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Discovering South Africa
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Discovering South Africa

Nature has worked a special magic on the South African landscape. Although culture and history are an integral part of the South African experience, it is nature which is the true jewel in the crown. Wind, sun and rain have sculpted vistas of unsurpassed beauty in which some of the earth's most diverse plant population thrive.With some of the biggest and most diverse game sanctuaries in the world and kilometres of countryside and coastline where visitors can enjoy the sun, the country stands apart as an African masterpiece.Our journey through South Africa starts in the Western Cap...
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Reasons to Embrace Winter in South Africa
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Reasons to Embrace Winter in South Africa

Reasons to Embrace Winter in South Africa include... Whale Watching Whale Season starts mid-June (and continues till November) and offers locals and foreigners alike an opportunity to marvel at the size of the Southern Right Whales. Consider the 5-day Whale Trail in the De Hoop Nature Reserve or for a day trip drive up the Cape Whale Coast. Namaqualand Flower Route Spring wild flowers start blooming from July to October. This spectacle can be enjoyed along the west coast of South Africa (in the Northern Cape and north of Cape Town). The Sardine Run The Sardine Run takes place between May...
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A Long Weekend in Stanford
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A Long Weekend in Stanford

"It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book" - Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave, 1945 Described as the place that time forgot, Stanford village in the Overberg, is only one and a half hours from Cape Town, yet is worlds away. Its dusty roads and weathered historical cottages seen from the high road on the way to some place else, are only a misleading facade, for this quaint village evokes the poet in every weary man's heart and stills the roaming.Floating slowly down the river on a summers afternoon, you'll realise why the languishing country bug is so catchy, t...
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Quatermain’s Camp – A Special Experience
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Quatermain’s Camp – A Special Experience

Now this is a stay with a difference. Whilst many establishments might promise a similar experience to Quatermain's Camp, seldom is it that a venue, particularly game reserves where five star luxury has practically lost its allure it's so commonplace, really delivers beyond expectation. But by all accounts, Quatermain's Camp in the Amakhala Game Reserve, just 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth yet in a part of the country that is truly remote, does just that.Riaan and Julie have wowed their visitors with a campsite that manages to combine the simplicity of a bygone era - 1920s authentic ex...
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Discovering Free State
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Discovering Free State

At first glance, the Free State may not seem like the ideal choice of holiday destination. For one it is landlocked and has an economy based on agriculture and large-scale mining - which can lead to some pretty bland scenery. The Free State is, however, starting to emerge as a holiday destination with towns like Clarens patricularly gaining in popularity.This small town, situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the East of the province, has firmly established itself as a trendy destination and offers fine dining, arts and crafts, trout fishing, and outdoor activities. This,...
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Discovering the Eastern Cape
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Discovering the Eastern Cape

For hundreds of years, the Eastern Cape has been the ancestral stronghold of the Xhosa people and while in many ways it has become westernised, remnants of this tribal history remain in the people and some of the unspoilt areas of the province.On entering the Eastern Cape on the N2 highway one crosses the Bloukrans Bridge, the boundary between the Eastern and Western Cape. The very first attraction one is greeted with is the world’s highest commercial bungee jump, at 216 meters. This is a good indication of what is to come.The Eastern Cape is an exhilarating experience for visitors...
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Discovering Gauteng
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Discovering Gauteng

South Africa's smallest province, Gauteng, is its richest and is home to most large corporations head offices and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The city of Johannesburg was founded because of the gold mining industry and all of the large mining houses have their headquarters in Gauteng.Gauteng is the country's busiest province by far - it seems that no one rests in Gauteng, and the culture is one of urban indulgence and a work hard, play hard mentality. In Johannesburg the nightlife is excellent, with many of the countries hottest bars, restaurants and clubs located here. It is also...
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The Wonderful Wild Coast
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The Wonderful Wild Coast

What most people don’t realise about the Wild Coast is that it only spreads across 300 kilometers of coastline between Port Edward and Port Elizabeth. You don’t have to be a champion rock climber to have a great time here; take time to see things at a laid-back pace, you won’t be bored for a moment. That being said, the Wild Coast is not the place to go if you want to be indoors because outdoors is where everything is happening.The best way to experience as much as you can pack into your time on the Wild Coast is to pick your base and work your way outwards from there. From my point of...
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If you are in Mouille Point you are having Fun!
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If you are in Mouille Point you are having Fun!

Friendly coastline; check. Waving distance of Robben Island when facing said coastline; check. Short name with the unusual arrangement of 3 vowels (in a row!) that everyone will misspell; check, check. Mouille Point.One wonders if the sound of the Atlantic Ocean's drift between Granger Bay and Three Anchor Bay inspired the naming of this coastal portion lending itself gently to Wikipedia's suggestion that 'Mouille is a phonetic term that applies to certain consonants having a palatalised, "liquid" or softened sound'. Mouille Point certainly softens the effect of the African continent p...
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The Cradle of Humankind … right here in South Africa
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The Cradle of Humankind … right here in South Africa

The Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO world heritage site located approximately 50kms from the metropolis of Johannesburg, has been the site of many archaeological and anthropological finds since the early 20th century. The most famous of these discoveries was the unearthing of “Mrs. Ples” (Australopithecus africanus), dating back 2.3 million years, at the Sterkfontein caves.This evidence of our early ancestors prompted the naming of the 474 square kilometer site, home to more than three dozen other caves bearing fossilized hominid remains. Ever since these discoveries first became known, tour...
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A Getaway to Glencairn is perfect with Kids
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A Getaway to Glencairn is perfect with Kids

Hidden in a lush protected valley on the False Bay Coast in Cape Town, between Simonstown and Fish Hoek, lies the quaint suburb of Glencairn. With a nature reserve and vlei sanctuary running in the middle of the greenbelt towards the sea, this area has been beautifully preserved, allowing the construction of houses on the sloping hills that wind up through to dramatic mountain landscapes.Possibly the best kept secret of the South Peninsula, the area is a quiet study in natural beauty. A river running through the middle offers a welcome reprieve in the summer months, when locals can sometim...
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Make Merry in Mossel Bay
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Make Merry in Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay was the stopping place of Bartholomew Diaz on his historic voyage from Portugal, around the Cape of Good Hope, en route to the east, and still bears many indelible reminders of that epic voyage, including the museum, which houses a replica of his vessel, and the name of one of the most popular beaches.Located on the N2 highway, halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay is a popular seaside destination. Another piece of history is preserved in this small town, in the form of the Post Office tree, the first organized postal service in the country, used by subsequent...
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