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A Tour of the Most Famous Landmarks in South Africa
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A Tour of the Most Famous Landmarks in South Africa

A Tour of the Most Famous Landmarks in South Africa ~ South Africa’s most famous landmarks are as many and as varied as the country’s landscapes, people and culture. Landmark - an object or feature of a landscape or town that is easily seen and recognised from a distance that enables someone to establish their location. - Wiki Here are the Most Famous Landmarks in South Africa... Table Mountain One has only to stand at the V&A Waterfront and look up for Table Mountain’s iconic flat top to loom above you. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Table Mountain is without doubt S...
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The 6 Coolest Neighbourhoods in South Africa: Why South Africa is More Hip than You Think
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The 6 Coolest Neighbourhoods in South Africa: Why South Africa is More Hip than You Think

Visitors to South Africa are often surprised by how trendy and hip it is. Vibrant neighbourhoods in South Africa are not uncommon. Contrary to perceptions of the country as a third world backwater, the major cities surprise with edgy neighbourhoods in South Africa that are at once trendy and innovative, pulling visitors with a mix of gentrification, authentic food experiences, markets, roof-top bars and sophisticated boutiques. If inner-city vibe is an important part of your travel experience, then .... head to these cool and spirited neighbourhoods in South Africa In Durban Stati...
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Great Ideas for the Heritage Day Long Weekend
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Great Ideas for the Heritage Day Long Weekend

Heritage Day, which is fast becoming colloquially known as "National Braai Day", is around the corner. Synonymous for many with a "tjop en 'n dop", there are however loads of other ways to get out and celebrate your heritage as a South African. We have 24 suggestions for you which not only make the most of our country's natural beauty but also herald the start of Spring and the many activities we've been looking forward to for the last 3 months. Heritage Day is celebrated annually on the 24th of September, to recognise aspects of our culture and foster understanding and reconciliation. Herit...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Garden Route Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Garden Route Properly

The Garden Route, for the uninitiated, is not a self-drive circuit linking cultivated gardens for the horticulturally inclined. Rather, it’s a one-of-a-kind journey along a coastline where mountains crowd a shoreline punctuated with a myriad beaches, lakes and bays. Where indigenous forests, amber-coloured rivers and beaches stretch forever. The Garden Route has been touted as the ‘Greatest Road Trip’ by CNN, Huffington Post, Rough Guides and the Business Insider. And the ‘garden’ bit? Well, this section of coast forms the fulcrum of the Cape Floral Kingdom (a World Heritage Site) know...
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On Safari in Cape Town? Yes You Can
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On Safari in Cape Town? Yes You Can

On Safari in Cape Town ~ Yes You Can! The Western Cape game reserves are, admittedly, not the jewel in the crown of the province more famous for its vineyards, mountains, seascapes, whale watching and Cape Dutch architecture. But game reserves there are, and by no means a mere handful, in the Western Cape. What’s great about these Western Cape game lodges, versus those wildlife reserves in other provinces, is that they play on their strong points, focusing largely on the beauty of the environment, and the animals from the area. So, few of them have ‘imported’ the Big 5 choosing ins...
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South Africa’s 10 World Heritage Sites – and why they’re worth a visit
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South Africa’s 10 World Heritage Sites – and why they’re worth a visit

Edited and new information added on 6 August 2018... South Africa now has 10 World Heritage Sites - sites of ‘outstanding universal value to humanity’, each of them protected for the future of our children thanks to a collective international community (UNESCO) that functions to keep these World Heritage Sites safe from harm. For a full list (starting with the most recent first) of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites, keep scrolling. There are just short of 1100 UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world: The Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Galapagos Islands...
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15 Best Coffee Shops in South Africa
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15 Best Coffee Shops in South Africa

15 Best Coffee Shops in South Africa, with Places To Stay so Close You Can Fall Out of Bed for Your Cuppa Leveraging off South Africa’s growing coffee culture, we suggest you bookmark this list of best coffee shops in South Africa. We’ve made it super easy for you to book a place to stay within a stone’s throw of the good brew. The global demand for coffee and café culture, and the increased enjoyment of speciality and premium coffees like origin-specific or ethically sourced coffee means that South Africa is no stranger to coffee roasteries and shops. South Africa, like many corners...
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A Guide to the Major Lakes of South Africa – including Some You Won’t Know
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A Guide to the Major Lakes of South Africa – including Some You Won’t Know

When one thinks of South Africa one imagines the vast plains of the bushveld, the vines of the Cape Winelands, wave-washed towns and Table Mountain. Some visitors come for the country’s deserts. Major lakes of South Africa rarely spring to mind. But South Africa has lakes. One just has to know where to find them. A lake is a large body of water localised in a basin or occupying a land depression that is surrounded by land. Generally speaking: a lake is a lot larger than a pond. Most lakes are freshwater, but being salty doesn’t disqualify a body of water from being called a lake. One...
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Creighton’s Aloe Festival – A Midlands Event not to be missed
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Creighton’s Aloe Festival – A Midlands Event not to be missed

During the month of July the little village of Creighton in the Natal Midlands comes to life as it hosts the annual Aloe Festival. The festival takes place over the weekend of July 6th to 8th and there are a number of activities on offer; steam train rides, hot air ballooning, trail runs and mountain bike rides... A trail run is the first event on the festival calendar. Starting at 17h30 from Myddelton Farm on Friday, July 6th, this 6.5km run (with a shorter loop for walkers, children and dogs!) promises to be a great start to the weekend. The race fee includes entry to the cheese and w...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve Properly

See the Big 5 closer to Durban than you think ... The Hluhluwe iMfolozi (shla-shloo-wee-om-fa-low-zee - it’s a mouthful but you’ll get used to it) combines two reserves of unmistakably different character. As if to reinforce this idea, there’s a public road dividing the two. Three rivers flow permanently through the park. Two - the Black and White Imfolozi s - etch their way through a series of valleys in the southern section leaving rich riverine vegetation to accompany drier woodland, grassy plains and open savannah for spotting wildlife. Dissecting the Hluhluwe section is the Hlu...
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7 Alternative Things to Do in South Africa
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7 Alternative Things to Do in South Africa

With rumours rife that South Africa could soon get rid of its stifling child visa rules, and the creation of a direct flight between Durban and London, things for tourists are looking peachy. Alternative South Africa is very much alive and well thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of its people, and the recent push for tourism by the government. But not everyone wants to follow the well-worn tourist route when they look for things to do in South Africa... Alternative South Africa has plenty to offer, if you know where to to find it - tours through neighbourhoods you didn’t even know exist...
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Everything you Need to Know to See the Addo Elephant Park Properly
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Everything you Need to Know to See the Addo Elephant Park Properly

South Africa’s third-largest park, Addo Elephant Park stretches from the mountains of the Karoo across the fynbos and forest-clad Sundays River Valley all the way to the biggest dune fields in the country on the coastline at Woody Cape. The park is not only about elephants, although if it’s elephants you’ve come to see then you’re in the right place It’s also hugely ecologically diverse. And you’ll see plenty of other game - black rhinos, zebras, Cape buffaloes, spotted hyenas, birds galore, and even a group of black-maned Kalahari lions, considered the closest thing to the original Cape lio...
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The 15 Most Picturesque Places to Visit in the Karoo
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The 15 Most Picturesque Places to Visit in the Karoo

The Karoo is vast and places to visit in the Karoo are myriad. Divided into the Succulent, Nama, Klein and Grassy Karoo it straddles most of South Africa’s inner country, hogging the west coast, sprawling as far east as Cradock and Smithfield, extending northwards as far as Putsonderwater, and encroaching south on the Western Cape towns of Barrydale, Oudtshoorn and Robertson. Picturesque places to visit in the Karoo, some would argue, depend on the eye of the beholder, but we think you’ll agree that none of these is worth passing over. The 15 most picturesque places to visit in the Karoo ...
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10 of the Coolest Artisanal Spots and Places to Stay in the Riebeek Valley
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10 of the Coolest Artisanal Spots and Places to Stay in the Riebeek Valley

Once the N7 completes its (relentless) upgrades, the already short trip from Cape Town to the Riebeek Valley will become a cinch - what takes just over an hour now could easily become as effortless as under an hour’s drive. The uncontested capital of the Swartland, the Riebeek Valley is already a popular weekend haunt not only because it’s so close to the Mother City, but because there is so much to offer the visitor. The tourist show-town of Riebeek Kasteel has a ‘high street’ and little ‘village’ awash with elegant accommodation, boutique-style shops and foodie havens, bakeries and restaur...
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These 3 South African Decorative Arts are Now Famous
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These 3 South African Decorative Arts are Now Famous

These 3 South African Decorative Arts, practised Only in South Africa, are Now Famous ~ Aside from San Rock Art, which is enjoying a resurgence since South Africa became such a hot tourist destination, many indigenous South African decorative arts have been lost as a result of the suppression of rural culture by former apartheid policies. But more recently South Africa’s born-free generation - people like Laduma Ngxokolo with his knitwear designs based on Xhosa beadwork - have given South African decorative art a rejuvenation, placing it firmly at the forefront of innovative art. “There is...
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