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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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10 of the Most Exciting Regions and Cities in South Africa
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10 of the Most Exciting Regions and Cities in South Africa

10 of the Most Exciting Cities in South Africa ~ South Africa is vast... The cities in South Africa are, by default, large too (Johannesburg alone has over 500 suburbs and covers an area of over 520 square kilometres). South Africa’s the 24th largest country in the world; five times the size of the UK, 3 x bigger than Japan and twice that of France. In fact it’s bigger than every country in Europe, except Russia, and every state in the USA, other than Alaska. The cities in South Africa are many. Some are politically important (South Africa has three capitals - Cape Town, Pretoria and ...
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Best Places to Stay in the Southern Free State
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Best Places to Stay in the Southern Free State

The Best Places to Stay in the Southern Free State ~ The completely landlocked province of the Free State is divided into regions with names that evoke images of Africa’s wide open plains. Names like Thabo Mofutsanyana, Lejweleputswa and Motheo. The Free State is given over to huge swathes of farmland, the Maluti Mountains in the distance. It’s a province of wide skies, inspirational scenery and a sense of time having slowed... The best places to stay in the southern Free State include the Motheo (mostly in the ‘city of roses’ - Bloemfontein) and Xhariep (accommodation in and around the ...
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Best Places to Stay on the Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape
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Best Places to Stay on the Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape

Best places to stay on the Sunshine Coast are aplenty as it’s one of South Africa’s most popular coastlines. The Sunshine Coast extends between the Tsitsikamma and East London - a collection of seaside villages and towns with beaches that go on forever, washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and riddled with tidal pools and river estuaries. You’ll love our selection of best places to stay on the Sunshine Coast Blue Horizon, Tsitsikamma OMG! What a view! Perched on the edge of the cliff overlooking the crashing waves of the Tsitsikamma. Bonus: the village in which you’ll find thi...
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Why You Should Stay at These Villas in South Africa
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Why You Should Stay at These Villas in South Africa

You’ll be blown away by the awesomeness of these hand selected villas in South Africa... They’re spacious, allow in plenty of light, give views over sea, mountain or fynbos, and leave those who stay within their walls renewed and invigorated with life. It’s hard not to be affected by these villas in South Africa when they’ve been designed and decorated with such care. These are holiday homes that have a lived-in and loved appeal that makes one yearn to cosy up on a couch and ‘borrow’ someone else’s life for a while. And staying in any of these villas in South Africa is as easy as a...
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Best Places to Stay on the South Coast, South Africa’s All-Year-Round Beach Destination
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Best Places to Stay on the South Coast, South Africa’s All-Year-Round Beach Destination

The coastline between the Wild Coast and Durban is known simply as the South Coast. It’s a collection of laid-back seaside towns, golden beaches, lagoons, river mouths, rocky coves and inlets, sub-tropical forests and vegetation that’s prone to abundance. And all this is washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. In fact some of our best places to stay on the South Coast lie within a stone’s throw of the beach. Appealingly, a few of the best places to stay South Coast retain that undemanding, retro family-holiday-home vibe that makes for low-pressure holidays filled with sand betw...
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Best Places to Stay in Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town (You’ll LOVE these!)
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Best Places to Stay in Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town (You’ll LOVE these!)

The Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town is Africa’s answer to the Riviera stretching from the V&A Waterfront on Table Mountain’s north shore to Hout Bay. Finding the best places to stay in Atlantic Seaboard gives you the choice of some of the city’s most affluent suburbs - Bantry Bay, Clifton, Bakoven, Hout Bay, Fresnaye, Noordhoek (don’t forget Kommetjie). Perfect sea views and illustrious addresses, surprisingly, don’t all come with a price tag to match (keep scrolling), and those that do are worth every penny! (take a look at the first three). Go on, you know you want to! Even if it’...
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Best Places to Stay in False Bay – Cape Town’s Seaside Village Mecca
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Best Places to Stay in False Bay – Cape Town’s Seaside Village Mecca

The Best Places to Stay in False Bay are centred around the seaside villages of Muizenberg, St James, Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town. False Bay is the Mother City’s alternative to the Atlantic Seaboard, with little of the large-scale gentrification. False Bay is a Saint-Tropez-like experience with cobblestone quarters, tidal pools and fishing villages popular with artists, its main roads a string of coffee shops, bookstores and artisan bakeries, whilst character fishing boats and yachts litter its harbours. Hundreds of years ago early navigators to South Africa mistook Hangklip (the...
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