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Freedom Day in South Africa – How Will You Celebrate?
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Freedom Day in South Africa – How Will You Celebrate?

The 27 April is Freedom Day in South Africa. It’s a public holiday (this year Freedom Day in South Africa falls on a Friday, making a mini holiday of the last weekend of the month). But more than the opportunity to get away from it all (the following Tuesday is Workers’ Day, so you still have time to take advantage of a last minute booking!) Freedom Day celebrates the liberation of the country from a time that will haunt us forever.... 27 April marks the date, in 1994, when the country had its first free, all-race democratic election. For years South Africa suffered under a system of e...
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The Best Hiking Trails in the Eastern Cape
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The Best Hiking Trails in the Eastern Cape

South Africa’s Eastern Cape has some of the best hiking trails in the country. We struggled to narrow down our choice but you can choose from a longer list of Eastern Cape hiking trails here. Our selection below includes mostly multi-day hiking trails Eastern Cape, but we’ve made sure to add one or two day hikes for those with neither the time, nor the fitness (some of the longer trails have shorter versions) to cope with strenuous trails. South Africa’s Eastern Cape is Nelson Mandela’s homeland with some of the most varied landscape in the country. It’s slower than Gauteng and the Weste...
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Why The best of Cape Town is found in the ‘burbs
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Why The best of Cape Town is found in the ‘burbs

The best of Cape Town is found in these suburbs... Cape Town’s city bowl is vibrant, cosmopolitan, and a major attraction for visitors to the Mother City, despite the drought. But you could be missing the bigger picture to assume this is the best of Cape Town, South Africa. Because out in the suburbs there is another Cape Town just waiting to be discovered... These attractions are why the best of Cape Town is found in the suburbs Wynberg’s Village Wynberg, because of its situation on a hill, was used as a military station in the late 1700s. Just below it grew a little support villa...
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It’s Not Far to the Karoo from Cape Town
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It’s Not Far to the Karoo from Cape Town

The Karoo from Cape Town is not as far as you think. You have only to take the N1 across the Cape fold mountains to Worcester - not even two hours’ drive - to experience South Africa’s version of the Outback. In fact, you can’t get to Johannesburg from Cape Town without driving through the Karoo. Once it formed a barrier to the interior and functioned as a place for adventurers and fools. Today it’s road trip country, a place of frontier bars, farm stalls, mountains and never-ending space the further north you go... It’s divided - broadly speaking because there are many othe...
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5 Authentic Travel Experiences in South Africa
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5 Authentic Travel Experiences in South Africa

On the lips of many travellers are the words: ‘authentic travel experiences’ - it’s something of a hot topic, and we’re all burning to have them. The pursuit of meaningful travel is the move away from simply ticking off a list of top attractions in well-travelled destinations. What are authentic travel experiences? When asked people fond of journeying the world describe authentic travel as: being able to live, eat and do as the locals do, in a foreign country. Authentic travel experiences establish a profound connection with other people and places. It describes an adventure that ...
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10 Top Things to Do in the Overberg Area of the Western Cape
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10 Top Things to Do in the Overberg Area of the Western Cape

The Cape Overberg area of the Western Cape is one of South Africa’s treasures. It lies, demurely, over the berg from Somerset West, often neglected by those intent on reaching the Garden Route, unaware that beyond the Hottentot Holland Mountain range lies a place of grain fields, vineyards, fruit farms, blue skies, beaches and seaside villages. But with so much to do, and so many places to visit, the Overberg cannot be ignored...   10 top things to do in the Overberg area of the Western Cape... Wander the vineyards of the Elgin Valley Elgin Valley’s wine estates  claim their wines ...
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Best Trail Running Routes in South Africa
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Best Trail Running Routes in South Africa

South Africans love trail running. It’s that taking on trails, climbing mountains and racing through forests thing that appears to have bitten hard. It isn’t surprising really, given the legions of mountain bike singletrack up for grabs across the country. These serve equally well as trail running routes in South Africa. But which are the best trail running routes in South Africa? Here’s the list of a mix of short and long trail running routes that most trail runners will agree are up there with the best... The Otter African Trail Run, Garden Route Also known as the Grail of Tra...
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New Year, New Resolutions. Here are some you CAN keep…
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New Year, New Resolutions. Here are some you CAN keep…

So 2018 is finally here and to mark the start of the new year most of us come up with a list of resolutions - goals we'd like to accomplish, things to learn, changes to make - many of which we abandon after just a few days. We'd like to help you choose some resolutions you can accomplish. Check out our list below. Wishing you joy, prosperity, and an adventure-filled 2018 and ... Bon voyage 1. SPEND MORE TIME WITH FAMILY To make sure you have their undivided attention in today’s digital world, look for somewhere remote, preferably without cell phone reception... India House fits the b...
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Stopping for Goat’s Cheese Sarmies at Chane Cheese Farm in Mtubatuba
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Stopping for Goat’s Cheese Sarmies at Chane Cheese Farm in Mtubatuba

A herd of grazing goats greets visitors to Chane Cheese Farm which is situated a short drive from the towns of St Lucia and Mtubatuba. After reading about the farm in a magazine and having been told they make a delicious toasted (goats) cheese sandwiches, my father insisted we pop in on the way home after a few days stay in St Lucia. Delicious meals are served on a spacious wooden deck which has a magical view of timber plantations and sand dunes. A large number of guests can be seated both on the wooden deck and at smaller tables outside the farm shop while a sparking swimming pool ...
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20 Something in Cape Town – A List of Things To Do
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20 Something in Cape Town – A List of Things To Do

The Mother City is one of the best cities in South Africa in which to be young, single and fancy free. The whole city is a playground if you’re 20 something in Cape Town. Whether it’s discovering something cool to do, or heading off along well-trodden paths but doing it differently, to be in Cape Town in your twenties is where it’s at. Follow this quintessential list of things to do for 20 somethings in Cape Town... See the sun rise from the top of Lion’s Head If there’s one thing you do (other than scale Table Mountain) then it’s to climb Lion’s Head in time to see the sun rise...
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Five underrated South African National Parks
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Five underrated South African National Parks

South African national parks are a good bet, when exploring South Africa. They’re generally well maintained, cheaper than the average safari lodge, and, if you time your visit for SA National Parks Week, grant South African citizens free entry. These are five underrated South African national parks that deserve a closer look ... Agulhas National Park Agulhas National Park lies on the very tip of Africa with a landscape so varied that its rare limestone fynbos and protected lowland become a draw card in their own right. But it is the wild sea views, and rock-littered seas...
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Fun Things to do in Maboneng, Hangout of Creatives
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Fun Things to do in Maboneng, Hangout of Creatives

Maboneng is Johannesburg’s trendy precinct to the east of the city. Its Sotho name, when translated, means ‘place of light’ - an apt description for what was once a sorely neglected part of Jeppestown. When it comes to fun things to do in Maboneng - which describes itself as a ‘collaborative hub of culture, business and lifestyle’ - there is always something new going down (their latest venture is an up-cycled container development by New York architects LOT-EK). Maboneng is a blend of residential, office and industrial space mixed with retail stores, entertainment venues and restaurants...
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Best Places to Spend New Year’s Eve in South Africa
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Best Places to Spend New Year’s Eve in South Africa

Where are you spending New Year’s Eve? At a party, a celebration? Or somewhere more gentle - just you, a couple of friends, and a bottle of bubbly? If, like me, you’ve left your New Year’s Eve plans for the last minute - here are a  couple of places to spend New Year’s Eve: Best places to spend New Year’s Eve in South Africa... Cape Town Why go: Because it must be one of few cities in the world where you can celebrate the new year up on one of the city’s magnificent mountains. Whilst Table Mountain Cable Way no longer allows revellers up to the top to ring in the New Year (last cab...
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What’s On in Cape Town in December 2017 – Don’t Miss Out on these 10 Events
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What’s On in Cape Town in December 2017 – Don’t Miss Out on these 10 Events

Cape Town is in full-swing summer! It’s less a question of ‘what’s on in Cape Town’ than ‘how do we fit it all in?’ December brings sun-filled, hot days, balmy evenings and late nights (summer sunset times to rival the more northerly cities of Europe) with an emphasis on the outdoors. This is not cosy up and watch film festivals’ season. This is get out and party season! Check our list of what’s on in Cape Town over December ... We Love Real Beer Fest, 15 Dec You have only a couple of days to book for this returning event in Diep River. We Love Real Beer celebrates the pioneers of ...
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Things to Do in Johannesburg for Free
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Things to Do in Johannesburg for Free

Egoli might be one of South Africa’s more expensive cities, but if you know where to look there are a list of things to do in Johannesburg for free. There are food markets (Bamboo Market, Bryanston Organic, Fourways Farmers’, Market on Main), craft markets (Rosebank Rooftop), and interesting high streets (4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Melville, Greenside) that are all free - but they come with an invisible price tag as, for each, the temptation to stop and have, at least, a cup of coffee and a bagel is almost obligatory. After splurging on a fancy Johannesburg Hotel, the following, however, are...
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