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Bedford’s Bed of Roses In The Eastern Cape
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Bedford’s Bed of Roses In The Eastern Cape

It is always the smallest towns – the ones often described as ‘sleepy’ with its handful of tarred roads creating the perception that there’s not much going on – that will bowl you out. Bedford is one of those towns.  Situated at the foothills of the Winterberg Mountain Range and sheltered by the Kaggaberg Mountains, Bedford borders on the Eastern Cape’s Frontier Country. Its geographical location shouts Karoo. And so does the warm hospitality and succulent lamb chops nurtured over the years by the area’s indigenous shrubs such as Kapokbos and Boegoekaroo.  But upon arrival you...
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Eat Sleep Do In Summerstrand On The Sunshine Coast
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Eat Sleep Do In Summerstrand On The Sunshine Coast

Summerstrand is one of Port Elizabeth’s hottest accommodation spots because it’s right on the sandy doorstep of its gorgeous beaches and only minutes away from malls and the airport. It’s also abuzz with a constant vibe and hum that happens when top restaurants and water sports combine with the promise of long, lazy beach days. Staying in the guest houses, hotels, B&B’s and self-catering apartments of Summerstrand puts you right in the middle of all the PE action. We’ve put together some of our favourite spots to sleep, eat and have a ball in the area. SLEEP There are s...
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A Guide To Baviaanskloof
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A Guide To Baviaanskloof

Your cell phone signal is gone and forgotten. Behind a bush a kudu with its stately curled horns is having a leafy lunch. A baboon barks – ba-hoo ba-hoo – and in the distance you see the troop moving up a hill. At a picnic spot you hear someone went searching for bushmen paintings, while another one saw a Cape leopard spoor in the riverbank. As the summer sun beats down, a stream ripples promises of an icy cold swim later and you are between two cliffs – a beautiful sandstone rock and a hard place – soaking in every inch of nature in its truest form, soaking in the wilderness that is Baviaans...
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Eat, Sleep, Do In Jeffreys Bay
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Eat, Sleep, Do In Jeffreys Bay

It’s hard (impossible?) to write anything about Jeffreys Bay without leading with the fact that it’s an international surfing Mecca. That’s no small feat. Every year, tens of thousands of visitors descend on this little Eastern Cape town to enjoy the winter festivities and international surf compo that is frequented by the world’s surfing legends. But, for the rest of the year, it’s completely sedate. It has wide roads and homes with big gardens, restaurants dotted along the seashore and the hardy green vegetation of this windy stretch of coast. It’s a great family holiday destination...
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Sleep, Eat, Do St Francis Bay On The Sunshine Coast
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Sleep, Eat, Do St Francis Bay On The Sunshine Coast

St Francis Bay is a tranquil little spot with gorgeous homes and endless beaches. It is an hour from Port Elizabeth and only 20 minutes from Jeffrey’s Bay, but has a character and vibe of its own. This little village is a surfer’s paradise, but is also a fantastic destination for just about everyone that needs a little sun, sand and sea in their lives. Here are some of our favourite picks for places to stay, eat and see while you’re in the gorgeous St Francis Bay ~ Eat, Sleep, Do St Francis Bay SLEEP ST FRANCIS BAY FOR A SPOIL Dune Ridge Country House This country ...
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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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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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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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The BEST Places to Stay in Addo and the Addo Elephant Park
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The BEST Places to Stay in Addo and the Addo Elephant Park

The BEST Places to Stay in Addo and the Addo Elephant Park ~ Staying in Addo has become synonymous with the promise of seeing herds of elephants (and the rest of the Big 5) at the national park and its surrounding reserves. And this is, of course, a massive draw card. But, the greater area of Addo is also about being part of the quiet tranquillity of the Eastern Cape; drinking in the gorgeous views and the warm hospitality of its people. And, yes, this is best enjoyed with some of the most awesome wildlife viewing in the country. Tips for choosing the best Places to Stay in Addo Stayin...
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Best Places to Stay on the Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape
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Best Places to Stay on the Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape

Best places to stay on the Sunshine Coast are aplenty as it’s one of South Africa’s most popular coastlines. The Sunshine Coast extends between the Tsitsikamma and East London - a collection of seaside villages and towns with beaches that go on forever, washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and riddled with tidal pools and river estuaries. You’ll love our selection of best places to stay on the Sunshine Coast Blue Horizon, Tsitsikamma OMG! What a view! Perched on the edge of the cliff overlooking the crashing waves of the Tsitsikamma. Bonus: the village in which you’ll find thi...
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Must-Visit in the Mountains of Eastern Cape
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Must-Visit in the Mountains of Eastern Cape

Much has been written about the Eastern Cape’s incredible coastline and beaches and the lush rolling hills and deep gorges of the region’s trail-rich Wild Coast. But the Eastern Cape’s interior, and the mountains of the Eastern Cape, remain an anomaly - a departure from your average visitor’s itinerary. Only a small group of driven 4x4 enthusiasts enjoy the challenges of the 8 mountain passes of the Eastern Cape. And even fewer travellers realise that beyond the temperate rainforests of the Tsitsikamma, and the Indian-ocean washed beaches of the Sunshine Coast, is a province given ove...
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Best Places to Stay on the Wild Coast – South Africa’s most remote & untamed seashore
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Best Places to Stay on the Wild Coast – South Africa’s most remote & untamed seashore

Best Places to Stay on the Wild Coast - South Africa’s most remote & untamed seashore The Wild Coast, South Africa, stretches from East London to Port Edward on the country’s east coast - a distance of shoreline that is an ode to the country’s least spoilt beaches. A visit to the Wild Coast, South Africa, is to submerge yourself in cliffside vistas & long stretches of gently grassed slopes that decalcify eyes used to vastly narrowed visual fields from peering at screens. The Wild Coast is an aspect of Africa you dream of, the part that’s missing from its more commercial centres. ...
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Everything you Need to Know to See the Addo Elephant Park Properly
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Everything you Need to Know to See the Addo Elephant Park Properly

South Africa’s third-largest wildlife reserve, Addo Elephant Park stretches from the mountains of the Karoo across the fynbos and forest-clad Sundays River Valley all the way to the biggest dune fields in the country on the coastline at Woody Cape. The park is not only about elephants, although if it’s elephants you’ve come to see then you’re in the right place It’s also hugely ecologically diverse. And you’ll see plenty of other game - black rhinos, zebras, Cape buffaloes, spotted hyenas, birds galore, and even a group of black-maned Kalahari lions, considered the closest thing to the origina...
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10 Dropdead Gorgeous Places to Visit on the East Coast of South Africa
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10 Dropdead Gorgeous Places to Visit on the East Coast of South Africa

The East Coast of South Africa is vast. So vast that it’s not known as the ‘East Coast’, the way the West Coast is known as the ‘West Coast’ - probably because the Eastern Cape makes up such a large portion of it, leading to confusion. But also because there are so many different tourist coasts along its length. The East Coast South Africa includes: the Sunshine Coast, the Wild Coast, the Hibiscus Coast, Dolphin Coast and the Elephant Coast! The East Coast of South Africa stretches from Port Elizabeth, past East London Accommodation - the city named after the east of London (it res...
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The Best Hiking Trails in the Eastern Cape
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The Best Hiking Trails in the Eastern Cape

South Africa’s Eastern Cape has some of the best hiking trails in the country. We struggled to narrow down our choice but you can choose from a longer list of Eastern Cape hiking trails here. Our selection below includes mostly multi-day hiking trails Eastern Cape, but we’ve made sure to add one or two day hikes for those with neither the time, nor the fitness (some of the longer trails have shorter versions) to cope with strenuous trails. South Africa’s Eastern Cape is Nelson Mandela’s homeland with some of the most varied landscape in the country. It’s slower than Gauteng and the Western C...
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