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It’s Christmas in Tulbagh
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It’s Christmas in Tulbagh

It's Winter in the Western Cape and Tulbagh is celebrating Christmas early by welcoming one and all to visit their town for a host of wonderful winter warmers this Saturday and Sunday (27-28 June 2009). Father Christmas will be there and you may even be able to take a trip with him down Church Street to hand out edible delights to the young children. The town will be decorated with Christmas lights and trees with all the trimmings while local restaurants will be serving up traditional Christmas dinners. Spend the day browsing through some of the arts, crafts and photographic exhibiti...
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Stellenbosch Natural and Organic Farmers’ Market
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Stellenbosch Natural and Organic Farmers’ Market

Pick up freshly picked produce at the Stellenbosch Natural and Organic Farmers' Market on the grounds of the Stellenbosch Waldorf School. The provenance of organic ingredients sold at this intimate little farm market (trading since 2001) adds simultaneously to the quality of taste and life. The passionate practice of pure pleasures and plantations are sold stallside by earth loving purveyors. A German bakery warms dreams with hot pretzels and breads. Elgin apple juice takes the texture of organic clouds in a glass. Organic dried fruit and nuts play 'eat-me' with free-roaming children. U...
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Real men’s health is not all push-ups and bench-presses!
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Real men’s health is not all push-ups and bench-presses!

We all know that the term 'metrosexual' is now a little passé, with few people even able to remember a time when guys didn't cleanse and moisturise. We men, however, are still a little behind on the evolutionary ladder of bodily beauty. The spa experience, so loved by the men of ancient Rome for its rejuvenating properties, is a feminine secret that has been sadly overlooked by contemporary males. Until now ... "Most men choose between deep tissue, sports massage, Swedish or reflexology," says spa therapist Kate Woolley. And she should know. Working in a popular spa in Cape Town’s Southern ...
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Watch the Penguins Play
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Watch the Penguins Play

Things in life aren't always black and white... except for the African Penguin. Of course things that are black and white leave little room for individuality... except for the African Penguin whose specific monochromatic markings are so unique that they personalise the birds like fingerprints on humans. What may seem like conservative tuxedo colouring is in fact complex camouflage ensuring that when swimming the penguin's black back blends with the ocean to predators aflight and that the penguin's white belly reflects like sunlight to predators lurking the deep. These Black-footed Pengui...
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Time Out in Kommetjie
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Time Out in Kommetjie

Separated from neighbouring towns by mountains and cliffs, the coastal town of Kommetjie offers its visitors a sense of undisturbed natural beauty and peaceful isolation. Situated between rural Noordhoek and the seaside town of Scarborough, the wilderness and foliage of the mountains preserved, and the stark contrast of the ocean, Kommetjie is a secret haven of rustic beauty. Crowding the waves on a good day, surfers from all over the world come to Kommetjie, which is regarded as having the best surf in the south peninsula. The ocean is also a playground for snorkeling, crayfish diving,...
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Magical McGregor
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Magical McGregor

The small town of McGregor is what most would call “off the beaten track”; aside from a small signpost on the N2 highway, there is almost no indication of its existence.  Perhaps because of its isolation and the inspiring natural surrounds, it has become somewhat of a haven for artists. The village lies at the foot of the Riviersonderend Mountains, and its climate is similar to the rest of the Cape Peninsula and -  getting scorchingly hot in summer, with rain and snow on the surrounding peaks in winter. Whether nature, art, wine or history draw you to McGregor, you will find more than you ...
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Green is the new Black – Green Travel in South Africa
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Green is the new Black – Green Travel in South Africa

Green is the new black. No, really; we’re recycling, driving hybrid cars and generally trying to be intelligent enough not to melt the polar ice caps or widen the hole in the ozone layer. So why not travel green as well? Eco-tourism is low impact travel, usually to protected areas in which flora, fauna and cultural heritage are the main attractions. Its focus is on educating the ecologically conscious traveller and minimising the negative aspects of conventional tourism, while providing funding for conservation initiatives and economic opportunities for local communities. Of course, it’s...
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Get married in the Garden Route
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Get married in the Garden Route

Have you dreamt of getting married in a natural setting amongst wildlife? Have you pictured treating your wedding guests to an exciting game viewing drive but you can't quite afford to get all your guests to travel to the Kruger National Park? Then the Garden Route Game Lodge's new Wedding Venue may be just the place for your dream wedding. Nestled on the edge of a breathtaking valley, Serengeti’s and the adjoining Labola Chapel provides a unique and romantic African setting for you to celebrate your special occasion. Architecturally designed to blend in with the surrounding landscape, ...
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Discovering the Northern Cape
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Discovering the Northern Cape

Despite being South Africa’s largest province, the Northern Cape is its most sparsely populated and looking at the almost lunar landscape, characterised by dry, rocky crags and sand it’s clear that the climate plays a large part in this. This is a harsh, unforgiving landscape not given to agriculture which makes it unique in South Africa. But amongst the arid starkness of the Karoo and Kalahari, which make up the majority of the province, there are startling flashes of life unique to the area. The Orange River flows along the border between this province and Namibia on its path to t...
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Discovering the North West Province
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Discovering the North West Province

The North West Province is close to the urban sprawl of Johannesburg and Pretoria Accommodation. Unlike those bustling cities, much of the North West Province is devoted to agriculture and to mining, but opportunities and destinations for tourists also abound. On a grand, commercial scale, there is the Sun City and Lost City complex. A manufactured entertainment and hotel complex, it offers gambling, the artificial beach of the wave park, horse riding, and two famous and excellent golf courses, in addition to fine dining, spa treatments and more. In fact, an entire holiday could be spe...
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Discovering Limpopo
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Discovering Limpopo

Picture yourself relaxing on the deck of a luxury game lodge, watching the sun set over the baobabs, while feasting on locally grown tropical delights, such as avocados, litchis and mangoes. If your goal, when traveling in South Africa, is to experience the untamed, natural beauty, diversity of fauna and flora, then Limpopo Province is the destination for you. Roughly half of the world famous Kruger National Park is situated in this province, along with a host of other nature reserves and game farms, and this makes for a wild, untamed place. This is perfect viewing territory for the big ...
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Discovering the Western Cape
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Discovering the Western Cape

The city of Cape Town, watched over by the unique and majestic Table Mountain is South Africa's oldest town and one of South Africa's jewels. With its melting pot of cultures, rich historical and cultural heritage and the pristine white beaches that sweep along its coastline, the Western Cape has much to offer any visiting tourist. The Western Cape is both the gateway to Africa and a major tourist attraction in its own right. In Cape Town itself, there is juxtaposition of old and new, with major shopping centers, such as the Canal Walk Mall, sandwiched tightly with historical landmark...
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Discovering Mpumalanga
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Discovering Mpumalanga

The province of Mpumalanga, which straddles the Drakensberg mountain range, combines the best of both the Lowveld and the Highveld, with humid grasslands below, and cool, quiet forests blanketing the peaks above. On the Lowveld there are many excellent game viewing opportunities with all kinds of animals populating many game reserves, including a portion of the famous Kruger National Park. The Kruger Park offers luxury accommodation and excellent game drives taken by well-trained guides. The Highveld area is no less packed with adventure. You can enjoy fly-fishing on the well-stocked ri...
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