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10 Places You Could Be Spending Christmas in South Africa, and Why
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10 Places You Could Be Spending Christmas in South Africa, and Why

South Africans celebrate Christmas in much the same way as the rest of world. We spread good cheer, enjoy Christmas traditions – like leaving cookies and carrots out for Santa Claus – decorate our homes with mistletoe, Christmas lights and little figurines like Santa or the elves, buy and decorate a Christmas tree, join up with friends and reconnect with family we might not have seen for most of the year, invite friends and family over for dinner, sing Christmas carols, watch Christmas movies, behave more generously than usual, and wrap presents for under the tree. We just don't have any...
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7 tips to cut the cost of your next holiday
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7 tips to cut the cost of your next holiday

It is a challenge not to spend a lot of money when on holiday. If you typically spend more on holidays than you budget for, then you're not alone. We've put our heads together to come up with a list of ways to spend less on your next holiday, without having to sleep on your friend's couch or stay in a relative's guest bedroom. Here are 7 tips to cut the cost of your next holiday 1. STAY LOCAL Overseas holidays are expensive. They sound romantic, and seem idyllic, but they cost a lot and involve a great deal of effort to realise. Save on the airfare, high foreign exchange rates, and tim...
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10 Dog Friendly Cottages in South Africa
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10 Dog Friendly Cottages in South Africa

Where to go when you do not want to leave your pooch behind? There are plenty of venues across the country that welcome pets. Here are some of our favourites. Unless otherwise stated, all dogs are welcome by prior arrangement... Annie's Cottage Guesthouse, Springbok, Northern Cape A beautiful old manor house set under ancient jacaranda trees lies at the foot of a rugged koppie where, back in 1852, South Africa's first commercial mine opened. Now the mine is closed but Annie's serves as an idyllic stop over between Cape Town and Windhoek, or Upington. Wind down in the gardens filled wi...
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5 best family hikes in South Africa
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5 best family hikes in South Africa

5 best family hikes in South Africa: Children from around the age of eight are generally more than capable enough, and certainly fit enough, to manage a good day hike. Some of them will even handle more taxing multi-day hikes, particularly if they are of the slackpack variety (the hikes, not the kids). We've put together a handful of hikes that are perfect for families – some of them more taxing than others – to give parents a varied choice for kids across the fitness and endurance spectrum. The Whale Trail, Western Cape Cape Nature clearly state that no children under the age of eight ma...
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Head For The Bush This Winter – Top Bush Campsites
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Head For The Bush This Winter – Top Bush Campsites

Heading for the bush does not necessarily mean you need to be in the pukka 'bushveld' for it to qualify. There are other areas around the country where 'bush' is easy to find and closer to home than you might think. Here are a number of bush campsites recommended by friends, family and those in the know... KAOXA CAMP, ALLDAYS, MAPUNGUBWE, LIMPOPO This is bush camping in style, if you're into rustic camping then this isn't quite for you, but it will be hard to resist. Lying between two sandstone ridges within a natural and world heritage site with orange Kalahari sand beneath your feet and...
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10 Ways To Survive A Holiday with Kids, In A Group
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10 Ways To Survive A Holiday with Kids, In A Group

Going away with children is fairly taxing on its own, but a holiday with a group of friends AND children – can it work? Is that asking for more stress than you can handle, or are there benefits that far outweigh the minor compromises you may have to make? We went away in a group of six adults and five children recently, for three nights. It was one of the most wonderful holidays I've had (with children, that is). Here are a few ways I would suggest to allow your holiday to run smoothly ... SELECT CAREFULLY Inviting along a couple you know is going through a rough time in their marriage...
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10 Reasons To Stay On A Farm In South Africa
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10 Reasons To Stay On A Farm In South Africa

We stayed on a couple of farms this past holiday. A week felt like a month. Why? Fresh air, lack of distraction, wide open spaces and literally nothing else to do but gaze at a couple of cows, or head for the hills, might have had something to do with it. A stay on a farm in South Africa, no matter how long, gets you out there exploring the countryside. Whilst travelling around our cities is great, and most of our towns are busting at the seams with accommodation options, markets and other activities to keep you and the family entertained, it is farmstays that get the thumbs up from me. ...
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9 Child-Friendly Places To Stay In Cape Town – Choices When Travelling With Kids
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9 Child-Friendly Places To Stay In Cape Town – Choices When Travelling With Kids

Cape Town is a top tourist destination. People fly in on a daily basis to experience its mountain(s), sea, wine, food and general joie de vivre. And many of them come with children. Finding a hotel or guest house that is genuinely child-friendly is not as easy as it sounds, so here are a couple of pointers in the right direction. A venue is really family-friendly if it has any, or most of, the following: Their policy includes children of all ages They can provide cots They can provide babysitting They have a fully fitted kitchen that includes washing machine and/or tumble drye...
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What To Pack For A Camping Trip
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What To Pack For A Camping Trip

South Africa is brimming with stunning places in which to go camping, ranging from the exquisite Drakensburg Mountains to the coastline of the wild Transkei. Camping is special. It allows holiday-makers to experience the country in a very personal way; being part of the natural flora around them without the physical limitations of hotel rooms or lodge boundaries. Still, without the luxuries of formal accommodation establishments, the only way to enjoy a camping trip is to prepare for it properly. This means making comprehensive checklists of what you need to pack and packing well ahead ...
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Kids of Cape Town – 8 Great Activities for When it’s Wet this Winter
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Kids of Cape Town – 8 Great Activities for When it’s Wet this Winter

There is something about rain outside that makes us want to hibernate; turn into bears and head for duvetland. The problem with what would otherwise be a largely therapeutic exercise is that little ones invariably think you're decidedly out of your head. The thought of spending the day in bed is so far removed from the average pre-school and primary school child's idea of fun that holidays can become something of a battle ground. A wise parent has a list of back-up activities that keep little fingers and minds busy and creative, that involve the parent in a way that they can temporarily ...
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Stanford Valley Time out in the Company of Mountains
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Stanford Valley Time out in the Company of Mountains

Stanford as far as the crow flies is not far from Cape Town. But there can be the odd occasion when, by the time you reach there, after having battled the numerous sets of lights through Somerset West, you feel slightly as though you've been through a mangler. Which is even more reason why, in the shadow of the Akkedisberg Mountains in a valley through which the Klein River flows, a stay in Stanford Valley can feel a little like coming home. The Overberg is quite the most beautiful part of the Western Cape. With its rolling wheat fields, sheep and beef farms, gorgeous mountains, seaside...
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Family Getaways – 10 great ideas for a family holiday in South Africa
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Family Getaways – 10 great ideas for a family holiday in South Africa

Waiting for holidays to simply 'happen' when you have children is tantamount to expecting your fairy godmother to make an appearance, wings and wand intact. The chances are that the holiday, unless other children and a ream of activities are 'on tap', could go horribly pear-shaped and find you in the starring role of circus ringmaster responsible for a list of children's entertainment.  If you want 'down time' then a little planning doesn't go amiss. There are several child-friendly venues in South Africa that cater for exactly this. Whilst not everyone's idea of a holiday is getting cozy w...
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Blue Water Cafe at Imhoff Farm – Children’s Parties to Remember
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Blue Water Cafe at Imhoff Farm – Children’s Parties to Remember

The social calendar of the average pre-schooler without doubt challenges the 'coming out' - a custom for girls in those days to enter into society by attending a variety of balls and dances in search of a husband - of the average Jane Austin heroine. At least the outcome for the Emmas of this world is a wedding; ours is an over-sugared five year old. This is our umpteenth birthday party this year. And as each outdoes the other in terms of child entertainment, the search for available and easy to use venues increases. On this particular Saturday, we find ourselves at Imhoff Farm's Blue Water...
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Cool Runnings – Africa’s first toboggan track
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Cool Runnings – Africa’s first toboggan track

The concept of a Jamaican bob sled team is as about as far removed from Cape Town, South Africa as I thought it could get...or is it? On a wonderfully warm spring day, we headed out at 08h30 on a Saturday morning, accompanied by three eager seven-year-olds, to “Cool Runnings” in Bellville, one of Cape Town’s northern suburbs. Now an early riser I am not (particularly on the weekends), neither am I an extreme sports person, but one will do anything (almost) for your first born’s birthday party! Cool Runnings is a little like the super tube, ‘sans’ water, only here you are seated in a tobo...
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Adventure holidays for families with kids around South Africa
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Adventure holidays for families with kids around South Africa

Adventure holidays for families with kids around South Africa: South Africa, land of perpetual sunshine, incredible vistas, diverse landscapes and a people who go to the nth degree to make one feel at home, is perfect for families with children, who realise that having kids does not mean the end to adventure. All nine provinces have something to offer ... ... in the WESTERN CAPE The Western Cape province's beauty includes the wild Cape Agulhas coast, the Cape Winelands, windswept spaces of the Klein Karoo, Cape Town, and the constant reassuring presence of mountains. The Mother City alon...
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