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Whale Watching in South Africa from East to West
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Whale Watching in South Africa from East to West

Winter in South Africa, stretching from June to August, is special. In some areas, winters are hot and sunny enough for plenty of beach days. In other areas, it’s temperate, cool, or downright chilly with snow-capped peaks nearby. But, one of the major highlights of winter along the coast is that this is when hundreds of whales visit our shores, making it the perfect time for visitors who wish to do some whale watching in South Africa.The most common species that can be seen frolicking in the waters are southern rights and humpbacks. But, visitors may also spot orcas (or killer whales), Br...
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Places Where You Can Hang in a Hammock in South Africa
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Places Where You Can Hang in a Hammock in South Africa

Places Where You Can Hang in a Hammock in South Africa ~ There aren't many problems a hammock can't solve...Booking accommodation in South Africa isn’t just about comparing locations and prices. There are so many more things to consider, and finding a place where you can refuel and refresh yourself is first prize...Hammocks aren't only irresistibly comfy; they've been proven to have a number of health benefits. That’s our story and we’re sticking with it; but research shows that lying in a hammock reduces your stress levels, improves blood circulation, helps you to sleep better, improv...
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South Africa’s Farmers Markets – Arts, Crafts, Food and Entertainment, the Best Markets of 2019
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South Africa’s Farmers Markets – Arts, Crafts, Food and Entertainment, the Best Markets of 2019

The best ways to discover the essence of a destination is to sample its food and meet its people. And you can dive even deeper into a place by peeking at the arts and crafts that the locals produce. South Africa’s Farmers Markets give travellers (whether you’re a local going to another town or an international tourist discovering South Africa for the first time) the perfect opportunity to do this.Here’s our very long and comprehensive list of some of the farmers markets you can visit during your time in this gorgeous country ... South Africa’s Farmers Markets Western Cape Farmers Markets...
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Lagoon Loving and Featherbed Fun at the Featherbed Nature Reserve
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Lagoon Loving and Featherbed Fun at the Featherbed Nature Reserve

Knysna is famous for a few things – the Heads, the Knysna Lagoon, the elephants in the forest, and the Featherbed Nature Reserve.Well, there are loads more (loads!), but these are probably the most postcard-worthy of them. And, if you're planning to stay overnight in the Garden Route, they're a must for your itinerary.I’ve lived in Knysna along the Garden Route for four years and I’ve given the heads (two mountain pillars that guard the entry from the ocean to the lagoon) and the lagoon a proverbial run for their money in terms of seeing them, loving them, and showing them off to my fr...
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The South African Hiking Bucket List for Multi-day Hikes – Spend Time Far from the Madding Crowds
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The South African Hiking Bucket List for Multi-day Hikes – Spend Time Far from the Madding Crowds

If you’re keen to experience some of South Africa’s top hikes, then the South African hiking bucket list is tailored for you.Some of these hikes are self-guided and don’t need a booking or terribly much planning. Others need a lot of planning, some necessitate a guide. Others, still, are slackpacker trails.The South African hiking bucket list includes hikes that function as escapes - multi-day hikes that you can tweak to fit your need to get away from it all, so that you spend your time in nature, the sky your ceiling and the trees and mountains your walls... The South African hiking ...
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Swimming with Seals & 15 Other Unusual Things to Do in South Africa
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Swimming with Seals & 15 Other Unusual Things to Do in South Africa

There are many unusual things to do in South Africa, if you look beyond the essential attractions high on any visitor’s list.Not only is South Africa one of the most diverse and vibrant countries on the African continent but it’s gone all out to create travel ‘experiences’ worth sharing.Don’t believe us? Take a quick glance through these unusual things to do South Africa: 1. Swim with seals It’s only fair to warn you that snorkelling with Cape fur seals just off the coast of the republic of Hout Bay does necessitate your competence as a swimmer. You won’t need snorkel gear or experie...
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10 Awesome Non-Touristy Things to Do in South Africa
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10 Awesome Non-Touristy Things to Do in South Africa

Finding the out-of-the-way spaces and places (non-touristy things to do in South Africa) that haven’t yet been annexed by tourists and their ilk isn’t difficult in South Africa - there’s so much to discover and see that you won’t have to share with others.In South Africa you can still find non touristy things to do that don’t involve a queue, entail waiting your turn, or for which you need not turn up at dawn for the experience.South Africa does non-touristy things to do as well as the next country, if not better - scroll down and discover how many of these non touristy things to do in...
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The Most Spectacular Uncharted Mountain Ranges in South Africa
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The Most Spectacular Uncharted Mountain Ranges in South Africa

Anyone who’s a seasoned traveller knows about the mountain ranges in South Africa that most impress:Table Mountain, the Drakensberg, the Pilanesberg, the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Cederberg make it onto most visitors’ must-do lists.But the country has a good deal more to offer by way of mountains...Geologically many of the mountain ranges in South Africa are part of the Cape Fold Belt system - a series of ancient parallel mountain ranges that extend between the Cederberg and Port Elizabeth, including Table Mountain.This mountain system made travel for early settlers int...
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8 Unknown Places in South Africa You Must Visit at Least Once
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8 Unknown Places in South Africa You Must Visit at Least Once

There is something about the unknown that stirs one to explore, take to the open road, and these unknown places in South Africa are no exception.We guarantee by the end of the article you’ll be contemplating which unknown place in South Africa you most love.Each of these awakens the traveller in you, the explorer intent on experiencing the new. Visit these 8 Unknown Places in South Africa at Least Once The WaterbergSoaring mountain peaks, antediluvian rock formations, precipitous river valleys, dense forests and the type of savanna plains you’d expect to find only in ...
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Great Ideas for the Heritage Day Long Weekend
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Great Ideas for the Heritage Day Long Weekend

Heritage Day, which is fast becoming colloquially known as "National Braai Day", is around the corner. Synonymous for many with a "tjop en 'n dop", there are however loads of other ways to get out and celebrate your heritage as a South African. We have 24 suggestions for you which not only make the most of our country's natural beauty but also herald the start of Spring and the many activities we've been looking forward to for the last 3 months. Heritage Day is celebrated annually on the 24th of September, to recognise aspects of our culture and foster understanding and reconciliation. Herit...
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South Africa’s 10 World Heritage Sites – and why they’re worth a visit
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South Africa’s 10 World Heritage Sites – and why they’re worth a visit

Edited and new information added on 6 August 2018...South Africa now has 10 World Heritage Sites - sites of ‘outstanding universal value to humanity’, each of them protected for the future of our children thanks to a collective international community (UNESCO) that functions to keep these World Heritage Sites safe from harm. For a full list (starting with the most recent first) of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites, keep scrolling. There are just short of 1100 UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world: The Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Galapagos Islands...
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Mandela Day 18 July 2018 – What You Can Do
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Mandela Day 18 July 2018 – What You Can Do

Take Action! Inspire Change! The whole world celebrates the spirit of Mandela next week on Mandela Day, Wednesday the 18th July 2018.This year Nelson Mandela would be 100 years old #100to100.Mandela Day, celebrated on his birthday, is an annual UN International Day inspired by Nelson Mandela’s vision to make the world a better place.The day asks everyone to reflect on how to take action and inspire change. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead...
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The 15 Most Picturesque Places to Visit in the Karoo
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The 15 Most Picturesque Places to Visit in the Karoo

The Karoo is vast and places to visit in the Karoo are myriad. Divided into the Succulent, Nama, Klein and Grassy Karoo it straddles most of South Africa’s inner country, hogging the west coast, sprawling as far east as Cradock and Smithfield, extending northwards as far as Putsonderwater, and encroaching south on the Western Cape towns of Barrydale, Oudtshoorn and Robertson.Picturesque places to visit in the Karoo, some would argue, depend on the eye of the beholder, but we think you’ll agree that none of these is worth passing over. The 15 most picturesque places to visit in the Karoo ...
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Road Cycling Holidays in South Africa – See the Best of South Africa on Your Bike
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Road Cycling Holidays in South Africa – See the Best of South Africa on Your Bike

Road Cycling Holidays in South Africa ~ Road cycling holidays are not something you associate with the vastness of South Africa - you definitely won’t manage to see the whole of the country on your bike.Not unless you have months at your disposal (there are those who happily cycle Victoria Falls to Cape Town in 21 days!).Certain parts of the country lend themselves more naturally to road cycling holidays in South Africa than others.We take you through the best areas for road cycling holidays in South Africa - just keep scrolling.But first ...How to See the Best of South ...
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Watch Knysna Rise as You Sink Oysters at the Knysna Oyster Festival
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Watch Knysna Rise as You Sink Oysters at the Knysna Oyster Festival

For 90% of the year, Knysna is a quaint, quiet town on the banks of a gorgeous lagoon. The only time it transforms into a bustling hub of excitement and activity is over the summer holidays (December and January) and for 10 days in winter, when the Knysna Oyster Festival hits this scenic Garden Route gem with a bang...The Knysna Oyster Festival This year, the festival is from 29 June to 8 July 2018. This is perfect because the kids will be on school holiday from 22 June to 17 July, and there will be more than 100 activities over the course of the 10 days. These include no fewer than fiv...
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