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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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Expert Tips For Spotting Whales On The Cape Whale Route
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Expert Tips For Spotting Whales On The Cape Whale Route

The winter whale watching season is upon us! From early July until October every year the Southern Right Whale makes the Cape shoreline of South Africa its nursery. Whales come to warmer waters (from the icy waters further north) to mate, give birth and nurse their young. Whilst you can catch a glimpse of them all the way from the West Coast up to Storms River Mouth, the best part of the coastline to spot them is known as the Cape Whale Coast. This centres on Walker Bay in the Overberg (also known as the 'heart of the whale coast') with whale viewing spots between Rooi Els (on the easte...
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Who Wants To Know The Best Way To See The Namaqua Flowers?
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Who Wants To Know The Best Way To See The Namaqua Flowers?

Cut through the jargon and the hype and take note of these easy to follow suggestions for the best blooming Namaqua experience you've had yet! 1. WHAT IT IS The Namaqua flower route is the greatest flower show on earth - considered a natural phenomenon and one of the world's botanical wonders. During spring what is otherwise an arid, and to all appearances barren, landscape bursts into song as thousands of flowers appear almost everywhere – along the sides of roads, along the edges of the coast, and in many nature reserves. 2. HOW MANY FLOWERS? It features around 3000 plant species, at...
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15 Tourist Attractions That Are Worth The Money (And 3 That Are ‘Meh’)
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15 Tourist Attractions That Are Worth The Money (And 3 That Are ‘Meh’)

It's only fair that your money should work hard for you on holiday. Let's be honest: there is nothing worse than standing in a queue, to hand over your cash, only to find that the attraction is over-hyped and underwhelming. To save you money, we've put together a list of 15 South African attractions that are worth every cent. And three that are not... 15 Attractions that are Totally Worth It ... 1. ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK Cost: From R58 to R232 per adult (conservation fee) Why it's worth it: Immediate access to elephants makes this park a must. The added bonus is its accessibility...
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The Ultimate Travel Calendar: Guide To The Best Places For Every Month Of The Year!
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The Ultimate Travel Calendar: Guide To The Best Places For Every Month Of The Year!

South Africa presents so many choices to the visitor that it is hard to know just when to do what, and so we've made it easier for you by compiling a list of best places to be month by month. Here is the Ultimate Travel Calendar: Your Guide to the Best Places in South Africa for every month of the year ... JANUARY Head to: Cape Town. This time of year is brilliantly hot, the rather cool seas perfectly feasible after only moments of sun worshipping on foot-blistering sand. Cape Town is still in party mode in January (things don't get back to business-as-usual until deep into Februar...
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8 Stops On The Road To The Biedouw Valley, And Why It Will Change Your Life
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8 Stops On The Road To The Biedouw Valley, And Why It Will Change Your Life

The beautiful, relatively unknown Biedouw Valley lies hidden beyond the Cederberg Mountains on the other side of the Pakhuis Pass. To reach it involves a scenic two-and-a-half hour drive from Cape Town to Clanwilliam before heading east on the R364 through the Cederberg Wilderness Area, up the graceful Pakhuis Pass, down the other side and then off a gravel road that takes you to Wupperthal. You can also access the valley from the Northern Cape (Tankwa Karoo National Park), but the Biedouw River spends most of its time in flood, when it does flow, inhibiting any access from that side of ...
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The 12 best food & drink ‘hoods in Cape Town
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The 12 best food & drink ‘hoods in Cape Town

Cape Town is a Foodie's idea of heaven - food, and wine, in the Mother City is as diverse as the people who live here. Labelled a 'gourmet nirvana' by Lonely Planet, Cape Town bursts at the seams with trendy markets, food trucks, original restaurants and cozy little eateries. The biggest issue facing any gastronome is not so much what to eat, as where to eat it. Hence our list of the 12 best food & drink 'hoods in Cape Town – the lowdown on which neighbourhoods to visit, for which top restaurants ... 1. CITY BOWL When it comes to top restaurants, eateries and drinking holes Cape To...
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10 Movies To Get You In The Mood For South Africa
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10 Movies To Get You In The Mood For South Africa

There is nothing better than a movie to set the scene. Movies are visual. They cut the fat and bring imagination to life. They can give you great insight into a subject, far faster than a book. And they can take you backward in time. Which is what we've done with this list of 10 movies (in no particular order) that brings you up to speed with South Africa's chequered history, gives you an idea of the people who live here, sets the scene for a visit, and moves you in a way that makes you wish you could get here sooner... 10 Movies To Get You In The Mood For South Africa 1. TSOTSI This s...
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Escape The City: 8 Of Johannesburgs Green Spaces And Parks
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Escape The City: 8 Of Johannesburgs Green Spaces And Parks

Over 50% of the world's population lives in urban areas – the world's fastest growing land cover type. In Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa green spaces are on the decline. In Africa this decline is critical – with green spaces occupying less than 10% of land area in South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Rwanda, Somalia etc. Despite these statistics, the city of Johannesburg boasts 24% of public green space in the form of parks and gardens. Compared with cities like Berlin (14.4%), Brussels (18.8%), Dubai (2%), London (33%) and Paris (9.5%), the city is positively gree...
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Escape The City: 9 Of Cape Towns Green Spaces And Parks
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Escape The City: 9 Of Cape Towns Green Spaces And Parks

Cape Town has no shortage of green spaces and parks. Next time you're in the Mother City trade a shopping spree for a walk in one of these ... 9 Of Cape Towns Green Spaces And Parks Company's Garden Without doubt Cape Town's best known, and loved, green space the Company's Garden has been here since the VOC (Dutch East Indian Company) arrived at the Cape in 1652 intent on supplying fresh produce to their ships on the spice trade route. The vegetable garden has recently been recreated, and there is a fine collection of botanical plants, shady trees and a list of historical features that i...
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