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Everything You Need to Know to See the Cradle of Humankind Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Cradle of Humankind Properly

The Cradle of Humankind South Africa gives a first-hand account of mankind’s roots. Your ancestry starts right here. You’re home. Watch this ... Well over 2 million years ago when the rocky outcrops and highveld grasslands just outside Johannesburg were ranged by huge animals, a young child was snatched up by an eagle and fell into a series of limestone caves. Years later, in 1924, Raymond Dart was to discover the skull in the Taung quarry, which became known as the Taung Child (you can see it today on the Taung Heritage Route in the North West province). The child’s skull i...
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15 Inland South African Villages That are on Everyone’s Travel List
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15 Inland South African Villages That are on Everyone’s Travel List

What makes a village a village? And where will you find South African villages? A village, by definition, is slightly smaller than a town, but bigger than a hamlet. Often people call them towns anyway as the differences between them are so slight. Generally speaking a village should have a church, possibly a post office. But not terribly much more. Each village usually has at least one character, more than willing to chat on a street corner. South African villages are a quintessential experience of life in the country. They lie scattered across South Africa, lived in by all kinds o...
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10 Dropdead Gorgeous Places to Visit on the East Coast of South Africa
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10 Dropdead Gorgeous Places to Visit on the East Coast of South Africa

The East Coast of South Africa is vast. So vast that it’s not known as the ‘East Coast’, the way the West Coast is known as the ‘West Coast’ - probably because the Eastern Cape makes up such a large portion of it, leading to confusion. But also because there are so many different tourist coasts along its length. The East Coast South Africa includes: the Sunshine Coast, the Wild Coast, the Hibiscus Coast, Dolphin Coast and the Elephant Coast! The East Coast of South Africa stretches from Port Elizabeth, past East London Accommodation - the city named after the east of London (it res...
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The Best Hiking Trails in the Eastern Cape
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The Best Hiking Trails in the Eastern Cape

South Africa’s Eastern Cape has some of the best hiking trails in the country. We struggled to narrow down our choice but you can choose from a longer list of Eastern Cape hiking trails here. Our selection below includes mostly multi-day hiking trails Eastern Cape, but we’ve made sure to add one or two day hikes for those with neither the time, nor the fitness (some of the longer trails have shorter versions) to cope with strenuous trails. South Africa’s Eastern Cape is Nelson Mandela’s homeland with some of the most varied landscape in the country. It’s slower than Gauteng and the Weste...
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10 Unexplored Places in South Africa that will Make You Want to Visit
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10 Unexplored Places in South Africa that will Make You Want to Visit

South Africa is one of the most visited places in Africa, alongside countries like Egypt and Morocco. But most every visitor does the highlights: Kruger National Park, V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, the Winelands, Johannesburg, the Garden Route and Robben Island. It’s the brave and intrepid, those unafraid of surprises and adventure, who take on the unexamined; the untold parts of a country. If you’re one of those who enjoys an experience beyond the conventional, then these unexplored places in South Africa are just as beautiful as the country’s most visited parts. The advantage bei...
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Outside the Box Ideas for the Best of Travel in South Africa
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Outside the Box Ideas for the Best of Travel in South Africa

For your next holiday think differently... Look at getting the best of Travel in South Africa from a new perspective. Because we’ve a few novel and creative outside the box ideas to share with you. Each of the accommodation options below is unconventional - because they’re creative, off-the-beaten-path, or just plain fun. And a stay in each can only give you a new found appreciation for the country. These outside the box ideas allow you to combine a few together, and in that way see some of the best South Africa has to offer... Here they are: Outside the box ideas for the best of ...
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Why The best of Cape Town is found in the ‘burbs
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Why The best of Cape Town is found in the ‘burbs

The best of Cape Town is found in these suburbs... Cape Town’s city bowl is vibrant, cosmopolitan, and a major attraction for visitors to the Mother City, despite the drought. But you could be missing the bigger picture to assume this is the best of Cape Town, South Africa. Because out in the suburbs there is another Cape Town just waiting to be discovered... These attractions are why the best of Cape Town is found in the suburbs Wynberg’s Village Wynberg, because of its situation on a hill, was used as a military station in the late 1700s. Just below it grew a little support villa...
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It’s Not Far to the Karoo from Cape Town
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It’s Not Far to the Karoo from Cape Town

The Karoo from Cape Town is not as far as you think. You have only to take the N1 across the Cape fold mountains to Worcester - not even two hours’ drive - to experience South Africa’s version of the Outback. In fact, you can’t get to Johannesburg from Cape Town without driving through the Karoo. Once it formed a barrier to the interior and functioned as a place for adventurers and fools. Today it’s road trip country, a place of frontier bars, farm stalls, mountains and never-ending space the further north you go... It’s divided - broadly speaking because there are many othe...
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5 Authentic Travel Experiences in South Africa
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5 Authentic Travel Experiences in South Africa

On the lips of many travellers are the words: ‘authentic travel experiences’ - it’s something of a hot topic, and we’re all burning to have them. The pursuit of meaningful travel is the move away from simply ticking off a list of top attractions in well-travelled destinations. What are authentic travel experiences? When asked people fond of journeying the world describe authentic travel as: being able to live, eat and do as the locals do, in a foreign country. Authentic travel experiences establish a profound connection with other people and places. It describes an adventure that ...
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South African Languages – A Quick Guide (including how to say ‘hello’)
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South African Languages – A Quick Guide (including how to say ‘hello’)

South African languages number 11. What are the official languages? There are 11 officially recognised languages - English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Sepedi, Xhosa, Venda, Tswana, Southern Sotho, Zulu, Swazi, or SiSwati, and Tsonga. And dialects? There are further dialects as well. For instance the languages of the Khoi, San and Nama people, considered the First People of the Cape, Hindi, Sign language and even Portuguese. Why so many languages? Whilst most South Africans speak an indigenous mother language, they often end up using either English or Afrikaans at work and school, which has led ...
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The Kalahari Desert in South Africa reveals its secrets
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The Kalahari Desert in South Africa reveals its secrets

The Kalahari Desert looks like a desert, by all appearances is a desert, and yet it’s something of a conundrum because it is, in fact, not a desert. The Kalahari Desert in South Africa, is not a desert Africa’s southernmost desert gets too much rain, for a start, than your average desert - between 5 and 10 inches a year. It’s also made up, predominantly, of sand dunes - long chains of dunes separated by broad depressions known by the locals as ‘strate’ - the Afrikaans for ‘streets’ or ‘lanes’. Unlike other deserts these dunes do not wander. The Kalahari supports more plant life ...
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Do You Know These 10 Unusual South African facts?
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Do You Know These 10 Unusual South African facts?

Unusual South African Facts ~ Everyone already knows that South Africa has an exceptional constitution, the longest wine route in the world, is the only country in the world to voluntarily abandon its nuclear weapon programme, and is so diverse it boasts deserts, ancient forests, mountains, beaches, wetlands and bush in one country. But unusual? South Africa does unusual as well as the next country (scroll down to number 7 for a laugh out loud experience). Did you know: South Africa recently ranked 2nd, out of 163 countries, for international peace and security? The Good Country Index sho...
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Travel Bucket List 2018 – Unusual South African Destinations
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Travel Bucket List 2018 – Unusual South African Destinations

Unusual South African destinations make up our travel bucket list for 2018. Bucket lists by definition contain experiences one hopes to experience in this life. This travel bucket list is for those of you who love travelling South Africa, but have run out of inspiration, or are looking for new ideas. We’ve scoured the map to bring you out of the way places; unexpected yet memorable spaces to which you wouldn’t usually travel. Here it is - your travel bucket list 2018 - a collection of unusual South African destinations The Tankwa Karoo The Tankwa Karoo would have remained in obscur...
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How Travel in South Africa can Change Your Life
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How Travel in South Africa can Change Your Life

The natural beauty and wide open spaces when you travel in South Africa effortlessly promote mindful living. Mindfulness is a widely used process aimed at reducing stress and depression. It involves focusing one’s attention on what is happening in the present moment, and it is developed through the practice of meditation and other activities. Mindfulness promotes happiness by introducing a number of techniques that include awareness of how one uses the breath, and walking meditation... Travel effortlessly frees the mind, and awakens an awareness that can be likened to mindfulness. H...
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Unique Experiences You Can Have Only in South Africa
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Unique Experiences You Can Have Only in South Africa

South Africa is extraordinary. When one thinks unique experiences, South Africa - with its unusual blend of diverse cultures, varied landscapes, wildlife, vibrant cities and historical towns - tops the list for its distinct character. We think you’ll agree that our list of unique experiences are what make South Africa exceptional... The Cape Winelands South Africa has a list of historical towns within a stone’s throw of Cape Town. Most of them have their roots in viticulture that has, since the ‘fall’ of apartheid, grown into an impressive wine producing industry. Known collecti...
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