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The Story of the Cape Coast
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The Story of the Cape Coast

To the first indigenous people of the Cape, the Khoisan, Table Mountain held a particular sacred significance. There are many stories about the great mountain, and in some of these, the moutain itself is a storyteller, overlooking the surrounding area and telling about what it sees. Looking down from the mountain one can see the Cape coastline weaving a jagged boundary between the land and the sea. Perhaps one of the stories that the mountain would tell would be about the thousands of people that come every year to visit those ephemeral patches of sand that line the coast. If Johannesburg i...
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Whispering Whale – A Gem of a find on the Cape West Coast
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Whispering Whale – A Gem of a find on the Cape West Coast

Situated in the tiny beach village of Jacobsbaai on the popular Cape West Coast between Saldanha Bay and Vredenburg, Whispering Whale is three luxury, self-catering or bed and breakfast apartments set amidst some of the country’s most unspoilt natural beauty and rugged coastline. Whispering Whale is one of those truly idyllic escapes that go beyond the call of duty to fulfil their every promise. Breathtaking coastline and virgin beach, evident from each of the apartments, does indeed lull you into a sense of languor where strolling beaches and enjoying endless meals of incredible seafood ea...
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Rock Climbing in the Western Cape
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Rock Climbing in the Western Cape

I have to admit, I'm not a very good rock climber. I'm the guy that experienced climbers take along in order to show off their skills and soon regret it. Invariably I'm the guy that gets stuck or injures myself and has to be helped and/or rescued. But one doesn't have to be Stallone in Cliffhanger to recognize the goldmine of rock climbing opportunities that Cape Town offers. Those coming from abroad will find rock climbing in the Western Cape extremely inexpensive as well as very accessible. Having entire crags and routes to themselves also often pleasantly surprises climbers visiting the ...
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Riverbend Lodge – Featured Family-friendly Game Lodge
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Riverbend Lodge – Featured Family-friendly Game Lodge

The first in our feature on "Family-friendly Game Lodges" is the 5-Star RiverBend Lodge in the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape. Children of all ages are welcome at River Bend. Various activities are on offer including a playroom where hours of fun can be had. The team at RiverBend are geared towards every need and children will be taken on walks with their guide, baking biscuits with the chef or doing mini treatments with the Beauty Therapist. There is also a dedicated channel on their television network on which children are able to choose from a selection of videos to ...
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Live Music in Cape Town
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Live Music in Cape Town

Crammed inside a smoky Cape Town club watching a floppy-haired, skinny jean-wearing indie band prance around on stage, it can be difficult to put your current musical appreciation into its proper historical context. And considering that last round of tequilas at the bar, probably unwise. That said, it can be an interesting trip looking at just how much musical history is concealed beneath the surface of Cape Town's nightlife. Music has always been part of Cape Town's legacy, from the earliest music of the Cape indigenous peoples to the folk music brought by European settlers to the area...
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Visit Langebaan
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Visit Langebaan

Mention Langebaan to Capetonians and they smile; only 100 kilometres from Cape Town this hugely popular holiday town offers the ultimate in easy getaways. Weekends away in Langebaan are an excellent opportunity to get some time out and indulge in the holiday mood without arduous planning or a long drive. But it's not only convenience that this West Coast town has in its favour. The Langebaan lagoon is simply stunning; crystal clear water surrounded by snow-white beaches attracts water sports enthusiasts from all over South Africa. Windsurfing, kite-surfing, angling and yachting are some of ...
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Cape Town Craft Markets
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Cape Town Craft Markets

Shopping is one of those small joys in life. Although there's a lot to be said for the simple things in life that don't require money, sometimes nothing makes you feel quite as good as buying some new stuff. That said, big shopping centres offer the same thing all over the world and finding something unique to an area is becoming more and more difficult. Craft markets have long been a part of Cape Town's way of offering alternatives to mainstream shopping. Several markets exists, each completely different to one another, and each offering a special little piece of Capetonian lifestyle. ...
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Cape Town Theatre
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Cape Town Theatre

When it comes to the dramatic arts, Cape Town is a real diva. Home to a number of theatres and performing arts groups as well as the world-class University of Cape Town arts and drama schools, you’ll never be at a loss for theatrical entertainment when visiting the city. Whether it be Shakespearean drama, dance, stand-up comedy, Theatresports, or experimental fringe theatre, you’re bound to find something to suit your taste. For starters, as a theatre buff, you can hardly afford to miss out on the Maynardville experience. The Maynardville Open-Air theatre is situated in Wynberg and e...
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Diary of a Cape Town Wedding
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Diary of a Cape Town Wedding

“So you're sure you've spoken to the priest?” Catherine asked Georgia for the hundredth time over the phone. At least I think that's what she asked. All I could hear was my girlfriend Georgia dutifully repeating the information into the receiver; “Yes yes, I've spoken to the priest, going to meet him and his wife, the organist, tomorrow.” Georgia, Catherine's younger sister, lives in Cape Town. Catherine lives in London. Catherine had decided to have her wedding in Cape Town, which had swiftly catapulted Georgia into the unenviable position of wedding planner. All that stood between her an...
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South African Wine
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South African Wine

The South African wine industry has grown in leaps and bounds since the dawn of democracy in 1994. Many producers have won prestigious international awards for their creations, and South Africa is fast gaining acclaim as a wine producer to watch. Like the culture itself, dubbed the Rainbow Nation for the diversity, wines from South Africa range from crisp, clear whites to robust reds, and everything in between. We have even developed our very own grape varietal, Pinotage, a hybrid of Pinot Noir and Hermitage, which is slowly gaining popularity and acclaim worldwide. While there have...
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Surfing in Cape Town
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Surfing in Cape Town

With around forty-nine established surf spots all within an hour’s drive and the choice of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town is somewhat of a haven for surfers from around the world. Cape Town has a very active surfing community and the variety of surfspots means that everybody can be accommodated. If you’re looking for a beginner’s wave, one of the best beaches to start off is Muizenberg beach. Muizenberg offers gentle waves, but they are fun and just keep on coming all day long. Not really the right kind of beach if you’re looking to carve your name or ride barrels. But if y...
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Introducing Little Jock
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Introducing Little Jock

Little Jock at Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park, overlooking the banks of the Biyamiti River is situated one kilometer from Main Camp and offers sweeping views over the unspoiled Kruger Park Bushveld. Three luxurious suites offer all the comforts and amenities one can expect from a 5-star private lodge. Guests can relax in the comfort of the central lounge designed with large bay windows and enjoy both al fresco and indoor dining facilities, while your chef conjures up traditional dishes inspired by the natural surrounds. Your personal game ranger takes care of all your ...
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Visit Hartbeespoort Dam
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Visit Hartbeespoort Dam

Surrounded by the majesty of the Magaliesberg mountain range, Hartbeespoort Dam is situated in the North West Province of South Africa. The village of Hartbeespoort is situated along the shores of the well known Hartbeespoort Dam. This spectacular dam is a popular destination for weekend getaways or day trips. The Harbeespoort Dam was constructed in 1925 and currently boasts a capacity of 205 million cubic metres and its shoreline, when full, is approximately 56km! These awesome characteristics allow for all thrilling watersport adventures to be enjoyed here including parasailing, windsurfi...
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Popular Wedding Venue in Lanseria
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Popular Wedding Venue in Lanseria

Ideally situated in close proximity to Pretoria and Johannesburg, The Hertford is one of Gauteng’s best loved get-away venues, offering beautifully appointed overnight accommodation; hearty meals, glorious function facilities and tranquil conferencing and breakaway amenities. This idyllic setting is perfect for any occasion. But, possibly, most fit for a tailor-made wedding day. Whether it is a small, intimate get together you are looking for, or a lavish reception for up to 200 people, The Hertford will take the time to put your personal stamp on the occasion, and ensure that either th...
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New Wedding Venue in Tzaneen
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New Wedding Venue in Tzaneen

Tzaneen Country Lodge is one of the most romantic venues in Tzaneen for the exchange of your wedding vows. Whether it is a small and intimate affair for close friends and family or a lavish wedding banquet, we are able to offer a tailor-made wedding package that will fulfil your dreams and meet all your needs. Tzannen Country Lodge offers a romantic chapel with lead glass windows as well as different and versatile banqueting rooms. With our new bigger function halls we can host from the most intimate wedding up to 400 guests for that special day. Our lovely country atmosphere lends itse...
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