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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Win a Two Night stay at Langebaan Country Estate in Langebaan

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A fabulous venue in a popular town… we are delighted to offer our site visitors the opportunity to win a Two Night Getaway at Langebaan Country Estate in Langebaan.

Win a Two Night Getaway at Langebaan Country Estate in Langebaan… Continued

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

7 Reasons to Explore the Karoo Roggeveld between Britstown and Sutherland

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The alternative route between Bloemfontein and Cape TownA spate of idiosyncratic towns will enchant you, as will the incredible scenery, windmills, hospitable people, corbelled houses and star-strewn skies – the likes of which you’ve never experienced before.

As the crow flies it takes the average traveller 11 straight hours, and a rather deadened derriere, to travel between Cape Town and Bloemfontein.

The national road is easy enough to navigate despite the barrage of trucks, if mind-numbingly dull (the N1 circumnavigates most towns en route, and the road goes on forever with little variety).

However, the back roads through the Karoo hinterland are a different kettle of fish… Continued

Monday, 17 October 2016

Visiting Bloemfontein? Read This

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Stay in Bloemfontein for a couple of days and you begin to realise that the city’s reputation as the redneck capital of the country is more than a little unfair. For any of the residents of the country’s judicial capital will wax lyrical, at the drop of a hat, about its laidback vibe, surprisingly pretty gardens and reserves, gorgeous sandstone public buildings and not half-bad nightlife.

We were in the capital recently and uncovered the best spots around Bloem.

Visiting Bloemfontein? Read on… Continued

Friday, 14 October 2016

12 Hidden Spots In Cape Town You Probably Don’t Know Exist

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As well as one thinks one knows Cape Town there is always some little nook or cranny, deli or coffee shop left undiscovered.

Here are 12 hidden spots in Cape Town… Continued

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

FREE. The Best Kept Secrets In Kimberley

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Before exploring Kimberley I thought it had little more to offer than its ‘Big Hole’ experience. But the biggest city in South Africa’s largest province has a lot more going for it than we give it credit for. It’s origin as a diamond rush town made it the fastest-growing city in the southern hemisphere at the time that Cecil Rhodes amalgamated hundreds of claims into one hugely wealthy diamond industry.

Today it’s a bustling, albeit small in terms of a city, community that Leana Coetzee, resident of the house next door to the one in which my father-in-law was born (it’s a long story!), explains to me is one of the friendliest you’ll find in the country… Continued

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

The 10 Best Food and Drink hoods In Johannesburg

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Food is about people coming together to have a good time, and Johannesburg’s eclectic eating scene satisfies just about all palettes with a range of foods and dining experiences across its myriad districts and suburbs that would keep the average foodie in foodie heaven for months, if not years.

On our list of 10 best neighbourhoods in Johannesburg there is everything from great locals, through Indian cuisine, to fine dining… Continued

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Johannesburg’s top 5 hipster suburbs

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When CNN starts to refer to Johannesburg as a ‘hipster hangout’, GQ magazine calls it the ‘cool capital of the southern hemisphere’, and the BBC describes how Johannesburg has changed ‘from no-go to gotta-go’, then you know things are changing.

The perception of Jo’burg as a crime-ridden and turbulent city best avoided has done an about-face.

Only ten years ago the average travel blog suggested, none too subtly, that you use the city of gold merely as a launching pad to head either into the bush, or to the very tip of the country where, it was hoped, the beaches would detract from Johannesburg’s downtown, described as a ‘no-go area of high-rise slums, violent crime and streets filled with trash’.

So, what’s happened to Johannesburg? Continued

Thursday, 22 September 2016

The Secrets of Kalk Bay

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Don’t miss our favourite 5 historical buildings, homes and churches on Kalk Bay’s main drag!

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you Kalk Bay is one of the most delightful seaside fishing villages on Cape Town’s False Bay.

On weekends traffic along Main Road is backed up virtually to Muizenberg by 1pm as people forget how popular it is (and about the never-ending Stop Go at Glencairn).

Parking is severely limited along the narrow mountain hugging main road (despite the improvements) and Kalk Bay’s narrow, cobbled alleyways accommodate very few (additional) cars – residents already park on the road.

Catch the train? Yes, we’d advise it.

We’d also recommend that when next in Kalk Bay you have a clear view of where it is you’re going to avoid the we’re-here-now-what crowd that mills around the centre of Kalk Bay.

A plan like Kalk Bay’s historical walk … Continued

Monday, 19 September 2016

10 Best Non-Fiction Books About South Africa That Will Have You Hanging On Every Word

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Many books have been written about South Africa.

It may lie on the southernmost tip of the African continent, but it’s attracted a fair amount of attention since 1994 for numerous reasons – political and otherwise.

This list of 10 best non-fiction books about South Africa does not include Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom (we assume you’ve read that). Here, instead, are some you’ll know and others about which you won’t.

All of them are worth reading … Continued

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The Lesser Flamingo – Where To See Them In South Africa

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A flamingo is a flamingo, is a flamingo. Plenty of these birds around. Flamingo shmingo, I hear you say?

But would you be quite so dismissive if you knew that the graceful lesser flamingo is a Near Threatened bird?

You find these light pink birds mostly in Africa, where they are said to congregate in huge numbers at Lake Natron (northern Tanzania), the Etosha Pan (Namibia), Sua Pan (Makgadikgadi Pan in Botswana) and the Kamfers Dam, just north of Kimberley, in South Africa.

Lesser flamingos spend their lives cruising between the saline lakes of Africa in search of spirulina algae, which must have as much of a positive effect as it claims to have on humans as the average five pound bird lives more than 50 years in the wild… Continued

Monday, 12 September 2016

10 Of The Best Cape Town Boutique Hotels – We Loved The First And The Last

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A boutique hotel is a small, stylish hotel typically found in a fashionable part of a city.

Originally the term described small hotels in the centre of large cities, like London and Berlin, but today it characterises an intimate set-up, usually a small selection of rooms with a distinctive personality and style.

Although many bigger hotels now add ’boutique’ to their description in a bid to sound distinctive, the term used correctly describes an intimate, independent hotel of few rooms that feature themed décor.

We share 10 of the best Cape Town boutique hotels. We’ve selected those that have a certain designer flair, that stand out above the rest. We loved the first and last, and so will you… Continued

Thursday, 8 September 2016

48 Hours in Cape Town

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Only 48 hours in Cape Town – What to see and where to go in Cape Town – we give you the low-down.

With the rand at an all time low, now is the time to visit! A plan to enjoy the Mother City could pursue any of the following: from sipping wine and browsing farmers’ markets, to heading up the famous Table, followed by a sedate drive along the Cape peninsula… Continued

Monday, 5 September 2016

The Secret Of Cape Towns True History

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Lucy Campbell’s myth-busting, grassroots, warts-and-all account of the little recognised pre-1652 founding of Cape Town, and the trauma of slavery, is a meaningful educational experience that few visitors can afford to overlook.

‘Cape Town’, says Lucy, her grey dreadlocks loosely held by an orange floral scarf, her hands painting the air in front of her as she passionately engages her audience, ‘is a prime indigenous African-Indian-Asian-Eastern must-stop destination, home to the most diverse community in the world.’

This, she explains, is all of our history. White or black… Continued

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Highlights Of The Sunshine Coast – Wait ‘Til You Read The Last One

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South Africa’s Sunshine Coast claims the highest number of sunshine hours per annum in the country, which is quite a claim, given that the sun seems to shine any time, anywhere in South Africa. So what makes the Sunshine Coast so special?

For starters its 450 km coastline combines some 10 rivers and lagoons, blue flag beaches, malaria-free game reserves, a rich cultural history, first-rate birding and the only national park in the country to host the Big 7.

Sound like your kind of place?

The Sunshine Coast lies between Tsitsikamma and East London, a coastline that is a favourite both with adventurers and those after a more sedate break. It remains largely unspoiled; somewhere you can still find a bolthole with little effort. There aren’t many places you can say that about with any authenticity these days … Continued

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

What Everybody Ought To Know About The Cape Town To Namibia Route

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Driven with the wind in your sails, you can get to Namibia from Cape Town in just over eight hours, if you’re prepared to forego lunch or any of the attractions vying for your attention along the way.

But you could treat the 890 km (more like 1500 km if you’re intent on Windhoek) route as a road trip and do it in a more leisurely fashion, savouring the chance to explore the nether regions of South Africa’s north western hinterland.

Most people take the N7 north but off this are numerous highways and byways that if you are prepared to explore, using the N7 as the skeleton of your route, give you plenty to see and do before you come to the border with Namibia.

Perfect time to travel: Winter. Cape Town has been experiencing unseasonably warm, windless and dry winters with day time temperatures around 18 degrees, making it balmy and conducive to outdoor living… Continued