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Weekending in Prince Albert – a welcome break from wet Cape Town
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Weekending in Prince Albert – a welcome break from wet Cape Town

The drive alone is worth the four-hour trip from Cape Town to Prince Albert, and that was only the start of a weekend break that more than met expectations. First off, let me emphasise that Prince Albert, which lies at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains that forms the border between the Little and the Great Karoo, really is one of the best kept secrets of wintering in the Western Cape, and I write with more than a little reservation, so all who read this are sworn to secrecy! I will not beat around the bush about the Karoo being cold during winter - it was icy - and snow-capped mountains f...
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Jozi Attractions
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Jozi Attractions

A massive city and boasting many ‘firsts’, Johannesburg boasts an impressive number of awesome attractions to suit both young and old. First off, the Apartheid Museum is oddly located next to the fun-park thrills of Gold Reef City. This is an essential South African experience which tells the apartheid story with a confronting sensory verve through large, visually stunning displays and excellent audio visual exhibits. For a trip down memory lane or to experience some of South Africa’s sad history, visit the Apartheid Museum. The Hector Pieterson Memorial is another must visit. Through the u...
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Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town
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Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town

I’m sure lots of Moms are wondering what to do with the Kids during the school holidays? Well, Cape Town and surrounds actually offers more than its fair share of things to do, even during the winter season. For starters, seeing as most of us are having to watch our budgets, this is the time to take advantage of the special deals offered at some of our famous touristy “hot spots”! See our new series of 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town, revisiting many old favourites and including lots of new finds sure to delight children > Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town. Not only are these pl...
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Photo of Bourkes Luck Potholes
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Photo of Bourkes Luck Potholes

More thanks for all the photographs - they keep coming and you can view selected photos at South Africa Photographs, July 2009. Just a note to anyone planning to submit photos - please remember that we need then to be BIG! Some people have submitted lovely photos that are too small. They need to be at least 800 pixels in width. Here's a fabulous photo received yesterday of the Bourkes' Luck Potholes. About the Potholes: Bourkes Luck Potholes are a natural water feature found the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon on the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga. The potholes were formed over countles...
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Simply Stunning Stellenbosch
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Simply Stunning Stellenbosch

Beautiful Stellenbosch lies just 55 kilometres east of Cape Town sheltered in a valley surrounded by mountains that include the Papegaaiberg - little more than a hill in reality - the Stellenbosch Mountain, Jonkershoek Mountains and the Great Drakenstein Mountains. Stellenbosch is not only the second oldest European settlement in the Western Cape - it was founded in 1697 by Simon van der Stel who promptly named it ‘Stel’s forest’ after himself - but it is also steeped in history. Its oak-lined streets, like Dorp Street, are bounded by typical Cape Dutch-style buildings that serve as the mai...
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New Photographs of South Africa
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New Photographs of South Africa

Thanks to everybody that has taken the trouble to submit photographs to us. We've selected some of them to display at South Africa Photographs, July 2009. We'll be uploading more as they come in. Please keep them coming! We particularly liked this one that came in today taken in the Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal ... "The autumn colours of Lake Kamno" - near Underberg, Drakensberg by and © Emma Livesey (South Africa). Save
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Wine Events in July
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Wine Events in July

Just because you can't make it to the Cape Winelands in July doesn't mean you can't celebrate South Africa's great wines a little closer to your intended destination (or home if you are local). There are a few excellent events being held around the country that celebrate South African wines. Here's a quick round up of a few "Wine" events taking place in July: In East London head to the 14th annual Wine Fair from the 1st to the 3rd of July, With over 45 estates, the Wine Fair brings a wide variety of the best tasting wine to your doorstep. Superb local restaurants and eateries always acc...
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Things to Do in The Cape Winelands
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Things to Do in The Cape Winelands

You’ll be hard pressed to find a moment to put your feet up and relax in “couch potato” fashion if you are planning to spend time in the Cape Winelands. That’s not to say you won’t be relaxing … there are plenty of things to do that require minimum input for maximum return … but you certainly won’t be watching much television! Start your day on a Hot Air Ballooning trip with Winelands Ballooning, which will have you floating cloud-wards in a musical silence across the peace of the Winelands. Your colourful craft launches at sunrise and you will be laid back to earth after an hour of hot...
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Pop Your Cork in the Cape Winelands
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Pop Your Cork in the Cape Winelands

If it’s superb viticulture you’re looking for, then spending some time exploring the Winelands of the Western Cape will definitely pop your cork. There are a staggering number of wine routes to choose from (around 560 wineries), most of which are little more than an hour, at most, out of Cape Town. And the socially-conscious traveller will be happy to know that South Africa has the largest number of Fairtrade-certified wineries in the world. The Stellenbosch wine route, the oldest wine route in the country, boasts over 300 wineries. Stellenbosch itself is a university town ... student dr...
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The Definitive Guide to Kalk Bay
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The Definitive Guide to Kalk Bay

Clutching sun faded towels and cloaked in floaty kaftans, the more adventurous residents of Kalk Bay make their daily pilgrimage down to the tidal pools that generously grace the False Bay coastline. Splashing in refreshingly cold sea water every morning could be the secret to the youth and vitality of the people in Kalk Bay, although perhaps it has something more to do with the mysterious atmosphere of abundance and relaxation that infuses its visitors. Morning dips in the ocean are best followed by one of Cape Town’s best coffees at C’est la Vie, an unpretentious French peasant style ...
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See Saldanha
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See 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 taking 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 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 only blooms...
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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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