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9 Best Small Towns of the Northern Cape
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9 Best Small Towns of the Northern Cape

Small towns of the Northern Cape ~The Northern Cape is a vast expanse of country hugging the northerly reaches of South Africa up against the borders of Namibia and Botswana. It’s hot, dry and beautiful - something of a wilderness presided over by a merciless sun. Scattered across this large semi-desert landscape are hundreds of little characterful towns, separated by kilometres of road. It’s a province made for road trips. Whilst most of the traffic confines itself to the N1, N12 and N7 there are back routes linking towns through heartstopping scenery. It is these towns that deserve exp...
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots in Limpopo
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots in Limpopo

Limpopo is home to South Africa’s biggest attraction - the Kruger National Park - with plenty of exceptional scenic spots to keep one camera-happy. But South Africa’s wildest province is not limited to the Kruger. There are other wonders too - baobab trees, the Nylsvley Nature Reserve - one of the top birding spots in Southern Africa - enough game reserves for a year of visits, and the Modjadji Cycad Reserve, to name but a few. To avoid the tourists we’ve put together a list of 20 best secret scenic spots in Limpopo for those perfect #instagram and #love_southafrica moments… Hangklip View...
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10 Best Small Towns of the Eastern Cape
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10 Best Small Towns of the Eastern Cape

The country’s second largest province has a great many towns. They lie dotted in amongst the Amatola Mountains, the Sunshine Coast, the Great Karoo, the Wild Coast and the Eastern Highlands; serving as holiday bases to a varied and sought-after outdoor lifestyle that has visitors throwing themselves off bridges, surfing the waves, and hiking trails that scale mountains and explore untouched beaches, cliffs and waterfalls. Narrowing down a selection of the 10 best small towns of the Eastern Cape was no easy task ... Cape St Francis You can’t really separate Cape St Francis from St Franc...
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12 Secrets of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a huge semi-desert wilderness in the north of South Africa - an immense stretch of red sand dunes and wide open sky, the dry river beds of the Nossob and Auob Rivers (said to flow but once every 100 years) and the odd solitary camelthorn, raisin bush or shepherd tree to break the horizon. It is Africa’s first Peace Park; an amalgamation of South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park (no rewards for correctly guessing the dominant antelope in the reserve) in the midst of the Kalahari Desert. The semi-desert wil...
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Alternative Cape Town – 13 Places in Cape Town You Don’t Know About. Yet
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Alternative Cape Town – 13 Places in Cape Town You Don’t Know About. Yet

Alternative Cape Town - There is much more to Cape Town than its top tourist destinations - Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch, the V&A Waterfront, Robben Island - its natural beauty and its beaches. Dig a little deeper and a series of unusual landmarks, buildings and places reveal themselves. Here are 13 Places in Cape Town you don’t know about. Yet. THE HIPPOS OF RONDEVLEI Probably because of where the nature reserve lies - on the outskirts of the city centre alongside the less promising suburbs of Grassy Park and Zeekoevlei - it isn’t high on visitors’ to do lists when in the ...
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The 7 Best Small Towns in the Free State
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The 7 Best Small Towns in the Free State

The landlocked Free State lies virtually in the middle of South Africa. It’s considered the traditional heartland of the Afrikaner; countryside through which one drives en route from Johannesburg or the Western Cape. Few choose to tour the province. Yet for those who do travel the Free State, it is the little artistic towns that seduce. Scattered in amongst huge swathes of farmland, snuggled up against the commanding Maluti Mountains, and clustered along the Lesotho border, they draw on the free State’s wide skies, expansive spaces and inspiring scenery to charm those who visit them. Ou...
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All The Things You Will Miss If You Leave South Africa
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All The Things You Will Miss If You Leave South Africa

You may have noticed. Not everyone is committed to staying in South Africa. But no matter where you go if you leave South Africa, sooner or later, nostalgia will kick in  - whether it’s when you’re browsing in a bookstore, or getting caught in yet another rain shower, or stuck on the tube. Perhaps it’s when you gasp at the cost of a bottle of South African wine or when shopkeepers don’t even bother to interact with you? You’ll think of home, its tumultuous politics, its blue skies and exuberant people ... and you’ll begin to wonder what on earth possessed you to leave in the first place. W...
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The Highlights of Bree Street – Where to Hang Out & Shop on Cape Town’s Hip Foodie Strip
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The Highlights of Bree Street – Where to Hang Out & Shop on Cape Town’s Hip Foodie Strip

Bree Street’s vibrancy and variety make it a meeting place for Cape Town’s hip and happening crowd. Lunch times buzz, while evenings hum. Its eateries, pubs and coffee spots that run the length of Bree Street are thriving. And its Victorian-era façades also house a hub of design, fashion and art that attracts creatives and trendies alike. Here is our guide on where to Hang out & Shop on Cape Town’s Hip Foodie Strip... WHERE TO HANG OUT Burger & Lobster This twist on the lobster theme eatery thinks nothing of serving lobster (the West Coast variety) on a roll (actual...
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Want Unusual In South Africa? Look No Further
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Want Unusual In South Africa? Look No Further

South Africa has many things unusual. You just have to know where to look … Want Unusual In South Africa - Look No Further 1. STAY IN A CORBELLED HOUSE The Northern Cape is home to these idiosyncratic beehive stone dwellings, built by early pioneers to the area who, without access to trees, were forced to think out of the box when it came to their homes. A couple of farms, including Osfontein Guest Farm, have repurposed these as self-catering accommodation. Book Now. 2. HAVE A DRINK INSIDE A BAOBAB Scientists think this huge baobab tree is about 6000 years old. Standing proud at about...
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Our Essential Travel Guide to South Africa
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Our Essential Travel Guide to South Africa

When it comes to ticking the travel boxes, South Africa meets just about every expectation - from landscapes to seascapes, adrenaline junkie activities to beach lazing, rain-heavy forests to deserts, mountain ranges to extraordinary wildlife encounters. To assist you with your travel plans, here is our Essential Travel Guide to South Africa ... THE DOWNSIDE The still relatively new democracy is not a country without issues. Despite the comparatively nonviolent end to Apartheid, under the leadership of Mandela, the country’s gap between rich and poor has widened, and crime and HIV are end...
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12 Fantastic Places On The Garden Route In South Africa
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12 Fantastic Places On The Garden Route In South Africa

South Africa’s Garden Route stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape. For those who don’t already know it has nothing to do with manicured gardens, and everything to do with the heady natural beauty that combines ancient indigenous forests, mountains that crowd a shoreline littered with sandy beaches and bays, and a feast of little towns. Good access points to the Garden Route include Cape Town and George. If you are driving from Cape Town then the route between the Mother City and Mossel Bay is as riddled with great stops (Hermanus, Gansbaai, L’Agul...
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48 Hours In Johannesburg, The Low-Down On The City’s Highlights
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48 Hours In Johannesburg, The Low-Down On The City’s Highlights

Johannesburg's vibrant, distinctive culture, and rapid inner-city renewal, has fast dispelled the myth that only its airport is worthy of a visit, en route to the Mother City where it's all happening. Johannesburg has undergone a rebirth in the last five years and its city, despite the wealth divide and the obvious poverty and crime, is one with stories to tell if you're able to listen. With only 48 hours in Johannesburg we divulge the low-down on the city's highlights, while avoiding the tourist traps and the malls ... SATURDAY: THE NITTY GRITTY OF JO'BURG The Hop-on-Hop-Off Bus T...
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Ten Otherworldly South African Destinations That Will Blow Your Mind
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Ten Otherworldly South African Destinations That Will Blow Your Mind

It’s not difficult to come up with a list of out-of-this-world destinations in South Africa - the country is not exactly short on beauty: indigenous tracts of forest meet towering peaks, effortless cliffside beaches and crashing seas, whilst inland the flatlands adjoin desert moonscapes and red sand dunes. Here are ten otherworldly South African destinations that will blow your mind... 1. LAKE FUNDUDZI, LIMPOPO Located deep in the Soutpansberg in the Vhembe district Lake Fundudzi was created by an ancient landslide that obstructed the flow of the Mutale River. Today it is revered by the Ven...
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8 Prehistoric Sites To Visit Around South Africa
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8 Prehistoric Sites To Visit Around South Africa

South Africa’s classification as a developing country may make it sound as though it has a relatively ‘young’ history, but it’s merely backward at coming forward about its impressive prehistoric sites, many of which predate the Egyptian pyramids. Here are 8 prehistoric sites to visit around South Africa 1. Maropeng, near Johannesburg An almost-complete early hominid skeleton, Little Foot, probably fell into the Silberberg Grotto as long as 3 million years ago. Trapped here his end couldn’t have been a particularly welcome one but his body was fossilised as a result. When bits of his...
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Corbelled Houses Unveiled – Why They’re The Most Exciting Thing To Happen To The Karoo
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Corbelled Houses Unveiled – Why They’re The Most Exciting Thing To Happen To The Karoo

Few people know that in South Africa’s hinterland - on farms neighbouring the towns of Carnarvon, Williston, Loxton and Fraserburg - are a series of strange-looking beehive stone structures. They’re an anomaly of the Northern Cape Karoo; excellent examples of the inventiveness of early pioneers (trek boere) to this semi-desert landscape, known as ‘hard man’s Karoo’, who headed out here between the middle and the end of the nineteenth century into the barren area beyond the Sak River. They left to escape the restraints of government or to search for new grazing grounds for their livestock...
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