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Stay in a Cape Dutch House
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Stay in a Cape Dutch House

In-love with gables, white-washed walls, dark thatch, sturdy front doors with a window above, evenly spaced windows and T, H and U-shaped house design? The Cape Dutch house is one of the most sought-after designs for homes in the Western Cape. And it’s not easy to find an original that dates back to the time the Dutch colonised the Cape. Even fewer retain their thatched roof - they’re an obvious fire hazard. We are as much in-love with the Cape Dutch house style as the next person, and we’ve selected a handful in which you can stay, when you next visit the Western Cape: Basse Pro...
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The Best Hotels in South Africa, Right Now, that Aren’t Hotel Chains
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The Best Hotels in South Africa, Right Now, that Aren’t Hotel Chains

We've stretched the definition of 'hotel' a little, to accommodate a couple of boutique hotels - and even the odd lodge that welcomes almost the same number of guests as a small hotel - to bring you a list of the best hotels in South Africa. All of them deliver hotel comfort, but not all of them come with the hefty price tag (some are a pleasant surprise). And all of them are independent, and not one of them is part of a hotel chain... Here are the best hotels in South Africa, right now: Hotels In Johannesburg The Munro Hotel, Sandton Opulence and superlative views out over Johan...
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Win a 2 Night Stay for 4 Guests at the De Hoop Village in De Hoop – Closed
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Win a 2 Night Stay for 4 Guests at the De Hoop Village in De Hoop – Closed

Exquisite views of the Cape Overberg mountains, the crisp sea spray of the Atlantic Ocean, and the rustic charm of a South African fishing village await the lucky winners of this competition. Win a two nights stay for four people in a self-catering De Hoop Village cottage, just three hours outside Cape Town... This self-catering cottage is spacious, well-equipped, and within the De Hoop Nature Reserve (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Hiking, watersports, birding, and whale-watching are all part of the adventure. This prize is valid for May, June and July 2018. About De Hoop V...
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Drought in Cape Town – What Visitors Can Do to Help
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Drought in Cape Town – What Visitors Can Do to Help

There is a drought in Cape Town. What Visitors Can Do to Help The Mother City, rather than restricting visitors, continues to welcome them but requests the careful use of water. 2017 has not only been one of the driest years in decades in the Western Cape, it’s also the second of two really dry winters, something that hasn’t happened more than once a millennium before now. And whilst the city has reduced water pressure, which has greatly decreased the daily use of water, water usage is still way too high. Some areas can expect disrupted water supply in the form of water rationing....
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Our Best Value Luxury Western Cape Accommodation, You Just Can’t Resist
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Our Best Value Luxury Western Cape Accommodation, You Just Can’t Resist

We’ve pulled out all the stops to find you best value, luxury Western Cape Accommodation, including Cape Town. Most of these options are self-catered, giving you the privacy and magnificence of a house all your own, with views out over the ocean, or of the Cape fold mountains. You won’t be able to resist this list of luxury Western Cape accommodation ... Blinkwater Villa, Camps Bay This stunning, modern villa is only minutes’ walk from Camps Bay beach. Its views of Lion’s Head and Table Mountain alone are reason to stay, but the contemporary architecture and emphasis on comfort,...
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The Best Value Luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation by SA-Venues.com
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The Best Value Luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation by SA-Venues.com

The Best Value Luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation by SA-Venues.com ~ The Cape Winelands of South Africa need little by way of introduction - the area is one of the most visited parts of the country. So, it isn’t surprising that the standard of Cape Winelands accommodation reflects this - if you want indulgence - very often attached to a vineyard or mountain view (if not both) - then this is where you’re guaranteed to find it. Most of these luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation options are self-catered, giving you the privacy and magnificence of a house or village apartment all your own, b...
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5 Stylish Durban Boutique Hotels You Can’t Afford to Miss
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5 Stylish Durban Boutique Hotels You Can’t Afford to Miss

Durban Boutique hotels have obviously not caught on in the balmy seaside city, as a number of our choices below don’t call themselves ‘boutique’. Yet the definition of boutique hotels as upscale residences of less than 100 rooms easily fits the Durban hotels and guest houses we’ve included, and we’re sure you’ll agree. Have a glance through the 5 stylish boutique hotels, Durban The du Boirs Boutique Lodge, Hillfold Road, Waterfall This stylish sanctuary lies just outside of Durban, close to Hillcrest, where Durban’s sticky heat (December to March) is less intense. Their nin...
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New Accommodation – Hot on Our Site Right Now
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New Accommodation – Hot on Our Site Right Now

Every week we add new options to our accommodation offerings on the SA-Venues.com website. So, we thought we'd bring some of the more popular accommodation options we've added in the last month to you - everything from garden cottages and backpackers, to luxury apartments and game lodges. Here's a bird's eye view of our newest places to stay. New Accommodation that's hot on our site right now... Cheverells Farm Cottages, Cape Overberg Set in the heart of the Elgin Valley, these open plan holiday cottages offerings give new meaning to the term 'farm cottages'. The accommodation overloo...
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Northern Cape Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Northern Cape Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

These Northern Cape tented camps give travellers a first-hand experience of the vast space and silence that best characterises South Africa's biggest, and least-populated, province. The Northern Cape is home to some of the country's most beautiful attractions – the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls, and Namaqualand, to name the more obvious ones. Best known for its red sand dunes, desert landscape and spring time flowers the Northern Cape's scenery is indescribably beautiful, but often harsh. And in summer, in the heat of the year, its northerly reaches can seem both barren a...
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Free State Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Free State Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

Free State Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend - the first one will blow you away! ~ One doesn't anticipate Free State tented camps in a province known as the heartland of the Afrikaner, and famous for its grain farms and rich pasture land. But it makes sense that the province's wide skies and expansive flat grassy plains, broken only by the odd kopje, would inspire bushveld experiences, and that its fertile soils and excellent farming conditions could double as safari farm stays. The Free State lies in the middle of the country, sharing a border in the east of the province with ...
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Garden Route Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping weekend
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Garden Route Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping weekend

Garden Route tented camps bring to mind generous mosquito nets, heavy canvas flaps opening out onto the savannah, and colonial-style Big 5 viewing with sundowners in the bush. Not to be confused with camping holidays where caravans, ground cloths, and tent stakes predominate. The combination of tented camps and the Garden Route goes one step further, managing to merge the best of wild game viewing with the beauty and lushness of the best coastal route in the country Here they are - Garden Route tented camps that you will love... 7 Passes Tented Camp, Hoekwil Safari-style tents with p...
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North West Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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North West Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

North West tented camps are perfect escape plans for stress-strapped city dwellers of Pretoria and Johannesburg. The North West province, like Gauteng, is completely landlocked. It is defined by the Magaliesberg Mountains north east of the province, and its bushveld - predominated by shrubs and low-lying trees. Also known as the platinum province for its platinum mines, it acts as a natural thoroughfare for travellers en route to Botswana, and competes with Gauteng to claim the Cradle of Humankind as one of its tourist highlights – the others are, of course, the Pilanesberg National Park...
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KwaZulu-Natal Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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KwaZulu-Natal Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

KwaZulu-Natal tented camps come in a variety of guises. They're not all tented camps the way one expects them to be – out in the bush accompanied by the Big 5 experience – except for one, in a private game reserve in the savanna region, just outside Ladysmith. Instead many of them are set in amongst the subtropical and dune forested canopies so typical of KwaZulu-Natal, dripping in monkey ropes and vines synonymous with the province's more humid weather conditions. This selection of KwaZulu-Natal tented camps has a satisfying variety: there's a teepee camp in the Drakensberg, and even...
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Gauteng Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Gauteng Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

Gauteng tented camps are an unusual find. These safari-style tented accommodation options clearly challenge the assumption that one needs to leave the city to experience the bush. Gauteng is the smallest province in South Africa. It surrounds the country's business capital, Johannesburg, and the capital city, Pretoria. On the perimeters of both cities are areas that appear to merge seamlessly with open grasslands, rolling hills and granite rocks that rest on soils more clay than sand, acacia thorn trees the only shade. Dinokeng, Cullinan, Muldersdrift, Lanseria, the Magaliesberg – all ar...
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Limpopo Tented Camps perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Limpopo Tented Camps perfect for a Glamping Weekend

Limpopo Tented Camps ~ South Africa's Limpopo province is synonymous with the bushveld, Big 5 safaris and tented camps. Have a look through these 30 Limpopo tented camps, perfect for glamping weekends ... Amanzimlotzi Riverside Bush Camp, Valley of the Olifants Three safari tents in the heart of the bush in this rustic camp with shared bathroom and private lapa. Highlight: walk freely on the 30 hectare farm. Bonwa Phala Game Lodge, Waterberg This affordable tented camp is set in a 4 000 hectare game reserve in a malaria-free area. Highlight: the four tents are laid out around...
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