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Johannesburg – Eat, Do, Sleep in South Africa’s Most Vibrant City
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Johannesburg – Eat, Do, Sleep in South Africa’s Most Vibrant City

More commonly known as Jo'burg, or Jozi, Johannesburg is a rapidly changing city considered the pulse of South Africa. The hipster city, sited by Rough Guides as the number one city  to visit in 2015,  is sprawling, wired, culturally and historically rich, and the commercial heart of the country. Where before its centre was somewhere you gave a wide berth, today down town is smartening up, with a number of urban-renewal projects that have put the inner city back on the map for tourists. Johannesburg sprawls. It's bigger than greater London in terms of area, and can feel hugely intimidati...
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10 City Apartments in Cape Town You Won’t Want to Leave
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10 City Apartments in Cape Town You Won’t Want to Leave

Get to experience Cape Town with the keys to one of these apartments with a view. Set right in the heart of Cape Town’s city bowl, these loft-style pads lavishly follow the trend towards apartment living. Their inspirational interiors, open floor plans, classic use of colour, and flair for the unusual, will have you drooling. 10 City Apartments in Cape Town You Won't Want to Leave... CAPE LOFT, Mutual Heights, Darling Street, CBD The clever use of space, the light from the floor to ceiling feature windows, the retro feel to the furnishings, and the striking spiral stairc...
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The Best Boutique Hotels in South Africa
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The Best Boutique Hotels in South Africa

Boutique hotels are as good as luxury hotel chains, but they offer something else - a touch of simplicity and flair, and the advantage of meeting individual needs because of their size. As more and more visitors head to South Africa, so the measure of what makes a great place to stay has grown to embrace a simple sophistication and an exciting flair for the original. South Africa knows how to do a great boutique hotel. We think you’ll agree. Here are some of the best boutique hotels in South Africa ... FRANSCHHOEK BOUTIQUE HOTEL, THE WINELANDS Everything about this country town-l...
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13 of the Coolest Beach Stays in South Africa
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13 of the Coolest Beach Stays in South Africa

South Africa is as famous for its coastline as it is for the Kruger National Park. Stretching for over 2 500 kilometres from the dry and barren border with Namibia in the west, around the Cape of Good Hope and northeast to its border with Mozambique, in the east, the coastline is nothing short of magnificent. Along almost every inch of its highly varied shoreline are long strips of beach. The kind of beach that makes you ‘wish you were there’. And so we went exploring, to find you the kind of beach stays that easily equal the pull of the beaches on which they rest. These 13 beach st...
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5 Ways to Avoid being Conned by Booking Fraud
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5 Ways to Avoid being Conned by Booking Fraud

They’re out there - booking fraud and travel scams. But we’ve outlined some of the most likely ones doing the rounds, below, so that you can avoid getting caught. Cast your eye over these and rest assured. As the saying goes: forewarned is forearmed… The latest scam to grip South Africa was the very public Plett hustle, where "booking agent", Rick Havemann, advertised holiday homes and then disappeared, taking hundreds of thousands of Rands worth of deposits with him. Holiday accommodation is one of the most popular forms of travel scam. It usually takes the form of fake websites, and...
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Corbelled Houses Unveiled – Why They’re The Most Exciting Thing To Happen To The Karoo
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Corbelled Houses Unveiled – Why They’re The Most Exciting Thing To Happen To The Karoo

Few people know that in South Africa’s hinterland - on farms neighbouring the towns of Carnarvon, Williston, Loxton and Fraserburg - are a series of strange-looking beehive stone structures. They’re an anomaly of the Northern Cape Karoo; excellent examples of the inventiveness of early pioneers (trek boere) to this semi-desert landscape, known as ‘hard man’s Karoo’, who headed out here between the middle and the end of the nineteenth century into the barren area beyond the Sak River. They left to escape the restraints of government or to search for new grazing grounds for their livestock...
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10 Of The Best Cape Town Boutique Hotels – We Love The First And The Last
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10 Of The Best Cape Town Boutique Hotels – We Love The First And The Last

A boutique hotel is a small, stylish hotel typically found in a fashionable part of a city. Originally the term described small hotels in the centre of large cities, like London and Berlin, but today it characterises an intimate set-up, usually a small selection of rooms with a distinctive personality and style. Although many bigger hotels now add 'boutique' to their description in a bid to sound distinctive, the term used correctly describes an intimate, independent hotel of few rooms that feature themed décor. We share 10 of the best Cape Town boutique hotels. We've selected those t...
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Win a Two Night stay at Abalone House in Paternoster (Closed)
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Win a Two Night stay at Abalone House in Paternoster (Closed)

One of our favourite venues on the Cape West Coast, we are thrilled to offer our site visitors the opportunity to win a Two Night Stay at the beautiful 5 Star Abalone House in Paternoster! Win a Two Night Stay for Two at Abalone House in Paternoster... Abalone House, set against breath-taking vistas of the Atlantic Ocean along the West Coast of South Africa, is about decadence, luxury and savouring life’s pleasures. The manicured gardens and the pristine seascapes combine to create a very special setting for local and international visitors wanting to soak up the allure of Paternoster...
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Win a two night stay at the Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa (Closed)
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Win a two night stay at the Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa (Closed)

This month’s SA-Venues.com competition gives our readers a chance to win a weekend getaway at the Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa only 70 minutes away from Pretoria Accommodation in the town of Modimolle. Nestled in the heart of the bushveld within the Waterberg mountain range, lies the tranquil setting of the 4-star Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa. Guests wanting to escape the madness of modern life will be delighted by lush tropical gardens, a trickling waterfall and leafy stone pathways with luxurious pampering in 49 en-suite rooms... THE PRIZE Valued at over R6600.00, this p...
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Amazing Treehouse Stays In South Africa – Sleep Under African Skies
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Amazing Treehouse Stays In South Africa – Sleep Under African Skies

Treehouses are no longer mere forts erected in trees for children, so that they can scramble up high and get lost in imaginary worlds in amongst the branches. Now the leafy platforms of our youth have hit the big time. There are hotels in trees, treetop hideaways, and treehouses that promise solitude and seclusion in inspiring forest locations, for those unafraid of heights. Hotels are no longer 'just' hotels. To out market the next establishment they have had to do more than place a roof over your head. Going out on a limb, the treehouse trend has resulted in places like Les Cabanes du Boi...
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Best value stays for 2015
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Best value stays for 2015

Staying somewhere amazing is not just for the well-heeled. There are plenty of places filled with character around South Africa that offer comfort and charm in equal dollops – all of them for under R300 per person per night. We've trawled our listings to uncover those venues where character and low-cost meet to find 15 wallet-friendly, quality guest houses, cottages and camp sites for 2015. SA-Venues.com's top best value stays for 2015... BAYNESFIELD ESTATE, NATAL MIDLANDS, KWAZULU NATAL This gorgeous 9000 hectare estate with a piggery, avocado orchards, maize and soya fields as well as ...
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Snow porn: South Africa’s top 7 places for snow this winter
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Snow porn: South Africa’s top 7 places for snow this winter

It is true that South Africa is not a snow destination. If it's snow you're after then you usually head to Alaska, Canada, Switzerland, the Northern Rockies, the mountains of France, Austria and Italy, America's Colorado, Japan, and even New Zealand. Not South Africa. Yet South Africa is not without snow. And when it does fall in the high-lying inland regions of the country we behave as if we've won the jackpot; we're so excited by the prospect of snow that we have a Facebook page devoted to the subject snowreportsa, and we circulate pictures of snow as if we cannot quite believe our luck –...
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The ultimate checklist: Remote places to stay to survive Christmas
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The ultimate checklist: Remote places to stay to survive Christmas

A friend of mine recently emailed with a request. She needed a remote hideaway for her family, who want to escape the Christmas festivities; get away from it all to reconnect with what really matters – nature, their children and stillness. And it is only fair to share. Here are 12 remote places to stay in South Africa where you can survive Christmas. Enjoy! Photograph: Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm PAPKUILSFONTEIN GUEST FARM, Nieuwoudtville, upper Karoo, Northern Cape The Northern Cape is not normally where you head over Christmas, given the heat, but this wonderfully tranquil farm is p...
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Karoo Farmstays – we share 8 of the best with you
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Karoo Farmstays – we share 8 of the best with you

The impression we hold of the Karoo has romance at its heart: dirt roads, windmills, sunsets that look as though someone has thrown claret on a canvas, big sky and mountain passes. The semi-desert region known as the Karoo is inspiring. Despite its droughts and extreme climate, it is a space in which to unwind, slow and retreat from the world. We share 8 of the best Karoo farmstays with you... 1. ABBOTSBURY, Graaff-Reinet Abbotsbury is a 4300 acre sheep farm just 27 km outside of the historical Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet. This beautifully restored homestead lies just 3 km off the N9 s...
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10 ‘Must Do’ Things For Accommodation Owners, To Keep Us Coming Back For More
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10 ‘Must Do’ Things For Accommodation Owners, To Keep Us Coming Back For More

Ever stayed in a B&B or self-catering unit where there were a couple of things you knew would just make the place sing, but did not have the courage to write it in the guest book? I have ... more than once. I've travelled a great deal around South Africa, staying mostly in modest self-catering accommodation and in B&Bs, some of them delightfully quirky, others bordering on objectionable (particularly as there seems to be a regular rate, regardless of standard). Some have wowed me while others have left me feeling resentful at having to pay hard-earned cash for an uncomfortable ni...
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