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Our Top 7 Really Unusual Activities In The Cederberg
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Our Top 7 Really Unusual Activities In The Cederberg

At the far northern extension of the Cape Fold Mountains is a mountain range known as the Cederberg. It is a vast array of weathered sandstone mountains and long, arid valleys that combine into a 830 square kilometre hinterland offering rock formations, remote hiking opportunities, camping, rock climbing and some breathtaking scenery. Bounded by the towns Clanwilliam, Citrusdal and Wupperthal the Cederberg functions as a weekend bolthole for Capetonians, and a hiking mecca for those after wilderness adventures. And all of this a mere three hours' drive from Cape Town. Spelled interchange...
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We Share Our 10 Favourite Spots (and Towns) Of The Swartland
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We Share Our 10 Favourite Spots (and Towns) Of The Swartland

For those of you who lived through television of the '80s, the Swartland meant only one thing: The home of Bokomo Weet-Bix, the heart of the wheat industry (that Weet-Bix was a top selling breakfast in 1988 is no surprise). Today, the Swartland is fashionable inland farming country that is still regarded as the 'granary of South Africa'. It is home to sheep, cattle and vine farming, with a huge sweep of dry-land vineyards just outside Malmesbury. But it also boasts a myriad Cape-Dutch and Victorian buildings, trendy 'country' towns, protea and tobacco production, and cheese, olive and citru...
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12 Of The Most Stunning Thermal Hot Springs In South Africa. The Last One Blew Us Away.
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12 Of The Most Stunning Thermal Hot Springs In South Africa. The Last One Blew Us Away.

A visit to thermal springs for health reasons is one of the oldest forms of tourism in the world. In ancient times thermal springs were believed to have supernatural and healing powers, and archaeological digs reveal how thermal springs were used as communal baths in ancient cities like Mohenjo-Daro in India, the palaces of Knossos in Crete, and the Egyptian royal city of Tall al 'Amarinah. Visits to spas in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries were all the rage, for health and wellbeing. In South Africa the hot springs at Bela-Bela were used by the Tswana people hundreds of years ago ...
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Do You Know About The Cape Camino?
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Do You Know About The Cape Camino?

I do a day of the Cape Camino and go on a pilgrimage for part of the route. On the way I celebrate peace, love and humanity and discover the joy of wandering along the byways of my own city, free of all responsibilities for a few hours ... I stumble across the Cape Camino in my trawlings of the Internet and manage to bag myself a day on the route, in the company of the founder, Gabrielle Andrew... Photograph: Follow the yellow arrows I meet Gabrielle (pronounced like the angel, Gabriel) at Schoenstatt Retreat in Constantia in the early hours of a crisp and glorious winter morning. The g...
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15 Things Only A Capetonian Would Do
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15 Things Only A Capetonian Would Do

Is there such a thing as typical Capetonian? As much as the rest of the country loves to generalise about those who live in the Mother City as tardy, with a propensity to wait until the last minute before committing to an event, and obsessed with their mountain, actually they're about as diverse as people of any city can be. And every little enclave and seaside village has a life of its own. Cape Town, surrounded by sea and mountain, nonetheless has a distinctive quality. And there are certain general things locals tend to do. Here are 15 things only a Capetonian would do... Catch th...
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The Inanda Heritage Route – A Must Do
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The Inanda Heritage Route – A Must Do

To explore a wealth of information on the rich history and culture of Durban's Inanda, so little of which has been recorded in the annuls of history, take the Inanda Heritage Route. Just outside Durban is a generous, green valley through which sprawls the township of the same name. Inanda (eNanda), which is isiZulu for 'a pleasant place', is also known as the Freedom Valley, and for good reason. It is where the seeds of the country's liberation were planted; a valley imbued in history that explores both sung and unsung African heroes. Inanda is where Gandhi built his Phoenix settlemen...
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots In KwaZulu Natal
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots In KwaZulu Natal

The next in our series on where to find the 'secret' spots not normally advertised by travel brochures for perfect scenic #instagram pics, this one explores KwaZulu Natal. KwaZulu Natal is only just coming of age. Durban, its capital, was voted one of the top 10 of the 52 Places to Go in 2015 by the New York Times, and dubbed by CNN as 'the coolest city in South Africa you've never seen'. It then ranked even higher than Cape Town and Johannesburg on Mercer's 2015 Quality of Living survey. But other than the province's beaches, the Midlands, and the Drakensberg where do you go for incredi...
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The Leopard’s Kloof Trail and Other Magical Discoveries at Harold Porter Garden
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The Leopard’s Kloof Trail and Other Magical Discoveries at Harold Porter Garden

Harold Porter Garden is one of the country's national botanical gardens. It's only about an hour's drive from Cape Town, just off Clarence Drive at Betty's Bay, and well worth the drive. It's also where sea, mountains and fynbos meet. The garden, which rests on the slope of the mountains within the Kogelberg Biosphere reserve, overlooks the ocean from almost every vantage point, and the gardens are awash with fynbos, irises, daisies and orchids, including the famous red disa. There is nothing more magical than the Cape in autumn. The permanent ambient light means that everything is mo...
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Visit these 5 Popular Kramats in Cape Town – The Circle Of Kramats
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Visit these 5 Popular Kramats in Cape Town – The Circle Of Kramats

Kramats are not mosques. They're burial places, or shrines, of the saints or holy men of Islam. They're also open to anyone who wishes to visit them. In Cape Town, the city with the largest Muslim community in South Africa, there are 30 or so kramats that form part of the city's landscape. Four of them lie on Signal Hill, whilst others lie in areas as far reaching as Bainskloof, Caledon and Rawsonville. That they are often confused with mosques is understandable. Kramats (mazars in Arabic) look like miniature mosques. Most of them are humble white buildings crested with domes (some of...
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Cape Towns City Wine Route
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Cape Towns City Wine Route

You don't have to drive far to visit some of the oldest wine estates in the country when in Cape Town. The Constantia Valley lies in the midst of the southern suburbs, 20 minutes' drive from Cape Town's City Bowl. And it holds everything you've come to expect from a wine route – Cape Fold Mountains, vineyards, oak-lined avenues, Cape Dutch manors, excellent food and superior wines. One of the oldest suburbs of the city, Constantia may be small by comparison with Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, but it supports 11 estates, all of whom produce superlative wines. Any visit to Cape Town is incompl...
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12 Top Routes Of The Eastern Cape – Great Ways To Explore The Province
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12 Top Routes Of The Eastern Cape – Great Ways To Explore The Province

Despite its reputation as poorer cousin to the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape includes several of the country's greatest adventure destinations, the bulk of the Great Karoo, the Wild Coast, the homelands of the Xhosa people, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela, and some of South Africa's greatest hiking trails. What's more its climate is mild throughout the year with a Sunshine Coast that promises good surfing and kilometres of beach. Inland a collection of stunning landscapes, plenty of private and national wildlife reserves, and farms producing chicory, tomatoes, deciduous fruit and citrus b...
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Top Things To Do In The Winelands That Aren’t About Wine
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Top Things To Do In The Winelands That Aren’t About Wine

The traditional Cape Winelands – Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Somerset West – are within a stone's throw of Cape Town. These earliest colonial settlements each come with their own wine route, making it easy to travel from one farm to the next sampling wines. Cape Dutch architecture (do you know the difference between a Holbol gable and a Neoclassical gable) dominates the landscape, whilst the beauty of the countryside is inspiring (all those mountains!), and the cuisine of this core of the wine-producing areas is difficult to beat (award-winning chefs and restaurants). And that's be...
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10 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Kirstenbosch
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10 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Kirstenbosch

There isn't a visitor to Cape Town who doesn't visit Kirstenbosch. The 52 800 square kilometre botanical garden is up there with the best in the world, particularly since the introduction of the 'Boomslang' (officially named the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa in 2015). Kirstenbosch grows no fewer than 9 000 of Southern Africa's 22 000 plant species in different types of garden – a fragrance garden, a Braille trail through the forest, a garden for useful plants, a protea garden, Erica garden, a sculpture garden. There are even dinosaurs and gorillas (though not in the same part of the...
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The Most Beautiful Historic Towns In South Africa
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The Most Beautiful Historic Towns In South Africa

South Africa's history is not all that old. The buildings don't date back hundreds and hundreds of years, as they do in Europe, but (and it's a BIG but) South Africa has its own unique architectural styles, much of it evident in little towns across the country. The styles and architectural fashions in these historic towns are heavily influenced by the people who spent time at the tip of Africa. Dutch settlement heralded the Cape Dutch gable; the French Huguenots brought with them a baroque refinement, whilst both French and German professionals (in the Cape at the behest of the Dutch Eas...
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Green Durban – 9 Sustainable Sites In The City
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Green Durban – 9 Sustainable Sites In The City

Durban's focus is a lot more green than one thinks and finding sustainable projects, green spaces, heritage sites and businesses with an eco core in Durban is not difficult. The city's major green focus in the build up to the Soccer World Cup 2010, followed by COP17 (the United Nations Climate Change Conference hosted in Durban in November and December 2011), resulted in a green legacy that has done anything but fade from the city's agenda. The good news, for those after a more responsible holiday when in the city of beaches, there is plenty to find and do, beginning with these 9 sustain...
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