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About the SA-Venues.com Blog

You’re planning the trip of a lifetime, or simply going away for the weekend somewhere wonderful. Either way, it’s important to you that wherever you go it’s the ultimate spot!

But really, choosing where you stay is not simply about finding the best possible accommodation in South Africa (although obviously if you’re on SA-Venues.com for that reason, you’ve come to the right online space!). It’s also about reading first-hand accounts and feedback from others who have gone there before you. It’s about knowing as much as possible about your destination so that you don’t  miss those ‘amazing’ spots.

And that is why the SA-Venues.com Travel blog exists! It’s where you can read first-hand encounters, associations, amusing anecdotes and inspiring stories brought to you by a small group of writers (3) with over 40 years’ experience in the tourism industry between them, and a few contributing editors who are experienced journalists and copywriters – no garbled, awkward accounts or rehashed press releases here.

Instead, here you can read savvy travel reviews from the perspective of the visitor, news about upcoming events, blogs about secluded spots and magic hideaways and lists of really cool things to do wherever it is you’re headed. Upcoming festivals, activities for the whole family and shared ‘been there done that‘ experiences for locals and tourists to South Africa are all here.

It’s also where you get to share your encounters, memories, amusing anecdotes and positively awe-inspiring experiences. This is one space in which you have licence to wax lyrical about virtually any travel or tourist tidbit you think warrants sharing – from the restaurant you think is coolest in Bree Street in Cape Town, to the hideaway secret you’re bursting to share in the far reaches of the Lebombo Mountains!

In a nutshell: The SA-Venues.com blog is where you’ll get the lowdown on South African travel – anywhere and any time. It’s because we’re a leading accommodation and travel portal that we can bring you accurate, up-to-date information that even the most curious traveller after the most abstruse travel secrets will find satisfying.


Write to us at info@SA-Venues.com – we’d love to hear your suggestions!

Our Authors

About Wanda Coustas

Wanda Coustas has written in one form or another for 10 years, seven of them as a copyblogger. She has travelled the Western Cape extensively and the rest of the country in protracted road trips that have given her both joy and an ongoing relish for experiencing what she writes about first-hand. She is a trained opera singer, eurythmy dancer, and philosopher.

AmeliaAbout Amelia Meyer

Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in 2008 and loves every minute of it. When she is not writing, Amelia can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.


About Christine Searle

One of the original founders of SA-Venues.com, Christine enjoys spending time with her family and her fur-kids, Bentley and Bear. Her love and interest in flora and fauna is evident in her stunning garden which has been carefully designed and well maintained. Christine loves her work and is keen to show others what South Africa has to offer. When she is not working she likes to relax at home in the garden or enjoy her favourite hobby, photography.


About Helen Rushton

After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!


About Michelle Rawlinson

Michelle has a huge love for all things aquatic, particularly marine life. Her main passion lies with Great White Sharks, although she is interested in all marine species and their well-being. She volunteers at the Two Oceans Aquarium in her spare time and would spend all her time by the sea or surrounded by nature if possible. After spending 7 years in the United Kingdom, she has returned back home to Cape Town to be nearer to her family and to her ‘favourite place in the world’.


About Stefani Searle

Stefani is a self confessed bookworm, and to relax, she loves to curl up with a good book and get drawn into another world. Spending time with her family and friends is very important to her. She loves hosting dinner parties and is always trying out new and wonderful recipes. Proudly South African, Stefani is always exploring new places and fun things to do. She has a love for dogs and enjoys taking her Rottweiler out for walks around the Cape.


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An Important Note about Reviews

Please note that all reviews and articles published on this blog about accommodation establishments / hotels / lodges etc. are, without exception, unsolicited and not sponsored in any way, shape or form. Either the writer or SA-Venues.com have paid full standard rates for accommodation provided at the establishments reviewed and we cannot be enticed to visit any particular establishment or to write favourable reviews. Our editors visit areas and establishments of their own taste and choosing and will only write about them if they feel there is some benefit to our readers knowing about a particular venue.

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