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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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Ocean Grove Guest House – Wouldn’t you rather be here?
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Ocean Grove Guest House – Wouldn’t you rather be here?

Wouldn't you rather be here? One of our favourite getaways on the beautiful South Coast of KwaZulu Natal, Ocean Grove Guest House is an elegant, four-star graded guesthouse situated on a large estate in Munster, with beautiful gardens, gorgeous sea views and amazing whale and dolphin sightings. With only five luxury suites you are assured of an exclusive and very private getaway in stunning surroundings ... With its idyllic setting and luxurious rooms, this is an ideal venue for that romantic getaway or honeymoon ... Review by: Sabine, Heidelberg/Germany » We had a very nice stay at t...
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Keeping Busy at Chrislin Bed and Breakfast
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Keeping Busy at Chrislin Bed and Breakfast

The Chrislin Bed & Breakfast is a family-owned establishment that pairs good, old-fashioned Eastern Cape friendliness and warmth with an undeniable African look and feel. With mud and thatch huts nestled amongst the citrus orchards, there is little wonder that Chrislin remains the retreat of choice for so many visitors from around the world. Chrislin Bed & Breakfast is situated in Addo, and only minutes from the Addo Elephant Park. In addition, it is only about an hour (or less) from Nelson Mandela Bay. This makes it accessible, convenient and, importantly, free of the threat of mal...
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Luxury Health Resorts In Mpumalanga
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Luxury Health Resorts In Mpumalanga

Nothing compares to the sheer indulgence of a health resort, where your body, mind and soul are treated to refreshing and ultimately relaxing treatments. Some resorts are more medically-oriented in their approach, which results in more stringent eating programmes and fitness regimes. Others are more about beauty and relaxation, pampering guests during their stay. Just be sure that you are completely aware of which option you require and that the resort you choose caters to your needs. Some if the Finest Luxury Health Resorts in Mpumalanga Amani Spa at Walkersons Hotel and Spa The world-clas...
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Volunteering at The Two Oceans Aquarium
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Volunteering at The Two Oceans Aquarium

I have been volunteering at the Two Oceans Aquarium in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town for about three months now and all I can say is wow, what a fantastic experience. I can see why it is such a popular tourist attraction. I had to take part in a seven week training course every Saturday morning and pass the weekly test that was set. I luckily passed with flying colours and so began the start of my amazing journey. My first shift started at the microscope section, the one place where you can see things you never imagined possible, It is definitely worth swinging by just to see incredible...
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9 Child-Friendly Places To Stay In Cape Town – Choices When Travelling With Kids
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9 Child-Friendly Places To Stay In Cape Town – Choices When Travelling With Kids

Cape Town is a top tourist destination. People fly in on a daily basis to experience its mountain(s), sea, wine, food and general joie de vivre. And many of them come with children. Finding a hotel or guest house that is genuinely child-friendly is not as easy as it sounds, so here are a couple of pointers in the right direction. A venue is really family-friendly if it has any, or most of, the following: Their policy includes children of all ages They can provide cots They can provide babysitting They have a fully fitted kitchen that includes washing machine and/or tumble drye...
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Camping In Baviaanskloof
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Camping In Baviaanskloof

Baviaanskloof is an area just 120 kilometres west of Port Elizabeth, nestled within rugged mountains and boasting an endless variety of nature’s finest to enthral those that love the outdoors. Its untouched beauty, seclusion and abundance make Baviaanskloof one of the country’s most idyllic camping spots. The entire area of Baviaans includes the Baviaanskloof Mountain Range as well as the small towns of Willowmore and Steytlerville. While small, these towns have a very distinct culture of their own, which creates a definite vibe around this Karoo Heartland area of the Eastern Cape. Summ...
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5 Reasonably Priced Romantic Retreats in South Africa
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5 Reasonably Priced Romantic Retreats in South Africa

Romance should never be put on hold because your bank account does not seem to cooperate. There are a number of places throughout this spectacular country in which couples can enjoy a getaway together without dipping into ‘the red’. Of course, a romantic escape is always special and worth saving up for, so we have selected some of the more reasonable retreats that promise a very special experience... 5 Reasonably Priced Romantic Retreats in South Africa 1. The Old Jail, Baviaanskloof, Eastern Cape Not only is this historical building an experience on its own - stone walls half a metre...
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I Wanna Go Camping! 10 Unique Campsites in KwaZulu-Natal
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I Wanna Go Camping! 10 Unique Campsites in KwaZulu-Natal

There is something about camping that brings us automatically closer to nature without, and for some our nature within. Perhaps it's the derth of cement or tiles underfoot, and the tendency to go barefoot. Or simply that every gust of wind, intense ray of sunshine or drop of rain against the cheek is that much more accessible. In KwaZulu Natal, with the Drakensberg and the coastline on your doorstep, camping is something of a no-brainer. And whilst the popular camping resorts like the Dolphin Holiday Resort in Ballito, Mahai in Bergville and Richards Bay Caravan Park are humming spaces idea...
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I Wanna Go Camping! 6 Great Campsites in Mpumalanga
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I Wanna Go Camping! 6 Great Campsites in Mpumalanga

With the Kruger National Park on your doorstep how can anything possibly compete, when it comes to camping? Popular campsites like Berg-en-Dal, Maroela, Satara, Balule and Letaba tend to place other camping experiences in the shade, when it comes to bush camping holidays. But Mpumalanga is not the Kruger alone. Mpumalanga also embraces forests, mountains, gushing rivers and waterfalls, mountain passes that make you gasp and some of the most magnificent scenery in the country. The province is not dubbed 'paradise country' for nothing and big game is not the only draw card, albeit a major ...
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I Wanna Go Camping! 8 Great Campsites In Limpopo
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I Wanna Go Camping! 8 Great Campsites In Limpopo

You are going to love the collection of campsites we've put together for you for the Limpopo, the country's most northern province. Because the Limpopo not only has the northern reaches of the Kruger National Park on its western flank but it also boasts the Waterberg, Mapungubwe National Park, the Magoebaskloof, and the Marakele National Park to captivate both visitors and locals. With so many popular campsites already to choose from – Satara in the Kruger, the ATKV Klein-Kariba in Bela Bela, and the ATKV Eiland Spa at Letsitele as examples – we thought to bring you a selection of sites som...
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