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7 Routes Durban – Great Ways To Explore The City Of Beaches
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7 Routes Durban – Great Ways To Explore The City Of Beaches

Durban, South Africa's second largest coastal city, is known for its Golden Mile beaches and its jogging, surfing, cycling, scuba diving, bodyboarding, dolphin viewing, jet-skiing, shark cage-diving, canoeing, boat cruising, sunbathing lifestyle. As Lonely Planet so aptly puts it: 'Durban is a window into life aquatic'. More often than not, though, it is passed over for the glamour of Johannesburg or the Cosmopolitan vibe of Cape Town. Yet Durban is no longer the poorer cousin. It co-hosted the 2010 Soccer World Cup, COP17 in 2011, and in 2022 will be the first African city to host the Co...
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Cape Towns Big 7 – If You Haven’t Done Them, You Haven’t Lived
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Cape Towns Big 7 – If You Haven’t Done Them, You Haven’t Lived

Cape Towns Big 7 have nothing to do with animals... The city has not suddenly acquired direct access to lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, great white shark and southern right whales – although southern right whales, sharks, seals and penguins you can find within the city's parameters. Instead, Cape Towns Big 7 is about seven unmissable things to do in Cape Town. The city has always had a Big 6 list of major tourist attractions, but to that it has added a city walk, embracing the idea of multi-purpose, liveable streets that focus on pedestrians. Most of the Big 7 need little by wa...
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Stitching The Dragon’s Tail – South Africas Great 8 Passes Challenge
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Stitching The Dragon’s Tail – South Africas Great 8 Passes Challenge

Imagine driving the highest navigable mountain pass in the country, enjoying wild and unspoilt countryside with views to match, skiing the slopes of Ben Macdhui and then passing down the other side of the mountain into one of the country's prettiest and most historical villages ... No, you do not have to head into the Alps of Switzerland, or the Scottish Highlands. Such a challenge exists right here, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Known as the 8 Passes Challenge, or Stitching the Dragon's Tail, the navigation of eight mountain passes in the southernmost section of the Drakensberg M...
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10 Reasons Rhodes Should Be On Your Bucket List Of Towns To Visit In South Africa
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10 Reasons Rhodes Should Be On Your Bucket List Of Towns To Visit In South Africa

Rhodes is a fairytale type village perched in amongst the mountains where time seems, literally, to stand still. Fringed by mountains, fresh air and the calls of swallows and red-chested cuckoos, the unique Victorian-style tin roofed homes, hotel and shops remain as a delightful holiday retreat for those who can be bothered to get there. Because, if you haven't already visited Rhodes then no-one has explained that you don't simply 'drop in' to the 1821 metres above sea level village in the highlands of the Drakensberg. Half the adventure involves getting there. If you are a 4x4 enthusiast t...
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Offbeat Route 56 – Take The Alternative Route Through The Transkei
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Offbeat Route 56 – Take The Alternative Route Through The Transkei

Route 56 is a surprisingly well-maintained, provincial route that links Middleburg in the Eastern Cape, with Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu Natal. On the map it looks as though someone has taken a crayon and drawn a squiggly line east, north east through the country. Marketed as the 'shortest route' between the Western Cape and Durban, the route's main leverage is that it is a viable alternative to the N2 through the Transkei. It passes through the mountain country of Lesotho, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal connecting Molteno, Maclear and Kokstad. Calling it 'short' is a little misl...
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6 Marine Protected Areas in South Africa
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6 Marine Protected Areas in South Africa

South Africa protects just under 25 areas of its 3 000 km coastline. Known as marine protected areas (MPA), they safeguard threatened marine species and important habitats. What they are, in essence, is a space in the ocean that strictly regulates human activities. Kind of like nature reserves, but in the sea. To succeed as conservation areas of South Africa's marine resources involves collaboration between civil society, communities and government... This fine balance often means compromise. For Marine Protected Areas to function optimally they need to operate as 'no take' zones (any...
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West Coast National Park’s Turquoise Blue Lagoon
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West Coast National Park’s Turquoise Blue Lagoon

And other reasons to visit the West Coast National Park... The West Coast National Park, for most people, is all about the spring flowers. From the beginning of August Capetonians, or visitors to Cape Town who haven't the time to drive all the way to Springbok to see the Namaqualand daisies drive out in their droves to drink in the valleys and sand dunes of the reserve - literally awash with colour. Postberg nature reserve, that part of the reserve on the other side of the Postberg (the mountain on the edge of the Langebaan Lagoon) that is usually closed, opens specially for the flowers...
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Five Places To See The Cape Mountain Zebra
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Five Places To See The Cape Mountain Zebra

The zebra is an African equid found on the grassy plains of Africa's game reserves. It's a common herbivore found in great numbers, which means it rarely gets much attention. Particularly if there is the chance of spotting any of the Big Five. A zebra is a zebra, is a zebra...But is it? There are three species of zebra – Burchell's (Equus burchelli), Grevy's (Equus grevyi) and Mountain zebras (Equus zebra) – all of them characterised by wide horizontal black and white stripes. The function of these stripes is still open to debate. Some people think it's camouflage, whilst others site a so...
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Mountain Zebra National Park – 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit
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Mountain Zebra National Park – 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit

Most people I speak to haven't heard of Mountain Zebra National Park. The park is one of the country's lesser known hideaways, and those in the know would rather keep it that way. For some reason people fail to imagine mountains and zebras together (for most of us, zebras belong on the grassy plains of the Kruger National Park, or Serengeti). And when I then mention that the park is close to Cradock in the Karoo, there is further bafflement: yes, there are mountains in the Karoo! Mountain Zebra National Park falls under the SANParks banner, one of twenty odd national parks in the country...
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7 Wilderness Areas In South Africa You Probably Don’t Know About
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7 Wilderness Areas In South Africa You Probably Don’t Know About

Wilderness areas are the most intact, undisturbed, truly wild spaces left on the planet... They are unaffected by any development and many, if not all of them, practice the highest level of conservation – legally protected and untouched by man. There are no roads, vehicles, houses or industry in these areas. In short: wilderness areas are the only places left in which man can develop a true relationship with nature, if he wants to. South Africa is the only country in Africa with such a rich variety of parks, reserves and wilderness areas. The first wilderness area (now the Hluhluwe-Imfo...
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The 7 Most Beautiful Places In South Africa You Probably Didn’t Know Existed
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The 7 Most Beautiful Places In South Africa You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

There is a danger in thinking that every little bit of South Africa has been discovered. There are actually some beautiful places, and areas, that a few people know about, but not everyone. These 7 most beautiful places in South Africa are worth knowing about. Visit them if you can ... 1. INANDA MOUNTAIN VIEWPOINT This view out over the Inanda Dam is something of a state secret in Durban. Not even Durban's Green Corridor, when closely questioned, could give me directions. The drive is not too long and the views well worth it. Head up to Inanda Ridge, Maphephetha (the road to Inanda ...
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10 Superb Scenic Drives in South Africa
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10 Superb Scenic Drives in South Africa

Narrowing scenic drives in South Africa down to ten is not easy. Just the mountain passes in each of the provinces would leave you speechless for months (the Swartberg, Sani and Bainskloof passes in particular). And so we've selected a number of longer routes, some of which incorporate mountain passes, from across the country. Each of these drives has a unique beauty. Drive as many of them as you can. 10 Superb Scenic Drives in South Africa ... 1. CHAPMAN'S PEAK DRIVE Regarded as one of the most dramatically picturesque drives in the world, Chapman's Peak is the M6 coastal road l...
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Adventures On 8 Of South Africas Most Significant Rivers
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Adventures On 8 Of South Africas Most Significant Rivers

Not only are they a source of beauty, but rivers drain nearly 75% of the earth's land surface. They are the lifeblood of any country, their steady flow of clean, fresh water a vital part of survival for millions of people. They are a means of transport, recreation, drinking water and power. People are intrinsically drawn to rivers. They provide spectacular settings, a sense of heritage, a place of adventure, a space in which to watch birds and wildlife, and inspire art. Which is why so much of our outdoor lifestyle is experienced on the banks of rivers - white river rafting, canoeing, stand...
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Just Who Visits South Africa, And Why? – The Top Ten Countries
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Just Who Visits South Africa, And Why? – The Top Ten Countries

Voted among the top 50 most tourist-friendly countries in the world, by the World Economic Forum recently, South Africa remains a popular place to visit. In the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report South Africa leads sub-Saharan Africa and ranks 48th overall (out of 141 countries); even higher on the list than Mauritius, a major tourist destination (56th). Why? Our rich natural (20th) and cultural resources (22nd), a positive business environment (15th) – no over-burdensome red tape and modest administrative burden – and good infrastructure when compared to neighbouring countries. ...
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7 Most Amazing Caves To Visit In The Western Cape
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7 Most Amazing Caves To Visit In The Western Cape

Caves - underground crevices and cavities that develop naturally over millennia, usually due to erosive underwater action or the slow erosion of dripping water - keep hidden the natural beauty and splendours of the world; their breathtaking formation or cultural relevance uncovered by scientists or explorers and later shared with visitors. Their importance, or simply their majesty, an echo of the people or creatures who have celebrated, lived or sheltered against their porous walls and floors. Some of these caves are filled with stalactites and stalagmites, others harbour historical evid...
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