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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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6 Things To Do On The Wild Coast (That You Don’t Know About)
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6 Things To Do On The Wild Coast (That You Don’t Know About)

The Wild Coast covers 350 km of Indian Ocean shoreline in the Eastern Cape. It's synonymous with remote beaches, gob-stopping scenery, and the Xhosa people. It's somewhere every South African has to travel, at least once. It's also the homeland of Nelson Mandela who was born in the village of Mvezo on the Mbashe River, seaside villages like Cintsa, Port St Johns and Coffee Bay, geological wonders like the Hole in the Wall, inspiring waterfalls like Magwa, the almost 57-kilometre, four-day hike known as the Strandloper trail, Hluleka and Silaka nature reserves, and dirt roads full of poth...
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6 Off The Beaten Track Towns In The Eastern Cape
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6 Off The Beaten Track Towns In The Eastern Cape

South Africa is one of the best holiday destinations in Africa enjoying an ever-increasing number of tourists every year, who head to the glamorous coastal cities of Cape Town and Durban, and the cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg. Away from these cities South Africa has dozens of little towns and villages. Many of them, particularly those in the Western Cape and Free State, have succumbed to a small town renaissance as an influx of artists and intellectuals restore their Victorian and Cape Dutch architecture and reinvigorate the towns with markets, wine estates, annual events, places to sta...
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7 Routes Durban – Great Ways To Explore The City Of Beaches
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7 Routes Durban – Great Ways To Explore The City Of Beaches

Durban, South Africa's second largest coastal city, is known for its Golden Mile beaches and its jogging, surfing, cycling, scuba diving, bodyboarding, dolphin viewing, jet-skiing, shark cage-diving, canoeing, boat cruising, sunbathing lifestyle. As Lonely Planet so aptly puts it: 'Durban is a window into life aquatic'. More often than not, though, it is passed over for the glamour of Johannesburg or the Cosmopolitan vibe of Cape Town. Yet Durban is no longer the poorer cousin. It co-hosted the 2010 Soccer World Cup, COP17 in 2011, and in 2022 will be the first African city to host the Co...
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Thousands Of Swallows, Just Outside Durban
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Thousands Of Swallows, Just Outside Durban

Post storm, the sky still leaden and the streets reeking of that just-rained-earth smell so particular to South Africa, we watched hundreds of swallows duck and dive in a display of abandon, on the banks of Lake Victoria (not that Lake Victoria, another one, but more about that later). I fall in love. We are just outside Durban overlooking a wetland in Mount Moreland conservancy where barn swallows from all across Europe overnight in a series of reed beds, coming in to roost at sundown in their thousands... Mount Moreland is one the largest barn swallow roosting sites in South Africa. ...
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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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