Big Hole,"
where some 15 million car-
ats of diamonds were mined
in 44 years from the world's
greatest man-made hole.
The train only operates
twice weekly, and it .is
usually fully booked so res-
ervations are needed
months in advance.
Parched by sizzling desert
sun, cooled by refreshing
mountain winds; home of
modern skyscrapers and
countless scores of wild
game . . . South Africa is a
microcosm of the world in
one very special country.

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