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Reasons to Embrace Winter in South Africa
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Reasons to Embrace Winter in South Africa

Reasons to Embrace Winter in South Africa include... Whale Watching Whale Season starts mid-June (and continues till November) and offers locals and foreigners alike an opportunity to marvel at the size of the Southern Right Whales. Consider the 5-day Whale Trail in the De Hoop Nature Reserve or for a day trip drive up the Cape Whale Coast. Namaqualand Flower Route Spring wild flowers start blooming from July to October. This spectacle can be enjoyed along the west coast of South Africa (in the Northern Cape and north of Cape Town). The Sardine Run The Sardine Run takes place between May...
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The Wonderful Wild Coast
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The Wonderful Wild Coast

What most people don’t realise about the Wild Coast is that it only spreads across 300 kilometers of coastline between Port Edward and Port Elizabeth. You don’t have to be a champion rock climber to have a great time here; take time to see things at a laid-back pace, you won’t be bored for a moment. That being said, the Wild Coast is not the place to go if you want to be indoors because outdoors is where everything is happening. The best way to experience as much as you can pack into your time on the Wild Coast is to pick your base and work your way outwards from there. From my point of...
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Ceres – it’s not just about the Fruit
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Ceres – it’s not just about the Fruit

Ceres, in the Western Cape, is named for the Roman goddess of the harvest and plenty. Living up to this name, the town has a reputation as one of the best fruit growing areas in South Africa, and accounts for a large amount of the production of deciduous and other fruit in the Cape. The fruit industry here so permeates the every day life of the town that the fruit growers have developed a tour through their factories to allow a peek into what makes the fruit from this area better than most, as well as tours of the farms, where the precious harvest is grown and dried for local use and export...
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Neighbourgoods Market in Cape Town
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Neighbourgoods Market in Cape Town

The Neighbourgoods Market in Cape Town based at 'The Old Biscuit Mill' in Woodstock, is Cape Town’s answer to world renowned markets such as Portobello Market in the U.K. It has a dedicated following of fashionistas, families, chefs, singeltons, hippies, yuppies and just about any other person who appreciates great food and atmosphere and something truly unique to fill a Saturday morning. A busy hub of organic offerings including meat, cheese, beverages, chocolates, cakes and desserts, it offers even the most discerning palate a treat for the senses. With barely enough space to breathe on a ...
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Observatory Cape Town (Obz!)
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Observatory Cape Town (Obz!)

Those visitors hankering for the more eclectic / hectic night-time buzz, should make their way to Observatory in Cape Town, or 'Obz', home to the first Royal Observatory and a dazzling array of bars and clubs and restaurants. Unlike Long Street, there’s ‘something of the night’ about Obz, its battered elegance cast into permanent shadow, those past pretensions brought to earth with a bang, decrepit balustrades overhanging walls and doorways smothered with graffiti and flyers. If ever a place was screaming out for gentrification ... Obz is definitely not for the faint hearted, it’s b...
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Diving in Cape Town
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Diving in Cape Town

Silently balancing in a state of almost complete weightlessness, the dark water moving around you, it can feel almost meditative. Here, in the quiet depths of the ocean, you are forced to ignore your often hyperactive, chattering mind and just focus on the dive, all your attention focused on absorbing the strange and sometimes alien world around you. As regular divers know, nothing compares to the raw purity of the untamed sea. The great thing about diving in Cape Town is the variety of dives. For starters you have two oceans to choose from and on any given day if the conditions are...
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Hiking the Otter Trail
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Hiking the Otter Trail

When they say you have to be ‘reasonably fit’ to be able to do the Otter Trail it means you better be able to carry all your equipment across rugged terrain for five days. However, as any serious hiker will confirm, the Otter Trail is simply the most glorious hiking trail in South Africa. The Otter Trail is for people who really want to hike and enjoy the extraordinary landscape as they go along, who want to immerse themselves in beauty and do not mind getting sweaty and having aching muscles at the end of each day. In other words if you spend more time thinking about what outfit to wear to...
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Adventure Sports in Cape Town
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Adventure Sports in Cape Town

Crouching behind a rock with a stinging wound on my back that was almost certainly going to bruise, I was having the most fun I’d had in a long time. I stood up and fired two rounds of high-velocity paintballs at the approaching weekend warriors. Shouts of pain and frustration told me that my projectiles had found their mark. Yes, despite Cape Town’s amazing range of wines and plethora of drinking spots, adrenalin is in fact the favoured intoxicant for many city-dwellers. The plentiful supply of rugged terrain and occasionally even more rugged locals means that Cape Town is one of t...
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Rock Climbing in the Western Cape
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Rock Climbing in the Western Cape

I have to admit, I'm not a very good rock climber. I'm the guy that experienced climbers take along in order to show off their skills and soon regret it. Invariably I'm the guy that gets stuck or injures myself and has to be helped and/or rescued. But one doesn't have to be Stallone in Cliffhanger to recognize the goldmine of rock climbing opportunities that Cape Town offers. Those coming from abroad will find rock climbing in the Western Cape extremely inexpensive as well as very accessible. Having entire crags and routes to themselves also often pleasantly surprises climbers visiting the ...
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Live Music in Cape Town
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Live Music in Cape Town

Crammed inside a smoky Cape Town club watching a floppy-haired, skinny jean-wearing indie band prance around on stage, it can be difficult to put your current musical appreciation into its proper historical context. And considering that last round of tequilas at the bar, probably unwise. That said, it can be an interesting trip looking at just how much musical history is concealed beneath the surface of Cape Town's nightlife. Music has always been part of Cape Town's legacy, from the earliest music of the Cape indigenous peoples to the folk music brought by European settlers to the area...
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Cape Town Craft Markets
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Cape Town Craft Markets

Shopping is one of those small joys in life. Although there's a lot to be said for the simple things in life that don't require money, sometimes nothing makes you feel quite as good as buying some new stuff. That said, big shopping centres offer the same thing all over the world and finding something unique to an area is becoming more and more difficult. Craft markets have long been a part of Cape Town's way of offering alternatives to mainstream shopping. Several markets exists, each completely different to one another, and each offering a special little piece of Capetonian lifestyle. ...
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Cape Town Theatre
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Cape Town Theatre

When it comes to the dramatic arts, Cape Town is a real diva. Home to a number of theatres and performing arts groups as well as the world-class University of Cape Town arts and drama schools, you’ll never be at a loss for theatrical entertainment when visiting the city. Whether it be Shakespearean drama, dance, stand-up comedy, Theatresports, or experimental fringe theatre, you’re bound to find something to suit your taste. For starters, as a theatre buff, you can hardly afford to miss out on the Maynardville experience. The Maynardville Open-Air theatre is situated in Wynberg and e...
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The South African Golfing Experience
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The South African Golfing Experience

South Africa has a rich golfing heritage, having produced such golfing greats as Gary Player, Bobby Locke and Ernie Els. These great golfers, however, would not have had the opportunity to become champions had it not been for the outstanding golf courses that South Africa has to offer. The Western Cape, in particular, boasts many world class golf courses and estates and with its moderate Mediterranean climate and spectacular scenery, it has become one of the world's premier golfing destinations. Royal Cape is the oldest recognised golf course in the city and it was here that golf was firs...
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Surfing in Cape Town
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Surfing in Cape Town

With around forty-nine established surf spots all within an hour’s drive and the choice of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town is somewhat of a haven for surfers from around the world. Cape Town has a very active surfing community and the variety of surfspots means that everybody can be accommodated. If you’re looking for a beginner’s wave, one of the best beaches to start off is Muizenberg beach. Muizenberg offers gentle waves, but they are fun and just keep on coming all day long. Not really the right kind of beach if you’re looking to carve your name or ride barrels. But if y...
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Visit Hartbeespoort Dam
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Visit Hartbeespoort Dam

Surrounded by the majesty of the Magaliesberg mountain range, Hartbeespoort Dam is situated in the North West Province of South Africa. The village of Hartbeespoort is situated along the shores of the well known Hartbeespoort Dam. This spectacular dam is a popular destination for weekend getaways or day trips. The Harbeespoort Dam was constructed in 1925 and currently boasts a capacity of 205 million cubic metres and its shoreline, when full, is approximately 56km! These awesome characteristics allow for all thrilling watersport adventures to be enjoyed here including parasailing, windsurfi...
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