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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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Head To Stellenbosch For A Downton Abbey Experience
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Head To Stellenbosch For A Downton Abbey Experience

Just as the Crawleys of Downton Abbey (the impressive Highclere Castle in Berkshire, England) decided to open their doors to the public for a day, so too four historical homesteads of Stellenbosch (if on a somewhat less grandiose scale) combine to form the Village Museum, their doors open for daily tours. The four homesteads form part of the Historical Stellenbosch on Foot tour, a great way to explore Stellenbosch - the quintessential historical town - filled with Georgian, Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture that lines tree-lined streets full of museums, hotels, restaurants, students, Ca...
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7 Reasons to Explore the Karoo Roggeveld between Britstown and Sutherland
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7 Reasons to Explore the Karoo Roggeveld between Britstown and Sutherland

The alternative route between Bloemfontein and Cape Town - A spate of idiosyncratic towns will enchant you, as will the incredible scenery, windmills, hospitable people, corbelled houses and star-strewn skies - the likes of which you’ve never experienced before. As the crow flies it takes the average traveller 11 straight hours, and a rather deadened derriere, to travel between Cape Town and Bloemfontein. The national road is easy enough to navigate despite the barrage of trucks, if mind-numbingly dull (the N1 circumnavigates most towns en route, and the road goes on forever with little ...
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12 Hidden Spots In Cape Town You Probably Don’t Know Exist
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12 Hidden Spots In Cape Town You Probably Don’t Know Exist

As well as one thinks one knows Cape Town there is always some little nook or cranny, deli or coffee shop left undiscovered. Here are 12 hidden spots in Cape Town... 1. Beta Beach For those of you who don't already know about this tiny, perfect square of sand in Bakoven, let me first state that I'm only sharing if you agree to treat the pad with respect. The beach looks private, which is probably why it remains inundated, but it isn't. Residents like it quiet and make sure it remains so. Get there early if you want a space. Where: alongside Oudekraal beach 2. Catholic Shrine, Schoen...
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Johannesburg’s top 5 hipster suburbs
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Johannesburg’s top 5 hipster suburbs

When CNN starts to refer to Johannesburg as a ‘hipster hangout’, GQ magazine calls it the ‘cool capital of the southern hemisphere’, and the BBC describes how Johannesburg has changed ‘from no-go to gotta-go’, then you know things are changing. The perception of Jo’burg as a crime-ridden and turbulent city best avoided has done an about-face. Only ten years ago the average travel blog suggested, none too subtly, that you use the city of gold merely as a launching pad to head either into the bush, or to the very tip of the country where, it was hoped, the beaches would detract from Johann...
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The Secrets of Kalk Bay
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The Secrets of Kalk Bay

Don’t miss our favourite 5 historical buildings, homes and churches on Kalk Bay’s main drag! Ask anyone and they’ll tell you Kalk Bay is one of the most delightful seaside fishing villages on Cape Town’s False Bay. On weekends traffic along Main Road is backed up virtually to Muizenberg by 1pm as people forget how popular it is (and about the never-ending Stop Go at Glencairn). Parking is severely limited along the narrow mountain hugging main road (despite the improvements) and Kalk Bay’s narrow, cobbled alleyways accommodate very few (additional) cars - residents already park on the...
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48 Hours in Cape Town – What to see and where to go in Cape Town
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48 Hours in Cape Town – What to see and where to go in Cape Town

Only 48 hours in Cape Town - What to see and where to go in Cape Town - we give you the low-down. With the rand at an all time low, now is the time to visit! A plan to enjoy the Mother City could pursue any of the following: from sipping wine and browsing farmers' markets, to heading up the famous Table, followed by a sedate drive along the Cape peninsula... FRIDAY: Land at Cape Town International Airport. We highly recommend hiring a car for the duration of your stay. Whilst Uber makes getting around a LOT easier, it is more flexible to have your own transport. Stay: Cape Town's C...
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The Secret Of Cape Towns True History
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The Secret Of Cape Towns True History

Lucy Campbell's myth-busting, grassroots, warts-and-all account of the little recognised pre-1652 founding of Cape Town, and the trauma of slavery, is a meaningful educational experience that few visitors can afford to overlook. 'Cape Town', says Lucy, her grey dreadlocks loosely held by an orange floral scarf, her hands painting the air in front of her as she passionately engages her audience, 'is a prime indigenous African-Indian-Asian-Eastern must-stop destination, home to the most diverse community in the world.' This, she explains, is all of our history. White or black... Photograp...
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Highlights Of The Sunshine Coast – Wait ‘Til You Read The Last One
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Highlights Of The Sunshine Coast – Wait ‘Til You Read The Last One

South Africa's Sunshine Coast claims the highest number of sunshine hours per annum in the country, which is quite a claim, given that the sun seems to shine any time, anywhere in South Africa. So what makes the Sunshine Coast so special? For starters its 450 km coastline combines some 10 rivers and lagoons, blue flag beaches, malaria-free game reserves, a rich cultural history, first-rate birding and the only national park in the country to host the Big 7. Sound like your kind of place? The Sunshine Coast lies between Tsitsikamma and East London, a coastline that is a favourite both ...
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What Everybody Ought To Know About The Cape Town To Namibia Route
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What Everybody Ought To Know About The Cape Town To Namibia Route

Driven with the wind in your sails, you can get to Namibia from Cape Town in just over eight hours, if you're prepared to forego lunch or any of the attractions vying for your attention along the way. But you could treat the 890 km (more like 1500 km if you're intent on Windhoek) route as a road trip and do it in a more leisurely fashion, savouring the chance to explore the nether regions of South Africa's north western hinterland. Most people take the N7 north but off this are numerous highways and byways that if you are prepared to explore, using the N7 as the skeleton of your route, g...
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Four Towns, A Biosphere, Penguins & Whales – Clarence Drive Has It All
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Four Towns, A Biosphere, Penguins & Whales – Clarence Drive Has It All

Clarence Drive is one of the most stunning coastal drives in the world. It's every bit as exciting as Chapman's Peak, without the cost of the toll. Forming part of Route 44 Clarence Drive hugs an incredibly scenic portion of the coast just south east of Cape Town, connecting the seaside towns of Rooi Els and Betty's Bay - the Hottentot Hollands Mountains on one side, the ocean on the other. Seventy seven bends, numerous wide curves and a couple of sharp corners - with plenty of opportunity to pull over, hop out of your vehicle and survey the beauty of what lies before you (including whal...
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How To Have A Whale Of A Time Without Whales In Hermanus
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How To Have A Whale Of A Time Without Whales In Hermanus

Only an hour and a half's drive from Cape Town, Hermanus hugs Walker Bay every bit like a mother who has perfected the art of the embrace – gently, but without any attachment – so that its waters appeal to a group of whales who return, year-upon-year, to mate and calve in these waters. Being animals they're unperturbed by ideas anyone on land has about their presence in these waters, and so they keep largely offshore until it suits them – usually around September – to coincide with the annual Whale Festival. Hermanus draws huge crowds of people anywhere between July and October. If it's ...
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