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Langebaan – A West Coast Gem
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Langebaan – A West Coast Gem

Defined by its rugged shorelines, coastal vegetation, heritage fishing villages and unpretentious lifestyle, the Cape West Coast still holds an element of the wild unknown. A tangibly strong culture of fisher-folk with their quaint small wooden fishing boats and simple lives on the sea, are qualities that draw visitors from across the globe. Loved by many, the dramatic coastline, changeable seas, white sandy beaches and cerulean blue skies creep under your skin and seep into your soul. The most popular of all the quaint villages is Langebaan, with its natural wonders, blue lagoon and azure ...
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Take a Trip to Saldanha
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Take a Trip to Saldanha

The seaside town of Saldanha lies in the northern corner of the largest and deepest bay in South Africa and is a bustling harbour town with a thriving fishing industry with fish, crayfish, mussels, oysters and seaweed. Any visitor takes a walk amongst the fisherman when they bring in their catch is in for an impromptu lesson in local culture. The banter amongst the fisherman goes on in regional speech with words and gestures that belong to the Cape West Coast alone. Many travelers have the impression of vast, grey open spaces when they think of the West Coast, of a country side that onl...
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Cape Town Street Crafts
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Cape Town Street Crafts

Cape Town Street Crafts: Anyone who travels round the streets of the Mother City cannot fail to be moved by either the extreme beauty or the dire poverty that makes up much of Cape Town life. Each journey can be an emotional roller-coaster ride – joy, sadness, enchantment, anger, hope. But for me one of the most powerful and recurring themes has been an absolute respect and admiration for the extraordinary craftsmanship and dazzling inventiveness of the street artists that ply their bead work, paintings and metal sculptures around a number of major intersection across town. Wow! Thes...
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The Bainskloof Pass
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The Bainskloof Pass

However wordly and well-travelled you are, meeting a man who has had an ear and part of his nose bitten off by a bird of prey is an unusual experience. The ranger as the camp site we stayed at in Bainskloof had a remarkably good sense of humour for someone mauled by an eagle. Asked about it, he merely shrugs. As a snake wrangler and keeper of the type of birds that can take off body parts with a single snap of the beak, apparently it comes with the territory. I couldn't help but be glad that I didn't inhabit that territory. Bainskloof pass (a part of the R303 regional road) runs from Pa...
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The French Charm of Franschhoek
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The French Charm of Franschhoek

Meaning French Corner, Franschhoek, was first colonized by the French Huguenots in 1692. One of the most famous attractions in the town remains the Huguenot Memorial, with its distinctive three arches, representing the Holy Trinity and the woman, holding a bible and broken chain, symbolizing these early settlers escape from religious oppression, which is located at the end of the main road. When entering Franschhoek, one is immediately aware of an air of relaxation and elegance, and on any given day, the streets are lined with holiday makers and leisure seekers. A cultured and refined l...
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Catch your Breath in Kalk Bay
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Catch your Breath in Kalk Bay

This wonderful historic harbour village, en route to Cape Point, has everything you could possibly want from a day out by the sea. Well, everything except warm water. Which is just as well, because you might be less inclined to explore all those amazing antique, art and bric-a-brac shops, outstanding restaurants, ice cream parlours and funky bars that line its main thoroughfare. By far the best way to arrive is by train, a most exquisite journey from Muizenberg (park at the Olive Station), taking in breathtaking views of the winding coastline, while all the while keeping an eye out for pass...
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Bayworld in Port Elizabeth
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Bayworld in Port Elizabeth

Now known as Bayworld, which means you get to see the Oceanarium, the snake park, and no 7 Castle Hill as part of the same visit, the country’s third oldest museum boasts a 15 metre Southern Right whale skeleton, a life-size reconstruction of the giant dinosaur Algoasaurus (it’s not a recently discovered species, but a take on Algoa Bay) and a bronze cannon that dates back to 1640 that was recovered from a Portuguese galleon shipwrecked off the coast near Port Elizabeth. If that isn’t enough reason to visit the Port Elizabeth Museum, which effortlessly combines cultural and natural hist...
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Observatory Cape Town (Obz!)
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Observatory Cape Town (Obz!)

Those visitors hankering for the more eclectic / hectic night-time buzz, should make their way to Observatory in Cape Town, or 'Obz', home to the first Royal Observatory and a dazzling array of bars and clubs and restaurants. Unlike Long Street, there’s ‘something of the night’ about Obz, its battered elegance cast into permanent shadow, those past pretensions brought to earth with a bang, decrepit balustrades overhanging walls and doorways smothered with graffiti and flyers. If ever a place was screaming out for gentrification ... Obz is definitely not for the faint hearted, it’s b...
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Spectacular Stellenbosch
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Spectacular Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch is one of those unique places in South Africa. Known for its wine production, as well as for the Stellenbosch University, one of the premier tertiary education institutions in Cape Town, Stellenbosch is in a class of its own. Stellenbosch offers many attractions for leisure seekers and tourists. The historical town is also known as Eikestad, literally translated as Oak City, and for good reason. Many of the streets are lined with Oak trees planted by early settlers to the area, complimenting the numerous historical buildings dotted throughout the town centre. The Jonker...
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Knysna – South Africa’s favourite holiday destination
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Knysna – South Africa’s favourite holiday destination

Note to self: When next going away on a romantic holiday getaway, make sure you go somewhere without baboons. Coming back to the tree-top cabin that I had romantically, thoughtfully and spontaneously rented outside Knysna, my girlfriend and I found our food supplies decimated. Not only eaten, but flung around the room, smeared on the walls and generally treated with complete and utter disdain. It looked like we had been the victims of a wanton act of animal terrorism, however the staff assured us that 'this was normal.' Well, maybe for some, but not for us. However despite this little b...
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Swellendam – A Swell Weekend Getaway
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Swellendam – A Swell Weekend Getaway

The small town of Swellendam, is located approximately half way between Cape Town and Mossel Bay on the N2 highway.You will know you are reaching the town when you pass over the Breederivier, and see the Ostrich processing facility on the right hand side, approaching from Cape Town. To reach the main road of the town, lined with historic buildings, turn off the highway and travel a short distance along a minor road. With a population in the region of 30 000, Swellendam offers small town hospitality, combined with many activities for the tourist, and is well worth a visit, even if one...
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De Hoop Nature Reserve – famous lookout spot for the whale watchers
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De Hoop Nature Reserve – famous lookout spot for the whale watchers

De Hoop Nature Reserve is roughly three hours drive from Cape Town and just east of the town of Bredasdorp. The Reserve covers an area of 34,000 hectares and one of the favorite destinations for those who want to spend time away from frenetic city life. The reserve offers diverse scenery for hikers, bikers and bird watchers and Koppie Alleen is a famous lookout spot for the avid whale watchers, with about 40% of the world’s Southern Right whales coming to the De Hoop Marine Reserve each year during breeding season. Visitors have a lot of freedom within the reserve. Take a leisurely ...
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Design for sustainable living expo in Hermanus
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Design for sustainable living expo in Hermanus

There is something so exciting about this time of year. Yes, it rains a great deal in the Western Cape (who’s complaining, it’s not like we get a lot!) but it’s also the time of the coming of the whales to our shores. I love the whales. These beautiful, gentle, giants show utter trust in humanity when they enter our bays to produce their young. I wouldn’t trust human beings with quite the same level of humility and grace (hey, I know what they’re capable of!) particularly when you take a step back and reflect on the current state of the environment. Yet people flock in their thousands to...
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