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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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All Aboard the Inchanga Choo Choo
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All Aboard the Inchanga Choo Choo

This past Sunday saw us waking early and heading to Kloof station in time to board the train that departs at 08h30 promptly. The Inchanga Choo Choo is a steam train named Wesley that has been around since the 1930’s and now has the wonderful task of steaming to life on the last Sunday of each month and transporting passengers on a round trip from Kloof to Inchanga... There is something relaxing about sitting back while listening to the clackety-clack of the train while gazing out at the beautiful scenery and rural scenes that make up the Valley of 1000 Hills. Originally the tr...
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10 things you should never do in Cape Town
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10 things you should never do in Cape Town

There are many attractions in the Mother City, some that are almost required visiting when you holiday in the Cape, but here are the things you should never do in Cape Town ... Never go to the beach on Christmas day (or New Year’s Day, for that matter) Just about every beach in Cape Town is inundated during the festive season on most days, but Christmas day and New Year’s Day, in particular, (this holds for other coastal cities like Durban and Port Elizabeth too). So don’t visit Cape Town expecting a leisurely after-lunch stroll along the sandy shore, unless you’re prepared to...
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How to Gumboot Dance like a South African
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How to Gumboot Dance like a South African

Wanna learn how to gumboot dance like a South African? The Isicathulo, or gumboot dance, is a traditional African dance done in Wellington boots known simply, in South Africa, as gumboots. The dance is a dance of life; a celebration of what it is to be human. At the end of the rhythmic, earth beating and easy to learn dance, you’ll feel like a better person for the experience. Follow these steps to learn how to gumboot dance, as if you’ve been doing it your whole life: Here's How to Gumboot Dance, Like a South African Don a pair of gumboots, preferably black ones, but ye common ...
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Top Things to Do in Cape Town City Bowl
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Top Things to Do in Cape Town City Bowl

Top things to do in Cape Town City Bowl ~ Cape Town City Bowl is called such for the natural amphitheatre formed by the press of Table Bay's harbour on one side, and the mountains of Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Lion's Head and Devil's Peak, on the other. It includes some of the oldest and most sought after addresses in Cape Town – De Waterkant, Gardens, Higgovale, Oranjezicht, Vredehoek and Woodstock – as well as the central business district. Which also makes Cape Town City Bowl the city's financial district... It's where most visitors hang out when they come to Cape Town on a v...
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Whale Watching South Africa Just Got Better – Now is the best time to see them
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Whale Watching South Africa Just Got Better – Now is the best time to see them

Now is the best time to see them There isn't a better time for whale watching in South Africa than right now. Because the southern right whale is busy congregating just off the country's coastline; close enough to the coast to see with the naked eye. And certainly approachable by boats, allowed within 50 metres of whales in South Africa's waters (by those boats with permits only). You've got another 4 weeks, or so, so visit the Whale Coast now! Every year between June and November the humpback, Brydes and southern right whales migrate to the warmer waters off our shores to mate an...
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Karoo Road Trip: 10 Best Places to Stop on South Africa’s Greatest Self Drive
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Karoo Road Trip: 10 Best Places to Stop on South Africa’s Greatest Self Drive

A Karoo road trip is one of the best ways to travel the vast expanse that is the Karoo. Divided into two distinct parts, a Karoo road trip can explore either the Klein Karoo (a 300 km strip of mountainous, semi-desert between Worcester and George), or the Groot Karoo, which occupies the predominant heart of South Africa's innerlands. The Karoo is South Africa's answer to Australia's outback. Its particular rare mix of ragged mountains, vast open spaces, idiosyncratic little towns, star-studded skies devoid of light pollution, sheep farms, and back of beyond windmills make it road trip c...
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