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The Official Cape Town Bucket List
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The Official Cape Town Bucket List

Over four million people visit Cape Town every year... The Telegraph Travel Awards voted Cape Town the best city for the fourth year in a row; it's been Conde Nast's Reader's number one food city in the world; National Geographic voted it number 2 in the top 10 beach cities in the world in 2015; and CNN voted it number 9 in a top 10 cities list. Given that you can go from watching whales on a cliffside, to sipping wine in a vineyard, followed by sundowners on a beach, and a moonlit hike up a mountain (all in one day),the accolades are well deserved. Because Cape Town is #AWESOME! (e...
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Win a Two Night Stay at the Black Oystercatcher in Cape Agulhas – CLOSED
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Win a Two Night Stay at the Black Oystercatcher in Cape Agulhas – CLOSED

The Black Oystercatcher in Cape Agulhas is more than a wine farm. It’s a destination - a place to relax, breathe in the fresh country air, and reconnect with nature. Win a Two Night Stay for Two at the Black Oystercatcher, and a trip for two on the Sunset Wetlands Tour (enjoy a sundowner while looking out for the secretive Hippo that live in the vlei). This boutique winery is situated close to Africa’s southernmost tip. The Black Oystercatcher Wines is a scenic two-hour drive from Cape Town (picture the intense green and gold of the Overberg’s wheat and canola fields, and the lush fynbo...
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Whale Watching South Africa Just Got Better – Now is the best time to see them
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Whale Watching South Africa Just Got Better – Now is the best time to see them

Now is the best time to see them There isn't a better time for whale watching in South Africa than right now. Because the southern right whale is busy congregating just off the country's coastline; close enough to the coast to see with the naked eye. And certainly approachable by boats, allowed within 50 metres of whales in South Africa's waters (by those boats with permits only). You've got another 4 weeks, or so, so visit the Whale Coast now! Every year between June and November the humpback, Brydes and southern right whales migrate to the warmer waters off our shores to mate an...
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New Accommodation – Hot on Our Site Right Now
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New Accommodation – Hot on Our Site Right Now

Every week we add new options to our accommodation offerings on the SA-Venues.com website. So, we thought we'd bring some of the more popular accommodation options we've added in the last month to you - everything from garden cottages and backpackers, to luxury apartments and game lodges. Here's a bird's eye view of our newest places to stay. New Accommodation that's hot on our site right now... Cheverells Farm Cottages, Cape Overberg Set in the heart of the Elgin Valley, these open plan holiday cottages offerings give new meaning to the term 'farm cottages'. The accommodation overloo...
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6 Best Small Towns in Gauteng
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6 Best Small Towns in Gauteng

The best small towns in Gauteng are but a handful. The place of gold (Gauteng translated from the Sotho) is a small province and as such is completely overshadowed by its vibrant centre – Johannesburg – the country's major metropolis that sprawls over thousands of square kilometres, taking its 13.2 million residents hours to commute from one side of it to the other. The dynamic city, once considered a place to avoid, has undergone an inspiring cultural rebirth and an inner-city transformation with places like Maboneng, Fordsburg, Newtown and Braamfontein claiming back their space on the ...
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Northern Cape Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Northern Cape Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

These Northern Cape tented camps give travellers a first-hand experience of the vast space and silence that best characterises South Africa's biggest, and least-populated, province. The Northern Cape is home to some of the country's most beautiful attractions – the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls, and Namaqualand, to name the more obvious ones. Best known for its red sand dunes, desert landscape and spring time flowers the Northern Cape's scenery is indescribably beautiful, but often harsh. And in summer, in the heat of the year, its northerly reaches can seem both barren a...
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Garden Route Small Towns – We explore the Best
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Garden Route Small Towns – We explore the Best

These Garden Route small towns are some of the most popular towns in South Africa. It isn't difficult to imagine why they're often busy. The self-drive Garden Route is high on most visitors must-see lists when they arrive in South Africa. The route stretches from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth (although it 'officially' starts at Mossel Bay), dotted with seaside town upon beach hamlet. In between is some of the country's richest mountain strewn, forest-dense and valley plush scenery you are likely to find in the country. Here are our favourite Garden Route small towns ... Knysna This pe...
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Free State Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Free State Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

Free State Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend - the first one will blow you away! ~ One doesn't anticipate Free State tented camps in a province known as the heartland of the Afrikaner, and famous for its grain farms and rich pasture land. But it makes sense that the province's wide skies and expansive flat grassy plains, broken only by the odd kopje, would inspire bushveld experiences, and that its fertile soils and excellent farming conditions could double as safari farm stays. The Free State lies in the middle of the country, sharing a border in the east of the province with ...
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Garden Route Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping weekend
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Garden Route Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping weekend

Garden Route tented camps bring to mind generous mosquito nets, heavy canvas flaps opening out onto the savannah, and colonial-style Big 5 viewing with sundowners in the bush. Not to be confused with camping holidays where caravans, ground cloths, and tent stakes predominate. The combination of tented camps and the Garden Route goes one step further, managing to merge the best of wild game viewing with the beauty and lushness of the best coastal route in the country Here they are - Garden Route tented camps that you will love... 7 Passes Tented Camp, Hoekwil Safari-style tents with...
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12 Secrets of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

The Free State's Golden Gate Highlands National Park is tucked away just east of South Africa's centre, between the popular town of Clarens, Phuthaditjhaba, and the mountainous boundary of Lesotho. Famous for its sandstone formations that change as the sun waxes and wanes, the Golden Gate National Park is awash with gullies, wooded ravines and grasslands, its sandstone rocks once home to the San who have left their paintings in the numerous caves of the area. For whatever reason you visit, you will return. Because Golden Gate Highlands National Park's underrated beauty is enough to st...
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North West Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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North West Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

North West tented camps are perfect escape plans for stress-strapped city dwellers of Pretoria and Johannesburg. The North West province, like Gauteng, is completely landlocked. It is defined by the Magaliesberg Mountains north east of the province, and its bushveld - predominated by shrubs and low-lying trees. Also known as the platinum province for its platinum mines, it acts as a natural thoroughfare for travellers en route to Botswana, and competes with Gauteng to claim the Cradle of Humankind as one of its tourist highlights – the others are, of course, the Pilanesberg National Park...
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KwaZulu-Natal Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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KwaZulu-Natal Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

KwaZulu-Natal tented camps come in a variety of guises. They're not all tented camps the way one expects them to be – out in the bush accompanied by the Big 5 experience – except for one, in a private game reserve in the savanna region, just outside Ladysmith. Instead many of them are set in amongst the subtropical and dune forested canopies so typical of KwaZulu-Natal, dripping in monkey ropes and vines synonymous with the province's more humid weather conditions. This selection of KwaZulu-Natal tented camps has a satisfying variety: there's a teepee camp in the Drakensberg, and even...
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Visit Khomani Cultural Landscape – the 9th of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites
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Visit Khomani Cultural Landscape – the 9th of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites

Khomani Cultural Landscape ~ Now South Africa has 9; the Newest of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites is in the Desert The Khomani Cultural Landscape has recently been inscribed as the 9th of the country's world heritage sites, and probably its most intriguing. It is the only landscape to protect what remains of the once-nomadic San people whom UNESCO recognise as having ... 'developed a specific ethnobotanical knowledge, cultural practices and a worldview related to the geographical features of their environment.' This one of South Africa's UNESCO world heritage sites has been a long tim...
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Gauteng Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Gauteng Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

Gauteng tented camps are an unusual find. These safari-style tented accommodation options clearly challenge the assumption that one needs to leave the city to experience the bush. Gauteng is the smallest province in South Africa. It surrounds the country's business capital, Johannesburg, and the capital city, Pretoria. On the perimeters of both cities are areas that appear to merge seamlessly with open grasslands, rolling hills and granite rocks that rest on soils more clay than sand, acacia thorn trees the only shade. Dinokeng, Cullinan, Muldersdrift, Lanseria, the Magaliesberg – all ar...
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Limpopo Tented Camps perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Limpopo Tented Camps perfect for a Glamping Weekend

Limpopo Tented Camps ~ South Africa's Limpopo province is synonymous with the bushveld, Big 5 safaris and tented camps. Have a look through these 28 Limpopo tented camps, perfect for glamping weekends ... Amanzimlotzi Riverside Bush Camp, Valley of the Olifants Three safari tents in the heart of the bush in this rustic camp with shared bathroom and private lapa. Highlight: walk freely on the 30 hectare farm. Bonwa Phala Game Lodge, Waterberg This affordable tented camp is set in a 4 000 hectare game reserve in a malaria-free area. Highlight: the four tents are laid out around...
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