If World Cup Football travel ideas are boring you

first_imgIf World Cup Football travel ideas are boring you senseless, then take a look at these football-free South African adventures.The Drakensburg MountainsA visit to South Africa would not be complete without a trip to what is widely regarded to be the most stunning scenery in the country. The area has been a World Heritage site since 2000 and is home to a fantastic range of flora and fauna amongst the rugged peaks, pinnacles, waterfalls and rivers. If anthropological interests are more your thing then rock art from the San people dating back 40,000 years can be found in over 600 sites.Sun City, North West ProvinceSun City is the resort in South Africa and many of those visiting Johannesburg will be off to one of its four distinct hotels which cater for a variety of tastes – and wallets. There are two golf courses, a huge water park as well as facilities for all the sports you can think of. From there visitors can go on safari in the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park or perhaps get up really close to the wildlife with an elephant ride. Robben Island, Cape TownRobben Island is situated seven kilometres off the coast of Cape Town and gained infamy during the apartheid regime as the prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 28 years. Now in happier days, boats leave throughout the day to take tourists on a three and a half hour guided tour of the prison by former inmates. Prices are around £14 for adults and £7 for children.Cage Diving with Great Whites, Gansbaai, Western CapeFor around 140 Euros (without shuttle transfer from Cape Town), you can come face to face with the fabled Great White Shark. The sharks are attracted to the area due to the large population of seals – one of their favourite foods – and this is one of the best places in the world to see these mighty predators. A boat will take you to the aptly named “Shark Alley” before you don your gear, climb into the cage and try to keep your heartbeat below 200.Premier Diamond Mine Tour, PretoriaThe world famous Cullinan diamond remains the largest diamond ever found and it was here in 1905 that it was discovered. You can choose to do the surface tour which takes in the Cullinan village with its historic monuments, a viewing of the mining crater as well as trip to the diamond museum and shops. For those who want a more intimate knowledge of mining, then a four hour underground trip is available too.The Garden RouteVisitors to Cape Town will almost have certainly considered doing this well known 200 km route, which takes the traveller along a stunning series of coastal roads taking in attractive towns en route. During the journey venture into the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn, visit an ostrich farm (and even have a go at riding one) or explore the Tsitsikamma National Park. A wide range of leisure and adventure activities are offered along the way as well, so no one will get bored.The Winelands, Western CapeSouth Africa has long been renowned for its wine, and the rich, fertile valleys east of Cape Town have become world famous for their vino, sherries and brandies. The “capital” of the Winelands is Stellenbosch which should be on every visitor’s schedule as they tour the area. There are 560 wineries in the Cape which is divided into four regions: The Little Karoo, Coastal, Olifants River and The Breede River Valley.Kruger National Park and othersThere are too many game parks in South Africa to mention but this one, near Johannesburg is probably the most famous. It is a fairly “sanitised” reserve in that visitors keep to metal roads and off-roading is not allowed. For a more “wild” experience choose a lesser known reserve – many of which offer luxury accommodation after a day out spotting the Big Five.Gold Reef City, JohannesburgJohannesburg came into existence after the Witwatersrand Gold Reef was discovered which remains the richest gold deposit known to man. Gold Reef City is a theme park which celebrates these beginnings by offering visitors the chance to experience life in a gold mining “museum” town with opportunities to explore a mine, watch gold smelting demonstrations as well as enjoy the numerous themed rides.Travel on the Blue Train (various routes)The Blue Train is legendary in South Africa, and if money is no object, then this is the way to see the country. Forget the idea of regular train travel and think more of a deluxe hotel moving at 90 kph through stunning scenery. The name is synonymous with elegance and style and boasting beautiful suites, fine dining and excellent service, that train commute to work will never be the same again.Find cheap flights to South AfricaReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – RustenburgRustenburg, North West Province Stadium: Royal Bafokeng Stadium10 ways to really escape the World CupSwap soccer for scuba diving: escape footie fever by considering one of these 10 holiday ideas.South Africa World Cup 2010 – JohannesburgSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – Johannesburglast_img read more

Community Health Centers Face Tough Competition For Newly Insured

first_imgA center in the District of Columbia is challenged by a regional hospital system when trying to attract low-income patients who are now insured under the health law. Other media outlets report on a study showing that the chances of getting a doctor’s appointment vary depending on what type of insurance a consumer has, and other implementation issues .The Washington Post: MedStar Faces Tensions With Community Clinics Over Primary-Care Expansion In DistrictFor a quarter-century, Mary’s Center, a community health center in Adams Morgan, has served patients too poor to be treated elsewhere. Like many other safety-net providers which are required by the government to treat patients regardless of their ability to pay, the center has struggled constantly for money. So officials were looking forward to the opening of the new health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act: More patients with coverage would bolster the bottom line. To attract more young professionals and families, they decided to offer walk-in services for problems such as strep throat and sprained ankles. But in November, regional hospital giant MedStar Health opened a pair of clinics two blocks away offering just those services — and wide-screen TVs to boot  …. The tension is an unintended consequence of the health-care law, which has set off an intense competition for a growing number of privately insured patients, who tend to be the best-paying customers (Sun, 4/7).Reuters: Doctor Appointment Availability Varies By Insurance TypePeople’s chances of getting a new primary care doctor vary depending on their insurance, according to a new study. Researchers calling doctors’ offices and claiming to be a patient with private insurance had about an 85 percent success rate for getting appointments (Seaman, 4/7). In other news about the health law’s implementation -The Fiscal Times: Health Insurance: 14.5 Million To Get Massive Increases The price of health insurance premiums on plans purchased outside of the federal and state exchanges are much higher than expected, a survey of brokers found. A proprietary survey of 148 brokers conducted by Morgan Stanley analysts revealed the largest acceleration in small and individual group rates in the survey’s history, Forbes contributor Scott Gottlieb of the conservative American Enterprise Institute first noted. The survey found that the prices for off-exchange plans in the small group market increased by an average of 11 percent, while off-exchange plans on the individual market increased by an average of 12 percent. Analysts noted that the prices tended to vary by state, with some states showing increases 10 to 50 times that amount, Gottlieb wrote (Ehley, 4/8). Politico: Obamacare’s Next Obstacle: Confusion As People Use ItObama administration officials hoping to exhale after the big finish to Obamacare’s first enrollment season may need to hold their breath a while longer. All the confusion and mixed messages out there are bound to combust if people decide they were misled — an echo of the “you can keep your plan if you like it” fiasco (Villacorta, 4/7). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Community Health Centers Face Tough Competition For Newly Insuredlast_img read more