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10 Beaches Outside Cape Town You Need to Visit
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10 Beaches Outside Cape Town You Need to Visit

It’s hard to imagine that one needs beaches outside Cape Town, when so many of the beaches in Cape Town are so beautiful.But come the end of the year when the traffic along Main Road reaches gridlock (and you’d be faster cycling or walking) for a kilometre either side of Kalk Bay, and you begin to imagine vast, sandy, less popular beaches where the wind can whip your hair and the balmy waters beckon…This list of 10 beaches outside Cape Town entail an hour or two’s drive, some of them further than others, all an easy day trip (leave early, take a picnic). Beaches Outside Cape Town .......
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6 of the Top Ecotourism Destinations in South Africa
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6 of the Top Ecotourism Destinations in South Africa

Ecotourism destinations in South Africa are some of the most beautiful in the world.The country’s natural areas are conserved in a series of UNESCO world heritage sites, nature reserves and national parks, which is why South Africa makes it onto the list of the 17 most megadiverse countries in the world.Fact: South Africa is the 3rd most biodiverse place on Earth. The country boasts 10% of the world’s plant species whilst 65% of these are found only in South Africa. It’s the only country in the world with an entire floristic kingdom within its border (Cape Floristic Region, better kno...
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10 Epic South African Highlights You Can’t Ignore
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10 Epic South African Highlights You Can’t Ignore

First time visitor to South Africa? These South African highlights are for you. Because whilst there are many other attractions and beautiful places, it’s these 10 South African highlights that will give you a real taste for the country.Exploring South Africa can take you from hip and trendy cities to deep into the star-studded Karoo; from beaches washed by two oceans to red dunes of the Kalahari; from mountains thick with mist to the bushveld where drives and walks bring you as close as you can get to wildlife...South African highlights are as diverse, filled with energy and beauty as...
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Best Beach Cottage Holidays in South Africa
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Best Beach Cottage Holidays in South Africa

Beach cottage holidays in South Africa - One can’t help but bring to mind beach cottage holidays when one thinks of South Africa.Beach house stays that include rickety wooden walkways down to white, sandy beaches that stretch for miles...The country has kilometres of coastline, much of it given over to holiday villages and towns and beach cottage holidays in South Africa, with anything from a little two-bedroom cottage, to sprawling villas perched alongside the sea, with views to match - all to yourself - just perfect for family beach holidays...Let your imagination run riot with t...
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Dog Friendly Accommodation in Cape Town – Places You can Take the WHOLE Family
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Dog Friendly Accommodation in Cape Town – Places You can Take the WHOLE Family

Dog friendly accommodation in Cape Town - Cape Town with its incredible mountain, weather, beaches, people and wine is hotting up for summer and Christmas - a combination difficult to resist.It’s an Added bonus if you no longer have to hire a house sitter but can take the dog along. Suddenly a spontaneous booking is no longer out of the question.SA-Venues.com has plenty of dog friendly accommodation in Cape Town to choose from. On our list below we’ve included as many villas and spacious apartments as we can, but the odd guest house made it onto the dog friendly list because, well, the...
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Memorable Staycation Ideas in South Africa city-by-city
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Memorable Staycation Ideas in South Africa city-by-city

Memorable Staycation Ideas in South Africa city-by-city - Have a Holiday Without Straying too Far from Home. /steɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ - the cheeky blend of ‘vacation’ and ‘stay at home’ describes the idea that rather than going overseas one takes a holiday in one’s home country. Staycation ideas in South Africa mean you holiday without venturing too far from home. Going on holiday without leaving the country is something South Africans do well.But we’ve gone a step further with our staycation ideas in South Africa. We’ve found escapes within 2 hours of your city.How many of these staycation i...
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The Garden Route Game Lodge Gets Even Better
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The Garden Route Game Lodge Gets Even Better

The Garden Route Game Lodge is a spectacular private reserve where the Big 5 can be enjoyed up close without the risk of malaria. Its rooms are luxurious and its setting exquisite. And, it doesn’t hurt that it’s on the gorgeous Garden Route of South Africa. In November 2018, its stunning revamp and upgrade were completed to move it even higher up on your tourism to-do list. What’s more, it won the SA-Venues.com award for being the best game lodge in the Garden Route of 2018, as voted by guests.This upgrade cost a whopping R4.5 million and involved the revamping of the garden, pool and recr...
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Best Places to Stay in Franschhoek – South Africa’s French Quarter
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Best Places to Stay in Franschhoek – South Africa’s French Quarter

Have you noticed that almost every one of the best places to stay in Franschhoek is named after something French, or Frenchified to sound French? It’s not pretentious so much as it’s in keeping with its history - Franschhoek is the Cape’s French Corner.Regarded as the Winelands’ foodie capital Franschhoek’s main road is awash with restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries and chocolatiers. There’s also a hop-on-hop-off retro tram and bus that take visitors through the vineyards on one of five routes, linking 21 wine estates and cellars.There’s something on our list of best places to sta...
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Best Places to Stay NEAR the Kruger National Park
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Best Places to Stay NEAR the Kruger National Park

You don’t have to stay right in the heart of Kruger to experience its beauty...There are plenty of best places to stay near the Kruger National Park with easy access into the park, many of them in neighbouring wildlife sanctuaries, game parks and private self-catering lodges close to one of the gates into Kruger.In Kruger you share the bushveld with lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, cheetah, buffalo, hippo, zebra and giraffe. Synonymous with safari, it’s one of Africa’s greatest wildlife experiences... Scroll through our best places to stay near the Kruger National Park Simbavati Hillt...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa Properly

When it comes to outstanding beauty the viewpoint overlooking the 16 km long, 800m deep, the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa is going to leave you nothing less than overwhelmed - the sheer scale and refined symmetry of the scene makes a trip here unforgettable.After Table Mountain, the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa is the country’s most-visited natural attraction.Splayed out before you are the impressive northerly reaches of the Drakensberg Escarpment where it meets the lowveld, including the famous Three Rondavels, whilst below is the startling blue and irregular shape of the ...
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Best Places to Stay IN the Kruger National Park
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Best Places to Stay IN the Kruger National Park

Best Places to Stay In the Kruger National Park ~ The Kruger National Park is one of the biggest game reserves on the African continent, covering an area of 20 000 k㎡ (virtually the size of Israel!) in the north-east corner of South Africa.A list of iconic safari animals - that begins with the Big 5, includes the African wild dog and cheetah, and ends with hippo, giraffe and zebra - shares the savannah, granite kopies and the Lebombo Mountains with reptiles and over 500 varieties of bird…As a result, things can get a little busy, particularly as the vast network of well-maintained road...
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Best Places to Stay in the Southern Free State
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Best Places to Stay in the Southern Free State

The Best Places to Stay in the Southern Free State ~ The completely landlocked province of the Free State is divided into regions with names that evoke images of Africa’s wide open plains. Names like Thabo Mofutsanyana, Lejweleputswa and Motheo.The Free State is given over to huge swathes of farmland, the Maluti Mountains in the distance. It’s a province of wide skies, inspirational scenery and a sense of time having slowed...The best places to stay in the southern Free State include the Motheo (mostly in the ‘city of roses’ - Bloemfontein) and Xhariep (accommodation in and around the ...
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Best Places to Stay on the Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape
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Best Places to Stay on the Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape

Best places to stay on the Sunshine Coast are aplenty as it’s one of South Africa’s most popular coastlines.The Sunshine Coast extends between the Tsitsikamma and East London - a collection of seaside villages and towns with beaches that go on forever, washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and riddled with tidal pools and river estuaries. You’ll love our selection of best places to stay on the Sunshine CoastBlue Horizon, Tsitsikamma OMG! What a view! Perched on the edge of the cliff overlooking the crashing waves of the Tsitsikamma. Bonus: the village in which you’ll find thi...
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Must-Visit in the Mountains of Eastern Cape
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Must-Visit in the Mountains of Eastern Cape

Much has been written about the Eastern Cape’s incredible coastline and beaches and the lush rolling hills and deep gorges of the region’s trail-rich Wild Coast.But the Eastern Cape’s interior, and the mountains of the Eastern Cape, remain an anomaly - a departure from your average visitor’s itinerary.Only a small group of driven 4x4 enthusiasts enjoy the challenges of the 8 mountain passes of the Eastern Cape.And even fewer travellers realise that beyond the temperate rainforests of the Tsitsikamma, and the Indian-ocean washed beaches of the Sunshine Coast, is a province given ove...
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Escape To these Quiet Places in South Africa
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Escape To these Quiet Places in South Africa

Escape To these 8 Quiet Places in South Africa ~ Travelling can be exhilarating, eye-opening and, more often than not, transforming. The bustle and rush of seeing, doing and experiencing the abundance of what South Africa has to offer its visitors can sometimes prove too much for the wearied tourist.With its vast spaces and incredibly varied selection of landscapes quiet places in South Africa provide refuge for visitors and locals alike.These Quiet Places in South Africa are beautiful, peaceful and remote... Quiet places in South Africa to Escape To that we know you’ll LOVE ......
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