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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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The Most Iconic Heritage Buildings in Cape Town
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The Most Iconic Heritage Buildings in Cape Town

Heritage buildings in Cape Town are not as scarce as one might expect from a city whose building history dates back only to the 1650s with the arrival of the Dutch. Yes, Bartholomeu Dias rounded the Cape in 1488 but, apart from his stone crosses, he left little by way of heritage buildings. Heritage buildings in Cape Town, are recognised by the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA). Some of them are also national monuments, as a result. We’ve picked 10 of the best of these to bring you the most iconic heritage buildings Cape Town ... Bo-Kaap There are portions of the cit...
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And the Most Visited Tourist Attractions in South Africa are…
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And the Most Visited Tourist Attractions in South Africa are…

Ask anyone the question - which are the most visited tourist attractions in South Africa - and they’ll probably answer along the lines of our list below ... V&A Waterfront The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town has around 25 million visitors a year and is considered the most visited tourist attraction in South Africa. Whilst there, you can also take in the Watershed and Two Oceans Aquarium. Highlights include the views of Table Mountain, a working harbour, shopping, restaurants, and some of the oldest heritage sites (Chavonnes Battery Museum) that make up a self-guided hi...
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The Story of How Cape Town got its Name
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The Story of How Cape Town got its Name

The story of how Cape Town got its name is a special one, that starts way back in the annals of time: Once upon a time a man known as Bart to his friends, but Bartolomeu to his employers, rounded a piece of land in the shape of a finger. It was the year 1488 - by all accounts a leap year, and the same year that the Netherlands formed its royal navy, and James IV of Scotland became king after the battle of Sauchieburn... Not all that far away, but far enough, Rao Bika was discovering the city of Bikaner, in western India (give or take a few months). Back on the African continent, th...
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South Africa’s Marine Big 5 – Do You Know What They Are?
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South Africa’s Marine Big 5 – Do You Know What They Are?

One of South Africa’s major appeals is its immediate access to big five safaris. For this reason, thousands of visitors head through our international airports. But South Africa marine big 5 is fast falling under the spotlight too, as more and more visitors become aware of the equally enticing appeal of the country’s coastline. Why South Africa marine big 5? South Africa’s seas are home to numerous seals, dolphins, penguins, whales and sharks, so what makes some more special than others? The term ‘marine big 5’ was coined by the seaside town of Gansbaai, who consider themselves the...
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13 Secrets of Bontebok National Park that Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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13 Secrets of Bontebok National Park that Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

The Bontebok National Park might be South Africa’s smallest national park, but you’ll find that its very smallness is also its greatest selling point. It gives you access to what has so aptly been described as ‘a little piece of Renosterveld paradise’ along the banks of the Breede River - a series of low-lying, inconspicuous hills the backdrop to the once endangered bontebok. You’ll immediately recognise a bontebok. Their distinctive white markings - on their forehead, legs, underbelly, tails and behind - against their chocolate brown hides make them at once neat and noticeable. Th...
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7 Places in South Africa to Visit, Straight Out of a Fairy Tale
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7 Places in South Africa to Visit, Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

One doesn’t usually associate the raw and hugely varied natural beauty of South Africa with a fairy tale. That’s left to Europe to provide. But places in South Africa to visit, reminiscent of all things fairy, is not as ‘out there’ as you might think. Have a look at these 7 places in South Africa to visit, straight out of a fairy tale: The Wild Coast’s Waterfall Bluff One of only 19 waterfalls world-wide to fall directly into the sea, Waterfall Bluff is a spectacular double-lipped waterfall on the Wild Coast of South Africa reminiscent of another world. You’ll find this magn...
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A Brief Guide to Wild Animals in South Africa
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A Brief Guide to Wild Animals in South Africa

Wild animals in South Africa no longer roam in great herds that take days to pass one by. Those days are long gone. They've largely been driven out of their natural habitat by man's push for development. Man's disrespect for wildlife has meant that trafficking and poaching across Africa has reached epic proportions (elephant, rhino and leopard in particular). Now it is left to governments and private organisations to make saving wildlife a major focus. Fortunately, wild animals in South Africa are protected in national parks, and game and wildlife farms, across the country. Here'...
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15 inspiring South African Rainforest Facts – South Africa’s Only Rainforest
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15 inspiring South African Rainforest Facts – South Africa’s Only Rainforest

We explore South African rainforest facts. South Africa's only rainforest rests on the edge of the Crocodile River on the outskirts of Nelspruit, in a place so unlikely that hardly anyone knows it exists. It isn't a naturally occurring rainforest. South Africa's erratic dry periods mean that the chances of a tropical rainforest, as they occur in Africa, is virtually impossible. Rainforests receive, on average, 80 inches of rain a year – an average highly unlikely in a place like Nelspruit (just outside the Kruger National Park), which gets an annual rainfall of about 800 mm, and li...
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Best Long Weekend Getaways, South Africa
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Best Long Weekend Getaways, South Africa

Long weekend getaways South Africa – why there are plenty of options for locals, and visitors, within driving distance of each of the four major cities. With an extra day, or two, tagged onto a weekend, South Africans need little excuse to pack a bag and head for the open road. Long weekend getaways South Africa ... Long weekend getaways from Jo'burg Magaliesberg The country setting of mountains, valleys, rivers and rock formations makes the Magaliesberg a popular weekend escape for city dwellers in both Pretoria and Johannesburg. Note: Magaliesburg the town is spelt with a 'u',...
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Where to Safari in South Africa
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Where to Safari in South Africa

It's the number one question for any traveller: where to safari in South Africa? The country is geared up for safari. And there is such a selection of safari lodges and game reserves that the issue is less about where, and all about how to choose the best safari experience possible. We help you make this decision by including a list of the top game reserves for spotting game, and a selection of safari lodges (luxury & budget – keep scrolling!). Where to safari in South Africa? Best parts of the country for safari Mpumalanga and Limpopo are where you head on safari. The Krug...
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Gay and Lesbian South Africa – Our LGBTI Guide
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Gay and Lesbian South Africa – Our LGBTI Guide

Travelling gay and lesbian South Africa is as easy as following our LGBTI guide. South Africa is regarded as the cool LGBTI hangout on the tip of Africa. It's the only country in Africa, and indeed the fifth country in the world, to legalise same-sex marriage. The country has celebrated pride parades since the 1990s, and in 1998 it became the first in the world to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. South Africa is considered one of the top ten gay holiday destinations in the world. Particularly Cape Town - voted 5th most 'surprisingly gay-friendly destination in the wor...
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9 Secrets of Table Mountain National Park that Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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9 Secrets of Table Mountain National Park that Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) may include the famous Table Mountain that makes it on to at least one list of the world's most beautiful mountains, and attracts millions of visitors annually. But the national park extends way beyond the table top, including a whole range of mountains that form the spine of the Cape Peninsula in its range. Its 22 000 hectares stretch from a vantage point overlooking the city of Cape Town in a curve round the southern suburbs all the way down to the Cape of Good Hope, protecting a swathe of forests, fynbos and the famous Cape Town beaches... Here...
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