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Sliver into the serenity of Silvermist Mountain Lodge
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Sliver into the serenity of Silvermist Mountain Lodge

The very stunning 4 star graded Silvermist Mountain Lodge is set on magnificent mountain slopes of the Table Mountain National Park in Constantia Valley. The surrounds and beautiful privately owned wine farm estate offer spectacular views. The fynbos deck is a popular spot for a romantic moment, sundowners or a private picnic and is situated on a cute decked area in the Fynbos forest. This exquisite lodge has a sparkling blue pool where you can do a few laps or splash around in the afternoon sun. Although tucked away, with the feeling of being far away from society and the stress that comes...
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Indulgent weekends – Venues in South Africa you will simply LOVE
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Indulgent weekends – Venues in South Africa you will simply LOVE

How to handle the Christmas holidays and still manage to relax? A weekend away – just the two of you. Leave the kids with your parents (isn't that why they visit you, anyway?) or put the pre-Christmas mall-trawl and parties on hold to head away for a couple of nights of just you time... Here are 30 handpicked venues that will make it that much easier to simply book the time away without having first to trawl the web for options. Some are super luxuriant, others I've chosen because of their location, the balance simply because I like them (quaint or eccentric) and think you might to...
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At the heart of Cintsa
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At the heart of Cintsa

Let me just tell you now that two nights in Cintsa is just not enough. Especially when the drought decides to end and the rain arrives. Sitting on the balcony of Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers, I watch the clouds slowly pulling in over the high sand dunes and where the river meets the ocean.   The palms and thick fronds of green vegetation start to gain movement as the wind picks up.  The sun that heated up our late afternoon here on the hill of Cintsa West has all but disappeared. Luckily we’re set up in the one of their newest cottages nestled between tall bushes and other tent...
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Climb into the Lap of Luxury at The Cloud House
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Climb into the Lap of Luxury at The Cloud House

The Cloud House is a luxury villa set in the heart of Camps Bay, offering spectacular views of the Twelve Apostles Mountains, the sea and the coastline palm trees.  Built in true European style this magnificent home has a sparkling pool, ideal for doing laps and relaxing in as well as a breathtakingly beautiful North facing garden. From this quiet retreat you can hear the waves crashing on the beach and you are only a short stroll from the buzzing seafront bars and cafes. If you would like a workout before leaving for the beach, you can take advantage of the well kitted gym with treadmill, ...
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Kick Back And Relax At Kearsney Manor
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Kick Back And Relax At Kearsney Manor

Kearsney Manor is a gorgeous old English mansion, built on an old sugar estate during the 1800’s. Located on the Dolphin Coast, this heritage site is steeped in history and is a magnificent colonial estate that is beautiful inside and out. The tranquil surroundings and stunning grounds are an ideal spot for a lovely wedding and reception. There is also a charming stone church on the property where you can have the ceremony. If you are on business, then take advantage of the excellent conference facilities available with plenty of veranda space and comfy lounges for your breaks in the day. ...
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Spectacular Views At The Leopardstone Hill Country Cottages
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Spectacular Views At The Leopardstone Hill Country Cottages

Unwind at the heavenly Leopardstone Hill Country Cottages up on the mountain slopes surrounded by nature. Home to a number of endangered Leopard toads and some exquisite flora and fauna, this magnificent retreat is everything you could hope for and more for a relaxing getaway. Enjoy the panoramic views of the unspoilt and very green Noordhoek area, Silvermine Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. The luscious gardens invite a number of sugar and sun birds which making chilling out here that much more delightful. You are welcome to pick fresh ingredients from the veggie patch and splash out in t...
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The wild reveals its secrets at Jock Safari Lodge
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The wild reveals its secrets at Jock Safari Lodge

From the time we pulled up at Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park, I knew that it was going to be a bush experience of note and a luxurious one at that.  Smiling staff came straight to the car and offered to carry all of our suitcases, backpacks and bags to our rooms.  We were offered an ice cold glass of juice whilst checking in and even the general manger, Louis Strauss, came out to meet and introduce himself. Our villa in the bush captivated me immediately.  As we were shown around the room, I took in the splash pool built on a wooden deck, our shaded A-frame lounging area buil...
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A Stay at Maqueda Lodge
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A Stay at Maqueda Lodge

We arrived at Maqueda Lodge in the heat of an Mpumalanga day.  It was close to 40 degrees Celius and all I wanted to do was lay my burdens (suitcase) down and dunk my head into a freezer.  Francois met us upon arrive with a smile, a smile that never seemed to leave his face for the duration of our stay. He showed us their spa treatment room fit with its own splash pool, couches and light material acting as a shade cloth.  We walked into the open-air lounge with treasures for the eye in every corner.  White drapes seemed to sway ever so slightly behind two blood-red matching chairs.  A piano...
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Favourite Backpackers Lodges Across South Africa
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Favourite Backpackers Lodges Across South Africa

There is nothing like low-cost, independent travel to make you feel immensely at one with the world. The spirit of adventure and discovery that comes with uncovering new cultures and languages, seeing new places, and owning only what is on your back is liberating. ASHANTI LODGE, GARDENS, CAPE TOWN You'd be hard pressed to find such an atmospheric backpackers elsewhere, and its location is brilliant. This newly refurbished Victorian-style house has modern, clean rooms, a pool area, wonderful balconies on which to simply chill, WiFi, gardens, a bar, an in-house restaurant, a travel centre t...
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Enjoy Luxury Accommodation at The Crooked Tree Lodge in Umhlanga
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Enjoy Luxury Accommodation at The Crooked Tree Lodge in Umhlanga

Situated in the heart of Umhlanga Rocks, Crooked Tree Lodge is a fabulous 3 star establishment set in one of the top holiday destinations in South Africa. Perfectly located for that ideal holiday or your business trip, this establishment is close to all major roads, La Lucia Ridge and Umhlanga Village which boasts beautiful Blue Flag beaches. Durban ICC is only 15 minutes away while The Gateway Theater of Shopping is a mere 2 minutes. Offering both self catering and bed & breakfast options, you will be able to enjoy a holiday that will suit your needs and your budget. No matter what you...
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Undiscovered, chilled towns to visit in South Africa
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Undiscovered, chilled towns to visit in South Africa

There are not many places in South Africa that remain 'undiscovered'. As a nation we enjoy wandering the country, and travel journalists have shared most of the 'secret' spots with us already. But if one is prepared to go that little bit further than the average trip makes comfortable, visit relatively unheard of towns that at first glance are unprepossessing, it's amazing what one can uncover. Whilst the towns below are no state secret, they seldom make it into braaiside conversations or appear on 'must-visit' bucket lists. That may change... Photograph: Anglican Church in Lady Grey,...
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Exploring South Africa’s oldest private reserve, the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
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Exploring South Africa’s oldest private reserve, the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

The first pioneers of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve date back to the late 1920’s.  They aimed to protect the beautiful fauna and flora of the land and today six of those families have third and fourth generation owners of the land. It was only in 1948 when landowners formed Sabi Sand private nature reserve.  Here you’ll find endangered species, surreal safari experiences, moving landscapes and world-class lodges. Endangered species on the reserve include Honey Badgers, Red-billed Oxpeckers,  Wild Dogs, Bats and Ground Hornbill. The Sand and Sabie Rivers supply this reserve with water and provi...
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Travelling in South Africa for (just over) $1000 a month
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Travelling in South Africa for (just over) $1000 a month

I constantly scan others' travel blogs to see what they are saying about travel to South Africa; what the general impression is out there. It's part of my research. I was interested to see on Wandering Earl's blog (Derek was one of a handful of travel bloggers brought to South Africa on a tour in 2012) that South Africa is 'up there' with Asia, Central America (the Spanish speaking world), Mexico, and European countries like Turkey (bar Istanbul), Georgia, Azerbaijan, Poland and Lithuania as a place where you can still hope to travel for $1000 or less per month. That's pretty impressive ...
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Enjoy a cosy Winter Getaway in Greyton
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Enjoy a cosy Winter Getaway in Greyton

We all know us Capetonians are sun-worshippers and moan about Cape Town’s winter all season long. But thankfully there are many little towns and dorps nearby where we can find a cosy home away from home and keep warm by a fireplace.  Feel like a quick weekend escape to the Overberg? Well look no further than a Winter Getaway in Greyton... Photograph: Greyton in Winter Why Greyton in the Winter? This scenic village lies between the Riviersonderend mountains and hills of the Overberg and between two rivers.  You’ll find oak-lined streets, thatched cottages and old homesteads which have ...
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Romance on the River at Bitou River Lodge
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Romance on the River at Bitou River Lodge

Right on the banks of the tranquil Bitou River, just 10 minutes outside Plett, lies the gorgeous 4-star retreat called the Bitou River Lodge. This lodge is more than just holiday accommodation in Plettenberg Bay; it provides an authentic (albeit somewhat luxurious) home away from home. One only has to read the comments in the guest book to appreciate how very loved this lodge has become over the years. While the heated floors, fluffy white robes and irresistible linen give Bitou River Lodge an unmistakeable sense of opulence, the farm-style approach of the guesthouse as a whole keeps it war...
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