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Monday, 31 October 2016

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. Departing the boundaries of the colony they arrived in a region visited by relatively few even today.

There are no trees to speak of here. It is an unrelenting country of black basalt ridges, semi-desert scrub and plenty of stone. It’s incredibly beautiful from the confines of an air-conditioned vehicle, but in reality harsh and unyielding… Continued

Monday, 12 September 2016

10 Of The Best Cape Town Boutique Hotels – We Loved 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 that have a certain designer flair, that stand out above the rest. We loved the first and last, and so will you… Continued

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

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… Continued

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Win a two night stay at the Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa

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… Continued

Monday, 25 April 2016

8 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 Bois Landry, in France; TreeHouse Point, in America; and Cabanes als Arbres, in Spain.

Not to be outdone South Africa has its fair share of treehouse stays around the country, but particularly in some of our top game parks.

We’ve selected 8 amazing treehouse stays in South Africa for you to choose from … Continued

Monday, 6 July 2015

SA-Venues.com’s top 15 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 15 best value stays for 2015… Continued

Monday, 22 June 2015

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 – ‘Snow!!! Brrrr, it is SO cold’.

Our only ski slope, Tiffendell is hardly Aspen or Montana. In South Africa you count yourself incredibly fortunate to see snow fall at all or to walk and play in it for the couple of hours it remains on the ground. So when it does fall, we travel miles to see it.

So you would travel to South Africa to see the snow because the beauty of our landscapes give the snow a backdrop that is hard to beat. And these are 7 of the best places in the country to see snow this winter… Continued

Thursday, 13 November 2014

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! Continued

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

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… Continued

Thursday, 25 September 2014

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 night. And I’m not difficult to please… Continued

Thursday, 7 August 2014

It’s always 1920 at The Stanford Hotel

The Stanford Hotel is a landmark in the village of Stanford in the Cape Overberg, which can be found teaming with life every Saturday morning, attracting market-goers to the Saturday Morning Market held at the hotel every weekend. Built in 1920, with parts of it dating back to the 1890’s, The Stanford Hotel was Stanford’s first accommodation… Continued

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Some of the Best Venues for a Honeymoon in South Africa

How to find the perfect honeymoon destination? Here are a couple of questions to guide your selection:

  • What type of weather do you want to experience?
  • What is your budget?
  • How long do you have?
  • What type of scenery do you want to experience – sea, mountains, desert?
  • Do you want to be catered for, or self-cater?
  • Do you want isolation, or to be pampered at a spa or retreat?
  • Do you want to sight-see / take on a challenge / do an activity?

Whatever your needs, here is a handful of the best venues for a honeymoon in South Africa … Continued

Monday, 14 April 2014

Room with a view – 15 handpicked rooms with views in South Africa

Anyone watching Miss Lucy Honeychurch and George Emerson at the window overlooking Florence, in the film based on the novel by EM Forster, will agree that the phrase ‘room with a view’ changed forever.

The sumptuousness of the film, and the quintessentially British account of romance, intrigue and beauty, resulted in the phrase’s association with far more than the view alone.

In keeping with this idea that a room with a view is about all things romantic, we have handpicked a selection of rooms with views throughout South Africa.

It might not be Florence, but you won’t be disappointed… Continued

Thursday, 10 April 2014

10 Dog Friendly Cottages in South Africa

Where to go when you do not want to leave your pooch behind? There are plenty of venues across the country that welcome pets.

Here are some of our favourites. Unless otherwise stated, all dogs are welcome by prior arrangement…

Continued

Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Choosing the perfect hotel

Our guide to the best hotels in Port Elizabeth, the friendly city

No time to find accommodation? Our guide to the best hotels in Port Elizabeth, the friendly city …

Those who live in PE think it’s the best city in the country. Certainly it’s the most underrated. Port Elizabeth is one of the largest cities in South Africa, and is laid out in a way that you can reach everything within 15 minutes of the airport – not something you can attribute to Jo’burg.

Port Elizabeth regards itself as the end of the Garden Route, a city with warm temperatures all year round, beaches that give Durban and Cape Town’s beaches a serious run for their money, a host of historical attractions and walks, whale sightings during autumn, and access to wild game reserves within an hour of town. Continued