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Enjoy Stunning Scenery And Total Luxury At La Petite Dauphine
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Enjoy Stunning Scenery And Total Luxury At La Petite Dauphine

Set in a stunning location on a historical working wine and fruit farm, amongst vineyards, fruit orchards and olive trees you will find the luxurious 4 star graded La Petite Dauphine in Franschhoek. Enjoy exquisite views of the Franschhoek Mountains, the perfectly pruned lawns and the duck pond in this superbly tranquil spot. Café BonBon, on site, sits nicely amongst the orange trees offering exceptional home cooked meals. This cosy café is a 200 year old wine cellar that has been converted into a fabulous place for wining and dining. A very popular spot for weddings and other functions, La...
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Enjoy the view at Tanamera Lodge in Hazyview
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Enjoy the view at Tanamera Lodge in Hazyview

Head into the forest and find yourself at the 4-star graded Tanamera Lodge set on the slopes of the malaria-free Sabie River Valley. Enjoy breathtaking scenery on the Lowveld in comfortable, beautiful accommodation in Hazyview. You have the perfect base to explore the big 5 Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route on the R536. If you're a birding enthusiast then bring your binoculars and spend some time looking for the Purple Crested Turaco and Narina Trogan (just some of the feathered friends you'll find). If you're looking for a meal with a little difference you can enjoy a private din...
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Put Your Feet Up at Mogalakwena River Lodge in Alldays
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Put Your Feet Up at Mogalakwena River Lodge in Alldays

If you're looking for something a little different why not book yourself a few nights at the Mogalakwena River Lodge in Alldays, Limpopo. Mogalagkwena meaning 'fierce crocodile' is made up of the River Lodge, a craft art village, Artist's Retreat and a research centre. The Artist's Retreat offers four two-bedroom self catering in Alldays as well as a writer's cottage which gives you the perfect opportunity to relax and restore and perhaps work on that novel you've been planning to start for ages. Spend some time at the craft art village which was established in 1994 by Dr Elbe Co...
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Relax to the Max at Aquamarine Guest House in Mossel Bay
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Relax to the Max at Aquamarine Guest House in Mossel Bay

With winter setting in don't you think it's a good time to start planning your summer holidays. Wouldn't you love to spend a lazy afternoon by the pool overlooking a magnificent view? Why not book the family a treat at the exclusive 5 bedroom Aquamarine Guest House. You'll love the location as Aquamarine Guest House is in central Mossel Bay along the Garden Route - find yourself at the Santos Blue Flag beach which is only a short 10 minute walk. Enjoy a scrumptious English breakfast either on the main patio at the poolside or in the dining room, all the while you'll be overlooking the...
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The Oh So Sweet Berries Holiday Houses in Sea Point
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The Oh So Sweet Berries Holiday Houses in Sea Point

Isn't it time you took a break? Book a holiday and enjoy some time off? The Sweet Berries Holidays Houses offer you gorgeous accommodation in Sea Point in newly renovated Victorian houses in the heart of Cape Town. The location is ideal and you're within easy driving distance of the V&A Waterfront if you need a shopping fix or if you're feeling energetic you can head over to Camps Bay and walk the pipe track. If you feel like staying in you'll be pleased to know there is a private backyard at each of the houses where you can chill out and enjoy a good book, some of the houses have b...
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The Whale Coast Hotel in Hermanus – a review
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The Whale Coast Hotel in Hermanus – a review

My mom organised a weekend away for the family in Hermanus. You need to bear in mind that this is something we have never done, so we were all rather excited. My sister had a last minute trip to London so it would only be the three of us, but we were excited. The weather, however, was conspiring against us. We had a self catering apartment booked at the Whale Coast Hotel, which one of the relatively new hotels in Hermanus and has a great location close to the centre of town at the Hermanus Stasie. After a quick drive, it took us over an hour and a half (we had some stops along the way due t...
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Accommodation in South Africa – how is it graded?
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Accommodation in South Africa – how is it graded?

Finding a place to stay these days is as simple as a few double clicks on a website like SA-Venues.com™ to sift through pictures of accommodation until you're happy. You even get to deal directly with the owners for further information. But it does leave judgement up to you. For someone like me, who regularly searches for unusual places to stay and who has a fair amount of insight into what to look for in a venue so that my expectations are met, this is ideal. A grading is not all that important. If anything, I steer away from the four or five star venues simply to avoid the homogenei...
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A Stopover in George at Outeniqua Travel Lodge – a review
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A Stopover in George at Outeniqua Travel Lodge – a review

George is sometimes nicknamed “Cold and Wet” in reference to its number plate (CAW) and its weather conditions, but that couldn’t be further from the truth when I meandered my way along the Garden Route in May and stopped over at Outeniqua Travel Lodge for the night. It was a glorious sunshiny day, even though this time of year is unpredictable. The stunning Outeniqua Mountain Range towers as the backdrop of the lodge, which is a very homely house situated in the suburbs of George. A friendly Jack Russell and the owner and manager, Sue, are the first to offer a welcome to this self-catering...
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Pepper Cottages in Plumstead – a review
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Pepper Cottages in Plumstead – a review

Pepper Cottages is a quiet little retreat, right in the heart of Plumstead. You would hardly know it was there if it were not for the discreet sign at the gate. The self-catering Red Pepper Cottage was to be my home for the night, and I was so glad it was. Tastefully furnished, the ample cottage would be ideal for corporate visitors or a couple needing a great base from which to explore the Mother City for a few days. There is a large lounge with a TV and doors that open onto a small garden, as well as a nook in which to work or read (with a number of good books to borrow while you a...
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Schoone Oordt Country House – Doesn’t This Look Inviting?
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Schoone Oordt Country House – Doesn’t This Look Inviting?

With winter just around the corner it is time to make use of the fantastic spots around the country, one such place is the town of Swellendam. Doesn't the swimming pool at Schoone Oordt Country House look completely inviting? The gracious dame who has been lovingly restored over time by Richard and Alison Walker welcomes you with open arms. The area itself offers a wide variety of activities from wine tasting to fantastic hiking trails and nature walks and plenty of wonderful places to eat. This luxury 5-star graded accommodation will be a wonderful break and perhaps you can even spoil that...
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Winter in South Africa – top 5 off-the-beaten-track places to head
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Winter in South Africa – top 5 off-the-beaten-track places to head

Admittedly we're hardly out of autumn yet, but already the chill of the air is enough that the average South African is bundling up both morning and evening, and overhead dark clouds are more often than not the order of the day – or at least they are where I live. To put this in perspective for overseas visitors: South Africa is pretty mild, in most places, during winter. We average 16 degrees during the day (in some places it is warmer than this) and at night it gets chilly, going down to around 5 or 6 degrees. Places like Sutherland in the Northern Cape, or the Drakensberg mountains of K...
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We explore Cape St Francis Resort
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We explore Cape St Francis Resort

Cape St Francis has a unique down-to-earth charm and rustic, seaside allure.  It stands apart from St Francis Bay and Port St Francis, making it a one-of-a-kind village with its own flavour. With only one night in St Francis Bay, we were eager to find lodging that was comfortable, effortless and classy. Cape St Francis Resort completely exceeded our expectations. We arrived to friendly, efficient service staff that tended to us immediately. We were shown to the Club Break apartment, tired and hot after a two-hour horse ride on Papiesfontein Beach. We walked into a cool, elegant a...
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5 Appealing Breaks From Durban
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5 Appealing Breaks From Durban

Continuing in our series on great spots to stay and prompted by a reader's plea to include KwaZulu-Natal breakaways, here are a further collection of peaceful and inspiring destinations that could be your choice for any one of the upcoming long weekends. Nkawu Cottage, Mtunzini, Zululand Mtunzini, just 135km north of Durban, is one of those places you have to visit at least once. The little town with its own nature reserve and incredible lagoon, and endless beaches, makes a peaceful and welcome break. This little cottage, which sleeps four, caught our eye because of the artistic atten...
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Indulgent breaks from Johannesburg
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Indulgent breaks from Johannesburg

Getting out of Johannesburg is so exhausting that one often tends to put it off completely, rather than face the hour or so it takes just to make it to the outer perimeters, so vast is the sprawl. Other than heading off for your long weekend at the crack of dawn, before anyone else has cottoned on to the idea, make sure your destination is so damn fine that the time away is worth every moment of the trek that had to happen in order to get there. We've selected a few such venues for you to choose from, for Easter, or any long weekend... Indulgent breaks from Johannesburg   De ...
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5 Appealing Breaks from Cape Town
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5 Appealing Breaks from Cape Town

Having recently had the rather gruelling last minute task of unearthing somewhere to stay over the Easter weekend, it became obvious to me that for some reason this time of year for Capetonians is synonymous with the Cederberg (myself included) – it's a case of have holiday will go to the Cederberg. Let me first clarify that I am a huge Cederberg fan (it was my first port of call). That part of the country is beautiful, and easily accessible from the Mother City yet allows a complete escape into wilderness, up mountains and passes and through little towns that allow one to play, albeit brie...
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