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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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Best Holiday Spots Within Easy Driving Distance Of Cape Town
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Best Holiday Spots Within Easy Driving Distance Of Cape Town

As much as Capetonians would have you believe that South Africa ends at the Hottentots Holland Mountains, there is another whole world out there filled with historical and seaside villages, and mountain retreats, within easy driving distance of Cape Town. Just don’t get away too late. Any time after 15h00, on a Friday, and you’ll spend over an hour in gridlocked traffic trying to leave the city. Here is our list of the Best holiday spots within easy driving distance of Cape Town ... GREYTON Distance from Cape Town: 150 km, roughly two hours’ drive Why it’s on our list: Sometimes de...
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Ten Otherworldly South African Destinations That Will Blow Your Mind
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Ten Otherworldly South African Destinations That Will Blow Your Mind

It’s not difficult to come up with a list of out-of-this-world destinations in South Africa - the country is not exactly short on beauty: indigenous tracts of forest meet towering peaks, effortless cliffside beaches and crashing seas, whilst inland the flatlands adjoin desert moonscapes and red sand dunes. Here are ten otherworldly South African destinations that will blow your mind... 1. LAKE FUNDUDZI, LIMPOPO Located deep in the Soutpansberg in the Vhembe district Lake Fundudzi was created by an ancient landslide that obstructed the flow of the Mutale River. Today it is revered by the Ven...
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8 Prehistoric Sites To Visit Around South Africa
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8 Prehistoric Sites To Visit Around South Africa

South Africa’s classification as a developing country may make it sound as though it has a relatively ‘young’ history, but it’s merely backward at coming forward about its impressive prehistoric sites, many of which predate the Egyptian pyramids. Here are 8 prehistoric sites to visit around South Africa 1. Maropeng, near Johannesburg An almost-complete early hominid skeleton, Little Foot, probably fell into the Silberberg Grotto as long as 3 million years ago. Trapped here his end couldn’t have been a particularly welcome one but his body was fossilised as a result. When bits of his...
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