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Top 10 Family Friendly Resorts in South Africa perfect for Long Weekends and Holidays
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Top 10 Family Friendly Resorts in South Africa perfect for Long Weekends and Holidays

Its not always easy to get away for a vacation with the kids, and it can be challenging to find a family friendly destination where there is a little something for everyone to enjoy. Here are our top 10 family friendly resorts, where you are guaranteed a great time and are likely only to hear from your children if they are hungry or its bed time. Our top 10 family friendly resorts in South Africa are ideal over the school holidays and are brimming with exciting activities including super tubes, horse or camel rides, zip-lining, climbing walls, jungle gyms, play rooms and much more. Top 10 ...
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Best Places to Stay on the Garden Route
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Best Places to Stay on the Garden Route

Time to start planning your next Garden Route adventure! Known as "God's Own Country" by those who live here, the Garden Route attracts visitors from around the world and all of South Africa. And once you've been, you will understand why. One of the regions' most popular events, The Oyster Festival, (known also as the best 10 days of your winter) is spread over two weekends and revolves around the consumption of fresh oysters served naked, cooked or garnished. This popular festival, which attracts thousands to the Garden Route, hosts two major sporting events - a marathon and a cycle rac...
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The BEST Places to Stay in Addo and the Addo Elephant Park
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The BEST Places to Stay in Addo and the Addo Elephant Park

The BEST Places to Stay in Addo and the Addo Elephant Park ~ Staying in Addo has become synonymous with the promise of seeing herds of elephants (and the rest of the Big 5) at the national park and its surrounding reserves. And this is, of course, a massive draw card. But, the greater area of Addo is also about being part of the quiet tranquillity of the Eastern Cape; drinking in the gorgeous views and the warm hospitality of its people. And, yes, this is best enjoyed with some of the most awesome wildlife viewing in the country. Tips for choosing the best Places to Stay in Addo Stayin...
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Best Places to Stay in the Overberg – Head Across the Mountains from Cape Town
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Best Places to Stay in the Overberg – Head Across the Mountains from Cape Town

The best places to stay in the Overberg ... You may hear the Overberg region of South Africa, just east of Cape Town and over the mountains, described as the gateway to the Garden Route. But you’d be remiss if you think this makes the Overberg undeserved, or any less beautiful, than its counterpart further up the east coast. For the Overberg is wheat fields, blue-crane filled, blue skied and heady with the smells and sounds of the outdoors, small-town living, and seaside romance. If you’re not staying on a mountain enfolded farm in restored dairies and barns then you’re heading for pebb...
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Best Places to Stay in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa
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Best Places to Stay in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa

When you think of places to stay in the Kalahari Desert it brings to mind loads of sand (and not much else), parched animals at nonexistent waterholes, and extreme heat. But this picture of the Kalahari Desert as arid with little to mar the landscape is far from true. The Kalahari can be as hotazel! But it’s also incredibly beautiful, supporting far more plant life than any ordinary desert, and teeming with wildlife in various game reserves, particularly the Kgalagadi, where you’ll be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss is about across the country in the Kruger National Park. ...
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Stunning South African Film Locations of Hollywood Movies – Stay There Too!
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Stunning South African Film Locations of Hollywood Movies – Stay There Too!

Ever wondered where the spectacular scenes you see in movies actually are? South African film locations blow movie producers away with their beauty. They’d have to be ridiculously short sighted not to take advantage of the varied and appealing landscapes or the current Rand Dollar exchange rate. But what makes South African film locations even more attractive is the government’s tax rebate for movie makers - 20% of everything shot in the country (as long as 50% of the film is shot in the country).             Because of this our shores are practically dripping celebs... Kate Beckinsale...
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Best Beach Cottage Holidays in South Africa
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Best Beach Cottage Holidays in South Africa

Beach cottage holidays in South Africa - One can’t help but bring to mind beach cottage holidays when one thinks of South Africa. Beach house stays that include rickety wooden walkways down to white, sandy beaches that stretch for miles... The country has kilometres of coastline, much of it given over to holiday villages and towns and beach cottage holidays in South Africa, with anything from a little two-bedroom cottage, to sprawling villas perched alongside the sea, with views to match - all to yourself - just perfect for family beach holidays... Let your imagination run riot with t...
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Dog Friendly Accommodation in Cape Town – Places You can Take the WHOLE Family
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Dog Friendly Accommodation in Cape Town – Places You can Take the WHOLE Family

Dog friendly accommodation in Cape Town - Cape Town with its incredible mountain, weather, beaches, people and wine is hotting up for summer and Christmas - a combination difficult to resist. It’s an Added bonus if you no longer have to hire a house sitter but can take the dog along. Suddenly a spontaneous booking is no longer out of the question. SA-Venues.com has plenty of dog friendly accommodation in Cape Town to choose from. On our list below we’ve included as many villas and spacious apartments as we can, but the odd guest house made it onto the dog friendly list because, well, the...
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Christmas in South Africa – Inspiring Hotels, Guest Houses & Lodges for Last Minute Bookings!
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Christmas in South Africa – Inspiring Hotels, Guest Houses & Lodges for Last Minute Bookings!

Not everyone does the big family Christmas in South Africa. There are those couples, individuals, or nuclear families who just want to get away from it all. And there’s a lot to be said for having someone else cater for you, even if it’s only breakfast, so that you can enjoy Christmas without the fuss. Whilst Christmas in South Africa is a busy time of year for hotels, lodges and guest houses, we’ve carefully selected those with some available space left over Christmas for last minute bookings! Cast your eye downwards. You won’t be disappointed...   Christmas in South Africa ...
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The Garden Route Game Lodge Gets Even Better
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The Garden Route Game Lodge Gets Even Better

The Garden Route Game Lodge is a spectacular private reserve where the Big 5 can be enjoyed up close without the risk of malaria. Its rooms are luxurious and its setting exquisite. And, it doesn’t hurt that it’s on the gorgeous Garden Route of South Africa. In November 2018, its stunning revamp and upgrade were completed to move it even higher up on your tourism to-do list. What’s more, it won the SA-Venues.com award for being the best game lodge in the Garden Route of 2018, as voted by guests. This upgrade cost a whopping R4.5 million and involved the revamping of the garden, pool and recr...
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Best Places to Stay in Franschhoek – South Africa’s French Quarter
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Best Places to Stay in Franschhoek – South Africa’s French Quarter

Have you noticed that almost every one of the best places to stay in Franschhoek is named after something French, or Frenchified to sound French? It’s not pretentious so much as it’s in keeping with its history - Franschhoek is the Cape’s French Corner. Regarded as the Winelands’ foodie capital Franschhoek’s main road is awash with restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries and chocolatiers. There’s also a hop-on-hop-off retro tram and bus that take visitors through the vineyards on one of five routes, linking 21 wine estates and cellars. There’s something on our list of best places to sta...
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Best Places to Stay NEAR the Kruger National Park
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Best Places to Stay NEAR the Kruger National Park

You don’t have to stay right in the heart of Kruger to experience its beauty... There are plenty of best places to stay near the Kruger National Park with easy access into the park, many of them in neighbouring wildlife sanctuaries, game parks and private self-catering lodges close to one of the gates into Kruger. In Kruger you share the bushveld with lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, cheetah, buffalo, hippo, zebra and giraffe. Synonymous with safari, it’s one of Africa’s greatest wildlife experiences... Scroll through our best places to stay near the Kruger National Park Simbavati Hillt...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa Properly

When it comes to outstanding beauty the viewpoint overlooking the 16 km long, 800m deep, the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa is going to leave you nothing less than overwhelmed - the sheer scale and refined symmetry of the scene makes a trip here unforgettable. After Table Mountain, the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa is the country’s most-visited natural attraction. Splayed out before you are the impressive northerly reaches of the Drakensberg Escarpment where it meets the lowveld, including the famous Three Rondavels, whilst below is the startling blue and irregular shape of the ...
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Mountain View Cottages in South Africa, Where You can Catch Your Breath
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Mountain View Cottages in South Africa, Where You can Catch Your Breath

South Africa has some of the most spectacular uncharted mountain ranges that often go unpublicised and remain unknown, even to return visitors. So, it’s almost as easy to find mountain view cottages in South Africa as it is beach cottage stays. It boils down to whether you’re a mountain, or sea, person, really. But we love the romance of escaping to mountain view cottages South Africa where the sense of time stands still, and where there’s peace and quiet enough to catch your breath... Book now at these mountain view cottages in South Africa Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge, Drakensberg ...
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Best Places to Stay IN the Kruger National Park
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Best Places to Stay IN the Kruger National Park

Best Places to Stay In the Kruger National Park ~ The Kruger National Park is one of the biggest game reserves on the African continent, covering an area of 20 000 k㎡ (virtually the size of Israel!) in the north-east corner of South Africa. A list of iconic safari animals - that begins with the Big 5, includes the African wild dog and cheetah, and ends with hippo, giraffe and zebra - shares the savannah, granite kopies and the Lebombo Mountains with reptiles and over 500 varieties of bird… As a result, things can get a little busy, particularly as the vast network of well-maintained road...
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