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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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Cederberg Weekend Guide: Places to Visit in the Cederberg
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Cederberg Weekend Guide: Places to Visit in the Cederberg

Cederberg Weekend Guide ~ There are a myriad things to do and places to visit in the Cederberg, one of the most popular weekend getaways in the Western Cape. It's popular because it's so close to Cape Town, it's a hiking mecca, and is known for its iconic sandstone rock formations - like the Wolfberg Arch - citrus farms and hidden villages like Wupperthal, where traditional veldskoene are still handmade. But most of all the Cederberg is a wilderness area, a fynbos-infused, scenery-rich countryside of craggy mountains, lone cedars, corrugated dirt roads, hiking paths and winding streams. ...
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Things to Do over the School Holidays in the Garden Route
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Things to Do over the School Holidays in the Garden Route

School holidays hardly leave me in a state of rapture. In fact, I get a distinct tingling sensation down my spine at the thought of a bored tween with absolutely no passion for reading (a work in progress, I admit). And it’s not that good tingle. So, for parents, like me, that need some serious holiday inspiration, here are a few ideas of things to do to pass the weeks near Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. These may be small coastal ‘villages’, but they promise a world of fun for kids of all ages... Suggestions of Things to Do in the School Holidays in the Garden Route Radical Raptor...
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15 Free and Cheap Cape Town Date Ideas
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15 Free and Cheap Cape Town Date Ideas

Cape Town is rumoured to be a little expensive for those on a budget. But if you know where to go, there is plenty of romance in the Mother City... 15 Free and Cheap Cape Town Date Ideas ... Feed the squirrels in the Company's Garden You'll find this garden in the heart of the city, here since the Dutch planted a fresh produce garden to stock ships rounding the Cape in the 1650s. The squirrels are not native to the country, but they are seriously cute. Wander Bree Street under the lit acacia trees at night Bree Street is Cape Town's foodie destination and  at night...
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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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