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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 AddoStayin...
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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 CoastBlue 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 park, 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 original Cape lio...
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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 Weste...
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Eastern Cape Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Eastern Cape Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

Eastern Cape tented camps to take you into uncharted territory. Once there, time stands still. Because these Eastern Cape tented camps are in a part of the country not associated with big game in the way that Limpopo and Mpumalanga are.But the proximity of Addo Elephant National Park, and the area's history of wild life, makes it an obvious safari choice.A short drive in from the Sunshine Coast takes you into former settler country where time slows. And we think you'll agree that the heart stopping scenery is ideal territory for tented safari camps. Here are 10 Eastern Cape tented cam...
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Cheap Weekend Getaways in Eastern Cape
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Cheap Weekend Getaways in Eastern Cape

Reasonably priced doesn't have to mean 'tacky'. So, we've combed through our offerings and handpicked these Eastern Cape Getaways at cottages, apartments, farm stays, lodges and guest houses, with price tags as close to R700/night as we can get.We think you'll love ♥ them...Cheap Weekend Getaways in Eastern Cape Allemann se Huisie, Nieu-Bethesda (R580/night for 2 people) Just outside Graaff-Reinet, in the seriously cute town of Nieu-Bethesda, is this self-catering garden cottage, with it's low-key, retro-influenced décor, and equally good price tag.I know if I were looking for ...
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7 Unforgettable Things You Can Do Only in Port Alfred
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7 Unforgettable Things You Can Do Only in Port Alfred

Until now Port Alfred's byline has been 'retirement village'. But this is changing fast  as a younger set and their children move into the portside village seeking an alternative and slower lifestyle.As a result, it's inspiring to discover that the town has its own micro-brewery alongside the river, a trendy courtyard lifestyle centre, a  marina with blue flag status, a handful of really good restaurants, and a series of activities to keep you busy for a week.Port Alfred lies bang smack in the middle of the Sunshine Coast with typically mild weather that translates into beach days, eve...
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The 10 Best Beaches on the Sunshine Coast
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The 10 Best Beaches on the Sunshine Coast

Between the Tsitsikamma and East London stretches a coastline both beautiful and relatively unexplored (when compared with the Garden Route).It covers a chunk of the Eastern Cape - a romp of seaside villages and towns, beaches with yellow sand that don't seem to end but simply merge from one beach into the next, tidal pools filled with sea anemones, purple seaweed, and obscure shells, and the warm wash of the Indian Ocean.That it isn't as famous as the Garden Route might have something to do with its getting lost in the noise - Australia, New Zealand and Canada each have Sunshine Coast...
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Port Elizabeth – Eat, Do, Sleep in South Africa’s Friendly City
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Port Elizabeth – Eat, Do, Sleep in South Africa’s Friendly City

Port Elizabeth is a GREAT city – the weather all year-round is excellent, the historical architecture is beautiful, there is a burgeoning restaurant scene, the centre of the city is slowly re-emerging, the beaches rival some of the best on the country's coastline, and Port Elizabeth's hotels and guest houses are really top-notch.Best of all the city's small enough to easily get around and navigate... We give you the low-down on what to eat, sleep and do in South Africa's Friendly City.D O Climb the lighthouse at the Donkin Reserve The Donkin Reserve functions as the heart of Port El...
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