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Miscellaneous

This category includes posts about things we really want to share with our readers but don’t “fit into” any of our standard categories. Posts include general news and things we are proud of … Visit SA-Venues.com to explore our beautiful country, South Africa.

Monday, 19 September 2016

10 Best Non-Fiction Books About South Africa That Will Have You Hanging On Every Word

Many books have been written about South Africa.

It may lie on the southernmost tip of the African continent, but it’s attracted a fair amount of attention since 1994 for numerous reasons – political and otherwise.

This list of 10 best non-fiction books about South Africa does not include Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom (we assume you’ve read that). Here, instead, are some you’ll know and others about which you won’t.

All of them are worth reading … Continued

Monday, 5 September 2016

The Secret Of Cape Towns True History

Lucy Campbell’s myth-busting, grassroots, warts-and-all account of the little recognised pre-1652 founding of Cape Town, and the trauma of slavery, is a meaningful educational experience that few visitors can afford to overlook.

‘Cape Town’, says Lucy, her grey dreadlocks loosely held by an orange floral scarf, her hands painting the air in front of her as she passionately engages her audience, ‘is a prime indigenous African-Indian-Asian-Eastern must-stop destination, home to the most diverse community in the world.’

This, she explains, is all of our history. White or black… Continued

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

10 Movies To Get You In The Mood For South Africa

There is nothing better than a movie to set the scene. Movies are visual. They cut the fat and bring imagination to life. They can give you great insight into a subject, far faster than a book. And they can take you backward in time.

Which is what we’ve done with this list of 10 movies (in no particular order) that brings you up to speed with South Africa’s chequered history, gives you an idea of the people who live here, sets the scene for a visit, and moves you in a way that makes you wish you could get here sooner… Continued

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

10 Quintessential South African Ingredients – What Every Chef Has In His Larder

South Africa’s gastronomy is coming of age as chef’s begin to experiment with indigenous foods and plants to create a cuisine that is bursting with unusual flavours and sharp contrasts, and is quintessentially South African.

We’ve compiled a list of ten ingredients any South African chef would be proud to include in his palate of basic ingredients … Continued

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

2016 Travel Trends That Will Define Tourism In South Africa

The spate of terrorist attacks that rocked the world in 2015 may mean that north Africa and Paris are off the travel menu for a while. But rather than resulting in a dip in worldwide travel, things appear to be just the opposite.

People have had to curtail their travel for a number of years due to world-wide financial strain and, whilst the rand is at a record low in South Africa – exacerbated by the recent juggle of finance ministers – in other parts of the world currencies are strengthening and people are looking to 2016 as a year of adventure and long distance travel.

These 2016 travel trends could sharply define South Africa’s tourism … Continued

Monday, 23 November 2015

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.

We rank 24th in online searches for nature-related activities Continued

Monday, 2 November 2015

6 Reasons South Africa Is A Bargain Holiday Destination

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Lonely Planet recently voted South Africa one of the major bargain holiday destinations in the world – alongside Bali, Samoa, Uruguay and Taiwan.

It is not the only organisation to publicly recognise the value of a visit to the south of the African continent. Last year the Garden Route was awarded Destination of the Year by the Global Golf Tourism organisation, whilst for over three years running Cape Town ranked as one of the world’s top-ten best cities to visit, and as the world’s top place to visit in 2014 (The New York Times).

With all this attention, and the beginning of light at the end of the tunnel after the worldwide economic decline that put more than a bit of a damper on international travel for most people, South Africa once again shines as a bargain holiday of note.

Here are 6 reasons South Africa is a bargain holiday destination… Continued

Monday, 14 September 2015

Where To See The Cape Parrot – Africa’s Most Endangered Parrot

Cape parrots are disappearing at a rapid rate.

Endemic to South Africa, the Cape parrot, or Poicephalus robustus, lives in the Afromontane yellowwood forests found mainly in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal.

Over the last 50-100 years the population has decreased dramatically. They are considered critically endangered. Only 1600 remain in the wild.

In other words, you have more chance of sighting a white rhino, in South Africa, than you do a Cape parrot.

The Cape parrot is a large bird, roughly 34 cm in height, with an average weight of 260-330g. Their head and neck colours are bright gold mixed with dark brown, their backs and wings are dark green, their rumps and underparts bright green, sometimes with a hint of blue. The females sport an orange-red blaze across the crowns of their heads… Continued

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

15 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Cape Town

Here are a few fascinating things you probably don’t know about Cape Town

1. Cape Town is the best place in the world to visit

According to the New York Times (2014). The Telegraph Travel Awards voted Cape Town the ‘best city in the world’ in 2013; it is one of the top 25 destination in the world, according to Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards; and Africa dot com voted Cape Town the most liveable city in Africa. Continued

Monday, 2 March 2015

10 Travel Trends for 2015 – What Will Affect South Africans

The forecast is that growth in sub-Saharan Africa will increase to 5.8 percent in 2015, despite the global economic growth forecast’s revision down to 3.5 per cent. This means both consumers in Africa, and those visiting the continent, will benefit from new opportunities.

Translated into travel speak: tourism to the African continent is on the increase… Continued

Monday, 16 February 2015

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Fynbos

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Fynbos, which is Dutch for fine-leaved plants (even though most fynbos is ericoid and not fine), is in high demand. It’s valuable because it is under threat – due in no small part to agriculture, invading plant species, and human development. Fynbos is a totally unique kind of vegetation that makes up 80 per cent of the Cape Floral Kingdom, two-thirds of which are found only in the Cape (nowhere else on earth).

To put it in perspective: Table Mountain alone hosts as many plant species as the UK; all 1 500 species of them. Which makes the Western Cape more botanically diverse than the richest tropical rainforest in South America, according to WWF. And that includes the Amazon… Continued

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Words of wisdom: 20 of the greatest quotes by South Africans (including a selection by Mandela)

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“I am an African.

I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flowers, the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native land”

 

And whilst I would love to claim the above lines as mine they are, instead, those of a supreme orator, taken from one of the world’s most famous speeches ~ Thabo Mbeki’s I am an African.

Inspired by the incredible country in which they live, and the miraculous history from which they come, South Africans produce words of wisdom to inspire.

For those wanting motivation to visit our shores, cast your eye downwards… Continued

Thursday, 25 September 2014

10 ‘Must Do’ Things For Accommodation Owners, To Keep Us Coming Back For More

Ever stayed in a B&B or self-catering unit where there were a couple of things you knew would just make the place sing, but did not have the courage to write it in the guest book? I have … more than once.

I’ve travelled a great deal around South Africa, staying mostly in modest self-catering accommodation and in B&Bs, some of them delightfully quirky, others bordering on objectionable (particularly as there seems to be a regular rate, regardless of standard).

Some have wowed me while others have left me feeling resentful at having to pay hard-earned cash for an uncomfortable night. And I’m not difficult to please… Continued

Monday, 22 September 2014

7 Unique South African Creations You Will WANT TO GET Your Hands On

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South African’s are smart thinkers. Our list of 7 unique South African creations are either charming or innovatively functional. Some are both.

Either way, you’ve got to love them. Want them. And head to our shores to get them. Continued

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

10 South African music legends

Chosen for their distinctive South African style of music, here are 10 South African music legendsContinued