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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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30 outdoor spring events in South Africa, now in one calendar
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30 outdoor spring events in South Africa, now in one calendar

As it warms up and people head outdoors, leave space in your calendars for these inspiring events around the country. Our list of 30 outdoor spring events in South Africa ... in the WESTERN CAPE... 1. Hopefield Fynbos Show  29 – 31 August 2014 Head for the West Coast’s oldest town; its fields of spring daisies, over 500 different species of fynbos and four fynbos regions make it the place to welcome in the spring. 2. Blisters For Bread Charity Walk   31 August 2014 Thousands of walkers head to Green Point, Cape Town, to take part in this charity fun walk, raising money to feed hungry s...
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Your bucket list of things to do this winter holiday (that even the kids will like)
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Your bucket list of things to do this winter holiday (that even the kids will like)

Three long weeks of holiday! But it needn't feel like a burden for those with children. With a list of events that will keep both parents and kids happy, this winter break promises to be a good break all round. We list top events across South Africa - things to do this winter holiday (that even the kids will like) in the WESTERN CAPE Chamber Music Festival in Stellenbosch 4 – 13 July 2014 If your children are aspirant musicians this is a chance to watch other children play, for the 10 day festival gives talented young South African musicians the platform to study and perform. See mus...
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Winter Wonderland Festival at Theuniskraal
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Winter Wonderland Festival at Theuniskraal

Winter is the perfect time for glühwein and a roaring fire, if this is what you’re after why not head down to the Winter Wonderland Festival at Theuniskraal Wine Estate on 28 and 29 June 2014. This festival runs in conjunction with the annual Tulbagh Christmas in Winter -  a weekend of fun for the entire family. Located 120km outside of Cape Town take a leisurely drive into town or spend the night at one of the lovely accommodation options in Tulbagh. Theuniskraal is offering shuttles every 30 minutes from Church Street in town to the estate. Enjoy free entry to the Tasting Centre an...
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Cape Town Design Capital 2014 – diarise these events and projects
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Cape Town Design Capital 2014 – diarise these events and projects

Cape Town was recently listed one of 52 places the New York Times regards as THE places to visit in 2014. The loss of Mandela has placed South Africa in the hearts of many the world over. Cape Town as World Design Capital 2014, the article says, is grappling with the challenge of transformation since Mandela's first address as a free man 20 years ago. 2014 is the year the city's creative class take on this challenge by celebrating design in all its forms over the year ... Fashion shows, architecture open houses, visits by the public into artists' studios and various exhibitions fulfill th...
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20 top Christmas markets around the country – time to get shopping!
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20 top Christmas markets around the country – time to get shopping!

Something about the incessant jingling of carols, rabid shoppers and overhead neon lights makes malls uninhabitable at this time of year. The calm of local Christmas markets, on the other hand, where you support local crafters, buy local food for your table and get to meet the people who make your food and gifts, is a completely different experience... We've handpicked 20 Christmas markets around the country: CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN GAUTENG Transoranje Christmas Market (Pretoria Accommodation) Over 270 exhibitors at this festive market that includes a tea garden, demonstrations on beads, ...
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Hair Raising Halloween Shenanigans
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Hair Raising Halloween Shenanigans

Halloween is also known as All Hallows Eve and is a holiday celebrated every year on 31 October. This devilish day originates from Samhain, which is an ancient Celtic festival that celebrated the end of the harvest season. During this period, Pagans would prepare for Winter and count their stock. The Gaels believed that on this day, the land of the living and the land of the dead overlapped, allowing the dead and ghastly gouls to enter our world and wreak havoc on the crops or cause illness amongst the living. Costumes were worn to imitate the dead and evil spirits, as this was supposed to ...
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