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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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The Best Places in South Africa that You Hardly Know About
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The Best Places in South Africa that You Hardly Know About

A list of the best places in South Africa is a long one. But, unlike similar lists doing the rounds on social media that stick to those places we’ve all visited (yawn), or at least know about, this list of the best places in South Africa is filled with areas and locations we’re prepared to bet you hardly know about. Go on, how many of these 'best places in South Africa' have you actually visited? Other than the first place on the list below, which we’ve put there so that at least you’ll be able to put a tick next to one of them!   No 1 Long Beach, Noordhoek Midway along this incredi...
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20 Something in Cape Town – A List of Things To Do
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20 Something in Cape Town – A List of Things To Do

The Mother City is one of the best cities in South Africa in which to be young, single and fancy free. The whole city is a playground if you’re 20 something in Cape Town. Whether it’s discovering something cool to do, or heading off along well-trodden paths but doing it differently, to be in Cape Town in your twenties is where it’s at. Follow this quintessential list of things to do for 20 somethings in Cape Town... See the sun rise from the top of Lion’s Head If there’s one thing you do (other than scale Table Mountain) then it’s to climb Lion’s Head in time to see the sun rise...
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Places in Cape Town to Propose that Guarantee a ‘Yes’
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Places in Cape Town to Propose that Guarantee a ‘Yes’

Cape Town is fast earning a reputation as one of the most perfect places in the world to propose - where else can you find quite the same combination of sea, mountain, sky, wine and vibe? And when it comes to places in Cape Town to propose, the Mother City is hardly short on supply. Read our list of a few suggestions in cape town to propose and see for yourself... Sea Point Promenade Sea Point’s promenade is to Cape Town what La Rambla is to Barcelona - on some weekends you may even find people forgetting themselves and doing the Tango. It stretches the length of Mouille Point a...
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Five underrated South African National Parks
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Five underrated South African National Parks

South African national parks are a good bet, when exploring South Africa. They’re generally well maintained, cheaper than the average safari lodge, and, if you time your visit for SA National Parks Week, grant South African citizens free entry. These are five underrated South African national parks that deserve a closer look ... Agulhas National Park Agulhas National Park lies on the very tip of Africa with a landscape so varied that its rare limestone fynbos and protected lowland become a draw card in their own right. But it is the wild sea views, and rock-littered seas...
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Incredible Places to Sleep Under the Stars in South Africa
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Incredible Places to Sleep Under the Stars in South Africa

Sleeping out in the wilderness, under a star-strewn sky, is not something you can do just anywhere anymore. In fact, few holiday destinations can promise places to sleep under the stars, like South Africa can; free of light pollution. South Africa is huge. And because of its vastness there are places to sleep under the stars in South Africa in various untamed areas, and parts of the country where the world is still largely governed by nature. Scan through our list of 8 incredible places to sleep under the stars, South Africa... The Upper Karoo Famous for its wide, sparsel...
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Unusual Accommodation in South Africa, for a Real Holiday Experience
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Unusual Accommodation in South Africa, for a Real Holiday Experience

We’ve put together a list of unusual accommodation in South Africa, because like us, you want your stay to be an experience. We know that creating an authentic tourist experience starts with finding somewhere to stay that is a little unusual; somewhere that gives unique pleasure to your trip, and translates into a fulfilling encounter. (No bog standard tourist experience for you!) Cast your eye over this list of unusual accommodation in South Africa, and go adventure! In a treehouse right above your own private beach The Garden Route has some particularly unique viewpoints, but none to...
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12 Secrets of the Mokala National Park That Will Have you Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of the Mokala National Park That Will Have you Visiting, Tomorrow

Mokala National Park lies just outside Kimberley - a series of wide open grasslands, Kalahari thornveld and camelthorn scrub land interspersed with isolated dolerite hills. Mokala means camelthorn tree (Acacia erioloba) in Setswana, a name given because of the many twisted renditions of the tree, ranging between 2 metre-high shrubs to 16 metre sprawling crowns across the 27 500 hectare park landscape. By all accounts, Mokala National Park is one of the most rewarding national parks to visit, purely for the dearth of visitors and the emphasis on endangered animals - the park breeds and pr...
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Baths with Amazing Views in South Africa
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Baths with Amazing Views in South Africa

There is no measure of luxury quite like baths with amazing views. There’s something about luxuriating in amongst bubbles, soaking in the beauty... And there is no shortage of mountain and sea views in South Africa - for they’re in ample supply (although not always from your bath)... Zwahili Private Game Lodge, Limpopo Not often you find a bath that overlooks the bushveld plains, but try this freestanding ball and claw bath for size. We especially love the way it overlooks your private plunge pool, which begs the question: which one? Don’t stop there because when it comes to romance Zw...
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All Aboard the Inchanga Choo Choo
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All Aboard the Inchanga Choo Choo

This past Sunday saw us waking early and heading to Kloof station in time to board the train that departs at 08h30 promptly. The Inchanga Choo Choo is a steam train named Wesley that has been around since the 1930’s and now has the wonderful task of steaming to life on the last Sunday of each month and transporting passengers on a round trip from Kloof to Inchanga... There is something relaxing about sitting back while listening to the clackety-clack of the train while gazing out at the beautiful scenery and rural scenes that make up the Valley of 1000 Hills. Originally the tr...
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