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Kuruma Farm Cottages, a welcome respite in Worcester
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Kuruma Farm Cottages, a welcome respite in Worcester

We arrived in the late afternoon on Kuruma Farm, just outside Worcester via the Hex River Valley and Du Toitskloof tunnel. The wind, Celeste our hostess explained whilst our hair whipped around our heads and I had to mentally beg my skirt to remain around my legs, was a typical Worcester wind, although to be honest, the South Easter is like this everywhere in the Cape at this time of year, when at its hottest. Not, in fairness, the best time of year to head out here; to give the area a chance to display itself in all its glory. But sometimes that is exactly the right time to form an ...
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2010 Host City Durban
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2010 Host City Durban

Durban is more than just the city of Durban with its natural harbour, busy port and Golden Mile of impressive international hotels and glorious beaches - regarded as the definitive coastal ‘playground in the sun’. Rather, the Durban Metro is a region that extends up to Umhlanga to the north, to Inchanga and Botha’s Hill in the west, and just beyond Yellowwood Park in the south. Some of the areas and suburbs it includes are the likes of Glenashley, Hillcrest, Queensburgh, Westville, Glenwood, Greyville, Kloof, La Lucia, Morningside, Sherwood, Sydenham and the city of Durban itself. 20...
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2010 Host City, Pretoria
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2010 Host City, Pretoria

Known as the Jacaranda City for all the purple blossom-bedecked trees, which line its thoroughfares, 2010 Host City Pretoria is a lovely, quiet city. It has a long, involved and fascinating history. Here you will find significant old buildings and fascinating museums. The Transvaal Museum has natural history displays and is the home of Mrs Ples, the australopithecine fossil found at Sterkfontein in the Cradle of Humankind. Also worth visiting are the Cultural History Museum and Smuts Museum in Irene, outside Pretoria. Sedate, leafy Pretoria tends to endure a Cinderella complex when compared...
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2010 Host City, Port Elizabeth
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2010 Host City, Port Elizabeth

2010 Host City Port Elizabeth, is the gateway to the Eastern Cape Region, its well-equipped airport and harbour linking South Africa with other national and international destinations. Known as the "Friendly City", Port Elizabeth is located on the south-eastern coast, 763 km east of Cape Town. A superb value-for-money holiday base, Port Elizabeth offers a diverse selection of attractions as a family-fun holiday destination including scenic nature trails, historic heritage, magnificent wildlife, cultural experiences and countless water sport activities. Port Elizabeth has a brand new wor...
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2010 Host City Bloemfontein
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2010 Host City Bloemfontein

2010 Host City Bloemfontein, the City of Roses, serves as something of an oasis, lying as it does plum in the middle of the Free State and indeed the country. The only major city for miles around, it is also the sixth largest city in the country, the Judicial Capital of South Africa, and it lies on the N1 between Johannesburg and Cape Town, often functioning as a stop off to break the major journey between the two cities. Despite being situated in an area of dry grassland, Bloemfontein more than lives up to its name - spring of flowers. Thousands of rose bushes line the city; more t...
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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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