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Secrets of Mapungubwe National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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Secrets of Mapungubwe National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

Hardly anyone knows about Mapungubwe National Park... It lies on the south bank of the Limpopo River at the meeting place of three countries: Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, about five hours north of Gauteng. It's more than a national park It's also a world heritage site and serves as a cultural icon for its evidence of early civilisation. And, whilst its famous for its archaeological digs (scroll for more on this topic), its wildlife and scenery are pretty spectacular too. And it forms part of the Greater Mapngubwe Peace Park, formalising co-management between th...
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The Official Cape Town Bucket List
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The Official Cape Town Bucket List

Over four million people visit Cape Town every year... The Telegraph Travel Awards voted Cape Town the best city for the fourth year in a row; it's been Conde Nast's Reader's number one food city in the world; National Geographic voted it number 2 in the top 10 beach cities in the world in 2015; and CNN voted it number 9 in a top 10 cities list. Given that you can go from watching whales on a cliffside, to sipping wine in a vineyard, followed by sundowners on a beach, and a moonlit hike up a mountain (all in one day),the accolades are well deserved. Because Cape Town is #AWESOME! (e...
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Whale Watching South Africa Just Got Better – Now is the best time to see them
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Whale Watching South Africa Just Got Better – Now is the best time to see them

Now is the best time to see them There isn't a better time for whale watching in South Africa than right now. Because the southern right whale is busy congregating just off the country's coastline; close enough to the coast to see with the naked eye. And certainly approachable by boats, allowed within 50 metres of whales in South Africa's waters (by those boats with permits only). You've got another 4 weeks, or so, so visit the Whale Coast now! Every year between June and November the humpback, Brydes and southern right whales migrate to the warmer waters off our shores to mate an...
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Karoo Road Trip: 10 Best Places to Stop on South Africa’s Greatest Self Drive
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Karoo Road Trip: 10 Best Places to Stop on South Africa’s Greatest Self Drive

A Karoo road trip is one of the best ways to travel the vast expanse that is the Karoo. Divided into two distinct parts, a Karoo road trip can explore either the Klein Karoo (a 300 km strip of mountainous, semi-desert between Worcester and George), or the Groot Karoo, which occupies the predominant heart of South Africa's innerlands. The Karoo is South Africa's answer to Australia's outback. Its particular rare mix of ragged mountains, vast open spaces, idiosyncratic little towns, star-studded skies devoid of light pollution, sheep farms, and back of beyond windmills make it road trip c...
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6 Best Small Towns in Gauteng
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6 Best Small Towns in Gauteng

The best small towns in Gauteng are but a handful. The place of gold (Gauteng translated from the Sotho) is a small province and as such is completely overshadowed by its vibrant centre – Johannesburg – the country's major metropolis that sprawls over thousands of square kilometres, taking its 13.2 million residents hours to commute from one side of it to the other. The dynamic city, once considered a place to avoid, has undergone an inspiring cultural rebirth and an inner-city transformation with places like Maboneng, Fordsburg, Newtown and Braamfontein claiming back their space on the ...
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Garden Route Small Towns – We explore the Best
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Garden Route Small Towns – We explore the Best

These Garden Route small towns are some of the most popular towns in South Africa. It isn't difficult to imagine why they're often busy. The self-drive Garden Route is high on most visitors must-see lists when they arrive in South Africa. The route stretches from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth (although it 'officially' starts at Mossel Bay), dotted with seaside town upon beach hamlet. In between is some of the country's richest mountain strewn, forest-dense and valley plush scenery you are likely to find in the country. Here are our favourite Garden Route small towns ... Knysna This pe...
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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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