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Head To Stellenbosch For A Downton Abbey Experience
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Head To Stellenbosch For A Downton Abbey Experience

Just as the Crawleys of Downton Abbey (the impressive Highclere Castle in Berkshire, England) decided to open their doors to the public for a day, so too four historical homesteads of Stellenbosch (if on a somewhat less grandiose scale) combine to form the Village Museum, their doors open for daily tours. The four homesteads form part of the Historical Stellenbosch on Foot tour, a great way to explore Stellenbosch - the quintessential historical town - filled with Georgian, Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture that lines tree-lined streets full of museums, hotels, restaurants, students, Ca...
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The Highlights Of Kimberley’s Belgravia Walk, Including 3 Useful Tips
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The Highlights Of Kimberley’s Belgravia Walk, Including 3 Useful Tips

Belgravia is Kimberley’s most posh suburb. Like its London counterpart, which lies just behind Buckingham Palace, Kimberley’s Belgravia lies close to the city’s major tourist attraction, The Big Hole. In fact, the land on which Belgravia lies was once a farm called Bultfontein, owned by the London and South African Exploration Company - a group of individuals considered, by all accounts, unscrupulous landlords. Most of the houses and buildings in the area were built during the 1880s, Victorian in style, from Kimberley bricks - deep orange/red, handmade and pressed - with corrugated iron ...
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7 Reasons to Explore the Karoo Roggeveld between Britstown and Sutherland
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7 Reasons to Explore the Karoo Roggeveld between Britstown and Sutherland

The alternative route between Bloemfontein and Cape Town - A spate of idiosyncratic towns will enchant you, as will the incredible scenery, windmills, hospitable people, corbelled houses and star-strewn skies - the likes of which you’ve never experienced before. As the crow flies it takes the average traveller 11 straight hours, and a rather deadened derriere, to travel between Cape Town and Bloemfontein. The national road is easy enough to navigate despite the barrage of trucks, if mind-numbingly dull (the N1 circumnavigates most towns en route, and the road goes on forever with little ...
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FREE. The Best Kept Secrets In Kimberley
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FREE. The Best Kept Secrets In Kimberley

Before exploring Kimberley I thought it had little more to offer than its ‘Big Hole’ experience. But the biggest city in South Africa’s largest province has a lot more going for it than we give it credit for. It’s origin as a diamond rush town made it the fastest-growing city in the southern hemisphere at the time that Cecil Rhodes amalgamated hundreds of claims into one hugely wealthy diamond industry. Today it’s a bustling, albeit small in terms of a city, community that Leana Coetzee, resident of the house next door to the one in which my father-in-law was born (it’s a long story!), expl...
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The 10 Best Food and Drink hoods In Johannesburg
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The 10 Best Food and Drink hoods In Johannesburg

Food is about people coming together to have a good time, and Johannesburg's eclectic eating scene satisfies just about all palettes with a range of foods and dining experiences across its myriad districts and suburbs that would keep the average foodie in foodie heaven for months, if not years. On our list of 10 best neighbourhoods in Johannesburg there is everything from great locals, through Indian cuisine, to fine dining... The 10 best food and drink hoods in Johannesburg 1. MELVILLE Melville needs little introduction as a foodie hangout – 7th Street has been a celebrated nightspo...
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Johannesburg’s top 5 hipster suburbs
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Johannesburg’s top 5 hipster suburbs

When CNN starts to refer to Johannesburg as a ‘hipster hangout’, GQ magazine calls it the ‘cool capital of the southern hemisphere’, and the BBC describes how Johannesburg has changed ‘from no-go to gotta-go’, then you know things are changing. The perception of Jo’burg as a crime-ridden and turbulent city best avoided has done an about-face. Only ten years ago the average travel blog suggested, none too subtly, that you use the city of gold merely as a launching pad to head either into the bush, or to the very tip of the country where, it was hoped, the beaches would detract from Johann...
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The Secrets of Kalk Bay
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The Secrets of Kalk Bay

Don’t miss our favourite 5 historical buildings, homes and churches on Kalk Bay’s main drag! Ask anyone and they’ll tell you Kalk Bay is one of the most delightful seaside fishing villages on Cape Town’s False Bay. On weekends traffic along Main Road is backed up virtually to Muizenberg by 1pm as people forget how popular it is (and about the never-ending Stop Go at Glencairn). Parking is severely limited along the narrow mountain hugging main road (despite the improvements) and Kalk Bay’s narrow, cobbled alleyways accommodate very few (additional) cars - residents already park on the...
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The Lesser Flamingo – Where To See Them In South Africa
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The Lesser Flamingo – Where To See Them In South Africa

A flamingo is a flamingo, is a flamingo. Plenty of these birds around. Flamingo shmingo, I hear you say? But would you be quite so dismissive if you knew that the graceful lesser flamingo is a Near Threatened bird? You find these light pink birds mostly in Africa, where they are said to congregate in huge numbers at Lake Natron (northern Tanzania), the Etosha Pan (Namibia), Sua Pan (Makgadikgadi Pan in Botswana) and the Kamfers Dam, just north of Kimberley, in South Africa. Lesser flamingos spend their lives cruising between the saline lakes of Africa in search of spirulina algae, whi...
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48 Hours in Cape Town – What to see and where to go in Cape Town
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48 Hours in Cape Town – What to see and where to go in Cape Town

Only 48 hours in Cape Town - What to see and where to go in Cape Town - we give you the low-down. With the rand at an all time low, now is the time to visit! A plan to enjoy the Mother City could pursue any of the following: from sipping wine and browsing farmers' markets, to heading up the famous Table, followed by a sedate drive along the Cape peninsula... FRIDAY: Land at Cape Town International Airport. We highly recommend hiring a car for the duration of your stay. Whilst Uber makes getting around a LOT easier, it is more flexible to have your own transport. Stay: Cape Town's C...
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Highlights Of The Sunshine Coast – Wait ‘Til You Read The Last One
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Highlights Of The Sunshine Coast – Wait ‘Til You Read The Last One

South Africa's Sunshine Coast claims the highest number of sunshine hours per annum in the country, which is quite a claim, given that the sun seems to shine any time, anywhere in South Africa. So what makes the Sunshine Coast so special? For starters its 450 km coastline combines some 10 rivers and lagoons, blue flag beaches, malaria-free game reserves, a rich cultural history, first-rate birding and the only national park in the country to host the Big 7. Sound like your kind of place? The Sunshine Coast lies between Tsitsikamma and East London, a coastline that is a favourite both ...
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What Everybody Ought To Know About The Cape Town To Namibia Route
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What Everybody Ought To Know About The Cape Town To Namibia Route

Driven with the wind in your sails, you can get to Namibia from Cape Town in just over eight hours, if you're prepared to forego lunch or any of the attractions vying for your attention along the way. But you could treat the 890 km (more like 1500 km if you're intent on Windhoek) route as a road trip and do it in a more leisurely fashion, savouring the chance to explore the nether regions of South Africa's north western hinterland. Most people take the N7 north but off this are numerous highways and byways that if you are prepared to explore, using the N7 as the skeleton of your route, g...
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Four Towns, A Biosphere, Penguins & Whales – Clarence Drive Has It All
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Four Towns, A Biosphere, Penguins & Whales – Clarence Drive Has It All

Clarence Drive is one of the most stunning coastal drives in the world. It's every bit as exciting as Chapman's Peak, without the cost of the toll. Forming part of Route 44 Clarence Drive hugs an incredibly scenic portion of the coast just south east of Cape Town, connecting the seaside towns of Rooi Els and Betty's Bay - the Hottentot Hollands Mountains on one side, the ocean on the other. Seventy seven bends, numerous wide curves and a couple of sharp corners - with plenty of opportunity to pull over, hop out of your vehicle and survey the beauty of what lies before you (including whal...
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How To Have A Whale Of A Time Without Whales In Hermanus
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How To Have A Whale Of A Time Without Whales In Hermanus

Only an hour and a half's drive from Cape Town, Hermanus hugs Walker Bay every bit like a mother who has perfected the art of the embrace – gently, but without any attachment – so that its waters appeal to a group of whales who return, year-upon-year, to mate and calve in these waters. Being animals they're unperturbed by ideas anyone on land has about their presence in these waters, and so they keep largely offshore until it suits them – usually around September – to coincide with the annual Whale Festival. Hermanus draws huge crowds of people anywhere between July and October. If it's ...
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Cut The Cr*p – Coffee Jargon Explained & Where To Find Craft Coffee In Cape Town
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Cut The Cr*p – Coffee Jargon Explained & Where To Find Craft Coffee In Cape Town

If, like me, you don't know your acidity from your aero press, or your burr grinder from your percolation method, look no further. I'm bringing myself (and you) quickly up to speed with the latest coffee jargon (there are only so many times I can roll my eyes and affect nonchalance when colleagues speak coffee). But first, a list of the top spots in Cape Town to find robust, high-quality Craft Coffee in Cape Town... WHERE TO FIND THIRD WAVE COFFEE IN CAPE TOWN Bootlegger Coffee Company Bootlegger Coffee Company make a mean cup of coffee from 'the best beans we can find', roasted i...
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Why The Lesser-Known Northern Cape Is The Perfect Place For Adventure
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Why The Lesser-Known Northern Cape Is The Perfect Place For Adventure

It's no secret. South Africans regard their country as the Adventure Capital of the World. And for good reason – we've the world's highest commercial bridge bungee jump, the world's only crocodile cage-diving, we free dive with tiger sharks, swim with Cape fur seals, cage dive with great whites, hike in Big Five territory, abseil off Table Mountain, kayak with crocodiles and boast an Extreme 19th hole (accessible only by helicopter) on one of our signature golf courses (we'll leave it up to you to find out where!). And that's only the highlights we managed to fit in one paragraph... B...
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