Small towns are affectionately known as dorps (pronounced “dawps”) by local South Africans. While they may be little and tucked away in the mountains and valleys of this multifaceted country, so many of these towns and villages offer a host of exciting things to do and see. Discover the fabulously diverse world that awaits visitors to the dorps of this country. Continued
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No two streets in a city are alike. And no two famed streets are popular for the same reason. Some are the centre of a city’s nightlife, others are remarkable for their historical importance, while others still are great for shopping – think Oxford Street, London.
South Africa’s cities are no exception to the rule. From Vilakazi Street, famous for housing not one but two Nobel Prize winners, to vibey Long Street in Cape Town, there are a myriad reasons to visit the country’s city streets. Here are some of the most famous streets in South Africa … Continued
Millions of tourists are drawn to places like Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, and the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
South Africa, with her multiplicity of creeds and myriad places of worship, has many fine examples of sacred buildings.
Here are 20 of the most historical, unusual, or architecturally memorable, sacred buildings in South Africa … Continued
Green ‘lungs’ or green spaces are what make cities liveable. As our population grows, so our cities expand. And the importance of green spaces increases. Living in an area with access to green spaces is vital for our well being.
We have many green city spaces in our cities in South Africa. But these are wilder spots – the greenbelts, wetlands and untouched areas left to remain the way they should be … Continued
Whatever reservations you may have about cosmetic surgery, South Africa serves as a perfect destination for those intent on a nip or tuck. The country offers top quality cosmetic surgery, the Rand/Dollar/Euro exchange makes the option rather attractive, and the country has so many scenic spots in which to recuperate that you can visit for a month and return home looking several decades ‘younger’ with ease.
It’s been termed medical tourism. Packages to South Africa include the job and recovery time spent on safari, or in a spa on the coast.
For those who want to remain well hidden here are ten remote, yet beautiful, spots around the country … Continued
Dullstroom is a tiny village situated halfway between the urban epicentre of Johannesburg in Gauteng and the world-famous Kruger National Park. It is situated in Mpumalanga Province and is known for the five F’s: fly-fishing, fauna, flora, food, and the beautiful fresh air that permeates every part of its charm and allure. In fact, it is one of the top fly-fishing destinations in the country and, as a result, attracts some regular anglers, despite its being so small.
However, there are some little-known facts about Dullstroom that make it an even more intriguing getaway; ideal for those looking to discover a rather different side to South Africa. Such secrets are best when shared, though, so here are some of the mysteries of Dullstroom uncovered … Continued
The Eastern Cape is a destination of many facets, ideal for families, couples, groups of friends and lone explorers alike. Like any other tourist hub, there are ways to get the most out of Port Elizabeth (the Friendly City), and we want to share these tips with you so that Nelson Mandela Bay is showcased at its best.
South Africa has numerous popular beaches. From the West Coast just south of Namibia all the way around to Kosi Bay just south of Mozambique, there are more beaches than one can count. But there are few that remain untamed, out of the ordinary and barely frequented (unless you are prepared to consistently head to the Wild Coast for your swim).
Here is a list of the beaches in South Africa you might not know about. They’re not your highly popular swimming and surfing beaches (although a couple have blue flag status), but each has a uniqueness and beauty that make them well worth seeking out … Continued
Still Bay is a beautiful place to visit with so much to see and plenty to do , but there are two fishy attractions in Stilbaai which are a must see. The beach is lovely, peaceful and relaxing and there are awesome hiking trails.
Right alongside the beach you will find the Stilbaai Fish Traps which were made by the Khoisan a good 3000 years ago to catch fish for food. These rock pool traps have been maintained over the years and is now a popular place to bring the kids for an afternoon of fun and fishing, all you need to do is bring your fishing nets along with you and catch what you can. Continued
Cape Town is a wonderful city. I love living in it, people love visiting it, and it’s set to see more than its usual share of visitors in 2014 because of Design Capital 2014.
Here is a list of insider tips for travelling Cape Town, to beat the queues, spend less, and make your trip here more memorable … Continued
Cape Canopy Tour is coming soon in April 2014 and brings you the ultimate guided adventure tour. If you are keen for a new experience, the chance to learn and see more in nature and want some excitement, then this is the tour for you. Explore the Hottentots Nature Reserve from new heights and explore this world heritage site in all its glory.
Anybody can take part; it doesn’t matter whether you are 5 or 75 …
A new market has recently opened in Umhlanga and being a market fundi, I organized to meet friends there on Sunday to see what it was all about.
Up.market in Umhlanga takes place every Sunday from 09h00 to 14h00 in the covered parking area of the Umhlanga Centre. Being under cover is ideal, shelter from the intense heat during the summer months (the thermometer peaked at 40˚ this Sunday so shade was a necessity) and of course, shelter should the heavens decide to open… Continued
I thought I knew my country until I decided to pack a month’s worth of clothes and shoes into a car and hit the road with my husband. What I experienced and saw made me realise that I had known so little about my own land and its people.
I loved South Africa before, but one month later I was more in awe of its colourful layers, its quiet spaces and its amazing people who live beyond the borders of our big cities… Continued
We as South Africans are super lucky in that we have so much to do, see and experience right here within our own borders. Here are some things you HAVE to add to your Mzansi bucket list:
Go on Safari
I fully understand how expensive it is to stay at a Game Reserve as overnight prices seem to cater purely for tourists. But there are more affordable options like camping and self-driving through the reserve. But if you want to do it right, go to the Kruger National Park and head through the gates as early as possible and also in the evening before it closes. Rangers take guests out before sunrise and again before sunset when animals are most active and it’s not as hot. Being in the bush is a very magical experience and each sighting of a wild animal in their natural habitat is special. If you can save, do it as there’s nothing quite like a game drive with a ranger… Continued