Maropeng – The Cradle of Humankind in South Africa

Whenever I ask people what they did in South Africa, the typical answer is they went on a safari, shark cage diving, and visited Table Mountain in Cape Town. I’ve heard of other places as well, but the one place I rarely hear people talk about is The Cradle of Humankind.

I stumbled upon this place while researching online on what to do in South Africa. It turns out that the Cradle of Humankind is a UNESCO world heritage site where fossils of the earliest ancestors of humans originated.

Upon arriving at the Cradle of Humankind, also called Maropeng by locals, my inner nerd took over as a dome shaped building covered with grass came into sight. I then eagerly went to the ticketing booth, ready to purchase my ticket when the staff asked me if I also wanted to go to Sterkfontein.

“What’s Sterkfontein?” I asked with a confused look on my face.

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Spending Breakdown for 3 Weeks in Southern Africa

Travelling to South Africa, Namibia and Zambia hasn’t been as cheap as I would have hoped, but after spending a month backpacking Africa on our own, we did pretty well all things considered.

Here is my complete spending breakdown for three weeks in South Africa and one week combined between Namibia, Zambia, and a brief bus through Botswana:

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Victoria Falls – The Waterfall in Africa that Ran Out of Water

Victoria Falls is one of the most iconic waterfalls in the world. I was definitely excited to see it, and thought it would be one of the highlights of my trip to the Southern African region.

Upon arriving in Livingstone, Zambia, I checked into Jollyboys Backpackers, and immediately got a taxi to take Karen and myself to Victoria Falls.

After paying for entrance fee, I was overcome with excitement, as we walked along the path leading to the famous falls.

But I soon realized I came during the wrong season. As I stared into the tiny trickle of water dripping down the canyons, I was so disappointed and shocked to find that Victoria Falls was completely dry!

Talk about an anti-climatic turn of events.

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9 of the Best Puerto Rican Beaches to Visit on Vieques

There are many Puerto Rican beaches to choose from during a visit to the island. But those who are looking for the very best should head over to territory's smaller island of Vieques as they are home to some of the region's best!

We'll be the first to admit that some of the Vieques Beaches are had to come by.

But don't worry, we checked them all out during our five-day visit, and after our exploration of the island we have come to the conclusion that these nine are the very best that cannot be missed.

So jump in your 4-wheel drive Jeep and hit these awesome beaches during your visit to Vieques. You won't regret it!

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