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Cederberg Weekend Guide: Places to Visit in the Cederberg
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Cederberg Weekend Guide: Places to Visit in the Cederberg

Cederberg Weekend Guide ~ There are a myriad things to do and places to visit in the Cederberg, one of the most popular weekend getaways in the Western Cape. It's popular because it's so close to Cape Town, it's a hiking mecca, and is known for its iconic sandstone rock formations - like the Wolfberg Arch - citrus farms and hidden villages like Wupperthal, where traditional veldskoene are still handmade. But most of all the Cederberg is a wilderness area, a fynbos-infused, scenery-rich countryside of craggy mountains, lone cedars, corrugated dirt roads, hiking paths and winding streams. ...
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Things to Do over the School Holidays in the Garden Route
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Things to Do over the School Holidays in the Garden Route

School holidays hardly leave me in a state of rapture. In fact, I get a distinct tingling sensation down my spine at the thought of a bored tween with absolutely no passion for reading (a work in progress, I admit). And it’s not that good tingle. So, for parents, like me, that need some serious holiday inspiration, here are a few ideas of things to do to pass the weeks near Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. These may be small coastal ‘villages’, but they promise a world of fun for kids of all ages... Suggestions of Things to Do in the School Holidays in the Garden Route Radical Raptor...
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15 Free and Cheap Cape Town Date Ideas
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15 Free and Cheap Cape Town Date Ideas

Cape Town is rumoured to be a little expensive for those on a budget. But if you know where to go, there is plenty of romance in the Mother City... 15 Free and Cheap Cape Town Date Ideas ... Feed the squirrels in the Company's Garden You'll find this garden in the heart of the city, here since the Dutch planted a fresh produce garden to stock ships rounding the Cape in the 1650s. The squirrels are not native to the country, but they are seriously cute. Wander Bree Street under the lit acacia trees at night Bree Street is Cape Town's foodie destination and  at night...
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The 8 Most Beautiful Coastal Walks in South Africa
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The 8 Most Beautiful Coastal Walks in South Africa

South Africa's coastline stretches from its border with Namibia in the west, all the way around the tip of Africa (not Cape Town but Agulhas) until it reaches the border with Mozambique. Its course includes: the Garden Route, Wild Coast, Sunshine Coast, Dolphin Coast, and Elephant Coast. That's over 2 500 km of sea washed shores. On much of its uninhabited coast are trails that expose remarkable scenery and connect you with the rugged and untamed in a way that few other experiences can. Most of these are multi-day hikes that entail a certain level of fitness, but many have slackpacker...
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7 Unforgettable Things You Can Do Only in Port Alfred
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7 Unforgettable Things You Can Do Only in Port Alfred

Until now Port Alfred's byline has been 'retirement village'. But this is changing fast  as a younger set and their children move into the portside village seeking an alternative and slower lifestyle. As a result, it's inspiring to discover that the town has its own micro-brewery alongside the river, a trendy courtyard lifestyle centre, a  marina with blue flag status, a handful of really good restaurants, and a series of activities to keep you busy for a week. Port Alfred lies bang smack in the middle of the Sunshine Coast with typically mild weather that translates into beach days, eve...
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The 10 Best Beaches on the Sunshine Coast
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The 10 Best Beaches on the Sunshine Coast

Between the Tsitsikamma and East London stretches a coastline both beautiful and relatively unexplored (when compared with the Garden Route). It covers a chunk of the Eastern Cape - a romp of seaside villages and towns, beaches with yellow sand that don't seem to end but simply merge from one beach into the next, tidal pools filled with sea anemones, purple seaweed, and obscure shells, and the warm wash of the Indian Ocean. That it isn't as famous as the Garden Route might have something to do with its getting lost in the noise - Australia, New Zealand and Canada each have Sunshine Coast...
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9 Cape Town Food Trends You Need to Know About
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9 Cape Town Food Trends You Need to Know About

We’re so over cauliflower, kale, burgers and doughnuts. As for macaroons (yawn), bread baskets (you are kidding, right?) and, dare I say it, carbs, it’s definitely time to move on. And move on we have. To gin, home fermentation, veldkos, ancient grains and a dozen other things that make eating out an experience. Here the Cape Town food trends you need to know about... Fermentation If you’re not already growing your own kombucha, making your own raw milk kefir, and adding turmeric to your smoothies, you will be. Soon. Because all things microbiome have gone mainstream, with a ...
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All The Things You Will Miss If You Leave South Africa
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All The Things You Will Miss If You Leave South Africa

You may have noticed. Not everyone is committed to staying in South Africa. But no matter where you go if you leave South Africa, sooner or later, nostalgia will kick in  - whether it’s when you’re browsing in a bookstore, or getting caught in yet another rain shower, or stuck on the tube. Perhaps it’s when you gasp at the cost of a bottle of South African wine or when shopkeepers don’t even bother to interact with you? You’ll think of home, its tumultuous politics, its blue skies and exuberant people ... and you’ll begin to wonder what on earth possessed you to leave in the first place. W...
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Want Unusual In South Africa? Look No Further
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Want Unusual In South Africa? Look No Further

South Africa has many things unusual. You just have to know where to look … Want Unusual In South Africa - Look No Further 1. STAY IN A CORBELLED HOUSE The Northern Cape is home to these idiosyncratic beehive stone dwellings, built by early pioneers to the area who, without access to trees, were forced to think out of the box when it came to their homes. A couple of farms, including Osfontein Guest Farm, have repurposed these as self-catering accommodation. Book Now. 2. HAVE A DRINK INSIDE A BAOBAB Scientists think this huge baobab tree is about 6000 years old. Standing proud at about...
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All The Hiking And Walking Trails In Cape Town We’ll Be Escaping To This Summer
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All The Hiking And Walking Trails In Cape Town We’ll Be Escaping To This Summer

One most convenient aspect to living in Cape Town is that hikes are, quite literally, on your doorstep. No having to drive miles before you find a green space worthy of tramping. The trick, during our selection of hikes, was to narrow it down to the very best of walking opportunities. Here are all the hiking and walking trails in Cape Town we'll be escaping to this summer... WOODSTOCK CAVE HIKE You can get to Woodstock Cave relatively quickly from Rhodes Memorial, above UCT, following the trail up and around Devil's Peak, past King's Blockhouse, and along the contour path. The a...
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The Best Non-Touristy Places in Cape Town to take your Visitors to
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The Best Non-Touristy Places in Cape Town to take your Visitors to

It’s difficult to take visiting friends and family to places that don’t scream selfie sticks and long queues, in Cape Town. Obviously they must do Table Mountain, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch and the V&A Waterfront and it isn’t as if Cape Town is not surrounded on three sides by ocean, its City Bowl humming, its Atlantic beaches packed, and its winelands beckoning. So, are there places to spend a few hours, or longer, without being besieged by tourists? We think there are. Here’s our list of best non-touristy places in Cape Town ... ST GEORGE’S CATHEDRAL The oldest Anglican cathedral ...
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Romance in South Africa – A Couple’s Guide
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Romance in South Africa – A Couple’s Guide

Romance in South Africa? Are you kidding! There are so many places to raise the pulse rate that the average visitor’s guide won’t know about. So here is our ‘secret’ list of places; our couple's guide to South Africa... HOLE UP IN A FISHERMAN’S COTTAGE ON THE WEST COAST If whitewashed beach cottage feel is your thing, then Paternoster on the West Coast is your kind of place. Within easy driving distance of Cape Town this still active, traditional fishing village has romance written all over it. Great seafood restaurants, plenty of excellent accommodation and miles of white sandy beach are yo...
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48 Hours In Johannesburg, The Low-Down On The City’s Highlights
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48 Hours In Johannesburg, The Low-Down On The City’s Highlights

Johannesburg's vibrant, distinctive culture, and rapid inner-city renewal, has fast dispelled the myth that only its airport is worthy of a visit, en route to the Mother City where it's all happening. Johannesburg has undergone a rebirth in the last five years and its city, despite the wealth divide and the obvious poverty and crime, is one with stories to tell if you're able to listen. With only 48 hours in Johannesburg we divulge the low-down on the city's highlights, while avoiding the tourist traps and the malls ... SATURDAY: THE NITTY GRITTY OF JO'BURG The Hop-on-Hop-Off Bus T...
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The Best Places To Be On New Years Eve in South Africa
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The Best Places To Be On New Years Eve in South Africa

2016 has brought with it more than its fair share of ordeals, so it’s highly likely that even those who are not usually big fans of New Year’s Eve (I include myself in this group) are more than looking forward to celebrating 2017 with something akin to gusto. For anyone planning a celebration, here is a list of the best places to be on New Years Eve in South Africa... V&A WATERFRONT, CAPE TOWN Cape Town’s version of Time Square, the V&A Waterfront, creates a carnival atmosphere with street performers, live music, buskers, Zip Zap Circus performers and a firework display. There are fo...
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Free Things To Do In Cape Town this Summer
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Free Things To Do In Cape Town this Summer

Cape Town might be the most expensive place in South Africa, but the city’s long summer days (sunrise before 6am and sunset well after 8pm) help diminish the sting of inflated prices. Best of all, summer comes with a list of things to do without price tags - you just have to know where to look. Here is our selection of free things to do in Cape Town this Summer ...  CAPE TOWN WALKING TOURS Enjoy free tours, on foot, from Green Market Square every day, 365 days a year (look out for the green umbrellas) at 11h00 and 14h00. Choose between the Historic, District Six, or Bo-Kaap tours....
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