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Featured Cape Wine Routes
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Featured Cape Wine Routes

Traditionally, when referring to the Cape Winelands, one called to mind the cellars around Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington and Franschhoek. However, South African wine has undergone a whole new momentum. An emerging ethos has taken the local wine industry into the global arena. South African wine has come of age and is now competing on the world wine stage. A whole new generation of winemakers has appeared and there has been a shift from grape farming to wine growing. The Cape winelands stretch from the coast to the plains of the Little Karoo, where grapes are also grown in the riverine ...
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A Visit to Birds of Eden in Plettenberg Bay
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A Visit to Birds of Eden in Plettenberg Bay

Birds of Eden in Plettenberg Bay is a unique and enormous 2 hectare dome which spans over a gorge of lush indigenous forest. It is, in fact, the World’s largest free flight bird sanctuary dome. The nets are placed rather high in the air to allow the birds to fly around freely. They are protected from any unwanted predators. The decision to develop Birds of Eden stemmed from the need to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds and miniature monkeys. This gorgeous dome is home to over 100 species of vibrant birds including a few endangered ...
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Special Report – Liziwe’s Guest House in Gugulethu
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Special Report – Liziwe’s Guest House in Gugulethu

Liziwe Ngcokoto is the owner of Liziwe's Guest House. Long before the establishment of the Guest House, Liziwe bought the plot of land and lived in a shack on the plot for five years. Then she and her husband, Donald, decided to build a house. Together they worked tirelessly towards building their dream home. Once completed, the couple decided to extend their home into a welcoming Guest House. “My husband and I have come a long way, from staying in a shack on the plot and receiving a donation of bricks from Sappi Craft where my husband has been working for 25 years. He would come home at nigh...
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Horseback Safaris in Badplaas
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Horseback Safaris in Badplaas

Dawsons Game and Trout Lodge in Badplaas, Mpumalanga now offers their guests the chance to experience unique morning and afternoon horseback safaris on the 2,000 ha private estate, all under the expert guidance of highly qualified game rangers. These 2-hour outrides take place in some of the region’s most scenic grasslands and bushveld, teeming up with herds of plains game, including dazzling zebra. Dawsons can accommodate between 8 and 10 guests on an outride at one time, and it is recommended that guests have horse riding experience due to the level of the activity. Additional Activi...
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Visit the Sunshine Coast
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Visit the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is the coastal route between St Francis Bay and East London in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The Sunshine Coast incorporates more then a million hectares of malaria free game reserve, and, this is one route that deserves its name. Stretching from Port Elizabeth in the west to East London in the east, it boasts hundreds of kilometres of shining beaches that bask in sunshine. Port Elizabeth, offering diverse leisure options from water-sports to township tours, from vibrant nightlife to nature trails, is an excellent base from which to explore the coastline and the interi...
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Ballito on the Dolphin Coast
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Ballito on the Dolphin Coast

The town of Ballito is one of the Dolphin Coasts premiere Tourist Destinations and the Pearl of the KwaZulu Natal North Coast. Ballito is well known for its superb, safe beaches. For the small price of a licence, which can be purchased at the Natal Sharks Board, you can pick your own mussels off the rocks, collect oysters or bring in fresh crayfish from the Indian Ocean. Ballito's friendly, village atmosphere is a welcome haven from the fast pace of big city life, yet it offers all modern amenities and services to holiday-makers. The beaches are the prime attraction and Ballito's main ba...
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Top 10 Topless Beaches
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Top 10 Topless Beaches

Forbes.com has compiled their annual list of Top Topless Beaches. To make the Forbes Top 10 Topless Beach list, a set of criteria are imposed which include: a recognized consensus to go topless, consistently sunny weather, beautiful scenery, a young, fun crowd and easily accessible bars, restaurants and boutiques. And The Top 10 Topless Beaches for 2006 are ... Anse du Gouverneur, St. Barts Black's Beach, San Diego CLIFTON BEACH, Cape Town Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro Illetes, Formentera, Spain La Voile Rouge, St. Tropez, France Las Salinas, Ibiza, Spain Man...
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The Dreamcatcher in Tulbagh – a wonderful retreat from the city
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The Dreamcatcher in Tulbagh – a wonderful retreat from the city

The Dreamcatcher in Tulbagh is ideal if you are looking for very private Bed & Breakfast or Self Catering accommodation in the Cape, about an hour and a half drive out of Cape Town, The Dreamcatcher is a wonderful retreat. You will enjoy an extremely tranquil stay at this upmarket house, away from the hustle and bustle of the City. Tulbagh lies about 140 kilometres north-east of Cape Town in the Breede River valley, surrounded by the picturesque Witsenberg mountain range. Dreamcatcher has 3 double bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite). The bedrooms are beautifully furnished and a...
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Le Franschhoek opens in Cape Winelands
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Le Franschhoek opens in Cape Winelands

The Cape's latest resort hotel, Le Franschhoek, has opened its doors, presenting itself as the valley's first retreat-style resort property as well as the perfect setting for a taste of the legendary Cape wine route. Eighteen months from concept-to-completion, located on the site of one of Franschhoek's original country retreats, Le Franschhoek retains its luxurious charm along with a contemporary Cape sensibility and wineland architectural vernacular. Contained within the vast estate are 63 elegantly-appointed rooms, conference facilities, a deluxe destination Camelot Spa (opening October)...
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Stately “Lehututu” may not be around for much longer
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Stately “Lehututu” may not be around for much longer

Bela Bela - The stately Southern Ground Hornbill or "Lehututu" as it is locally called, may not be around for much longer. These huge black birds with their distinctive beaks and bright red wattles are part of the hornbill family that occurs naturally only in Africa and Asia. However, hornbill numbers are declining due to loss of habitat. "Many species will not survive without human intervention," says chief executive officer of the Limpopo Tourism and Parks Board, Benny Boshielo. "For any successful conservation effort, the active involvement of provincial authorities, conservation agencie...
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Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve
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Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve

Situated between the Kruger National Park and the Zululand Coast - the same Africa, a different world! Mkuze Falls is one of only two Private South African Game Reserves in the region where you can view the 'Big 5'. The Mkuze Falls Big Five Private Game Reserve is situated in the heart of historic Zululand in KwaZulu Natal. The reserve is located on land that once formed part of the 'Boer Republic', created when the pioneer leader, Piet Retief, bought the land from Dingaan, half brother of the great Zulu-king Shaka. Mkuze Falls Lodge consists of nine thatched chalets and a central lo...
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Black Eagle Lodge – A Caledon Retreat
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Black Eagle Lodge – A Caledon Retreat

If you are looking for a few days of total relaxation and soul-searching, a chance to reconnect with yourself or a loved one, or simply time out from a busy holiday or work schedule then a sunlounger with panoramic views of rolling wheatfields and majestic mountains is the place for you. At Black Eagle Lodge an expansive verandah overlooks a spring water dam surrounded by fynbos, prolific birdlife and crisp fresh air... Come and relish the splendours of this totally private self-catering retreat. Awake to the call of the sugarbird and unwind to the orchestral sounds of the African night. Sp...
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South Africa Game Reserves & Lodges
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South Africa Game Reserves & Lodges

South African National Parks and Game Reserves: South Africa boasts a huge collection of wildlife regions and game parks (both public and private) encompassing every possible landscape from deserts to forests, mountains to coast, teeming with wildlife species - including Africa’s Big 5: Leopard, Lion, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhinoceros. South Africa's Game Lodges and Bush Camps: Game lodges are located within private game reserves, national parks and nature reserves. The accommodations offered at a Game Lodge ranges from rustic to 5-star super-luxury; from self catering bush camps to ful...
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Condé Nast Travellers’ Choice Awards
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Condé Nast Travellers’ Choice Awards

At the 18th annual Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Choice Awards held in New York last week, Cape Town was voted 'Best City in Africa and the Middle East'. Nearly 28,000 travellers voted this year making it the the highest response rate from travellers ever. The survey asked readers to rate cities such as Sydney, New York and Rome and to score them on a number of criteria including ambience, friendliness, culture, attractions, restaurants, accommodation and shopping. The Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Nomaindia Mfeketo, said that the people of Cape Town were the driving force behind this recog...
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