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Teniqua Treetops – a slumber in amongst the trees
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Teniqua Treetops – a slumber in amongst the trees

Think of a childhood dream of living in a treehouse, something like the magic faraway tree, then add the further dimension of handcrafted wood interiors, furniture, a tented bedroom, a wooden open-to-the-elements bathroom, complete with de luxe bath, and you have an idea of Teniqua Treetops. Teniqua Treetops, in a nutshell, is a collection of eight simply beautiful, hand-crafted and eco-friendly treehouses hidden in amongst an indigenous forest in the Garden Route that boasts thousand-year-old trees, fairies, an array of birds, and breathtaking views. The nature lovers' resort market...
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Izibindi Zulu Lodge – gameviewing, battlefields and Zulu culture
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Izibindi Zulu Lodge – gameviewing, battlefields and Zulu culture

Isibindi Zulu Lodge in Rorke's Drift, KwaZulu Natal, is a peaceful bushveld retreat with accommodation designed in an architectural celebration of the Zulu nation. It offers a host of activities for those wanting to experience a combination of gameviewing, battlefields and Zulu cultural experiences. "We found Isibindi quite unique, with it's beehive lodges and warm casual setting and atmosphere.  Darren and Candy and all the staff were ultra accommodating, friendly, helpful, and informative,  With Darren as the chef, the food was exceptional and the ambience of our dinner under the night ...
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Tshukudu Bush Lodge – a perfectly indulgent bush getaway
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Tshukudu Bush Lodge – a perfectly indulgent bush getaway

Imagine lying back in a soothing bubble bath with a sweeping view of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park, where over 80 species of animal roam the savannah. Imagine no more. Built high on a rocky outcrop, Tshukudu Bush Lodge has been designed to offer you a perfectly indulgent bush getaway ... Overlooking its own waterhole, set in rolling plains that abound with flora and fauna, Tshukudu Lodge allows the visitor a special glimpse of Africa as she was: untouched, unspoilt, unforgettable ... Tshukudu Lodge, "Place of the Rhino" in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, offers 6 luxury cottages ...
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Let’s go camping – the best campsites in KwaZulu-Natal
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Let’s go camping – the best campsites in KwaZulu-Natal

It's virtually that time of the year again, when a beach holiday for the family looms on the horizon and visions of just how one is going to wiggle one's way into one's swim attire with a fair amount of grace occupies one's thoughts, if only for a moment. The rest of the time is taken up with trying to find the right campsite whilst dithering about how best to fit the entire house and the kitchen sink into the boot of the car! The KwaZulu-Natal coastline is the most obvious choice when it comes to endless summer and warm waters. Along this strip of coastline between Port Edward and Durban i...
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Affordable Cederberg Weekends
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Affordable Cederberg Weekends

My slight obsession with Bushmen Rock Art and the constant search for it on trips to the Western Cape Mountains, resulted in the necessity to find affordable weekend accommodation near Clanwilliam, which is about 2 and a half hours north of Cape Town on the N7. Not interested in residing in the town, and wanting somewhere quieter, I managed to locate two wonderful spots on the border of the Cederberg Wilderness Area in the Boskloof Valley: Boskloofswemgat and Krakadouw on Dwarsrivier Farm. Both farms are situated on the Jan Dissels River between 10 and 13km outside Clanwilliam and offer af...
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Dreamcatcher Tulbagh – A Place to Dream …
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Dreamcatcher Tulbagh – A Place to Dream …

On the edge of Tulbagh, shortly after passing along its bustling Main Road to where a rather imposing NG church sits overlooking the valley, there is an unobtrusive row of bluegum trees. Just beyond this is the Bloekombossie restaurant - a rather quirky looking eatery that promises delicious teas and meals, complete with a curious cob house and thatched rondavel outback. Behind this lies Dreamcatcher cottage - quiet, peaceful and inviting, its attractive façade facing the Winterhoek range of mountains - the view captured from two of the three bedrooms ... Dreamcatcher Tulbagh - A Place...
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South Africa Eco-Friendly Accommodation
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South Africa Eco-Friendly Accommodation

Booking eco-friendly accommodation in South Africa doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on comfort (though South Africa does offer a number of camping options should you want to "rough it"). More and more establishments in South Africa are adopting eco-friendly principles on varying scales. Whether subscribing to “green values”, “sustainable or responsible tourism” or going the whole “eco-tourism” hog, you can support accommodation establishments that are trying to make a difference here in South Africa. The Shire Eco-Lodge (Stutterheim, Amatola Region, Eastern Cape) As refreshing as it...
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Karkloof Safari Spa Ecology and Wildlife Management
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Karkloof Safari Spa Ecology and Wildlife Management

Article by Karkloof Spa, Natal Midlands - At Karkloof Safari Spa we are proud to be custodians of an extraordinarily beautiful piece of land. It is one which reflects changing moods and colour palettes, according to the seasons, and which supports a large variety of plants, mammals, birds, insects, fish and other creatures. Unfortunately, as is the case with most natural areas, it has fallen victim to encroaching plants, most of them alien to this landscape; and to periods in the past, of overgrazing, frequent burning and inadequate environmental management. For the past seven years, two ex...
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Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability at Mosaic Farm
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Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability at Mosaic Farm

"The term 'green' certainly can be misused", says Kathryn Johnson of Mosaic Farm, one of the few true eco-tourism establishments in South Africa. Surrounded by the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay Beach and the majestic Overberg Mountains, Mosaic Farm (near Stanford) perfectly blends the glories of nature with fine country living and superb South African cuisine and wine. "Many businesses claim eco-friendliness", continues Kathryn. "It’s a term often used very loosely as a marketing mantra, but without following the fundamentals of environmental integrity, social justice and economic d...
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Teniqua Treetops in the Forest Canopy
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Teniqua Treetops in the Forest Canopy

It is not often that one is invited to sleep, eat and wash high up in a wild, indigenous forest canopy, surrounded by mountains, bird song, butterflies and, well not much else really. But the tented tree house resort set in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains right in the heart of the Garden Route does just that. Not only does this pretty, tented treehouse destination lie roughly 23 kilometres outside of the equally attractive village of Sedgefield, but by all accounts a visit here is 'quietly life-changing'. It is also one of few truly eco-friendly venues. The creators of Teniqua Tre...
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Superb Stays in South Africa
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Superb Stays in South Africa

We thought you’d like to know where others are having fantastic experiences in South Africa. Once a week, we’ll do a round up of the very best guest reviews received from travellers using the SA-Venues.com website to book accommodation for their South African holidays. The first review which really stood out for us last week, was from Mike Cowie of Oyster Bay, who stayed at Montagu Country Hotel (in the Western Cape) in July of 2009. Mike had this to say about his time at the Montagu Country Hotel ... “Arrived and the staff were so welcoming, all the staff on duty that evening wanted t...
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Blackheath Lodge in Sea Point
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Blackheath Lodge in Sea Point

Blackheath Lodge is, quite simply, an indulgence. Set snug up against Signal Hill in Sea Point, Cape Town, this Victorian style, spacious home has been converted into a guest house deluxe with first rate service and that something ‘extra’ that comes from its gracious and downright affable host, Antony. Blackheath Lodge is a gorgeous Victorian renovation. Its wooden floors, high ceilings, spacious interiors and unobtrusive décor, with just a smattering of African chic, gives it an elegance that provides a charming welcome to weary travellers. Every large en-suite room, of which there ...
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Whispering Whale – A Gem of a find on the Cape West Coast
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Whispering Whale – A Gem of a find on the Cape West Coast

Situated in the tiny beach village of Jacobsbaai on the popular Cape West Coast between Saldanha Bay and Vredenburg, Whispering Whale is three luxury, self-catering or bed and breakfast apartments set amidst some of the country’s most unspoilt natural beauty and rugged coastline. Whispering Whale is one of those truly idyllic escapes that go beyond the call of duty to fulfil their every promise. Breathtaking coastline and virgin beach, evident from each of the apartments, does indeed lull you into a sense of languor where strolling beaches and enjoying endless meals of incredible seafood ea...
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Riverbend Lodge – Featured Family-friendly Game Lodge
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Riverbend Lodge – Featured Family-friendly Game Lodge

The first in our feature on "Family-friendly Game Lodges" is the 5-Star RiverBend Lodge in the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape. Children of all ages are welcome at River Bend. Various activities are on offer including a playroom where hours of fun can be had. The team at RiverBend are geared towards every need and children will be taken on walks with their guide, baking biscuits with the chef or doing mini treatments with the Beauty Therapist. There is also a dedicated channel on their television network on which children are able to choose from a selection of videos to ...
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