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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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Impressive Views of The Garden Route
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Impressive Views of The Garden Route

Impressive Views of The Garden Route ~ The Garden Route is one of the most scenic stretches in South Africa (and the world, in the humble opinion of almost everyone that’s been there). It’s not hard to get breath-taking photos of gorgeous vistas at just about every turn.Still, there are some places that are that much more beautiful. They promise exquisite views – whether they are from high mountains, across vast lakes, or from the secluded vantage point of a cave. So, to make sure that you get the absolute best of the Garden Route beauty, we recommend a few spots that promise particularly ...
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Going Wild On The Spore Of Cradock’s Cheetahs in Mountain Zebra National Park
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Going Wild On The Spore Of Cradock’s Cheetahs in Mountain Zebra National Park

Going Wild On The Spore Of Cradock's Cheetahs in Mountain Zebra National Park ~ In the distance stands a lone wind pump.  Its time-worn steel blades turn slowly as the Karoo air gently breathes in and out. Squeak, squeak, squeak, it breaks the silence spanning across the dry semi-arid landscape of dust, grassland, open vistas and flat-topped hills peeking out – one behind the other - in degrees of flat-flatter-flattest comparison.And then, on the dirt road something appears in front of you – clothed in the black and white stripes – you spot more: zebras, black wildebeest, red hartebeest an...
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A Journey from Yesteryear to Tomorrow: Long March to Freedom
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A Journey from Yesteryear to Tomorrow: Long March to Freedom

From a distance you see them, all lined up on the grass as you approach the Maropeng Visitor Centre at the Cradle of Humankind. You squint your eyes and look again before you ask yourself "what’s going on here, who are these people, where are they going?"You try to count.Is it 50? 60? No it must certainly be more...The closer you get, the more intense the presence and goal-driven stature of 100-odd people fills the space that is just 50 km from the City of Johannesburg.It is tangible. Visceral.  Real.And then it hits you that these are not just people, but heroes; all c...
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Rock and Roll around the Cederberg Mountains
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Rock and Roll around the Cederberg Mountains

A cloud of dust puffs up mid-air behind your wheels as you meander along the dirt road, above a lone jackal buzzard’s glides into the distance and to your sides rock formations – stacked by Mother Nature herself – grab your attention with an "oh, look here" and an "oh, look there".This is the Cederberg Wilderness Area, and in that moment of dust and flying birds you realise how unique South Africa’s natural environment is, and on top of that, how unique the sense of exploration is among travellers, because here you are, about 230 km away from Cape Town, stopping to admire rocks...Y...
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Win A Two Night Getaway For Two At The Brenaissance Wine & Stud Estate
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Win A Two Night Getaway For Two At The Brenaissance Wine & Stud Estate

Vineyards, plum orchards, luxurious accommodation, and the mountains of Stellenbosch...Did you just feel the tension in your shoulders ease a little? Did you forget about deadlines and budgets for just a moment as you imagined the crisp sunshine on your face and the soft breeze in the air? Then, you’ll love reading more about our competition to win two nights’ accommodation for two at the spectacular Brenaissance Wine & Stud Estate in Stellenbosch. WIN A 2 NIGHT STAY FOR 2 PEOPLE IN A LUXURY SUITE AT BRENAISSANCE, INCLUDING BREAKFAST! Win a Stay at Brenaissance Wine & Stud Estate...
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The Animal Magnetism Of Port Elizabeth
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The Animal Magnetism Of Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is famous for a few things – friendly people, gorgeous beaches, excellent hotels, massive sand dunes, and a (very generous and consistent) breeze. But, few people realise that Port Elizabeth is also teeming with wildlife. And, not just wildlife that you have to go on a game drive to see (although it has that wildlife too) - but also animals that you can feed, touch and photograph from up close. Places to See and Touch Animals in Port Elizabeth Homeleigh Farmyard This animal petting farm is a favourite for families with little ones, but is also popular for anyone that loves th...
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Cape Town Has Been Winning Awards Since 1580
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Cape Town Has Been Winning Awards Since 1580

If you’ve ever enjoyed a holiday in Cape Town, you’ll know that it’s special. There’s something magical about this city. It could be the massive Table Mountain that looms over the City Bowl, the ocean on the doorstep of suburbs like Sea Point and Camps Bay, the non-stop shopping, or the distinct African rhythm that permeates it like a heartbeat. It's no secret that Cape Town is a multi-award-winning destination. In fact, it's been receiving coveted awards and accolades since 1580, when Sir Francis Drake said of this city, "This Cape is the most stately thing and the fairest Cape we saw in the...
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Gouritsmond – When You Want To Do Nothing At All
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Gouritsmond – When You Want To Do Nothing At All

Staying in Gouritsmond is ideal for travellers that don’t want to make any decision that’s bigger than, “Do I want to do my crossword now or after my snooze?”  This is the place you go to when the thrill of city life has worn thin and you’re done with traffic, noise, malls, people, lights, and chores. When you’re just done and you need to regroup...About Gouritsmond This little town is about 40 kilometres from Mossel Bay (towards Cape Town) on the Garden Route. After leaving the N2, there are tar roads flanked by sprawling farmlands all the way to the town. The grass is luminous green i...
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Who needs Thailand? Just go to Gerickes Point
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Who needs Thailand? Just go to Gerickes Point

If you booked your accommodation on the Garden Route and you’re after some pure sun-, sea- and sand-style bliss, Gerickes is South Africa’s answer to Thailand. And, we all need a little Thailand in our lives. Actually, when it comes to pristine beaches, dramatic mountains, sea life, and world-class surfing; Gerickes takes the seaside cake – beating Thailand hands-down... Why Gerickes Point? Gerickes Point on Swartvlei Beach, just outside Sedgefield and about 25 minutes from Knysna, has a unique combination of pros that set it apart.The Rock Pools Gerickes gives “rock pools” a whole ne...
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Best Places to Stay on the Garden Route
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Best Places to Stay on the Garden Route

Time to start planning your next Garden Route adventure! Known as "God's Own Country" by those who live here, the Garden Route attracts visitors from around the world and all of South Africa. And once you've been, you will understand why.One of the regions' most popular events, The Oyster Festival, (known also as the best 10 days of your winter) is spread over two weekends and revolves around the consumption of fresh oysters served naked, cooked or garnished.This popular festival, which attracts thousands to the Garden Route, hosts two major sporting events - a marathon and a cycle rac...
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