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Karoo National Park – a little piece of heaven
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The Karoo National Park must be one of the most visible national parks in the country. If you travel on the N1 at all between Cape Town and Johannesburg, then you've whizzed past it at 120 kilometres an hour. I say this assuredly, as just ahead is the town ...
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Beaufort West is regarded as the halfway mark when travelling on the N1 between Cape Town and Bloemfontein. The highway runs right through the town, which is lined with a myriad of places to stay. But what we noticed when last there was that the town appears t...
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Goblins Cove in Magaliesberg – an escape from the humdrum
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If a faerie wonderland, home to goblins and the little folk, a garden over run with trees - every drooping branch of which hints at the gossamer caress of a wing against your cheek and the innuendo of a pointed calf skin, shoe-clad toe of a pixie – grabs you, ...
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Franschhoek Literary Festival – Books, words, literature and Franschhoek – a heady mix
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I don't need an excuse to head out to Franschhoek. The simply gorgeous little winelands' village easily adapts its streets into the site of a party for writers and book lovers from around the world, and 2010, the Franschhoek literary festival's fourth year, lo...
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Oliewenhuis – The city of roses divulges a gem
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I love strolling through the ground floor gallery of Oliewenhuis. Every time we return there is something new to grab one's attention, usually contemporary - the museum is renowned for its contemporary collection and holds between 15 and 20 temporary exhibitio...
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The town of Clarens has been on the lips of enthusiasts for years. It's used as the yardstick for just about any town in the vicinity of the Free State, so I was curious on entering - not having visited for about six years. Would the town have retained its art...
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Pretty Bloemfontein bang smack in the middle of the country, give or take a few kilometres, tends to get the cold shoulder when it comes to travel through no fault of its own, except that there is no apparent reason to go out of your way to visit the city, unl...
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Johannesburg is covered in rain. Outside there is a deluge. Inside the car, we are fighting to navigate the M1 – the eastern bypass around the city some people liken to New York (wonder if the Big Apple could function without any road markings?) – whilst the w...
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Explore the Makana Heritage Route – The umgwashu tree, hidden churches, Mlanjeni cave & long-drop lavs
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Up until recently, I had no idea that there is a sprinkling of little villages in the Eastern Cape called Potsdam, Berlin, Breidbach, Braunchsweig, Frankfort, Hanover and Marienthal. Named after the German towns and cities with the same names, obviously, but o...
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Bread and wine in the presence of Lemons
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The Franschhoek valley is a veritable patchwork quilt of wine estates. Well, obviously you might say, but really, there is a smorgasbord from which to choose, and making a selection for a luncheon is something of an undertaking. I am in no way complaining, you...
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Route 26 is more than a Pretty Face – Move over Route 62
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We travelled Route 26, which is also part of the not much publicised Maloti Route all the way to Fouriesburg, where we then turned onto the R711 to Clarens. The drive winds through and past the towns of Zastron, Vanstadensrus, Wepener, Hobhouse, Ladybrand, Cl...
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Lady Grey, the cutest little hamlet just inside the border of the Eastern Cape when coming at it from the Free State side, is one of those insider secrets about which I'm going to tell you, but about which you will say nothing. Let me assure you that when you ...
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The southern-most town in the south-eastern Free State, Rouxville virtually falls off the map it so seldom makes it onto anyone's travel agenda, but as a destination to get away from it all (completely and utterly) the town definitely qualifies as one of the b...
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Random Perfection – A different False Bay
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It’s not every day that ‘perfection’ happens, we don’t expect it to happen and most often we miss out on it because we are too busy looking and seeking something that will make a day worth wile… but then every so often one of those perfect days creeps up on yo...
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