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  • The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip walk shares portions of its hike with the larger Karbonkelberg Traverse, which is roughly seven hours of hard walk from Hout Bay harbour to Llandudno ...
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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

10 Superb Scenic Drives in South Africa

Narrowing scenic drives in South Africa down to ten is not easy. Just the mountain passes in each of the provinces would leave you speechless for months (the Swartberg, Sani and Bainskloof passes in particular).

And so we’ve selected a number of longer routes, some of which incorporate mountain passes, from across the country.

Each of these drives has a unique beauty.

Drive as many of them as you can. Continued

Thursday, 26 November 2015

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-up paddling or simply watching the water drift by.

South Africa has many rivers. Here is a list of activities on 8 of South Africas most significant riversContinued

Monday, 23 November 2015

Just Who Visits South Africa, And Why? – The Top Ten Countries

Voted among the top 50 most tourist-friendly countries in the world, by the World Economic Forum recently, South Africa remains a popular place to visit.

In the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report South Africa leads sub-Saharan Africa and ranks 48th overall (out of 141 countries); even higher on the list than Mauritius, a major tourist destination (56th). Why?

Our rich natural (20th) and cultural resources (22nd), a positive business environment (15th) – no over-burdensome red tape and modest administrative burden – and good infrastructure when compared to neighbouring countries.

We rank 24th in online searches for nature-related activities Continued

Friday, 13 November 2015

7 Most Amazing Caves To Visit In The Western Cape

Caves – underground crevices and cavities that develop naturally over millennia, usually due to erosive underwater action or the slow erosion of dripping water – keep hidden the natural beauty and splendours of the world; their breathtaking formation or cultural relevance uncovered by scientists or explorers and later shared with visitors.

Their importance, or simply their majesty, an echo of the people or creatures who have celebrated, lived or sheltered against their porous walls and floors.

Some of these caves are filled with stalactites and stalagmites, others harbour historical evidence of mankind’s early existence. Some are open for visiting, others can only be explored by scientist-led tours. All of these amazing caves are beautiful… Continued

Monday, 9 November 2015

10 Natural Attractions In The Natal Midlands

As the name suggests the Midlands lie in the middle of KwaZulu Natal, in that part of the province that lies beyond Pietermaritzburg but before the Drakensberg Mountains.

Much of this area is now popularised by the Midlands Meander – a self-drive arts, crafts, eateries and farmstay route that is a retreat for holiday makers. It is best done with some advance research, and a Midlands Meander guide (available at most stores en route) in hand to uncover the real treats and first-rate spots.

The Midlands is quintessential country living – green hills, forests, waterfalls, the foothills of the Drakensberg, lakes and dams, farmlands, great birding, fishing, hiking, walking and biking opportunities. And the chance to slow down.

Here are 10 natural attractions in the Natal MidlandsContinued

Monday, 12 October 2015

10 Natural Attractions on the West Coast

Despite the surge in tourism that has thrust South Africa into the limelight as a holiday destination to which Europeans and Americans make return visits, this long stretch of fishing villages, windswept beaches, open-air seafood restaurants and icy seas remains relatively obscure.

However, it is conveniently close enough to Cape Town to serve as an escape for Capetonians.

The southern parts of the coastline are thus beginning to feel the pressure, and towns like Paternoster burst at the seams over long weekends and the festive season. But head north outside the flower season to the Namaqualand and its coast, or inland to the Cederberg, and you will discover a rural, raw beauty that is difficult to find elsewhere.

Here are 10 natural attractions on the West CoastContinued

Monday, 5 October 2015

10 top natural attractions in the Karoo

What the Outback is to Australia, the Karoo is to South Africa.

It occupies 400 000 km²- practically one-third of the country’s total area; a vast, semi-arid region in the heart of the country, bounded by mountains in the south and west, and the huge Senqu, or Orange River, on its eastern and northern flanks.

This area of little rainfall, blue and cloudless skies, and extreme temperatures may have acted as a barrier to the interior from Cape Town for early settlers, but today it has come out of isolation to become a major tourist attraction – its immense spaces, incredible mountains, idiosyncratic towns and promise of escape the reason for its popularity.

These 10 top natural attractions are only a taste of what the Karoo holds in store for you. Continued

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Top Ten Natural Attractions in the Free State

The term ‘free state‘ dates back to South Africa’s early history when, for almost 150 years, the white settlers, who lived between the Vaal and Orange rivers in an area they called the Orange Free State, were independent of British rule.

Today the fundamentally Afrikaans province is also the home of the country’s judicial capital and birthplace of the ANC.

However, the Free State’s major appeal is its natural beauty, open farmlands, and uninterrupted sky, quirky, idiosyncratic towns and villages, interesting road routes, and the vast rocky mountain area of the East Highlands.

For more on the Free State’s history, visit the City of Roses, Bloemfontein. This historical heartland is awash with museums, memorials and monuments.

For natural beauty, visit the Top Ten Natural Attractions in the Free StateContinued

Monday, 28 September 2015

Top Ten Natural Attractions in the Garden Route

The Garden Route is a coastal corridor between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains – that divide the Garden Route from the Little Karoo – and the Indian Ocean so richly endowed in natural beauty that one is hard pushed to narrow a list down to a mere 10 attractions.

It provides a coastline of some 300 km between Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay – one of South Africa’s most popular holiday destinations for its effortless combination of ancient forests, rivers, wetlands, pristine stretches of beach, lakes, mountains and fynbos.

Here are 10 of the most popular natural attractions in the Garden Route. Continued

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Twenty Ways To Tell You Are In South Africa

Every country has quirks and idiosyncrasies that make that country unique, even if with globalisation people and experiences are becoming rather predictable. However, down at the tip of the African continent, things are still very far from formulaic.

When it comes to offbeat, original and distinctive South Africa still has a firm grip on what it is to deliver an experience to the visitor. We guarantee you’ll still be talking about this list for years to come!

Here are twenty ways to tell you are in South Africa… Continued

Monday, 21 September 2015

Top Ten Natural Attractions in the Western Cape

Africa’s most southern region, the Western Cape is also the country’s most mountainous and, some would argue, most beautiful province (certainly those who live in Cape Town like to think so).

It has more iconic-style attractions than any other province, and the combination of winelands, beaches, mountains and cosmopolitan lifestyle appeal enough to attract over 50% of international visitors to the country (Cape Town’s big six tourist attractions are visited by a higher number of foreign tourists than locals).

Here are Top Ten Natural Attractions in the Western Cape that keep them coming… Continued

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

National Parks Week – Visit a Park For Free Tomorrow or Friday

There are only two days left to take advantage of National Parks Week.

This annual celebration of spring allows South Africans FREE access to most of the 21 national parks across the country, from this Monday to Friday, the 18 or Saturday, 19 September 2015, depending on the park.

This is the tenth year that SANParks has held this week as a way to encourage locals to connect with their culture and heritage (September is also heritage month). Continued

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Top Ten Natural Attractions in Limpopo

Named after the river that runs through it Limpopo is the country’s most northern province, often overlooked by visitors who head, instead, to the country’s more exciting provinces like the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

But if you consider that seven of the country’s eleven languages are spoken in Limpopo; that the area has some of the most well established nature and game reserves with a rich stock of wildlife, as well as some of the most breathtaking mountainous scenery – and that’s excluding the Kruger National Park, which functions as the country’s main attraction – then the province has more to offer the visitor than meets the eye.

When next in Limpopo, visit all of the Top Ten Natural Attractions in LimpopoContinued

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Top Ten Natural Attractions in the North West Province

Whether it is renamed Bokone Bophirima or not will do little to change the muddied perception amongst travellers that North West has little more to offer than Sun City and the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve.

Also known as the platinum province, for its production of 94% of the country’s plantinum, this lesser known part of South Africa lies north-west of Johannesburg where it nudges up against Botswana and the Kalahari.

Jostling with Gauteng for claim to the Cradle of Humankind, North West is fundamentally a bushveld playground – great swathes of grassland dominated by nature reserve upon game reserve with little to interrupt the expanse than the Magaliesberg mountains, one hundred times older than the Himalayas. These straddle the province’s eastern flank and function as a bolt-hole for Jo’burgers.

Small wonder then that the top 10 natural attractions in the North West Province are dominated by nature reserves… Continued

Friday, 28 August 2015

Top 4 Snorkelling Spots On Durbans Coast

The best thing about Durban is its warm seas. Durban’s ‘all year round summer’ translates into sea temperatures, even in winter, that hover around 20 degrees Celsius.

Even Durban’s summer sea temperatures are more akin to a bath than the sea, and you can spend hours in the water without feeling the cold.

If this weren’t enough of an invitation (bearing in mind that you may need to live in the sea between January and March as the city’s humidity can get unbearable), the clarity of the water and the phenomenal sea life also make Durban the perfect place to snorkel, particularly along the north coast (Ballito, Salt Rock and Sheffield areas).

Here are 4 of the best snorkeling spots on Durbans Coast… Continued