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Is Durban Worth A Visit – 7 Insider Things To Do in Durban
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Is Durban Worth A Visit – 7 Insider Things To Do in Durban

After the New York Times included Durban at #7 on its list of 52 Places to Go in 2015, and CNN dubbed it 'the coolest city in South Africa you've never seen', it was only time before the city with a Cinderella-complex came of age. Then Mercer released its 2015 Quality of Living survey results and ranked Durban higher than Cape Town and Johannesburg, as the South African city with the highest quality of life. Suddenly the world's attention shifted to the country's east coast. That was over-and-above the global vote of confidence for Durban as one of the New7Wonders Cities – up there with ...
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Cape Towns Big 7 – If You Haven’t Done Them, You Haven’t Lived
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Cape Towns Big 7 – If You Haven’t Done Them, You Haven’t Lived

Cape Towns Big 7 have nothing to do with animals... The city has not suddenly acquired direct access to lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, great white shark and southern right whales – although southern right whales, sharks, seals and penguins you can find within the city's parameters. Instead, Cape Towns Big 7 is about seven unmissable things to do in Cape Town. The city has always had a Big 6 list of major tourist attractions, but to that it has added a city walk, embracing the idea of multi-purpose, liveable streets that focus on pedestrians. Most of the Big 7 need little by wa...
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Stitching The Dragon’s Tail – South Africas Great 8 Passes Challenge
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Stitching The Dragon’s Tail – South Africas Great 8 Passes Challenge

Imagine driving the highest navigable mountain pass in the country, enjoying wild and unspoilt countryside with views to match, skiing the slopes of Ben Macdhui and then passing down the other side of the mountain into one of the country's prettiest and most historical villages ... No, you do not have to head into the Alps of Switzerland, or the Scottish Highlands. Such a challenge exists right here, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Known as the 8 Passes Challenge, or Stitching the Dragon's Tail, the navigation of eight mountain passes in the southernmost section of the Drakensberg M...
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Art In The Southern Suburbs of Cape Town – 7 Best Galleries and Museums
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Art In The Southern Suburbs of Cape Town – 7 Best Galleries and Museums

Cape Town's City Bowl may hold some of the most acclaimed art museums and galleries in the country, but places like the Iziko South African National Art Gallery, AVA Gallery, Johans Borman Fine Art, The New Church Museum, Erdmann Contemporary, Carmel Art and Cape Gallery do not hold the monopoly. Art is as happening in the mother city's southern suburbs. One has only to turn to Woodstock (though not all that far south, a suburb of Cape Town nonetheless) to That Art Fair, on at The Palms Centre in Woodstock from the 17 February 2016. That Art Fair presents a three week line-up of exhib...
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10 Reasons Rhodes Should Be On Your Bucket List Of Towns To Visit In South Africa
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10 Reasons Rhodes Should Be On Your Bucket List Of Towns To Visit In South Africa

Rhodes is a fairytale type village perched in amongst the mountains where time seems, literally, to stand still. Fringed by mountains, fresh air and the calls of swallows and red-chested cuckoos, the unique Victorian-style tin roofed homes, hotel and shops remain as a delightful holiday retreat for those who can be bothered to get there. Because, if you haven't already visited Rhodes then no-one has explained that you don't simply 'drop in' to the 1821 metres above sea level village in the highlands of the Drakensberg. Half the adventure involves getting there. If you are a 4x4 enthusiast t...
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6 Marine Protected Areas in South Africa
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6 Marine Protected Areas in South Africa

South Africa protects just under 25 areas of its 3 000 km coastline. Known as marine protected areas (MPA), they safeguard threatened marine species and important habitats. What they are, in essence, is a space in the ocean that strictly regulates human activities. Kind of like nature reserves, but in the sea. To succeed as conservation areas of South Africa's marine resources involves collaboration between civil society, communities and government... This fine balance often means compromise. For Marine Protected Areas to function optimally they need to operate as 'no take' zones (any...
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West Coast National Park’s Turquoise Blue Lagoon
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West Coast National Park’s Turquoise Blue Lagoon

And other reasons to visit the West Coast National Park... The West Coast National Park, for most people, is all about the spring flowers. From the beginning of August Capetonians, or visitors to Cape Town who haven't the time to drive all the way to Springbok to see the Namaqualand daisies drive out in their droves to drink in the valleys and sand dunes of the reserve - literally awash with colour. Postberg nature reserve, that part of the reserve on the other side of the Postberg (the mountain on the edge of the Langebaan Lagoon) that is usually closed, opens specially for the flowers...
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7 Wilderness Areas In South Africa You Probably Don’t Know About
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7 Wilderness Areas In South Africa You Probably Don’t Know About

Wilderness areas are the most intact, undisturbed, truly wild spaces left on the planet... They are unaffected by any development and many, if not all of them, practice the highest level of conservation – legally protected and untouched by man. There are no roads, vehicles, houses or industry in these areas. In short: wilderness areas are the only places left in which man can develop a true relationship with nature, if he wants to. South Africa is the only country in Africa with such a rich variety of parks, reserves and wilderness areas. The first wilderness area (now the Hluhluwe-Imfo...
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‘Big Five’ Multi-Day Hikes in South Africa
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‘Big Five’ Multi-Day Hikes in South Africa

South Africa is one of the world's best hiking destinations... The weather is fantastic, the country's infrastructure is excellent, the scenery is out of this world and the 'backcountry', or outback, areas in which to hike – the Cederberg, the Drakensberg, the Wild Coast, the Dolphin Coast, and Amatola (to name but a few) – are of the most beautiful on the planet. South Africa also has exceptional wilderness areas – areas dedicated to remaining truly wild spaces; intact and undisturbed by man – around the country that include: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, Wolkberg, Winterhoek, Mkhomazi, Ntendeka, Gr...
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Walks in the Wild – 7 Kruger Wilderness Trails
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Walks in the Wild – 7 Kruger Wilderness Trails

Wilderness trails are one of the only true ways to experience the essence of nature. They imply an escape into the great beyond, a following of your heart, rather than any designated paths. They necessitate the absence of people, society and the noise and bombardment that come with it. Wilderness trails in the bush are totally unique to the African continent. Those who walk them claim they are the only way to know Africa. For once you have done a wilderness trail in the Kruger National Park, there is only one way to be in the bush, and that is to walk it. There is, however, a proviso... I...
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Walk Cape Town – Top Free And Other Walks, In The City Bowl
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Walk Cape Town – Top Free And Other Walks, In The City Bowl

Cape Town is one of the most walkable cities in South Africa. We've put together a list of city bowl walks that will have you in touch with the beat of the city's heart in no time. Included in our list are free guided walks, walks you can do on your own, and those Cape Town walks that you shouldn't pass up the opportunity to do. FREE WALKS Cape Town FREE Walking Tours Nielsen Tours (Rico, Manni and Stian) offer fun, light-hearted free walks through Cape Town, run on tips alone. No set fee paid up front, no hassle, yet all the low-down on the city's nooks and crannies. The team offers...
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10 Places You Could Be Spending Christmas in South Africa, and Why
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10 Places You Could Be Spending Christmas in South Africa, and Why

South Africans celebrate Christmas in much the same way as the rest of world. We spread good cheer, enjoy Christmas traditions – like leaving cookies and carrots out for Santa Claus – decorate our homes with mistletoe, Christmas lights and little figurines like Santa or the elves, buy and decorate a Christmas tree, join up with friends and reconnect with family we might not have seen for most of the year, invite friends and family over for dinner, sing Christmas carols, watch Christmas movies, behave more generously than usual, and wrap presents for under the tree. We just don't have any...
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Adventures On 8 Of South Africas Most Significant Rivers
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Adventures On 8 Of South Africas Most Significant Rivers

Not only are they a source of beauty, but rivers drain nearly 75% of the earth's land surface. They are the lifeblood of any country, their steady flow of clean, fresh water a vital part of survival for millions of people. They are a means of transport, recreation, drinking water and power. People are intrinsically drawn to rivers. They provide spectacular settings, a sense of heritage, a place of adventure, a space in which to watch birds and wildlife, and inspire art. Which is why so much of our outdoor lifestyle is experienced on the banks of rivers - white river rafting, canoeing, stand...
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Top 10 Christmas Markets in Johannesburg 2015
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Top 10 Christmas Markets in Johannesburg 2015

Johannesburg can be a nightmare during the Christmas rush. Which is why we are such fans of the Christmas market scene that makes shopping for gifts such a gentle experience. November and December are jam-packed with markets flaunting their wares, so take advantage and stock up early. There is a market for almost every week of the lead-up to the 25 December, but don't leave it 'til the last minute. Here are the top 10 Christmas markets in Johannesburg you cannot afford to miss... THE POP-UP MARKET CHRISTMAS MARKET Trendy market on the move; instead of going to the Pop-Up Market, it ...
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10 Top Markets In The Countdown To Christmas in Durban 2015
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10 Top Markets In The Countdown To Christmas in Durban 2015

There is a definite shift towards buying local (if you hadn't already noticed the number of foodie and artisan craft markets that have mushroomed in your neighbourhood). Never more so than at Christmas. For no matter how easy the Internet makes buying gadgets, there is nothing like buying your gifts, and food, from the local community. Not only is it ethical to support local business, but it also keeps our communities strong. The bonuses for you include: artisan crafters and food providers sell one-off gifts and offers that nobody else will have, you're supporting South African entrep...
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