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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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Mountain Biking in Hogsback
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Mountain Biking in Hogsback

Hogsback is an ancient and enchanted place that lies on the R345 between Alice and Cathcart in the Eastern Cape. It is possibly most famous for its link to Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” novel and is claimed to have inspired the novel and subsequent Tolkien scenery, whether true or not, the town certainly looks as though it has been dreamed up by a fantasy novelist. Some of the things that makes Hogsback so special is that it is incredibly, almost magically, well-populated with indigenous forest, trout rivers and waterfalls - according to one guide Hogsback has one of the highest densities of water...
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On Safari in Sibuya Game Reserve
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On Safari in Sibuya Game Reserve

So when the day came for us to check in to Sibuya Game Reserve in Kenton on Sea, we completely missed the boat.  Literally, at 11:30am the boat chartered all the guests across from the reception to the reserve.  Except for us.  We arrived late from Hogsback and Ranger Chris came all the way this side of the river to collect us in time for lunch. As we boated along the river, looking out for birds and even game beside the water’s edge I realised that so much of this game reserve’s beauty lies in the fact that you can only access it by water. We stopped to see a tiny malachite kingfisher perc...
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An Interview with Graeme Mann of Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
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An Interview with Graeme Mann of Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve showcases the lushness and beauty of the Eastern Cape’s fauna and flora. It is the perfect getaway for locals and visitors alike. Home to prey and predator, along with a breath-taking variety of birds and other impressive animals, this is a nature-lover’s delight. We interviewed General Manager, Graeme Mann, to hear what’s behind the success of this reserve... An Interview with Graeme Mann, GM of the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve When was Kwandwe established? What was the vision? Kwandwe is the result of the shared vision, resources and energy of four very dynami...
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At the heart of Cintsa
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At the heart of Cintsa

Let me just tell you now that two nights in Cintsa is just not enough. Especially when the drought decides to end and the rain arrives. Sitting on the balcony of Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers, I watch the clouds slowly pulling in over the high sand dunes and where the river meets the ocean.   The palms and thick fronds of green vegetation start to gain movement as the wind picks up.  The sun that heated up our late afternoon here on the hill of Cintsa West has all but disappeared. Luckily we’re set up in the one of their newest cottages nestled between tall bushes and other tent...
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