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Mar 15, 2011 at 09:29 o\clock

Kimberley South Africa – Attractions and Accommodation

The bustling, modern capital city of the arid Northern Cape, Kimberley was born out of the ‘New Rush’, a stampede for diamonds like the world had never seen.

Today, the city offers a wonderful collection of museums, memorials and historic sites which trace the travails of this exciting time in South Africa’s history!

Contemporary Kimberley may not be as hip and vibey as it was during its dazzling diamond heydays but there are a handful of original pubs and taverns which continue to serve patrons with flamboyant aplomb – The Halfway House Bar, an old haunt of Cecil John Rhodes, the Member’s Bar at the Kimberley Club and The Occidental Bar, a re-creation of the original 1880s drinking tavern!

Family Fun Holiday Destination

The Diamond City is an intriguing family friendly holiday destination which offers a lot of history and little bit of fun. As a popular stop over between Cape Town and Johannesburg and a favoured holiday destination in its own right, Kimberley accommodation is diverse and plentiful and includes affordable bed & breakfasts, Victorian guest lodges and star graded branded hotels.

A popular attraction is the spine tingling Ghost Trail, a guided expedition which ‘tip toes’ into the most haunted places of the old city including the original home of Charles Rudd, Rhodes’ Boardroom and the Kimberley Regiment’s Drill Hall.

The trail, rather appropriately, starts at the Honoured Dead Memorial which commemorates those who died during the year long siege of Kimberley during the Boer War and finishes at the grave of past residents called Frankenstein as the clock reaches the bewitching hour!

The authentic and lovingly restored 1913 tramcar, which ferried well-heeled residents around the old town and diggings, is back in action, this time carrying tourists between the ‘Big Hole’ and the Kimberley Town Hall, a National Monument built in the neo-classical style in 1899.

Old Town 

Dominated by the ‘Big Hole ’, an enormous crater excavated by the thousands of prospectors and diggers who flocked to the area following the discovery of diamonds, Kimberley has successfully preserved the original Old Town.

Lovely period buildings filled with Victoriana and memorabilia have been restored to their former grandeur and include Barney Barnato’s Boxing Academy, the Digger’s Tavern and the opulent De Beers Railway coach.

Diamond Dealers

Kimberley is the ideal destination for a romantic rendezvous as modern diamond dealers market and sell their valuable shiny wares predominantly from Jones Street. Young lovers can take in the romance and history of the diamond diggings and then saunter over to the dealers for a transaction of a lifetime!

Booking a Break in the City of Diamonds

A convenient way of planning and booking a holiday or stop over in Kimberley is online at e-southafrica.com, a comprehensive holiday booking portal featuring affordable lodgings in Kimberley and other holiday destinations in South Africa .

Browse the property details, photographs, current rates and guest reviews posted on site and then book comfortable Kimberley accommodation via e-southafrica.com right now and enjoy the fascinating history of the early diamond diggings!

Feb 15, 2011 at 15:39 o\clock

Dullstroom South Africa

The enchanting village of Dullstroom is situated in the Mpumalanga Highlands of South Africa, a district characterised by a cool sub-alpine climate and some of the best high altitude fly-fishing in the land.

The spectacular mountainous scenery, cool temperatures, fast flowing streams and thick mists which prevail for much of the year create a unique South African family friendly holiday destination which is also popular with eco tourists and ardent fisher folk, of course!

Classic Country Getaway

With a rural ambience, a crisp healthy climate and a wide variety of outdoor activities including clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, fishing, bird watching and hiking, Dullstroom is the classic country getaway offering fine dining and comfortable lodgings, all with roaring log fires.

Situated only two hours drive from Gauteng, en route to the Greater Kruger National Park, Dullstroom is the ideal half way stop to South Africa’s premier safari destinations.

Natural Paradise

Visitors who are more intent on remaining in Dullstroom for the duration of the holiday, however, are also treated to a number of wildlife highlights at two nature reserves within close proximity of the town.

The Verloren Vallei Nature Reserve is one of the few sanctuaries in South Africa which successfully breeds three of the world’s most endangered cranes – the Blue crane, Wattled crane and Crowned crane.

Comprising a number of interlinked wetlands, the nature reserve is an international RAMSAR wetlands site which is home to a wide variety of bird and animal species as well as large volumes of colourful butterflies attracted to the fields of wild flowers!

The Steenkampsberg Nature Reserve is a popular hiking destination, offering a number of trails which lead across the Suikerboskop Mountain. Rare high altitude proteas, an old English blockhouse and war graves from the Second Anglo Boer are amongst the trail highlights!
The Crowned crane South Africa


Accommodation

Visitors can choose from a wide variety of Dullstroom accommodation within the town itself or on trout farms in the area.

Affordable self catering cottages, budget backpackers, family run guest houses and luxury hotels are a sample of what’s on offer in the fly-fishing capital of South Africa.

Five-star country retreats provide an ideal hideaway for a romantic rendezvous, whereas a host of country inns and forest lodges offer conference facilities as well as venues for a spectacular country wedding!

How to Book an Eco Escape in Dullstroom

A convenient way of finding comfortable accommodation in Dullstroom is via a comprehensive South African booking website. The handy holiday resource lists lodgings, day tours and car hire in South Africa’s popular holiday destinations.

You can browse the listings, make a live availability check and then book a classic country getaway in Dullstroom from the comfort of your home. Visit the site right now!

Nov 5, 2010 at 14:40 o\clock

The Nassau Stakes

The Nassau Stakes, sponsored by bookmakers Blue Square, is a Group 1 Flat horse race for fillies and mares aged three years and upwards. It is run at Goodwood over one mile one furlong and 192 yards and is the centrepiece on the closing Saturday of the late July/early August fixture known as Glorious Goodwood.

First run in 1840, when it was won by hot favourite Rosa Bianca, the 2011 race will be held in July.

Nassau Stakes

Nassau Stakes History

The Nassau Stakes was named in recognition of the friendship between the 5th Duke of Richmond and the royal house of Orange-Nassau. When it was inaugurated, the race was confined to three-year-old fillies, but it was opened to older fillies and mares in 1975. Initially staged over one mile, its distance was increased to a mile and a half in 1900, before being cut to its current length after the First World War. The first filly to land the prize over the race's current distance was Keysoe, trained by George Lambton, in 1919.

Goodwood Racecourse

The 3rd Duke of Richmond first brought horse racing to Goodwood in 1802 and successive Dukes of Richmond have continued the tradition on the Goodwood estate high on the Sussex Downs. Goodwood is renowned as one of the most picturesque racecourses in the world and the annual five-day meeting in late July/early August, known as Glorious Goodwood, is one of the major summer festivals of British racing. The big races at the meeting are the Sussex Stakes, Nassau Stakes, the Goodwood Cup and the Stewards’ Cup.

Until 1965 Glorious Goodwood was the only meeting staged at the course, but now there are 23 racing days annually at the course, which stages Flat racing only.


Nassau Stakes Betting

As one of the feature races of the incredibly popular Glorious Goodwood Festival the Nassau Stakes does expectedly well with punters as one of the primary races of the season to bet on. The online horse racing betting markets for the race open up months in advance.

The sponsorship of the race by bookmaker Blue Square has further assured that the race is heavily marketed to punters and every year the generous race purse appears smaller in comparison to the ever-growing betting turnovers made by some bettors and almost all UK bookmakers.

Nassau Stakes Videos


Zahrat Dubai winning the 1999 Nassau Stakes:

 

Last Second  winning the  1996 Nassau Stakes:



Mamaluna winning the 1989 Nassau Stakes:



Nassau Stakes Facts

  • Pretty Polly, one of the greatest fillies in racing  history, was the shortest-priced winner at 1-33 in 1901. The Nassau Stakes was her 13th consecutive victory, following nine wins as a two-year-old, the 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and Coronation Stakes.
  • Sceptre, another brilliant filly, took the race in 1902. She had won the 1,000 Guineas, 2,000 Guineas and Oaks beforehand.
  • Roussalka, who had won in 1975, became the first four-year-old to win when following up the next year.

 

Read Up More on the Nassau Stakes

  1. Nassau Stakes on Wikipedia
  2. Nassau Stakes on Pedigree Query
  3. Goodwood Racecourse
  4. The Lennox Stakes