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The Valley Of Mystery – Gamkaskloof
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The Valley Of Mystery – Gamkaskloof

Vertical slabs of rocky layers echo against one hairpin bend after the next as the road to hell zigzags below and disappears into the distance. Millions of years ago these mountains were a seabed, a century ago this road did not exist, but now there are creases to your left, folds to your right and peaks towering above while sheer drops grab the absence of your acrophobia into trembling existence.A klipspringer surefootedly leaps down while the wind tickles pink proteas into a silent sway; the phone has given up its quest for signal and isolation sets in as you meander and manoeuvre along ...
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Impressive Views of The Garden Route
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Impressive Views of The Garden Route

Impressive Views of The Garden Route ~ The Garden Route is one of the most scenic stretches in South Africa (and the world, in the humble opinion of almost everyone that’s been there). It’s not hard to get breath-taking photos of gorgeous vistas at just about every turn.Still, there are some places that are that much more beautiful. They promise exquisite views – whether they are from high mountains, across vast lakes, or from the secluded vantage point of a cave. So, to make sure that you get the absolute best of the Garden Route beauty, we recommend a few spots that promise particularly ...
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Going Wild On The Spore Of Cradock’s Cheetahs in Mountain Zebra National Park
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Going Wild On The Spore Of Cradock’s Cheetahs in Mountain Zebra National Park

Going Wild On The Spore Of Cradock's Cheetahs in Mountain Zebra National Park ~ In the distance stands a lone wind pump.  Its time-worn steel blades turn slowly as the Karoo air gently breathes in and out. Squeak, squeak, squeak, it breaks the silence spanning across the dry semi-arid landscape of dust, grassland, open vistas and flat-topped hills peeking out – one behind the other - in degrees of flat-flatter-flattest comparison.And then, on the dirt road something appears in front of you – clothed in the black and white stripes – you spot more: zebras, black wildebeest, red hartebeest an...
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A Journey from Yesteryear to Tomorrow: Long March to Freedom
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A Journey from Yesteryear to Tomorrow: Long March to Freedom

From a distance you see them, all lined up on the grass as you approach the Maropeng Visitor Centre at the Cradle of Humankind. You squint your eyes and look again before you ask yourself "what’s going on here, who are these people, where are they going?"You try to count.Is it 50? 60? No it must certainly be more...The closer you get, the more intense the presence and goal-driven stature of 100-odd people fills the space that is just 50 km from the City of Johannesburg.It is tangible. Visceral.  Real.And then it hits you that these are not just people, but heroes; all c...
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Rock and Roll around the Cederberg Mountains
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Rock and Roll around the Cederberg Mountains

A cloud of dust puffs up mid-air behind your wheels as you meander along the dirt road, above a lone jackal buzzard’s glides into the distance and to your sides rock formations – stacked by Mother Nature herself – grab your attention with an "oh, look here" and an "oh, look there".This is the Cederberg Wilderness Area, and in that moment of dust and flying birds you realise how unique South Africa’s natural environment is, and on top of that, how unique the sense of exploration is among travellers, because here you are, about 230 km away from Cape Town, stopping to admire rocks...Y...
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The Animal Magnetism Of Port Elizabeth
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The Animal Magnetism Of Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is famous for a few things – friendly people, gorgeous beaches, excellent hotels, massive sand dunes, and a (very generous and consistent) breeze. But, few people realise that Port Elizabeth is also teeming with wildlife. And, not just wildlife that you have to go on a game drive to see (although it has that wildlife too) - but also animals that you can feed, touch and photograph from up close. Places to See and Touch Animals in Port Elizabeth Homeleigh Farmyard This animal petting farm is a favourite for families with little ones, but is also popular for anyone that loves th...
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Cape Town Has Been Winning Awards Since 1580
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Cape Town Has Been Winning Awards Since 1580

If you’ve ever enjoyed a holiday in Cape Town, you’ll know that it’s special. There’s something magical about this city. It could be the massive Table Mountain that looms over the City Bowl, the ocean on the doorstep of suburbs like Sea Point and Camps Bay, the non-stop shopping, or the distinct African rhythm that permeates it like a heartbeat. It's no secret that Cape Town is a multi-award-winning destination. In fact, it's been receiving coveted awards and accolades since 1580, when Sir Francis Drake said of this city, "This Cape is the most stately thing and the fairest Cape we saw in the...
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Gouritsmond – When You Want To Do Nothing At All
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Gouritsmond – When You Want To Do Nothing At All

Staying in Gouritsmond is ideal for travellers that don’t want to make any decision that’s bigger than, “Do I want to do my crossword now or after my snooze?”  This is the place you go to when the thrill of city life has worn thin and you’re done with traffic, noise, malls, people, lights, and chores. When you’re just done and you need to regroup...About Gouritsmond This little town is about 40 kilometres from Mossel Bay (towards Cape Town) on the Garden Route. After leaving the N2, there are tar roads flanked by sprawling farmlands all the way to the town. The grass is luminous green i...
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Who needs Thailand? Just go to Gerickes Point
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Who needs Thailand? Just go to Gerickes Point

If you booked your accommodation on the Garden Route and you’re after some pure sun-, sea- and sand-style bliss, Gerickes is South Africa’s answer to Thailand. And, we all need a little Thailand in our lives. Actually, when it comes to pristine beaches, dramatic mountains, sea life, and world-class surfing; Gerickes takes the seaside cake – beating Thailand hands-down... Why Gerickes Point? Gerickes Point on Swartvlei Beach, just outside Sedgefield and about 25 minutes from Knysna, has a unique combination of pros that set it apart.The Rock Pools Gerickes gives “rock pools” a whole ne...
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Top Hiking Trails in Limpopo and Mpumalanga – Hike the North Eastern Corner of South Africa
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Top Hiking Trails in Limpopo and Mpumalanga – Hike the North Eastern Corner of South Africa

The outdoor lifestyle of South Africa only expands the further north east you go, so it isn’t difficult to find top hiking trails in Limpopo and Mpumalanga.Dominated by far more than the Kruger National Park, the north eastern corner of South Africa is a patchwork quilt of game and nature reserves where largely uncharted mountain ranges (Waterberg, Blouberg, Wolkberg) give rise to wide regions of wilderness, winding rivers, lakes, lush indigenous forests (particularly in the Magoebaskloof), rugged kloofs and plenty of game.To experience the wildness at the heart of South Africa take ad...
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Lagoon Loving and Featherbed Fun at the Featherbed Nature Reserve
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Lagoon Loving and Featherbed Fun at the Featherbed Nature Reserve

Knysna is famous for a few things – the Heads, the Knysna Lagoon, the elephants in the forest, and the Featherbed Nature Reserve.Well, there are loads more (loads!), but these are probably the most postcard-worthy of them. And, if you're planning to stay overnight in the Garden Route, they're a must for your itinerary.I’ve lived in Knysna along the Garden Route for four years and I’ve given the heads (two mountain pillars that guard the entry from the ocean to the lagoon) and the lagoon a proverbial run for their money in terms of seeing them, loving them, and showing them off to my fr...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Madikwe Game Reserve Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Madikwe Game Reserve Properly

See the Madikwe Game Reserve properly - Nudging up against the border with Botswana and the Kalahari, four to five hours drive north west of Johannesburg, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve provides some of the greatest game viewing in South Africa. Madikwe’s authentic people-based wildlife conservation has been wooing visitors for over 20 years yet it remains an all-time favourite safari experience. It's acacia bushveld, open woodlands and purple hills are home not only to the Big Five but 350 bird species, unusual sightings of animals like the bat-eared fox, aardwolf and honey badger, and p...
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Swimming with Seals & 15 Other Unusual Things to Do in South Africa
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Swimming with Seals & 15 Other Unusual Things to Do in South Africa

There are many unusual things to do in South Africa, if you look beyond the essential attractions high on any visitor’s list.Not only is South Africa one of the most diverse and vibrant countries on the African continent but it’s gone all out to create travel ‘experiences’ worth sharing.Don’t believe us? Take a quick glance through these unusual things to do South Africa: 1. Swim with seals It’s only fair to warn you that snorkelling with Cape fur seals just off the coast of the republic of Hout Bay does necessitate your competence as a swimmer. You won’t need snorkel gear or experie...
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Stunning South African Film Locations of Hollywood Movies – Stay There Too!
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Stunning South African Film Locations of Hollywood Movies – Stay There Too!

Ever wondered where the spectacular scenes you see in movies actually are? South African film locations blow movie producers away with their beauty.They’d have to be ridiculously short sighted not to take advantage of the varied and appealing landscapes or the current Rand Dollar exchange rate.But what makes South African film locations even more attractive is the government’s tax rebate for movie makers - 20% of everything shot in the country (as long as 50% of the film is shot in the country).             Because of this our shores are practically dripping celebs... Kate Beckinsale...
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10 Beaches Outside Cape Town You Need to Visit
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10 Beaches Outside Cape Town You Need to Visit

It’s hard to imagine that one needs beaches outside Cape Town, when so many of the beaches in Cape Town are so beautiful.But come the end of the year when the traffic along Main Road reaches gridlock (and you’d be faster cycling or walking) for a kilometre either side of Kalk Bay, and you begin to imagine vast, sandy, less popular beaches where the wind can whip your hair and the balmy waters beckon…This list of 10 beaches outside Cape Town entail an hour or two’s drive, some of them further than others, all an easy day trip (leave early, take a picnic). Beaches Outside Cape Town .......
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