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Things You Probably Didn’t Know About South Africa
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Things You Probably Didn’t Know About South Africa

The magic that makes South Africa such a fantastic destination is multi-faceted and full of surprises. It’s probably best known for its safaris and wildlife, its culture and absolutely breath-taking landscapes. But, there are also so many awesome things that most visitors probably don’t know about South Africa, which combine to make it even more fun and interesting to visit. Things You Probably Didn’t Know About South Africa Here are some of our favourite lesser-known facts of this magnificent country: 1. Our cities are modern and well-equipped Some people visit expecting mud huts and trib...
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Best Places to Stay in Stellenbosch – the Winelands’ Vibrant University Town
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Best Places to Stay in Stellenbosch – the Winelands’ Vibrant University Town

Don’t get stuck trawling your way through the mire of travel websites looking for best places to stay in Stellenbosch. Find them right here. We’ve made it easy for you - simply scroll to compare over 20 of the Best Places to Stay in Stellenbosch! Appealing and historical Stellenbosch is everything wine with estates on the fringes of town, world-class wineries in the mountains and hills but a stone’s throw away, and any number of opportunities to taste wine whilst sampling world-class food. Our list of best places to stay in Stellenbosch includes Herbert Baker mansions, light and trendy self...
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Eat Sleep Do In Mossel Bay
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Eat Sleep Do In Mossel Bay

Despite the fact that Mossel Bay is pretty perfectly positioned and offers the trifecta of gorgeous beaches, convenient locale and plenty of accommodation; it actually remains fairly quiet for most of the year. This is great news, if a little surprising. Mossel Bay has grown a lot but has managed to retain the laid-back vibe so typical of the seaside villages of yesteryear. This, coupled with the fact that it is along the Garden Route, where there is just so much to see and do, make it an idyllic getaway for the whole family. The Garden Route is also known for its stunning climate. So, e...
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Win A Two Night Winelands Break at Spier Hotel
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Win A Two Night Winelands Break at Spier Hotel

The Spier Hotel is situated on the historic Spier wine farm in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands, just 55 minutes from the Mother City, Cape Town. Village-style buildings, lush green lawns and spacious rooms situated next to the calming Eerste River are the defining characteristics of the 4 star Spier Hotel. Win a 2 night stay for 2 guests at The Spier Hotel, including breakfast and a Farm Style Picnic. Win a Stay at The Spier Hotel Enjoy a two night stay for two guests in a Signature Room including breakfast and one farm inspired picnic. Signature Rooms are spacious with lar...
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Eat Sleep Do In Paternoster on the Cape West Coast
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Eat Sleep Do In Paternoster on the Cape West Coast

Paternoster is a village on the Cape West Coast that just oozes charm and a quaint appeal. Maybe it’s the white-washed houses; maybe it’s the long stretches of sandy beaches. Maybe it’s just the pace, which never seems to pick up beyond a gentle amble to match the rhythm of a seaside stroll. Whatever it is, there’s no doubt that Paternoster is a gorgeous destination for a weekend getaway. It’s one of the oldest towns on this stretch of the South African shores and, although it has a laid-back vibe and quiet setting, offers a fair amount of things to do and see. Here are some of our favou...
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Eat, Sleep, Do In Hermanus
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Eat, Sleep, Do In Hermanus

Hermanus is one of those idyllic destinations – it combines a quiet fishing village vibe with loads of wildlife, gorgeous wine farms, and close proximity to Cape Town. Hermanus is world-renowned for its whale-watching between around July and December. It’s at this time when the southern rights, humpbacks and, sometimes, Minke whales visit the coastline and entertain their spectators. Whales are just about as curious as we are. So, they may approach whale-watching boats, peek out of the water at the humans, or even leap out in powerful displays of their playfulness. More than this, Hermanus i...
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The Camdeboo’s Cathedral Of Mountains
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The Camdeboo’s Cathedral Of Mountains

The Camdeboo’s Cathedral Of Mountains ~ One of South Africa’s oldest towns, Graaff-Reinet, is known for its quaint collection of 19th century historical Cape Dutch and Karoo architecture and as you navigate your way through the quiet streets, a big stoep, shutter-covered windows and charming broekie lace fretwork, are always up for admiration. But when you travel about 15 km north from the town another architectural style beckons you closer while the wind whispers, ‘come have a look’. The Camdeboo’s Cathedral Of Mountains It is a type of architecture that has its roots firmly planted ...
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Sleep, Eat, Do In Ballito
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Sleep, Eat, Do In Ballito

Ballito and summer holidays go together like fish and chips, gin and tonic, or milk and cookies. This little town in KwaZulu Natal sees almost year-round sunshine and is home to some gorgeous beaches. This makes it a stunning spot for a family vacation, a honeymoon to remember, or a beach getaway after a very busy year. The dolphins can be spotted all year round as they surf the waves and jump out to spy on the human visitors inquisitively. Whales can also sometimes be seen during the latter half of the year. But, this is more than just a beach destination. It is close to the rolling hil...
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WIN a 2 Night Golfing Break in the Drakensberg
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WIN a 2 Night Golfing Break in the Drakensberg

Monks Cowl Golf Resort is situated in the Central Drakensberg approximately four hours from Johannesburg and two and a half hours from Durban. With its wide variety of facilities, Monks Cowl Golf Resort is a popular choice for those visiting the Drakensberg region. Win a 2 night weekend stay for 2 guests at Monks Cowl Golf Resort, including breakfast. Win a Stay at Monks Cowl Golf Resort After a long day of golfing, or exploring the magnificent Champagne Valley, our quality rooms have all the comforts required. Get up and indulge in a delicious breakfast before going for a pleasant wa...
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Crocs, Cats And Megabats – All In A Day’s Work At Cango Wildlife Ranch
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Crocs, Cats And Megabats – All In A Day’s Work At Cango Wildlife Ranch

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem. ― A.A. Milne Interacting with animals naturally appeals to humans. Petting a puppy is irresistible; a wild bird getting unusually close to us is fascinating. Their soulful gaze, elegant physiques and innocent acceptance of uninvited human guests is always deeply moving to me. We recently spent a night in Oudtshoorn and visiting the Cango Wildlife Ranch was at the very top of my list of things I absolutely had to do there. Actually, if I’m entirely honest, it was the only thing on my list. I’d been there years ago as a...
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Sleep, Eat, Do In Plettenberg Bay
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Sleep, Eat, Do In Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay may have the distinct vibe of a sleepy surfing village, but this little Garden Route gem still offers loads to see and do. Of course, its endless beaches and awesome waves put it firmly on the map for watersports and some serious body-bronzing. But Plett, as it’s affectionately known, is a humming little hub with plenty of variety. It is also conveniently perched about 20 minutes from Knysna in one direction, and two hours from Jeffrey’s Bay in the other. Cape Town is roughly six hours away. This means that Plett is close enough to the big city for a weekend getaway and far ...
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Durban Delights – Some Of Our Top Picks For Your Stay
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Durban Delights – Some Of Our Top Picks For Your Stay

Durban averages about 320 days of sunshine out of every 365 and is the destination of choice for families that want year-round beach holidays. But, Durban is about more than just balmy weather, gorgeous beaches, and days spent in the waves...if you can believe you’d need much more than that. Durban’s Top Attractions Just a few of the must-see attractions in Durban include: uShaka Marine World (a “water world” of epic proportions) Durban Botanic Gardens Indian Quarter (spices, colours, sounds and delectable Indian food await visitors) Moses Mabhida Stadium (a hit for adrenali...
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The Valley Of Mystery – Gamkaskloof
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The Valley Of Mystery – Gamkaskloof

Vertical slabs of rocky layers echo against one hairpin bend after the next as the road to hell zigzags below and disappears into the distance. Millions of years ago these mountains were a seabed, a century ago this road did not exist, but now there are creases to your left, folds to your right and peaks towering above while sheer drops grab the absence of your acrophobia into trembling existence. A klipspringer surefootedly leaps down while the wind tickles pink proteas into a silent sway; the phone has given up its quest for signal and isolation sets in as you meander and manoeuvre along ...
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Whale Watching with Ocean Odyssey in the Garden Route
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Whale Watching with Ocean Odyssey in the Garden Route

Do you know that humpback calves weigh a ton at birth or that whale mother’s milk is so high in fat that it’s the consistency of toothpaste? Do you know that some of the whales that visit the South African coast every year have come all the way from Antarctica to breed in our warm waters? These gentle giants are mysterious, inquisitive, graceful and playful. And, thank goodness, they’re visiting our coastline at the moment! So, I headed out with Ocean Odyssey in Knysna to get up close and personal with my cetacean friends. Whale-Watching on the Garden Route The most commonly seen whale...
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The Good, Better and Best of Durban
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The Good, Better and Best of Durban

The Best of Durban is about more than gorgeous beaches, warm water, and summer days that last almost all year. Those are some pretty irresistible lures... So, it’s hard to believe there’s so much more to this epic spot in KwaZulu-Natal. Did you know? Durban is also known as eThekwini in Zulu and, following Johannesburg and Cape Town, is the third-most populous city in South Africa. Amazingly, the only other place in the world with a higher concentration of Indians than Durban is India. This multicultural, multilingual destination has so much on offer for visitors around the world. The Good,...
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