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Mountain Zebra National Park – 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit
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Mountain Zebra National Park – 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit

Most people I speak to haven't heard of Mountain Zebra National Park. The park is one of the country's lesser known hideaways, and those in the know would rather keep it that way. For some reason people fail to imagine mountains and zebras together (for most of us, zebras belong on the grassy plains of the Kruger National Park, or Serengeti). And when I then mention that the park is close to Cradock in the Karoo, there is further bafflement: yes, there are mountains in the Karoo! Mountain Zebra National Park falls under the SANParks banner, one of twenty odd national parks in the country...
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Top Ten Natural Attractions in Eastern Cape
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Top Ten Natural Attractions in Eastern Cape

Perhaps the reason the Eastern Cape has something of a Cinderella complex is because it lies wedged between two of South Africa's most popular destinations - the Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal. Certainly it receives less attention than the Western Cape, yet is more diverse and harbours some of the most beautiful holiday destinations in the country. It begins where the Garden Route stops, 1 000 km of largely undeveloped coastline (if you overlook Port Elizabeth and East London) with beaches warmed by the Indian Ocean's waters, its north-eastern corner dominated by the Drakensberg Mountain ra...
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8 Charming Karoo Towns For Nature Lovers And Outdoor Enthusiasts
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8 Charming Karoo Towns For Nature Lovers And Outdoor Enthusiasts

The Karoo: South Africa's semi-desert region - a rare mix of desolation, ragged mountains, vast plains, star-studded skies, sheep farms, quirky little towns in the middle of nowhere, and a whole lot of space. The Karoo spans almost 400 000 km² across the centre of South Africa; an invitation to travel. Whilst this arid belt was surely a trial for early explorers and travellers for whom the heat, frosts, floods, droughts and little rainfall translated into a harsh existence, today it is road trip country into the back of beyond where windmills, donkey carts, red hills, corbelled houses, a...
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4 sun-drenched day trips along the Sunshine Coast
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4 sun-drenched day trips along the Sunshine Coast

If there was a place that guaranteed more sunshine hours than anywhere else in the country, wouldn't you head there? Stretching between Tsitsikamma and East London is just such a place; its coastline gives you over six hours of driving pleasure along the N2. And whilst I know you're itching to know what it is (no, it isn't the Garden Route), you'll be tempted to slap me when you hear it's (ta da): the Sunshine Coast. Obvious, yes... But what you may not know is that this coastal belt reads like a list of who's who of little seaside villages close to beaches, rivers, lagoons, sheltered cov...
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Eastern Cape Beaches Go Blue
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Eastern Cape Beaches Go Blue

The Eastern Cape and Garden Route boast some of the prettiest and most extensive beaches in South Africa, with warm waters from the Indian Ocean making them excellent choices for water sports. In recognition of their beauty, excellent swimming conditions and commitment to the preservation of the local fauna and flora, 20 Eastern Cape beaches were given Blue Flag status in 2014... Blue Flag is an esteemed international award that is only given to beaches that meet a strict set of about 30 criteria. These include hygiene, water quality, sand quality, management and environmental education...
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7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Kwelera – South Africa’s 10th National Botanical Garden
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7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Kwelera – South Africa’s 10th National Botanical Garden

Kwelera's 164 hectares form a narrow strip of coast that runs parallel to the Indian Ocean for about five kilometres, between the beachside town of Gonubie and where the Kwelera River meets the sea just north-east of East London. Few of us know anything about this small, unobtrusive nature reserve. Yet since late July it is the country's 10th National Botanical Garden. Kwelera, or Kwelegha (the 'r' is pronoucned as a 'gh' as in loch), comes from the Khoi language and means place of aloes (the Eastern Cape's emblem). It is a series of sand dunes and coastal forests, dominated by white and ...
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30 things you MUST do in Port Elizabeth in winter
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30 things you MUST do in Port Elizabeth in winter

Port Elizabeth might be regarded as Cape Town's poorer cousin, and far less glamourous than Jozi, but it does have rather mild winters, which makes it a far more attractive option once winter's cold sets in. In fact there are those who say that Port Elizabeth has more sunshine hours than any other city in South Africa (we'll just cast a blind eye to the wind factor). It's also just down the road from St Francis Bay and Jeffreys Bay (but cheaper), and has access to plenty of swimming beaches and a beachfront lifestyle that is easy to access. And Port Elizabeth has loads of action-packed acti...
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The City of Saints – 10 slightly off-beat Historical Attractions in Grahamstown
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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 ...
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Things to Do at The Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth
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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 Restaurants and Bars The dozens of restaurants at The Boardwalk range from famil...
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Insider Tips for Travelling Port Elizabeth
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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 Elizabeth ... December may be the most popular tourist time in Port Elizabeth, but it is also a particularly windy and drizzly month compared to the rest of summer. For hot, sunny summers...
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Our guide to the best hotels in Port Elizabeth, the friendly city
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Our guide to the best hotels in Port Elizabeth, the friendly city

No time to find accommodation? Our guide to the best hotels in Port Elizabeth, the friendly city ... Those who live in PE think it's the best city in the country. Certainly it's the most underrated. Port Elizabeth is one of the largest cities in South Africa, and is laid out in a way that you can reach everything within 15 minutes of the airport – not something you can attribute to Jo'burg. Port Elizabeth regards itself as the end of the Garden Route, a city with warm temperatures all year round, beaches that give Durban and Cape Town's beaches a serious run for their money, a host of hi...
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Things you have to do in the Wild Coast
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Things you have to do in the Wild Coast

I’m convinced that there isn’t another area in South Africa, as rural, unspoilt and as simply beautiful as the Wild Coast. We canoed, relaxed on empty beaches and trailed along the coastal hills.  Here are a few of our favourite things to do in the Wild Coast region ... Do the Coastal Walk in Coffee Bay On a rainy day, we joined this day tour offered by Coffee Shack Backpackers. With plastic rain ponchos and hiking boots we strolled up green hills and back down into valleys of huts, grazing cows and patches of farmland. Even in the downpour, the views of the villages, raging seas and ...
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Surfing in Jeffreys Bay
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Surfing in Jeffreys Bay

If you have ever looked out into the depths of the ocean, met the approaching waves with your eyes and dreamt of dancing upon the silky smooth surfaces, then now is as good a time as any to break it to that you’re a surfer, be it with your soul or with a board - and there’s nothing you can do to change it. Your yearning is shared by millions of men and women around the globe who cannot wait, come rain or shine, to dunk their heads beneath the surface and be a part of it all. Jeffrey’s Bay is South Africa’s favourite and most famous surfing destination. Surfing in Jeffreys Bay is only eig...
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The Simplicity and Beauty of Bulungula Lodge
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The Simplicity and Beauty of Bulungula Lodge

Bags packed and ready to go, we tore ourselves away from the incredible beauty of Coffee Bay and jumped into our little vehicle, one person extra, and set off into the hills of the Wild Coast once more. The sun had come out and everyone’s spirits were buoyed after a couple of cold and rainy days. We whipped out our printed map, as we were told that Google Maps would simply get us lost, and began the 80 km / 3 hour drive towards the tiny and remote village of Nqileni...= After the first 30min on the roads I was overjoyed that we decided to offer our new American friend a ride as the r...
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By the sea in Jeffreys Bay …
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By the sea in Jeffreys Bay …

Nothing had changed since the last time I was in Jeffrey's Bay.  The wind whipped between the houses, across the white sand beach and sent water spraying off the back of waves.  The ocean at Supertubes was somewhat messy and littered with white horses. That didn’t seem to deter the two surfers who had just ran down the boardwalk and stepped out onto the beach. They surveyed the swell with eager eyes and clutched their short, colourful boards. Jeffrey’s Bay was unchanged, quiet before the festive season and beautiful still. For two nights we stayed right across from the world-famous s...
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