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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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7 Essential Tips When Choosing A Place To Stay Online
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7 Essential Tips When Choosing A Place To Stay Online

There is no one way to choose accommodation online. Obviously your needs are going to influence your search – if you're single and on a budget then you're after backpackers, and if you're a family you're probably after space and self-catering. But the internet has raised the bar to such an extent that even if you're trying to find a B&B in the remoteness of Pofadder, South Africa your anticipated hosts will have pulled out all the stops and at the very least advertised in an online guide like SA-Venues.com, where there are pictures, a detailed description and some idea of activities ava...
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Kievits Kroon – The Corporate Venue of Choice
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Kievits Kroon – The Corporate Venue of Choice

For all the peaceful luxury of a country estate and the convenient facilities of a conference centre, Kievits Kroon is the ideal choice. Businessmen and -women from all over the country enjoy the hospitality of this five-star estate and its world-class amenities. Set on a stunning country estate in the prettiest part of the Gauteng Province, Kievits Kroon boasts beautifully manicured gardens as the idyllic backdrop against which to enjoy your conference, meeting, product launch, training initiatives, or celebrations. The conference centre is of world-class quality and is recognised as on...
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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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