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Best Places to Stay in the Upper Karoo – South Africa’s Astoundingly Beautiful ‘Outback’
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Best Places to Stay in the Upper Karoo – South Africa’s Astoundingly Beautiful ‘Outback’

Best Places to Stay in Upper Karoo ~ Don’t think you’re going to manage the Karoo South Africa in one visit. Because you’re not. For starters it takes up a substantial chunk of the innerlands of South Africa - its full extent not obviously defined (for instance there are no road signs stating ‘Karoo’), although you’ll know you’re there by its cloudless skies, low rainfall, propensity for little towns, lots of sheep, and extreme heat and cold. The further north you go, the more difficult the roads become to navigate. And once you’ve got a taste for the Karoo you’ll be back for more. It...
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Best Places to Stay on the Elephant Coast, South Africa’s True Wilderness Revealed
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Best Places to Stay on the Elephant Coast, South Africa’s True Wilderness Revealed

The Elephant Coast of South Africa is some of the country’s wildest sea frontage north of the Dolphin Coast. It’s typical of what one thinks when one imagines Africa - big game country - with the added bonus of a tropical coastline protected all the way to Mozambique by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (including Lake St Lucia, Charter’s Creek, False Bay Park, Cape Vidal, Sodwana Bay, Mkhuze Game Reserve, Lake Sibaya and Kosi Bay). Once known simply as Maputaland the Elephant Coast South Africa remains a Zulu stronghold. It’s a mystically imbued, legendary wash of ancestral African lan...
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Best Places to Stay on the Whale Route in South Africa
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Best Places to Stay on the Whale Route in South Africa

You’re going to welcome our list of places to stay on the Whale Route as the whales are due any moment now. They arrive in the bay during July/August, and remain until October/November with Hermanus’ Whale Festival an annual highlight during August. And we don’t want to boast or anything but just about every place on our list of best places to stay on the Whale Route, South Africa, has a view of the ocean ... The Whale Route is one of the best places in the world to see the southern right whale. Starting in Cape Town it follows the R44, also known as Clarence Drive, through the Kogel...
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Best Places to Stay in the Drakensberg, South Africa’s Epic Dragonback Mountains
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Best Places to Stay in the Drakensberg, South Africa’s Epic Dragonback Mountains

When it comes to finding the best places to stay in the Drakensberg, South Africa, it all boils down to the view. It’s that simple. If there are mountains outside your window, or you can drink in their tumulticity (this really is a word, and one perfect for these mountains) from your front stoep, then you’re not going to care all that much about the décor, to be honest. Our list of best places to stay in the Drakensberg does both. They give aesthetic pleasure and an eyeball full of mountains! And there’s something here for everyone, from lodge-style luxury, to teepee living... ...
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Big 5 Malaria Free Game Reserves in South Africa
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Big 5 Malaria Free Game Reserves in South Africa

For those who don’t want to worry about taking anti-malaria pills, malaria free game reserves do exist in South Africa. Plenty of them. We understand that game viewing is your priority, not having to think about taking pills that don’t necessarily taste all that good. And whilst a Big 5 game viewing holiday in the Kruger National Park is top of many first time visitors’ lists, it comes with the threat of moderate-risk malaria and the need to take prophylactics between September and May. You should know that things in Africa have hugely improved with regards to malaria control, even if ...
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Best Places to Stay on Battlefields Route in KwaZulu Natal
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Best Places to Stay on Battlefields Route in KwaZulu Natal

Best Places to Stay on Battlefields Route ~ Blood River, Spioenkop, Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Hlobane, Ulundi, Talana - all of these are major landmarks of South Africa’s Battlefields Route. A route both legendary and fascinating. The Battlefields Route is set in amongst the rolling plains and savannah grasslands of northern KwaZulu-Natal where unusual rock formations and granite koppies served as the backdrop for not one, but three, major wars. The many battles between Boer, Briton and Zulu have left marks and memories behind, woven into stories that make the route a must-do if soaking up ...
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Best Places to Stay on the West Coast, South Africa (Wait ‘til you See the Last!)
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Best Places to Stay on the West Coast, South Africa (Wait ‘til you See the Last!)

Our best places to stay on the West Coast of South Africa are a varied list of choices - from seaside villas with incredible views, to farmhouse cottages out under the stars in the middle of nowhere, from riverside homes and even boutique hotels to rambling, rustic cabins - we’ve got you covered. Because when it comes to the West Coast, there is something for everyone. We think you’ll agree once you see these best places to stay on the West Coast of South Africa. Your guide to best places to stay on the West Coast ... De Linden Boutique Guest House, Paternoster This Paternoster Accom...
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10 of the Coolest Artisanal Spots and Places to Stay in the Riebeek Valley
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10 of the Coolest Artisanal Spots and Places to Stay in the Riebeek Valley

Once the N7 completes its (relentless) upgrades, the already short trip from Cape Town to the Riebeek Valley will become a cinch - what takes just over an hour now could easily become as effortless as under an hour’s drive. The uncontested capital of the Swartland, the Riebeek Valley is already a popular weekend haunt not only because it’s so close to the Mother City, but because there is so much to offer the visitor. The tourist show-town of Riebeek Kasteel has a ‘high street’ and little ‘village’ awash with elegant accommodation, boutique-style shops and foodie havens, bakeries and restaur...
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Best Places to Stay on the Garden Route
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Best Places to Stay on the Garden Route

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. The popular festival, which attracts thousands to the Garden Route, hosts two major sporting events - a marathon and a cycle race - but includes so many other mid-week events that many stick around for the full 10 days. Those who can’t be there for the full Knysna Oyster Festival head into town on either weekend, and the place generally hums. Don’t worry, you still have time to book your Knysna acc...
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Best Places to Stay on the Midlands Meander
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Best Places to Stay on the Midlands Meander

Picture this: fields of swaying grasslands, slowly ambling cattle chewing the cud, undulating green hills that stretch as far as the eye can see, farmlands - sand roads curving just out of sight, country lanes lined with hedgerows, beautiful mountains off in the distance. No, this enticing description isn’t the British Midlands, despite the essential similarity (and an almost permanent state of sunshine!). This is the KwaZulu Natal Midlands. Country stays at their best. Best explored along the five routes of the Midlands Meander - a well-mapped network of routes that explore a whole selec...
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Best Places to Stay on the Waterberg Meander, South Africa’s Mountain Wonderland
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Best Places to Stay on the Waterberg Meander, South Africa’s Mountain Wonderland

South Africa’s Waterberg is pure bushveld. It’s also known as Africa’s Eden. You’ll find the Waterberg immediately north of Pretoria, with its northerly reaches snug up against the country’s border with Botswana - declared both a biosphere reserve and an indigenous forest in its own right. Yet it remains surprisingly under-explored by those who head to the Kruger and Botswana for their bush experience (why, when there are so many malaria-free Big 5 game and safari lodges so much closer to home?)... The Waterberg Meander zigzags between Marakele National Park and Wonderkop Nature Res...
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Best Places to Stay on the Panorama Route
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Best Places to Stay on the Panorama Route

The Panorama Route winds its way through the Mpumalanga highlands of the north-eastern section of the Drakensberg’s great escarpment. The Panorama Route is easily one of South Africa’s most scenic self-drives, and certainly one of its most popular. That it is so popular has a lot to do with how close it is to the Kruger National Park, so it’s often part and parcel of any organised trip through the game park. But its other major draw card is the Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest river canyons on earth. The Panorama Route is a self-drive taken slowly. And with highlights like Bourke’s ...
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Best Places to Stay on Route 62, the World’s Longest Wine Route
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Best Places to Stay on Route 62, the World’s Longest Wine Route

Choose from these 10 best places to stay on Route 62, South Africa. The drive is considered the world’s longest wine route. The scenic route meanders through the Klein Karoo and Langkloof fruit valley, and along the way there are plenty of places to stay. Narrowing our choice down to only 10 was a difficult task as the many places to stay on Route 62 are of a particularly high standard! Keep scrolling, because if you think the first few accommodation offerings are exciting, wait until you see the last! 10 best places to stay on Route 62... Rooiberg Safaris Game Lodge, Ladis...
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Outside the Box Ideas for the Best of Travel in South Africa
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Outside the Box Ideas for the Best of Travel in South Africa

For your next holiday think differently... Look at getting the best of Travel in South Africa from a new perspective. Because we’ve a few novel and creative outside the box ideas to share with you. Each of the accommodation options below is unconventional - because they’re creative, off-the-beaten-path, or just plain fun. And a stay in each can only give you a new found appreciation for the country. These outside the box ideas allow you to combine a few together, and in that way see some of the best South Africa has to offer... Here they are: Outside the box ideas for the best of ...
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The Most Romantic Places to Stay in Johannesburg
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The Most Romantic Places to Stay in Johannesburg

Romance doesn’t always mean Victorian-style furniture and canopied beds (although some of these romantic places to stay in Johannesburg do just that!), romance also comes as refined, understated elegance. And so we’ve handpicked a mix of romantic places to stay in Johannesburg that ooze romantic idyll, nostalgia and charm for those of you for whom an escape cannot be less than a liaison; an affair of the heart. The most romantic places to stay in Johannesburg... House Higgo, Northcliff There is a sophistication about House Higgo’s décor that more than delivers on the romance front,...
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