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10 Dog Friendly Cottages in South Africa
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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... Annie's Cottage Guesthouse, Springbok, Northern Cape A beautiful old manor house set under ancient jacaranda trees lies at the foot of a rugged koppie where, back in 1852, South Africa's first commercial mine opened. Now the mine is closed but Annie's serves as an idyllic stop over between Cape Town and Windhoek, or Upington. Wind down in the gardens filled wi...
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Our guide to the best hotels in Port Elizabeth, the friendly city
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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 hi...
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A guide to help you find hotels in Pretoria, depending on why you’re visiting
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A guide to help you find hotels in Pretoria, depending on why you’re visiting

Pretoria: more demure and Afrikaans than Jo'burg, but with a buzz of its own thanks to the energy of thousands of university students that give the city a certain charm, and the jacaranda trees (over 60 000 of them) that bloom during October and November turning the city into a mauve carpet (and gum your windscreen wipers for the season). Pretoria is just up the road from Johannesburg (give it a few more years and the two will merge into something of a metropolis) and steeped in history. The site of Nelson Mandela's presidential inauguration, the City of Pretoria functions as the country...
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Guide to choosing hotels in Durban – Where best to stay in Durban
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Guide to choosing hotels in Durban – Where best to stay in Durban

Durban - the country's third largest city - is known for its 100 kilometres of beach, all-year-round warm weather, and thanks largely to the colonial British Indian indentured labour system, more people of Indian descent than anywhere else in the country. With attractions like uShaka Marine World, upmarket curry and seafood cuisine, a gammet of new and stylish hangouts in Florida and Helen Joseph Roads, trendy neighbourhoods like Glenwood and Morningside, a thriving business sector in Umhlanga and Durban North, and easy access to the Valley of a Thousand Hills and the Drakensberg, Durban is...
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Celebrating at Grootbos
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Celebrating at Grootbos

I had heard so many incredible things about Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, a private reserve between Gaansbaai and Standford in the Cape Whale Coast. More importantly I had seen things, beautiful things that ensured we add Grootbos to our list of places to see whilst on our South African road trip. After 3 and half weeks travelling every kind of road (or lack therefore) throughout the country, we arrived at the front gate.  This was our final stop and the place we would celebrate our One Year Anniversary... Fortunate popped out from her security office with giant smile enquiring ab...
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Escape Christmas – Places far from the madding crowds
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Escape Christmas – Places far from the madding crowds

Not everyone loves Christmas. And even if you do, the ensuing bun fight in the Woolworths aisle, when all you wanted was to pick up last minute salad leaves, is nobody's idea of festive fun. Escape Christmas to these hand-picked spots around South Africa, selected for their privacy and promise of space ... The Hotel in Haga Haga on the Wild Coast, Eastern Cape Cape Cottage, Scarborough, Cape Town Right on the other side of the peninsula from the rest of Cape Town, Scarborough remains a rather random smattering of homes and beach houses against the steep mountains of Slangkop and Red ...
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Enjoy the splendour of La Loggia on Broadwood in Umhlanga
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Enjoy the splendour of La Loggia on Broadwood in Umhlanga

Welcome to the very beautiful La Loggia on Broadwood Guesthouse in the stunning area of Umhlanga. This is an ideal location for holiday makers and business travelers alike, being only minutes away from the lovely beach and near to Umhlanga Ridge Business Centre. There are a number of wonderful attractions and things to do only a short drive from this marvelous guesthouse including the Gateway Theater of Shopping,  dolphin spotting, golf courses and day safari tours to name but a few. If you don’t feel like venturing out you can relax in the lush tropical gardens by the exquisite sparkli...
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Top 10 hotels in Johannesburg to suit any visitor
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Top 10 hotels in Johannesburg to suit any visitor

Here is our guide to help you find hotels in Johannesburg – our top 10 depending on what you're in Jo'burg for ... Jo'burg has been described as South Africa's heartbeat. It is also regarded as risky and travel alerts warn about crime in the city. It's true. There is crime. But it's overstated and largely sensationalised by the media. Those who live in Johannesburg will soon set you straight  about where to go and when. We say it's all about perspective, really. But checking in with a local or two is probably essential. Jozi is thrilling. It's the continent's most cosmopolitan city, a...
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Finding hotels in Cape Town: 5 step guide to save you time
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Finding hotels in Cape Town: 5 step guide to save you time

It isn't estate agents alone who mutter the mantra – location, location, location. It's also how people choose hotels. I'm prepared to bet you thought it was all about the cost of the room? But the latest study of why people around the world choose the hotels they do reveals location as the number one priority. The cost of the hotel and past experience come in second. Based on this research, we have put together a five-step guide to help you find hotels in Cape Town ... Photograph: Four Rosmead Boutique Guest House in Oranjezicht Five-step guide to help you find hotels in Cape Town...
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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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