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Port Elizabeth Historical Tour – Discovering the Riches of the Bay
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Port Elizabeth Historical Tour – Discovering the Riches of the Bay

Port Elizabeth is part of Nelson Mandela Bay and is popular for its stunning swimming beaches. In fact, every summer, Port Elizabeths guesthouses and hotels are brimming with visitors from all over the country, who have come to indulge in the pretty surrounds and warm waters of the glittering Indian Ocean. Still, it has plenty more to offer than long, lazy days spent on the pristine white sands. The Port Elizaberh Historical Tour on offer by Umzantsi Afrika Tours is made successful by the experience, knowledge and passion of the tour guides, Lyn and Peter Haller. Lyn has been qualified ...
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Exploring South Africa’s Wild Coast
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Exploring South Africa’s Wild Coast

Exploring South Africa’s Wild Coast: In an area first settled in by the Bushmen (San) and Hottentots, the Wild Coast presents a rural, unspoilt part of South Africa that is hard to find elsewhere. The best way to explore the coastline is by road tripping. So back those travel tunes and hit the road. Here are some places I suggest you visit... For Bird Lovers If you have your binoculars and zoom lens ready for days of bird watching, visit the coastal forest of Mbotyi. This extensive region includes mangroves, lagoons, gorges and open grassland with over 100 species. In the estuaries you...
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A Peek into St Francis Bay – Playground of Millionaires
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A Peek into St Francis Bay – Playground of Millionaires

Only 30 minutes away from the surfer’s paradise of Jeffrey’s Bay lies St. Francis Bay. Driving through this little village of thatched-roofs and white-washed houses, it’s easy to see that this enclave holds a lot of wealth. As with many places in South Africa, you won’t have to look too far either to view extreme poverty close by. On the drive to Port St. Francis, we passed little children playing outside their houses made from tin. This was such a vast contrast to the luxury exuded once in the port. We stayed in a friend’s apartment and from the lounge we could see the yachts and expensiv...
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A Weekend Stop-Over in Jeffreys Bay
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A Weekend Stop-Over in Jeffreys Bay

Exploring the coast of South Africa’s Eastern Cape is something every adventurer has close to their hearts, either they have it in fond memories and tales plentiful or they have yet to come across this sacred land and live in hope for the chance to bear witness and experience it for themselves. Jefferys Bay is at the start of this adventure or at the end, depending on which side you start at. This quaint seaside village rich in fishing heritage and Afrikaans culture has become incredibly diversified and popular in recent years – so much so that the town had to add a traffic light, yes, one ...
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The Pleasure of Papies
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The Pleasure of Papies

It was with very energetic butterflies that I mounted the magnificent Chestnut, so named for her rich colouring. Our guide, Mira, hopped on – with no visible effort – to Blue, a stunning boy of about four years old, whose slate-coloured coat shone in the February sunlight. Mira is currently studying biology in Germany and comes down to South Africa to help with the Papiesfontein trails and to indulge in the African summers. Her passion for, and knowledge of horses put us totally at ease; despite our being real novices. The trail starts off with about 50 minutes along a gravel trail through ...
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Hiking Trails in the Tsitsikamma
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Hiking Trails in the Tsitsikamma

Tsitsikamma is renowned for its natural beauty, being endowed with magnificent forests, deep ravines, towering mountain ranges and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. In fact, the word “Tsitsikamma” is a San word that means “place of abundant waters”, testifying to the lush abundance of this very special part of the Garden Route. There are a number of ways to enjoy the natural splendour of the Tsitsikamma including walking trails, cycling routes, horse rides, tubing along the river and more. Hiking through the forests and mountains is one more way to get the most out of your time in S...
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Exploring the Alfred Nzo District
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Exploring the Alfred Nzo District

The Alfred Nzo District Municipality has, as its seat, Mount Ayliff. It is situated in the northern part of the Eastern Cape and is surrounded by Lesotho, KwaZulu Natal, the OR Tambo District and the Ukhahlamba District. Being so centrally situated makes Alfred Nzo an ideal base from which to launch your tour of South Africa. The Xhosa cultural heritage of this area is fascinating, and gives this quiet retreat a sense of true South African pride and identity. Visitors are encouraged to visit local villages, interact with the folk occupying the land and immerse yourselves in this authentic A...
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The Popular Otter Trail – Spectacular but challenging
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The Popular Otter Trail – Spectacular but challenging

The Otter Trail is undoubtedly one of the best known and most popular hiking trails in South Africa, and ranks highly when compared to the trails of the world. This trail is 42.5 kilometres (or a little over 25 miles) long and stretches from Storms River to Nature’s Valley, which are both trailheads. Being along the Garden Route means that this route is accessible, showcasing some of the most beautiful features of South Africa’s landscape. It is named after the Cape Clawless Otter that can be found in this region. The trail takes five days to complete and is split into very clear stages to ...
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The Wild Coast Trail – escape like never before
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The Wild Coast Trail – escape like never before

Remember the advert - 'take a walk on the Wild side'? Perhaps it was before your time but the Wild Coast, despite having alluded to its wildness as far back as my childhood, remains more or less as nature intended it - little urban development, a tropical coastline with conspicuous rocky headlands and great swathes of green hillside hewn into by rapidly running rivers that combine into a landscape that is the paradise of walkers. It translates into 300 odd kilometres of coastline along which hikers run into little other than the odd Nguni cattle, beaches, waterfalls, mangrove swamps and rem...
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Things to do in Morgans Bay
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Things to do in Morgans Bay

Morgan’s Bay is a coastal getaway on the Wild Coast, making it one of South Africa’s most beautiful destinations. With its stunning beaches, Morgan’s Bay is an obvious summer holiday choice. However, it also offers plenty to do and see out of the peak tourist season. It is abundant in fascinating faunal and floral species, making it ideal for nature-lovers. If you manage to tear yourself away from simply lazing on the sandy stretches and frolicking in the gloriously warm Indian Ocean waters, here are some more things to see and do in and around Morgan’s Bay ... Water sports whether yo...
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Things To Do Near Jansenville
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Things To Do Near Jansenville

Dubbed the heart of South Africa’s mohair production, Jansenville is a small town in the Camdeboo plains, just above the picturesque Klein Winterhoek Mountain Range. The appeal of this town lies in its natural beauty, which is quite different from the lush abundance of other areas. Rather, it is characterised by clear blue skies that meet a horizon of scrubby Karoo vegetation and the hardy fauna and flora that thrive under these conditions. Although small, Jansenville has a distinctive historical value that testifies to the rich heritage of this part of South Africa. This historical val...
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Things To Do In Humansdorp
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Things To Do In Humansdorp

Humansdorp is a very small town, established in the mid-19th century, situated in the Eastern Cape. It is between Jeffrey’s Bay and St Francis Bay. Although small and quiet, many visitors pass through Humansdorp en route to a number of other destinations and get a chance to visit this historical farming-oriented town. Humansdorp is situated along the N2, which extends from Cape Town in the Western Cape, through Port Elizabeth and East London in the Eastern Cape and through to Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. This makes Humansdorp accessible and centrally located. During your time in Humansdorp, the...
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Rhodes Village
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Rhodes Village

The Eastern Cape of South Africa is a province of natural beauty and an undeniably mysterious allure that comes from its ancient heritage and natural abundance. Rhodes Village is secluded within the Southern Drakensberg in the highlands of this province, bordered by Lesotho. It is, therefore, surrounded by imposing mountain faces, rolling foothills and the lush greenery that is found so freely here. The travel magazine, Getaway, named Rhodes Village one of South Africa’s Top 20 Secret Places. It is surrounded by mountains, rivers and valleys and was declared a Conservation Area in 1997. ...
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Things For Nature-Lovers To Do in Tsitsikamma
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Things For Nature-Lovers To Do in Tsitsikamma

Tsitsikamma is the area once inhabited by the San people and, later, by forest folk who lived off the abundance of the forests. Today, it remains a natural paradise, and welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists to its unique loveliness. This natural beauty is most appreciated by visitors who love the outdoors and the fauna and flora to be found within their natural habitat. The entire Tsitsikamma region is prolific in fascinating species and breath-taking sights. Here are some of the nearby not-to-be-missed highlights Birds of Eden and Monkeyland These two facilities are a firm fa...
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Keeping Busy at Chrislin Bed and Breakfast
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Keeping Busy at Chrislin Bed and Breakfast

The Chrislin Bed & Breakfast is a family-owned establishment that pairs good, old-fashioned Eastern Cape friendliness and warmth with an undeniable African look and feel. With mud and thatch huts nestled amongst the citrus orchards, there is little wonder that Chrislin remains the retreat of choice for so many visitors from around the world. Chrislin Bed & Breakfast is situated in Addo, and only minutes from the Addo Elephant Park. In addition, it is only about an hour (or less) from Nelson Mandela Bay. This makes it accessible, convenient and, importantly, free of the threat of mal...
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