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Best Places to Stay on the Garden Route for the Knysna Oyster Festival
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Best Places to Stay on the Garden Route for the Knysna Oyster Festival

The Knysna Oyster Festival happens soon - 29 June to 8 July 2018. Let's go shuck those oysters! The Oyster Festival, known also as the ‘best 10 days of your winter’, is spread over two weekends and revolves around the consumption of fresh oysters served naked, cooked or garnished. The popular festival, which attracts thousands to the Garden Route, hosts two major sporting events - a marathon and a cycle race - but includes so many other mid-week events that many stick around for the full 10 days. Those who can’t be there for the full Knysna Oyster Festival head into town on either ...
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Watch Knysna Rise as You Sink Oysters at the Knysna Oyster Festival
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Watch Knysna Rise as You Sink Oysters at the Knysna Oyster Festival

For 90% of the year, Knysna is a quaint, quiet town on the banks of a gorgeous lagoon. The only time it transforms into a bustling hub of excitement and activity is over the summer holidays (December and January) and for 10 days in winter, when the Knysna Oyster Festival hits this scenic Garden Route gem with a bang... The Knysna Oyster Festival This year, the festival is from 29 June to 8 July 2018. This is perfect because the kids will be on school holiday from 22 June to 17 July, and there will be more than 100 activities over the course of the 10 days. These include no fewer than fiv...
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Freedom Day in South Africa – How Will You Celebrate?
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Freedom Day in South Africa – How Will You Celebrate?

The 27 April is Freedom Day in South Africa. It’s a public holiday (this year Freedom Day in South Africa falls on a Friday, making a mini holiday of the last weekend of the month). But more than the opportunity to get away from it all (the following Tuesday is Workers’ Day, so you still have time to take advantage of a last minute booking!) Freedom Day celebrates the liberation of the country from a time that will haunt us forever.... 27 April marks the date, in 1994, when the country had its first free, all-race democratic election. For years South Africa suffered under a system of e...
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Best Places to Spend New Year’s Eve in South Africa
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Best Places to Spend New Year’s Eve in South Africa

Where are you spending New Year’s Eve? At a party, a celebration? Or somewhere more gentle - just you, a couple of friends, and a bottle of bubbly? If, like me, you’ve left your New Year’s Eve plans for the last minute - here are a  couple of places to spend New Year’s Eve: Best places to spend New Year’s Eve in South Africa... Cape Town Why go: Because it must be one of few cities in the world where you can celebrate the new year up on one of the city’s magnificent mountains. Whilst Table Mountain Cable Way no longer allows revellers up to the top to ring in the New Year (last cab...
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What’s On in Cape Town in December 2017 – Don’t Miss Out on these 10 Events
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What’s On in Cape Town in December 2017 – Don’t Miss Out on these 10 Events

Cape Town is in full-swing summer! It’s less a question of ‘what’s on in Cape Town’ than ‘how do we fit it all in?’ December brings sun-filled, hot days, balmy evenings and late nights (summer sunset times to rival the more northerly cities of Europe) with an emphasis on the outdoors. This is not cosy up and watch film festivals’ season. This is get out and party season! Check our list of what’s on in Cape Town over December ... We Love Real Beer Fest, 15 Dec You have only a couple of days to book for this returning event in Diep River. We Love Real Beer celebrates the pioneers of ...
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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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The Best Places To Be On New Years Eve in South Africa
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The Best Places To Be On New Years Eve in South Africa

2016 has brought with it more than its fair share of ordeals, so it’s highly likely that even those who are not usually big fans of New Year’s Eve (I include myself in this group) are more than looking forward to celebrating 2017 with something akin to gusto. For anyone planning a celebration, here is a list of the best places to be on New Years Eve in South Africa... V&A WATERFRONT, CAPE TOWN Cape Town’s version of Time Square, the V&A Waterfront, creates a carnival atmosphere with street performers, live music, buskers, Zip Zap Circus performers and a firework display. There are fo...
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Escape The City: 8 Of Johannesburgs Green Spaces And Parks
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Escape The City: 8 Of Johannesburgs Green Spaces And Parks

Over 50% of the world's population lives in urban areas – the world's fastest growing land cover type. In Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa green spaces are on the decline. In Africa this decline is critical – with green spaces occupying less than 10% of land area in South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Rwanda, Somalia etc. Despite these statistics, the city of Johannesburg boasts 24% of public green space in the form of parks and gardens. Compared with cities like Berlin (14.4%), Brussels (18.8%), Dubai (2%), London (33%) and Paris (9.5%), the city is positively gree...
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The Best Events In Cape Town & Surrounds This Autumn and Winter
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The Best Events In Cape Town & Surrounds This Autumn and Winter

Autumn, and early winter, in Cape Town is the city's secret season. It's the time of year the city is at its best – the sun just warm enough to seek out a patch of sun in which to bask, yet a mackintosh is a pre-requisite to surviving the day (brollies, if you're interested, are a waste of time given the winds that can accompany any rain in Cape Town). Most of all it's the time of year when leaving the house requires a major incentive. We've lined up a series of motivators to help get your nose out of a book, your butt off the couch and your body out of doors. Here are the best events in C...
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12 South African Events You Should Attend This Spring
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12 South African Events You Should Attend This Spring

Spring has sprung, the grass is riz. I wonder where the boidies is. The boids is on the wing! Don't be absoid! Da wings is on the boid! In case you hadn't noticed, the country has come to life – trees are in leaf, flowers are in bloom, the birds are a nest-making, people are furiously spring cleaning and decorating, and the temperatures (unless you live in Cape Town) are soaring into the upper twenties. As if to mirror this burning urge to experience life to the full, and to get out of doors to appreciate the change in season, there are plenty of events around the country. Every one of the...
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Festivals To Brighten Winter Around South Africa
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Festivals To Brighten Winter Around South Africa

With summer now definitely behind us, we're headed into the wet and/or icy season of the year. Here are a few events and Festivals across the country to liven the weight of winter... Encounters Film Festival: 4-14 June 2015 Africa's top documentary festival features award-winning South African documentaries, festival winners from Cannes, SXSW, Toronto and Venice, and an Oscar winning doccie to open. Stay: Cape Town Central Accommodation Cape Town's Winter Jazz Festival: 12-13 June 2015 Dispel the mid-winter blues with this feast of jazz featuring Jonathan Butler and friends: Oleta A...
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10 Far-Flung Karoo Towns For Fabulous Festivals
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10 Far-Flung Karoo Towns For Fabulous Festivals

If you've ever looked at a map of the Karoo (the Groot and Klein Karoo) you may have noticed that it occupies a huge chunk of central South Africa. It stretches from Alexander Bay on the West Coast, encompassing the bulk of the Northern Cape, all the way to the Free State towns of Smithfield and Cookhouse on the Karoo's eastern boundaries, whilst its southern borders are dotted with Route 62's well-known towns from Robertson through to Uniondale. Its towns read like a list of who's who of the Platteland – Loeriesfontein, Van Wyksvlei, Prieska, Putsonderwater, Philippolis, Bitterfontein, ...
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To market, to market – the top 10 Christmas markets in Cape Town
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To market, to market – the top 10 Christmas markets in Cape Town

I've obviously left my Christmas market shopping a little late as I've missed both the Constantia Gift Fair (this weekend past), and Kamers vol Geskenke. The good news: there are still plenty of Christmas markets to choose from (despite the fact that Kamers must be one of the best markets ever, and I missed out on a bumper edition of creativity and variety!). TOP 10 CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN CAPE TOWN (and surrounds) 22 November 2014, Rondebosch Potters' Market Capetonians love the bi-annual Potters Market. Held under the trees at the park, on the corner of Campground and Sanddown Roads in Ro...
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Durban Botanic Gardens Music at the Lake
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Durban Botanic Gardens Music at the Lake

When I used to live in Cape Town, one of my favorite things to do during the summer months was to pack a picnic and, with tickets in hand, head to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for a Sunday concert. The Durban Botanic Gardens have not disappointed, with the Old Mutual Music at the Lake series currently taking place. The concerts take place throughout the year and are centered around the beautiful lake in the gardens. There are approximately 5000 tickets per performance with different pricing options depending on how close to the stage one would like to sit... We have tickets for the...
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Time For The Hilton Arts Festival
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Time For The Hilton Arts Festival

I am so looking forward to this weekend; we are meandering our way to the village of Hilton and will be attending not one, not two but three productions at the Hilton Arts Festival! Now in its 22nd year, the Festival, which takes place from September 18th to 21st at the very beautiful Hilton College, is the largest theatrical event of its kind in KwaZulu Natal. There are a large number of different events happening over the four days of the festival and they range in genre from drama, comedy, physical theatre, music, cabaret, mindscape, performing arts, children’s theatre, music revival, ch...
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