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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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6 of the Top Ecotourism Destinations in South Africa
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6 of the Top Ecotourism Destinations in South Africa

Ecotourism destinations in South Africa are some of the most beautiful in the world. The country’s natural areas are conserved in a series of UNESCO world heritage sites, nature reserves and national parks, which is why South Africa makes it onto the list of the 17 most megadiverse countries in the world. Fact: South Africa is the 3rd most biodiverse place on Earth. The country boasts 10% of the world’s plant species whilst 65% of these are found only in South Africa. It’s the only country in the world with an entire floristic kingdom within its border (Cape Floristic Region, better kno...
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South Africas Most Underrated Wine Regions
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South Africas Most Underrated Wine Regions

South Africa's most Underrated Wine Regions - Anyone worth their salt knows that the bulk of South Africa's top wine producers lie on the Cape South Western Coast within 145 km of Cape Town. Something about the combination of folded mountains and crisp ocean air mean that this 'new world' region (despite having produced wine for centuries, South African wines have only begun to make a dent on the average overseas grocery store shelf in the last 10 years) has emerged as a high quality producer of both red and white wines. Forty years ago South Africa had about 200 local wine labels. Most ...
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10 Epic South African Highlights You Can’t Ignore
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10 Epic South African Highlights You Can’t Ignore

First time visitor to South Africa? These South African highlights are for you. Because whilst there are many other attractions and beautiful places, it’s these 10 South African highlights that will give you a real taste for the country. Exploring South Africa can take you from hip and trendy cities to deep into the star-studded Karoo; from beaches washed by two oceans to red dunes of the Kalahari; from mountains thick with mist to the bushveld where drives and walks bring you as close as you can get to wildlife... South African highlights are as diverse, filled with energy and beauty as...
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Memorable Staycation Ideas in South Africa city-by-city
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Memorable Staycation Ideas in South Africa city-by-city

Memorable Staycation Ideas in South Africa city-by-city - Have a Holiday Without Straying too Far from Home. /steɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ - the cheeky blend of ‘vacation’ and ‘stay at home’ describes the idea that rather than going overseas one takes a holiday in one’s home country. Staycation ideas in South Africa mean you holiday without venturing too far from home. Going on holiday without leaving the country is something South Africans do well. But we’ve gone a step further with our staycation ideas in South Africa. We’ve found escapes within 2 hours of your city. How many of these staycation i...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa Properly

When it comes to outstanding beauty the viewpoint overlooking the 16 km long, 800m deep, the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa is going to leave you nothing less than overwhelmed - the sheer scale and refined symmetry of the scene makes a trip here unforgettable. After Table Mountain, the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa is the country’s most-visited natural attraction. Splayed out before you are the impressive northerly reaches of the Drakensberg Escarpment where it meets the lowveld, including the famous Three Rondavels, whilst below is the startling blue and irregular shape of the ...
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You’ll Find These 15 Amazing Animals in South Africa
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You’ll Find These 15 Amazing Animals in South Africa

When it comes to listing amazing animals in South Africa it’s tempting to think that the country is only about its Big Five animals (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant). But there is so much more to your animal experience than the Big Five in the country on the southern edge of Africa. This list of 15 amazing animals in South Africa includes some animals found only in South Africa, whilst others are shared with the rest of Africa - all of them are unique, beautiful, amazing animals... Amazing animals in South Africa Black maned Lions Black maned lions call the Kalahari Desert hom...
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10 Awesome Non-Touristy Things to Do in South Africa
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10 Awesome Non-Touristy Things to Do in South Africa

Finding the out-of-the-way spaces and places (non-touristy things to do in South Africa) that haven’t yet been annexed by tourists and their ilk isn’t difficult in South Africa - there’s so much to discover and see that you won’t have to share with others. In South Africa you can still find non touristy things to do that don’t involve a queue, entail waiting your turn, or for which you need not turn up at dawn for the experience. South Africa does non-touristy things to do as well as the next country, if not better - scroll down and discover how many of these non touristy things to do in...
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10 of the Most Exciting Regions and Cities in South Africa
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10 of the Most Exciting Regions and Cities in South Africa

10 of the Most Exciting Cities in South Africa ~ South Africa is vast... The cities in South Africa are, by default, large too (Johannesburg alone has over 500 suburbs and covers an area of over 520 square kilometres). South Africa’s the 24th largest country in the world; five times the size of the UK, 3 x bigger than Japan and twice that of France. In fact it’s bigger than every country in Europe, except Russia, and every state in the USA, other than Alaska. The cities in South Africa are many. Some are politically important (South Africa has three capitals - Cape Town, Pretoria and ...
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The Most Spectacular Uncharted Mountain Ranges in South Africa
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The Most Spectacular Uncharted Mountain Ranges in South Africa

Anyone who’s a seasoned traveller knows about the mountain ranges in South Africa that most impress: Table Mountain, the Drakensberg, the Pilanesberg, the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Cederberg make it onto most visitors’ must-do lists. But the country has a good deal more to offer by way of mountains... Geologically many of the mountain ranges in South Africa are part of the Cape Fold Belt system - a series of ancient parallel mountain ranges that extend between the Cederberg and Port Elizabeth, including Table Mountain. This mountain system made travel for early settlers int...
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Must-Visit Places in the Mountains of the Eastern Cape
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Must-Visit Places in the Mountains of the Eastern Cape

Much has been written about the Eastern Cape’s incredible coastline and beaches and the lush rolling hills and deep gorges of the region’s trail-rich Wild Coast. But the Eastern Cape’s interior, and the mountains of the Eastern Cape, remain an anomaly - a departure from your average visitor’s itinerary. Only a small group of driven 4x4 enthusiasts enjoy the challenges of the 8 mountain passes of the Eastern Cape. And even fewer travellers realise that beyond the temperate rainforests of the Tsitsikamma, and the Indian-ocean washed beaches of the Sunshine Coast, is a province given ove...
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