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12 Secrets of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

The Free State's Golden Gate Highlands National Park is tucked away just east of South Africa's centre, between the popular town of Clarens, Phuthaditjhaba, and the mountainous boundary of Lesotho. Famous for its sandstone formations that change as the sun waxes and wanes, the Golden Gate National Park is awash with gullies, wooded ravines and grasslands, its sandstone rocks once home to the San who have left their paintings in the numerous caves of the area. For whatever reason you visit, you will return. Because Golden Gate Highlands National Park's underrated beauty is enough to st...
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Visit Khomani Cultural Landscape – the 9th of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites
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Visit Khomani Cultural Landscape – the 9th of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites

Khomani Cultural Landscape ~ Now South Africa has 9; the Newest of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites is in the Desert The Khomani Cultural Landscape has recently been inscribed as the 9th of the country's world heritage sites, and probably its most intriguing. It is the only landscape to protect what remains of the once-nomadic San people whom UNESCO recognise as having ... 'developed a specific ethnobotanical knowledge, cultural practices and a worldview related to the geographical features of their environment.' This one of South Africa's UNESCO world heritage sites has been a long tim...
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Cederberg Weekend Guide: Places to Visit in the Cederberg
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Cederberg Weekend Guide: Places to Visit in the Cederberg

Cederberg Weekend Guide ~ There are a myriad things to do and places to visit in the Cederberg, one of the most popular weekend getaways in the Western Cape. It's popular because it's so close to Cape Town, it's a hiking mecca, and is known for its iconic sandstone rock formations - like the Wolfberg Arch - citrus farms and hidden villages like Wupperthal, where traditional veldskoene are still handmade. But most of all the Cederberg is a wilderness area, a fynbos-infused, scenery-rich countryside of craggy mountains, lone cedars, corrugated dirt roads, hiking paths and winding streams. ...
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How to Spend the Weekend on South Africa’s West Coast
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How to Spend the Weekend on South Africa’s West Coast

Sparsely populated with access to largely deserted Atlantic beaches, and spring flowers in July/August, here's a West Coast itinerary to get the most of out of the seaside villages, windswept scenery, and time expanding experiences. Because a weekend isn't much time to spend on South Africa's West Coast West Coast National Park This is the easiest and fastest way to get a taste of the West Coast without travelling far from Cape Town. Langebaan Lagoon is here, Seeberg Viewpoint, and the Postberg section, renowned for its flowers, is open during the flower season (phone ahead to avoid d...
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15 Reasons to Visit Durban, At LEAST Once in Your Life
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15 Reasons to Visit Durban, At LEAST Once in Your Life

Visit Durban ... Described by CNN as 'the coolest city in South Africa you've never seen'. And ranked higher by Mercer in its annual Quality of Living survey than both Cape Town and Johannesburg, for yet another year, South Africa's east coast city has taken its rightful place as one of the best cities in the country to visit. But accolades aside. Why should you visit? Here are 15 reasons to visit Durban, at least once in your life... The laid-back lifestyle When it comes to the laid-back stakes of coastal cities in South Africa, Durban wins hands down. Slops and shorts are stand...
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Things to Do over the School Holidays in the Garden Route
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Things to Do over the School Holidays in the Garden Route

School holidays hardly leave me in a state of rapture. In fact, I get a distinct tingling sensation down my spine at the thought of a bored tween with absolutely no passion for reading (a work in progress, I admit). And it’s not that good tingle. So, for parents, like me, that need some serious holiday inspiration, here are a few ideas of things to do to pass the weeks near Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. These may be small coastal ‘villages’, but they promise a world of fun for kids of all ages... Suggestions of Things to Do in the School Holidays in the Garden Route Radical Raptor...
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20 Most Incredible Historical Sites in South Africa
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20 Most Incredible Historical Sites in South Africa

Historical Sites in South Africa ~ South Africa's history is young. It doesn't have buildings that date back to the fifteenth century, because back then its beaches were still combed by Strandlopers (the hunter-gatherer San, known as beach combers for their shell midden remains). What South Africa does have is an interesting and varied history, one that highlights a distinctive blend of cultures and races that are its trademark... When exploring our history, don't miss these 20 incredible historical sites in South Africa Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town This 17th century fort u...
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13 Reasons to Visit Johannesburg at LEAST Once in Your Life
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13 Reasons to Visit Johannesburg at LEAST Once in Your Life

Ranked the world's top city by Rough Guides in 2015, Johannesburg is going places. It's breaking free of its reputation problem, and emerging as a seriously good alternative to Cape Town with galleries, shops, museums and markets to rival any in the world. Now it's a hipster hangout, the 'cool capital of the southern hemisphere' (GQ magazine), transforming itself 'from a no-go to gotta-go' (BBC). Here are 13 reasons to Visit Johannesburg at least once in your life... The quirky neighbourhoods The arty Maboneng quarter with its warehouse lifestyle playground, subversive an...
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13 Enigmatic South African Towns to Visit Before You Turn 40
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13 Enigmatic South African Towns to Visit Before You Turn 40

Actually, I'll let you into a secret: it isn't about what age you are when you visit these towns. It's about making damn sure you visit them. Because few of them make it onto conventional 'must do' lists. For some reason they're regarded as obscure, non mainstream. Perhaps it's because South Africa has so many delightful, historic and characterful towns to choose from? In no particular order, find the 13 most Enigmatic South African towns to visit: Kaapsehoop I keep adding Kaapsehoop to lists on the SA-Venues.com' blog in the hope that you'll visit. It's as close to an Ita...
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15 Reasons to Visit Cape Town At LEAST Once in Your Life
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15 Reasons to Visit Cape Town At LEAST Once in Your Life

15 Reasons to Visit Cape Town At Least Once in Your Life. Over four million people a year can't be wrong... It's the world's Best City For the fourth year in a row the Telegraph Travel Awards voted Cape Town the Best City in the world to visit. Over 75 000 readers of the Telegraph cast their votes in one of the most comprehensive and reliable travel surveys in Britain. Interestingly (and as an aside) they also voted South Africa the third best country in the world to visit, after New Zealand and the Maldives. And Cape Town also made Lonely Planet's Top 10 cities list for trav...
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You Can Help Save Knysna – Eat, Do & Sleep in the Garden Route’s Favourite Town
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You Can Help Save Knysna – Eat, Do & Sleep in the Garden Route’s Favourite Town

Help Save Knysna ~ The fires that gutted Knysna, and parts of Sedgefield, Bitou and George recently have devastated the lives of those who live in this part of the Garden Route. The outpourings of sympathy and assistance from people all over the country has been incredible. Knysna, in particular, was hard hit - the Featherbed ferry dock has burnt down (which hasn't stopped ferries from operating), and Pledge Nature Reserve will look more than a little bare. It's the suburbs of Knysna, more than the tourist areas, that have felt the impact... Amazingly, the Garden Route town is busines...
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13 Secrets of Agulhas National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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13 Secrets of Agulhas National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

Agulhas National Park is the country's newest park - proclaimed only in the late 1990s – that lies on Africa's southern most tip with one of the most beautiful and varied landscapes of any parks in South Africa. Its fundamental role is to protect lowland and rare limestone fynbos. But its wildness and beauty are what really draw visitors. Here are 13 secrets of Agulhas National Park that will have you visiting, tomorrow: OMG the sea views! Part of the park's impressive scenery is the rugged, rock-littered seascape where on some days the wind howls (Agulhas has some of the hig...
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8 Best Small Towns in Limpopo
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8 Best Small Towns in Limpopo

South Africa's northernmost province is renowned for its bushveld and wildlife reserves that include the Kruger National Park. Less well known, but equally deserving, are Mpumalanga's Blouberg Mountains, Makgabeng Plateau, Makapansgat, baobab trees, the Waterberg biosphere, Soutpansberg, Mapungubwe's significant Iron Age site, and Modjadjiskloof. All testament to the province's rich diversity and wide open spaces. This is the land of the Venda  people. The local lakes, forests and hills almost all spiritually meaningful. It is too often overlooked as visitors rush in to the Kruger, and t...
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The 8 Most Beautiful Coastal Walks in South Africa
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The 8 Most Beautiful Coastal Walks in South Africa

South Africa's coastline stretches from its border with Namibia in the west, all the way around the tip of Africa (not Cape Town but Agulhas) until it reaches the border with Mozambique. Its course includes: the Garden Route, Wild Coast, Sunshine Coast, Dolphin Coast, and Elephant Coast. That's over 2 500 km of sea washed shores. On much of its uninhabited coast are trails that expose remarkable scenery and connect you with the rugged and untamed in a way that few other experiences can. Most of these are multi-day hikes that entail a certain level of fitness, but many have slackpacker...
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10 Inspiring TED Talks By South African Speakers
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10 Inspiring TED Talks By South African Speakers

Do South Africans have ideas worth spreading? Are they talks to stir your curiosity? You bet. South Africans, like people of every other nationality, contribute to TED, the nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas. These contributions are short, powerful talks of eighteen minutes or less. It's where Technology, Entertainment and Design meet, and I was more than pleasantly surprised to find that our fellow citizens are giving talks that are inspiring and funny. They make you laugh, and some make you want to cry. Listening to them leaves me even more proud to be a South African. 10 inspiri...
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