• Bitten by the whale watching bug Bitten by the whale watching bug We don’t realise how lucky we are in South Africa, and in particular the Western Cape, to have the mightiest of the marine mammals visit our coastline between every year ...
  • The Whale Trail The Whale Trail The Whale Trail is not a new trail, having been around since about 2002, but it has become extremely popular. It is truly a unique experience, perhaps comparable with ...
  • 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa Combine your trip to South Africa with a relaxing, revitalising visit to a health spa and experience Africa at it's finest. Our favourite 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa are ...
  • Locals share their favourite getaways Locals share their favourite getaways We ask 30 local South Africans to share their favourite holiday destinations and getaways with us. From the more popular destinations like Knysna and the Kruger Park to ...
  • The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip walk shares portions of its hike with the larger Karbonkelberg Traverse, which is roughly seven hours of hard walk from Hout Bay harbour to Llandudno ...
  • 10 Amazing Game Lodges 10 Amazing Game Lodges South Africa is world renowned for her game reserves and wildlife. The lodges which allow us to experience these in luxury are no less awe inspiring. Our favourites are ...
  • 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town As much as your kids will tell you they can’t wait for the school holidays, the words "I’m bored" inevitably cross their lips. Our "101 things to do with kids in Cape Town" will ...
  • "World's most beautiful Cities" "World's most beautiful Cities" Open space makes Cape Town special. Renowned English sea navigator Sir Francis Drake once referred to Cape Town as the fairest cape in the world. The city houses the ...

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Thursday, 20 December 2012


Tweet Travelling and vacationing are awesome ways to meet others, learn about the world and immerse yourself in the beauty around us. But, it also gives each of us the chance to give back to the people, communities and countries that we visit. Voluntourism is a new buzzword that refers to tourism that incorporates voluntary […]

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Travelling With Children

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Tweet Children change the nature of travelling. Often, they make it so much better; giving you a different perspective of the destination and holiday as you see it through their eyes. However, it certainly takes some adjustments so that both you and the younglings can get the most from the travel experience. When planning your […]

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Flea Markets and Factory Shops of South Africa

Tweet Flea markets in South Africa are usually outdoor bazaars that allow a number of merchants to sell their wide variety of goods. These include jewellery, clothing, food, mementoes, accessories, music (sometimes illegal, so be sure to check it carefully), and much more. Some of the items are widely available and low in cost (such […]

Monday, 17 December 2012

6 great (relatively unknown) gardens to visit in Cape Town

Tweet I’m not going to bore you by listing the obvious gardens – like Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, the Company’s Garden and Harold Porter Botanic Garden near Betty’s Bay – if you’re new to Cape Town, these are the obvious gardens at which to start, given their magnitude and beauty, but a lot of visitors […]

Friday, 14 December 2012

Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary

Tweet Donkeys are amongst the gentlest creatures on earth. They are also extremely strong, hard-working and hardy. This combination has, sadly, made them the victims of extreme abuse and neglect. In response to their ongoing challenges, Dr Johan and Annemarie van Zijl opened the Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary in 2007, with the purposes of restoring health […]

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Hogsback Hideaways

Tweet Hogsback is a small, enchanted village in the gorgeous Amatola Mountains of the Eastern Cape. It is surrounded by high peaks, plunging valleys, majestic waterfalls and rumbling rivers. The three mountain peaks are believed to be the origin of is intriguing name, since they resemble a hog in profile. The locals of Hogsback are […]

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Frogging Safaris

Tweet South Africa may be best known for elephants, rhinos and its impressive predators, but there is a much smaller world that is just as integral a part of our ecosystems. Frogs and other amphibians face the serious threat of extinction, largely due to their extreme sensitivity to their environment and, particularly, to pollution. Frogging […]

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The go! Travel South Africa App

Tweet go! Travel South Africa has launched a brand new app that we, at SA-Venues.com, could not be more proud to be a part of. This app enables those with an iPad, Android 10″ tablet or Android smartphones to navigate South Africa, plan their trip and explore the accommodation and activities available on their adventure. […]

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The I Heart Market in Durban

Tweet I joined a friend this morning on a visit to the I Heart Market in Durban. Located bang outside the Moses Mabhida Stadium, the market takes place from 9am to 2pm on the first Saturday of every month (to accommodated Christmas shoppers the market is open on every Saturday in December). After moving from […]

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The Hotspots Of Tokai

Tweet Despite the denuding of Tokai’s pine plantation, the suburb – said to be named after a range of hills in Hungary – continues as one of the best kept weekend ‘secrets’ of Cape Town. Whilst most people head to the beach or the wine estates of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, there are those (in the […]

Monday, 10 December 2012

Qunci inspired Hennie Meyer – at the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery – get there!

Tweet We’re lucky. On the morning we decide to visit Hennie Meyer’s exhibition at Rust-en-Vrede in Durbanville – having missed any chance of meeting him at the opening night by, oh, a week at least – we encounter Hennie in the foyer, one of his distinctive vases with flower in hand, a greeting on his […]

Monday, 10 December 2012

Red Sofa Café, Vredehoek – ‘I Know This Great Little Coffee Shop’

Tweet Red Sofa Café is low-key, seriously sophisticated and perched on the rise of one of Vredehoek‘s fashionable streets – on the corner of Derry and Exner. Its WiFi access and plate o’ bacon (yes, that’s a plate of only bacon) seems to have done the trick as the place is already teeming at 9am […]

Friday, 7 December 2012

The Caledon Spa

Tweet The Caledon Casino, Hotel and Spa is perfectly perched to showcase the beauty of the Cape Overberg within the serenity of this superior spa facility. This spa has been tailored to take into account the well-being of the mind, body and soul with its range of treatments and products. To this end, all of […]

Thursday, 6 December 2012

5 Nature Reserves In Gansbaai

Tweet Gansbaai is a small fishing village in the Western Cape, famous for its huge population of Great White Sharks. For this reason, it has become South Africa’s premier Great White Shark cage diving destination. It is also frequented by Southern Right and Humpback whales during the months of July to December of every year. […]

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Kosher Spots In Johannesburg

Tweet Kosher foods and beverages are those that adhere to certain conditions according to Jewish law. There are a number of specific requirements involved in the preparation of meat, dairy, poultry, fish, and so on. Because our modern foodstuffs are often so processed, the kosher nature of what we consume has been negotiated, to some […]

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