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Everything you Need to Know to See the Addo Elephant Park Properly
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Everything you Need to Know to See the Addo Elephant Park Properly

South Africa’s third-largest park, Addo Elephant Park stretches from the mountains of the Karoo across the fynbos and forest-clad Sundays River Valley all the way to the biggest dune fields in the country on the coastline at Woody Cape. The park is not only about elephants, although if it’s elephants you’ve come to see then you’re in the right place It’s also hugely ecologically diverse. And you’ll see plenty of other game - black rhinos, zebras, Cape buffaloes, spotted hyenas, birds galore, and even a group of black-maned Kalahari lions, considered the closest thing to the original Cape lio...
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The 15 Most Picturesque Places to Visit in the Karoo
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The 15 Most Picturesque Places to Visit in the Karoo

The Karoo is vast and places to visit in the Karoo are myriad. Divided into the Succulent, Nama, Klein and Grassy Karoo it straddles most of South Africa’s inner country, hogging the west coast, sprawling as far east as Cradock and Smithfield, extending northwards as far as Putsonderwater, and encroaching south on the Western Cape towns of Barrydale, Oudtshoorn and Robertson. Picturesque places to visit in the Karoo, some would argue, depend on the eye of the beholder, but we think you’ll agree that none of these is worth passing over. The 15 most picturesque places to visit in the Karoo ...
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10 of the Coolest Artisanal Spots and Places to Stay in the Riebeek Valley
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10 of the Coolest Artisanal Spots and Places to Stay in the Riebeek Valley

Once the N7 completes its (relentless) upgrades, the already short trip from Cape Town to the Riebeek Valley will become a cinch - what takes just over an hour now could easily become as effortless as under an hour’s drive. The uncontested capital of the Swartland, the Riebeek Valley is already a popular weekend haunt not only because it’s so close to the Mother City, but because there is so much to offer the visitor. The tourist show-town of Riebeek Kasteel has a ‘high street’ and little ‘village’ awash with elegant accommodation, boutique-style shops and foodie havens, bakeries and restaur...
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These 3 South African Decorative Arts are Now Famous
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These 3 South African Decorative Arts are Now Famous

These 3 South African Decorative Arts, practised Only in South Africa, are Now Famous ~ Aside from San Rock Art, which is enjoying a resurgence since South Africa became such a hot tourist destination, many indigenous South African decorative arts have been lost as a result of the suppression of rural culture by former apartheid policies. But more recently South Africa’s born-free generation - people like Laduma Ngxokolo with his knitwear designs based on Xhosa beadwork - have given South African decorative art a rejuvenation, placing it firmly at the forefront of innovative art. “There is...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Properly

iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a vast reserve on the extreme north end of South Africa’s east coast, known also as the Elephant Coast. It protects over 220 km of pristine coastline with a range of wild and magnificent beaches to enjoy (minus the crowds and beach umbrellas). Where else can you see game in the morning (rhino, giraffe, buck, elephant), snorkel in the sea in the afternoon, and see hippos at night? Watch this .... Considered the largest natural World Heritage Site on the planet, it stretches from the St Lucia Estuary in the south up to the border with Mozambique. It’s also...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park Properly

The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park protects a mountain wonderland; a chain of craggy, ancient fold mountains made up of towering Basalt peaks, interminable rolling gorges and valleys, towering cliffs and sandstone caves. Included in the World Heritage Site is the jagged, green sweep of the Amphitheatre, easily one of the most extraordinary cliff faces on earth. The Amphitheatre’s recognisable, almost flat, plateau extends wall-like for 5 km as it looms over the Drakensberg National Park like a sentinel. A hike to the top, whilst one of the most exciting things to do in the uKhahlamba Drakensber...
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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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