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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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The 20 Best SMALL Beach Towns in South Africa
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The 20 Best SMALL Beach Towns in South Africa

It’s not difficult to get swept up by the wildness of Kruger, the elegance of the Winelands, or the sophistication of Cape Town. But it is the small beach towns in South Africa that get to the heart of what it is to experience the country’s diversity - its different climates, and cultures. Right around the coast, from Alexander Bay on the west coast to St Lucia on the east coast, are beach towns worth visiting. So many, in fact, that choosing just 20 is rather difficult... Explore these 20 small beach towns in South Africa, arranged from the west to the east coast... Langebaan...
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Drought in Cape Town – Where to Go to Escape the Crisis
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Drought in Cape Town – Where to Go to Escape the Crisis

The Mother City is feeling the heat as the drought in Cape Town becomes a grim reality. The city is up against Level 6b water restrictions of only 50 litres per person per day, and the impending doom of Day Zero, without water, looms... The drought in Cape Town, South Africa, has left residents feeling frightened, angry and hot, as the mercury level climbs. With showers severely curbed, and baths a thing of the past, your average Mother City dweller dreams of a stay where water is less of an issue. But, did you know that to escape the severity of the drought in Cape Town, you haven’t...
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10 Gorgeous Guest Houses in the Free State
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10 Gorgeous Guest Houses in the Free State

These gorgeous guest houses in the Free State will come as a welcome surprise. Gone is the dizzying chintz and outdated style often associated with this part of the country. These Free State guest houses are compelling, elegantly furnished and easy on the eye. They show a flair for generous hospitality, and many of them are in beautiful grounds, or in areas where the views are heartstopping. Even if you weren’t planning a trip through the country’s interior, these gorgeous guest houses in the Free State will soon change your mind... Allegro House, Bloemfontein Not all gue...
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Incredible Places to Sleep Under the Stars in South Africa
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Incredible Places to Sleep Under the Stars in South Africa

Sleeping out in the wilderness, under a star-strewn sky, is not something you can do just anywhere anymore. In fact, few holiday destinations can promise places to sleep under the stars, like South Africa can; free of light pollution. South Africa is huge. And because of its vastness there are places to sleep under the stars in South Africa in various untamed areas, and parts of the country where the world is still largely governed by nature. Scan through our list of 8 incredible places to sleep under the stars, South Africa... The Upper Karoo Famous for its wide, sparsel...
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Inexpensive Accommodation in Cape Town, South Africa
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Inexpensive Accommodation in Cape Town, South Africa

Inexpensive accommodation in Cape Town is like hen’s teeth. But you can still find it in Cape Town. Truth is, it’s more about knowing where to look, and we’re rather good at that at SA-Venues.com - it’s what we do. So, if you’re determined to have a holiday in Cape Town, but want an inexpensive place to stay - look no further. Sure, the accommodation in Clifton is awesome (but, my goodness, the cost!). If you stay just around the corner in Sea Point or Green Point, you’ll hardly notice the difference... And places like trendy Harfield Village or Vredehoek give you excellent altern...
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Unusual Accommodation in South Africa, for a Real Holiday Experience
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Unusual Accommodation in South Africa, for a Real Holiday Experience

We’ve put together a list of unusual accommodation in South Africa, because like us, you want your stay to be an experience. We know that creating an authentic tourist experience starts with finding somewhere to stay that is a little unusual; somewhere that gives unique pleasure to your trip, and translates into a fulfilling encounter. (No bog standard tourist experience for you!) Cast your eye over this list of unusual accommodation in South Africa, and go adventure! In a treehouse right above your own private beach The Garden Route has some particularly unique viewpoints, but none to...
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Baths with Amazing Views in South Africa
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Baths with Amazing Views in South Africa

There is no measure of luxury quite like baths with amazing views. There’s something about luxuriating in amongst bubbles, soaking in the beauty... And there is no shortage of mountain and sea views in South Africa - for they’re in ample supply (although not always from your bath)... Zwahili Private Game Lodge, Limpopo Not often you find a bath that overlooks the bushveld plains, but try this freestanding ball and claw bath for size. We especially love the way it overlooks your private plunge pool, which begs the question: which one? Don’t stop there because when it comes to romance Zw...
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