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The Birds of Eden Experience
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The Birds of Eden Experience

Immerse yourself in the peaceful paradise of Birds of Eden – the largest single dome free-flight multi-species bird aviary in the world. Situated just outside Plettenberg Bay along the Garden Route, Birds of Eden is accessible and central, close to a number of other fabulous attractions. This makes it the ideal addition to your holiday itinerary. Our expectations were high, after hearing fantastic reports of this facility from so many different sources. Our experience did not disappoint. Birds of Eden and neighbouring Monkeyland were both established by Lara and Tony, who continue to hav...
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Lunch at Surval Boutique Olive Estate
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Lunch at Surval Boutique Olive Estate

It was the day after the wedding, so sleep had been minimal and of course we had danced the night away so stomachs were grumbling. It was also a birthday so we had more than enough excuses to head off into the town of Oudtshoorn for lunch. The day was a scorcher so I was really happy to be in an air conditioned car instead of my own which is almost like a sauna. We had driven past Surval on our way to Karusa Vineyards earlier in the week and had heard that is was a good spot for lunch. The restaurant at Surval Boutique Olive Estate is set on an olive estate and is a relatively new develo...
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Wine and Beer Tasting at Karusa Vineyards
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Wine and Beer Tasting at Karusa Vineyards

We went up to a wedding in December on my boyfriends’ family farm which is slap bang in between Oudtshoorn and George. It was a stunning week away and although incredibly hot as well as filled with wedding stuff we managed to get out and about and do some pretty wonderful things. You might think that Oudtshoorn doesn't offer much, but you would be wrong. This town was the home of ostrich farming, but after the bird flu and the ban on export the farming of these birds isn't as prevalent. This is my very basic understanding about the industry. People in the area have found new avenues and ven...
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Our Adventure in Monkeyland
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Our Adventure in Monkeyland

Aptly named, Monkeyland is a primate sanctuary nestled in the forests of the Garden Route. It was established by Tony and Lara, who also own and run Birds of Eden, situated right next door. Having the opportunity to have lunch with Lara on this occasion gave us a unique insight into the passion and dedication with which both facilities are operated. As animal-lovers, we were pleased to hear of the ‘no touching’ policy, which protects the primates (and select other animals living in the forest) from human interference and allows them the privacy, dignity and opportunity to be animals that t...
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Blackwater Tubing on Storms River
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Blackwater Tubing on Storms River

The word “tsitsikamma” comes from the ancient San people and means “place of abundant waters”. Exploring these waters is the perfect way to immerse yourself within the unspoilt beauty of this exquisite area. It was a sweltering day when the SA-Venues.com team decided to brave the deep Storms River waters and, apart from the obvious excitement, we were glad to be spending time in the cool waters too. We were greeted by our tour guides – Nico, Richard and Tait – who were full of fun and made the group of about 20 feel very comfortable and well-prepared. We were briefed for about 15 minute...
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Die Ou Tronk in Riversdale – A Most Unlikely Venue for a Farmers’ market
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Die Ou Tronk in Riversdale – A Most Unlikely Venue for a Farmers’ market

Riversdale (also known as Riversdal) is a farming town. As such it's used predominantly by folk who during the week are surrounded by cows, sheep, ostriches or wheat fields who come into town to stock up on goods and food, as well as a bit of society. Not that there is much to attract a visitor on first sight. The town's main tourist sell is the backdrop of the Langeberg and its location close to both Witsand and Still Bay, with access to places of natural beauty that include hiking trails and other outdoor pursuits. Riversdale, for those journeying through – the N2 bypasses the town...
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Exploring Natures Valley
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Exploring Natures Valley

For lush green foliage, sweeping ocean views and a romantic forest retreats, Natures Valley remains the idyllic destination of choice. This holiday resort and village is nestled amidst the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range, flanked by dense forests and the warm blue of the Indian Ocean. The Groot River lagoon laps lazily at its inviting banks and is the perfect backdrop to just about any afternoon picnic or day spent frolicking in its inviting waters. Nature’s Valley is situated along the Garden Route, just a short drive outside of Plettenberg Bay, and on the borders of the Tsitsikamma National...
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Experiencing The Knysna Forests
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Experiencing The Knysna Forests

Experiencing The Knysna Forests: The Knysna forests are exquisite for their dense greenery and their sheer abundance of stunning plant- and animal species. For generations, these forests have been the home of an array of wildlife, but also to communities of people that have lived off the forest, completely secluded from the outside world. Today, visitors from all over the world come to the forests of Knysna to immerse themselves in its natural beauty and to witness a haven in which it feels like time stood still. Whether they choose to enjoy a picnic, cycle the trails or simply walk them at...
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The Knysna Oyster Festival in … well Knysna, of course
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The Knysna Oyster Festival in … well Knysna, of course

Oysters are a luxurious delicacy known for their aphrodisiac powers. Every year, for almost 30 years, the small coastal hotspot of Knysna celebrates the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival - this gloriously moreish mollusc with the popular Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival.This is a fabulous event for locals and visitors of any age, and makes for a fantastic family outing. Of course, it is a must for oyster-lovers, but this definitely isn’t essential, as there is so much to see and do. This is also a major sporting occasion, as there are more than 100 different sporting events, varying in int...
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Enjoying The Plett Outdoors
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Enjoying The Plett Outdoors

Plettenberg Bay is a gorgeous coastal town along the world-famous Garden Route. It is a tourist hotspot, loved for its central location and its stunning expanse of beautiful beaches. Because of the white sand and azure seas, outdoor enthusiasts will likely enjoy surfing, swimming and snorkelling during their time in Plett. But, there’s plenty more to do for visitors and locals, young and old, who enjoy being in the South African outdoors. Bundu Motorcycle Adventures Day Tours Experience the Garden Route in a brand new way – on a guided motorbike tour. The Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mounta...
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Get Cheesy at the George Cheese Festival
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Get Cheesy at the George Cheese Festival

The Cheese Festival in George, Garden Route, began in 2002 and, considering its size and popularity, has very humble roots. This festival was started by the parents of the children attending Outeniqua Primary School in an effort to raise much-needed funds. The money raised is used to improve the children’s educational experience as well as to assist the community in a number of ways. Local fundraising activities like these go a long way in bettering and uplifting communities. However, the George Cheese Festival is not only popular for its monetary value, but also for the delicious flavours ...
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The Elephant Park in Knysna Explored
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The Elephant Park in Knysna Explored

The Elephant Park in Knysna Explored: The entrance to the Elephant Park is situated along the N2 between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna in the Garden Route. Just a short gravel road opens up a world of excitement and insights into one of the most intuitive giants to roam the earth. The Elephant Park is dedicated to providing a natural habitat and protection to elephants from all over Africa that have been orphaned or need a home for another reason. Some of the residents have been born in this park as a result of breeding or their mother arriving pregnant. The draw-card to the Elephant Pa...
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Keeping Busy in Tsitsikamma
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Keeping Busy in Tsitsikamma

Tsitsikamma is an exquisite part of the Garden Route; a route that extends formally between Storms River in the Eastern Cape to Mossel Bay in the Western Cape. However, many understand the Garden Route to refer to the entire route between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. Tsitsikamma is a green haven of lush forests, rolling mountains and deep gorges that eventually lead to the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean. “Tsitsikamma” is a Khoi word, meaning “place of abundant water”, and its natural magnificence leaves us in no doubt as to the origins of its name. This abundance combines with the T...
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I Love Sedgefield Because …
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I Love Sedgefield Because …

Hi, I’m Karen Krüger from Sedgefield on the Garden Route. Sedgefield IS BEST KNOWN FOR its five amazing, unspoilt beaches and excellent paraglyding conditions, as well as being named, the first official 'Cittaslow – Slow Town" in Africa. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Gericke's point, where you feel as if you are surrounded by two oceans meeting and where the dolphins come to play. THE BEST action PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT at Myoli beach, while taking kite-surfing or surfing lessons. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS just seem to happen all over this fantastic town and surrounding nature reserves. ...
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I Love Glentana Because …
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I Love Glentana Because …

Hi, we are Chris and Marita Loch from Outeniqua on C in Glentana on the Garden Route, South Africa. Glentana IS BEST KNOWN FOR its beautiful beach, miles and miles of sandy shore stretches towards Mossel Bay. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN on the beach at sunset from November to January when the sun sets over Mossel Bay. THE BEST sunset PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN from the dune in front of Outeniqua on C. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the main beach of Glentana or the stranded dry dock. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO walk along the beach, looking for the rare pansy shell. WHEN THE WEATHER'S...
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