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Destinations and Provinces

Nature has worked a special magic on the South African landscape. Although culture and history are an integral part of the South African experience, it is nature which is the true jewel in the crown.

Wind, sun and rain have sculpted vistas of unsurpassed beauty in which some of the earth’s most diverse plant population thrive. With kilometres of countryside and coastline where visitors can enjoy the sun, South Africa is an African masterpiece … MORE \ Discover South Africa

Monday, 21 April 2014

The city of saints – 10 slightly off-beat historical attractions in Grahamstown

Grahamstown is not known as the town of 60 churches, or the city of saints, for nothing. It is steeped in colonial English history, filled with historical buildings and churches, and is also a university town – which goes some way to explain its reputation for tolerance and left-of-centre thinking.

The town of the annual avant-garde Arts Festival, Grahamstown is also home to the oldest independent newspaper offices (still producing the Grocott’s Mail), and was home to author André Brink, who lectured at Rhodes University between 1961 and 1990 whilst producing numerous novels, many of which went on to win literary awards (more controversially: a couple were banned during apartheid, making him something of a cult hero).

Grahamstown’s churches are worth investigation in their own right. But below are a selection of historical buildings that have something slightly quirky or different about them and are thus interesting to visit. Continued

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Five places to take your friends in Cape Town

If you’re from Cape Town you’ll know what it’s like to have foreign visitors or guests from other parts of South Africa come spend time with you, hoping you would show them around your beautiful city. Or even if you’re not from Cape Town but are going there as a group of friends, this quick little list is designed to give you a couple of quick and easy “what to do?” options if you’re here for a couple of days or longer.

Showing the city off to your foreign friends is also a fantastic way for locals to take time off and act like tourists themselves so without further ado, let’s jump into it …  Continued

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Press Club in Umhlanga Centre

As a youngster, my parents would often treat my brother and I to a toasted sandwich and a milkshake at The Press Club on our monthly jaunts into Durban from our home in Zululand. Located in the centre of town, I thought it was the coolest place ever; with its newsprint wallpaper I entertained romantic notions of becoming a journalist and memories of this little coffee shop have remained with me since the mid ‘80’s. Continued

Monday, 14 April 2014

Room with a view – 15 handpicked rooms with views in South Africa

Anyone watching Miss Lucy Honeychurch and George Emerson at the window overlooking Florence, in the film based on the novel by EM Forster, will agree that the phrase ‘room with a view’ changed forever.

The sumptuousness of the film, and the quintessentially British account of romance, intrigue and beauty, resulted in the phrase’s association with far more than the view alone.

In keeping with this idea that a room with a view is about all things romantic, we have handpicked a selection of rooms with views throughout South Africa.

It might not be Florence, but you won’t be disappointed… Continued

Thursday, 10 April 2014

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…

Aloe Cottage, Darling

A romantic getaway in Darling, this little cottage looks out over rolling hills and farmlands to distant mountains. It is set on an indigenous renosterveld estate, designed for privacy, although restaurants, shops and galleries are but three minutes’ drive away. Unwind in the peaceful country atmosphere, or walk on nearby trails. Continued

Monday, 7 April 2014

10 Best Public Art Pieces in Johannesburg

posted to: Attractions, Gauteng

Visual art in public spaces can be big or small. It can loom overhead, forcing you to squint into the sun to see it, or it can scream for attention from beneath your feet on the pavement. There are no rules about how it must look, what medium it should use, or what shape it should take.

What it must do is play with expectation, heighten awareness, spark debate, shift the way you think, celebrate imagination, and make art accessible to everyone. In Johannesburg much of the city’s public art is concentrated in the Newtown Cultural Precinct. Continued

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Best 4 craft beer producers in KwaZulu-Natal

Craft beer – the kind brewed using artisan methods, no chemicals or artificial additives, usually in microbreweries with savvy names like Three Skulls, Triggerfish, or Porcupine Quill – is now firmly favoured by foodies around the country. Craft beer is beer that is not brewed by any of the mega-brewery guys – the SABs of this world. Usually the brewers are small, independent and traditional. The result is: good beer.

The craft beer industry in South Africa is at once small, yet growing. Small, because everyone in the industry knows everyone else – in some cases brewers are even friends. Growing because in 2013 alone around 20 breweries opened, according to the Craft Beer Project. Continued

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Company’s Garden Gets a New Historic Veg Garden – a World Design Capital Project

Cape Town’s Company’s Garden used to be a vegetable garden 360 years ago. It was built to supply ships travelling the spice trade route from the East Indies, when they pulled in to Cape Town.

Cape Town, back then, was known as ‘The Tavern of the Seas’ and the first European settlement of what was then called the Cape of Good Hope began with this garden. Continued

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

7 Undiscovered Sunshine Destinations for the April May Break

Chasing the sun is something we think of doing only when it begins going through the motions of packing up and leaving. Around this time of year. Whilst the last few months have had even swimming pool devotees shade hopping and water slugging, the slight shift in weather manages to catch us off balance and a last bid for the sun-kissed break we missed over Christmas is crucial for the easter break.

Chasing the sun in South Africa is never difficult – most parts of the country it never leaves. We’ve come up with a combination of beach-side, river-side and inland sunshine destinations where the sun is almost guaranteed to put in a daily appearance… Continued

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Things to Do at The Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth

The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World enjoys prime positioning along Beach Road, the motorway that separates this world-class development from the warm waters of Algoa Bay. As such, it is centrally situated and showcases gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean. There is plenty of free, secure parking and, while the Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth is open-air, there are sheltered walkways that protect visitors from the rain as they peruse the many shops.

Here are our top five reasons to visit The Boardwalk … Continued

Friday, 7 March 2014

Dorp Adventures

Small towns are affectionately known as dorps (pronounced “dawps”) by local South Africans. While they may be little and tucked away in the mountains and valleys of this multifaceted country, so many of these towns and villages offer a host of exciting things to do and see. Discover the fabulously diverse world that awaits visitors to the dorps of this country. Continued

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Top 10 must-visit museums in Cape Town

Museums are no longer dull repositories filled with archaic collections that gather dust.

Any museum worth its salt has reinvented the way it displays objects of scientific, artistic, cultural or historical importance, using virtual exhibits and other modern tools to transform its halls into places of interest; spaces that can compete with the Internet.

There are over 55 000 museums in 202 countries across the world. Visitors are offered a wonderful selection of museums in Cape TownContinued

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

What I love about the Overberg: from a City-Bowl-expat

I’d been visiting the Overberg for twenty years by the time I made the decision to pack everything up and move my little family out to the country, beyond the city smoke, traffic and frenetic pace, to a quieter place over the hills. Raised in Sea Point and residing in the Cape Town City Bowl as a young adult, I had never stumbled across a lifestyle that was so family-centric and influenced by the great outdoors.

Saturday beach expeditions with children made for a refreshing change compared to the social whirl of weekends in the city – and lush, languid Sunday lunches replaced being seen at the newest hip spot in town in a designer frock and heels. The soul-stirring beauty of the Overberg seeped into my heart and inspired me to traverse the region that must surely have inspired many poets, writers and painters in the past. Continued

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Dullstroom’s Secrets

Dullstroom is a tiny village situated halfway between the urban epicentre of Johannesburg in Gauteng and the world-famous Kruger National Park. It is situated in Mpumalanga Province and is known for the five F’s: fly-fishing, fauna, flora, food, and the beautiful fresh air that permeates every part of its charm and allure. In fact, it is one of the top fly-fishing destinations in the country and, as a result, attracts some regular anglers, despite its being so small.

However, there are some little-known facts about Dullstroom that make it an even more intriguing getaway; ideal for those looking to discover a rather different side to South Africa. Such secrets are best when shared, though, so here are some of the mysteries of Dullstroom uncovered … Continued

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Insider Tips for Travelling Port Elizabeth

The Eastern Cape is a destination of many facets, ideal for families, couples, groups of friends and lone explorers alike. Like any other tourist hub, there are ways to get the most out of Port Elizabeth (the Friendly City), and we want to share these tips with you so that Nelson Mandela Bay is showcased at its best.

Cheat Codes for exploring the Friendly City – Getting the most out of your stay in Port ElizabethContinued