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Sleep, Eat, Do In Ballito
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Sleep, Eat, Do In Ballito

Ballito and summer holidays go together like fish and chips, gin and tonic, or milk and cookies.This little town in KwaZulu Natal sees almost year-round sunshine and is home to some gorgeous beaches. This makes it a stunning spot for a family vacation, a honeymoon to remember, or a beach getaway after a very busy year. The dolphins can be spotted all year round as they surf the waves and jump out to spy on the human visitors inquisitively. Whales can also sometimes be seen during the latter half of the year.But, this is more than just a beach destination. It is close to the rolling hil...
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WIN a 2 Night Golfing Break in the Drakensberg
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WIN a 2 Night Golfing Break in the Drakensberg

Monks Cowl Golf Resort is situated in the Central Drakensberg approximately four hours from Johannesburg and two and a half hours from Durban. With its wide variety of facilities, Monks Cowl Golf Resort is a popular choice for those visiting the Drakensberg region. Win a 2 night weekend stay for 2 guests at Monks Cowl Golf Resort, including breakfast.Win a Stay at Monks Cowl Golf Resort After a long day of golfing, or exploring the magnificent Champagne Valley, our quality rooms have all the comforts required. Get up and indulge in a delicious breakfast before going for a pleasant wa...
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Durban Delights – Some Of Our Top Picks For Your Stay
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Durban Delights – Some Of Our Top Picks For Your Stay

Durban averages about 320 days of sunshine out of every 365 and is the destination of choice for families that want year-round beach holidays.But, Durban is about more than just balmy weather, gorgeous beaches, and days spent in the waves...if you can believe you’d need much more than that. Durban’s Top Attractions Just a few of the must-see attractions in Durban include:uShaka Marine World (a “water world” of epic proportions) Durban Botanic Gardens Indian Quarter (spices, colours, sounds and delectable Indian food await visitors) Moses Mabhida Stadium (a hit for adrenali...
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The Good, Better and Best of Durban
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The Good, Better and Best of Durban

The Best of Durban is about more than gorgeous beaches, warm water, and summer days that last almost all year. Those are some pretty irresistible lures... So, it’s hard to believe there’s so much more to this epic spot in KwaZulu-Natal. Did you know? Durban is also known as eThekwini in Zulu and, following Johannesburg and Cape Town, is the third-most populous city in South Africa. Amazingly, the only other place in the world with a higher concentration of Indians than Durban is India. This multicultural, multilingual destination has so much on offer for visitors around the world. The Good,...
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Best Places to Stay on the South Coast, South Africa’s All-Year-Round Beach Destination
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Best Places to Stay on the South Coast, South Africa’s All-Year-Round Beach Destination

The coastline between the Wild Coast and Durban is known simply as the South Coast.It’s a collection of laid-back seaside towns, golden beaches, lagoons, river mouths, rocky coves and inlets, sub-tropical forests and vegetation that’s prone to abundance.And all this is washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. In fact some of our best places to stay on the South Coast lie within a stone’s throw of the beach.Appealingly, a few of the best places to stay South Coast retain that undemanding, retro family-holiday-home vibe that makes for low-pressure holidays filled with sand betw...
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Best Places to Stay on the Umhlanga Coast
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Best Places to Stay on the Umhlanga Coast

The best places to stay on the Umhlanga Coast ~ The Umhlanga coastline with its red top stripe lighthouse, whalebone pier, and beach promenade is an all-year-round haunt for its balmy weather, trend-setter restaurants and high-rise hotels and apartments.Often written as uMhlanga, Umhlanga (the ‘hl’ is pronounced ‘ll’ the way the Welsh would say it) is Zulu for ‘place of reeds’ and refers to the beds of reeds that grow on the Ohlanga River north of here, not the fields of sugarcane that grow on the hills.The Umhlanga coastline promises beachside living, the constant sound of the ocean, ...
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Best Places to Stay in Hluhluwe – the doorstep of iSimangaliso Wetland Park & Hluhluwe-iMfolozi
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Best Places to Stay in Hluhluwe – the doorstep of iSimangaliso Wetland Park & Hluhluwe-iMfolozi

The Best places to stay in Hluhluwe, Kwazulu-Natal ~ Hluhluwe lies in the far reaches of the northern coast of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.Its attraction isn’t so much that it’s a darling little town but that it lies in amongst several private, and national, game farms.So if you’re after a heady African experience of the Elephant Coast with access to two of the country’s top national game reserves - the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi and the iSimangliso Wetland Park - then Hluhluwe is where you want to base yourself. As such Hluhluwe is the best possible base for a bush and beach break! The town ...
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Creighton’s Aloe Festival – A Midlands Event not to be missed
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Creighton’s Aloe Festival – A Midlands Event not to be missed

During the month of July the little village of Creighton in the Natal Midlands comes to life as it hosts the annual Aloe Festival. The festival takes place over the weekend of July 6th to 8th and there are a number of activities on offer; steam train rides, hot air ballooning, trail runs and mountain bike rides...A trail run is the first event on the festival calendar. Starting at 17h30 from Myddelton Farm on Friday, July 6th, this 6.5km run (with a shorter loop for walkers, children and dogs!) promises to be a great start to the weekend. The race fee includes entry to the cheese and w...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve Properly

See the Big 5 closer to Durban than you think ... The Hluhluwe iMfolozi (shla-shloo-wee-om-fa-low-zee - it’s a mouthful but you’ll get used to it) combines two reserves of unmistakably different character. As if to reinforce this idea, there’s a public road dividing the two.Three rivers flow permanently through the park. Two - the Black and White Imfolozi s - etch their way through a series of valleys in the southern section leaving rich riverine vegetation to accompany drier woodland, grassy plains and open savannah for spotting wildlife.Dissecting the Hluhluwe section is the Hlu...
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Best Places to Stay on the Dolphin Coast
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Best Places to Stay on the Dolphin Coast

Best places to stay on the Dolphin Coast, South Africa ~ South Africa’s Dolphin Coast gives you endless summer with long stretches of beach washed by the Indian Ocean and sunrises that give new meaning to ‘waking to the dawn’.You’re in the right place if it’s sea views and oceanside living you’re after.Almost all of our best places to stay on the Dolphin Coast, just north of Durban Accommodation, are in seaside villages like Ballito, Umdloti and Zinkwazi.Most of them are self-catering holiday homes, others are gentle guest houses...Some are right on the edge of the sea, oth...
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Best Places to Stay on the Elephant Coast, South Africa’s True Wilderness Revealed
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Best Places to Stay on the Elephant Coast, South Africa’s True Wilderness Revealed

The Elephant Coast of South Africa is some of the country’s wildest sea frontage north of the Dolphin Coast.It’s typical of what one thinks when one imagines Africa - big game country - with the added bonus of a tropical coastline protected all the way to Mozambique by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (including Lake St Lucia, Charter’s Creek, False Bay Park, Cape Vidal, Sodwana Bay, Mkhuze Game Reserve, Lake Sibaya and Kosi Bay).Once known simply as Maputaland the Elephant Coast South Africa remains a Zulu stronghold. It’s a mystically imbued, legendary wash of ancestral African lan...
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Best Places to Stay in the Drakensberg, South Africa’s Epic Dragonback Mountains
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Best Places to Stay in the Drakensberg, South Africa’s Epic Dragonback Mountains

When it comes to finding the best places to stay in the Drakensberg, South Africa, it all boils down to the view.It’s that simple.If there are mountains outside your window, or you can drink in their tumulticity (this really is a word, and one perfect for these mountains) from your front stoep, then you’re not going to care all that much about the décor, to be honest.Our list of best places to stay in the Drakensberg does both. They give aesthetic pleasure and an eyeball full of mountains!And there’s something here for everyone, from lodge-style luxury, to teepee living......
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Best Places to Stay on Battlefields Route in KwaZulu Natal
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Best Places to Stay on Battlefields Route in KwaZulu Natal

Best Places to Stay on Battlefields Route ~ Blood River, Spioenkop, Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Hlobane, Ulundi, Talana - all of these are major landmarks of South Africa’s Battlefields Route. A route both legendary and fascinating. The Battlefields Route is set in amongst the rolling plains and savannah grasslands of northern KwaZulu-Natal where unusual rock formations and granite koppies served as the backdrop for not one, but three, major wars. The many battles between Boer, Briton and Zulu have left marks and memories behind, woven into stories that make the route a must-do if soaking up ...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Properly

iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a vast reserve on the extreme north end of South Africa’s east coast, known also as the Elephant Coast. It protects over 220 km of pristine coastline with a range of wild and magnificent beaches to enjoy (minus the crowds and beach umbrellas). Where else can you see game in the morning (rhino, giraffe, buck, elephant), snorkel in the sea in the afternoon, and see hippos at night? Watch this ....Considered the largest natural World Heritage Site on the planet, it stretches from the St Lucia Estuary in the south up to the border with Mozambique. It’s also...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park Properly

The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park protects a mountain wonderland; a chain of craggy, ancient fold mountains made up of towering Basalt peaks, interminable rolling gorges and valleys, towering cliffs and sandstone caves. Included in the World Heritage Site is the jagged, green sweep of the Amphitheatre, easily one of the most extraordinary cliff faces on earth. The Amphitheatre’s recognisable, almost flat, plateau extends wall-like for 5 km as it looms over the Drakensberg National Park like a sentinel. A hike to the top, whilst one of the most exciting things to do in the uKhahlamba Drakensber...
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