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Franschhoek – Eat, Do, Sleep in the Winelands’ Foodie Capital
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Franschhoek – Eat, Do, Sleep in the Winelands’ Foodie Capital

The French corner of the Cape Winelands is relatively small by comparison with its sister town, Stellenbosch (only twenty minutes’ away). But as a weekend, or even day, visit it packs a punch - its main road awash with restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, grand historical buildings, wineland tours, and little tucked-out-of-the-way courtyards in which to while away the hours. We visited recently. Here is our Franschhoek guide... where to eat, what to do, and where to sleep in the Winelands’ Foodie Capital D O  &  S E E Ride the Wine Tram Don’t miss out on this hop-on-hop-...
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13 of the Coolest Beach Stays in South Africa
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13 of the Coolest Beach Stays in South Africa

South Africa is as famous for its coastline as it is for the Kruger National Park. Stretching for over 2 500 kilometres from the dry and barren border with Namibia in the west, around the Cape of Good Hope and northeast to its border with Mozambique, in the east, the coastline is nothing short of magnificent. Along almost every inch of its highly varied shoreline are long strips of beach. The kind of beach that makes you ‘wish you were there’. And so we went exploring, to find you the kind of beach stays that easily equal the pull of the beaches on which they rest. These 13 beach st...
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12 Secrets of the Mountain Zebra National Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of the Mountain Zebra National Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

We’re particularly enamoured with the Mountain Zebra National Park - South Africa’s most understated, and under visited, national park. Here is why ... No 1. No-one seems to know Mountain Zebra Park exists! Even Lonely Planet ignored the Mountain Zebra National Park on their blog list of top parks and game reserves in South Africa. And we can’t think why? But this can work in your favour. Go whilst you still have the park to yourself! (the park has recently added another eight units due to the increase in visitors, so the word is already out). Mountain Zebra National Park is one of the...
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9 Best Small Towns of the Northern Cape
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9 Best Small Towns of the Northern Cape

Small towns of the Northern Cape ~The Northern Cape is a vast expanse of country hugging the northerly reaches of South Africa up against the borders of Namibia and Botswana. It’s hot, dry and beautiful - something of a wilderness presided over by a merciless sun. Scattered across this large semi-desert landscape are hundreds of little characterful towns, separated by kilometres of road. It’s a province made for road trips. Whilst most of the traffic confines itself to the N1, N12 and N7 there are back routes linking towns through heartstopping scenery. It is these towns that deserve exp...
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots in Limpopo
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots in Limpopo

Limpopo is home to South Africa’s biggest attraction - the Kruger National Park - with plenty of exceptional scenic spots to keep one camera-happy. But South Africa’s wildest province is not limited to the Kruger. There are other wonders too - baobab trees, the Nylsvley Nature Reserve - one of the top birding spots in Southern Africa - enough game reserves for a year of visits, and the Modjadji Cycad Reserve, to name but a few. To avoid the tourists we’ve put together a list of 20 best secret scenic spots in Limpopo for those perfect #instagram and #love_southafrica moments… Hangklip View...
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10 Best Small Towns of the Eastern Cape
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10 Best Small Towns of the Eastern Cape

The country’s second largest province has a great many towns. They lie dotted in amongst the Amatola Mountains, the Sunshine Coast, the Great Karoo, the Wild Coast and the Eastern Highlands; serving as holiday bases to a varied and sought-after outdoor lifestyle that has visitors throwing themselves off bridges, surfing the waves, and hiking trails that scale mountains and explore untouched beaches, cliffs and waterfalls. Narrowing down a selection of the 10 best small towns of the Eastern Cape was no easy task ... Cape St Francis You can’t really separate Cape St Francis from St Franc...
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12 Secrets of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a huge semi-desert wilderness in the north of South Africa - an immense stretch of red sand dunes and wide open sky, the dry river beds of the Nossob and Auob Rivers (said to flow but once every 100 years) and the odd solitary camelthorn, raisin bush or shepherd tree to break the horizon. It is Africa’s first Peace Park; an amalgamation of South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park (no rewards for correctly guessing the dominant antelope in the reserve) in the midst of the Kalahari Desert. The semi-desert wil...
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Alternative Cape Town – 13 Places in Cape Town You Don’t Know About. Yet
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Alternative Cape Town – 13 Places in Cape Town You Don’t Know About. Yet

Alternative Cape Town - There is much more to Cape Town than its top tourist destinations - Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch, the V&A Waterfront, Robben Island - its natural beauty and its beaches. Dig a little deeper and a series of unusual landmarks, buildings and places reveal themselves. Here are 13 Places in Cape Town you don’t know about. Yet. THE HIPPOS OF RONDEVLEI Probably because of where the nature reserve lies - on the outskirts of the city centre alongside the less promising suburbs of Grassy Park and Zeekoevlei - it isn’t high on visitors’ to do lists when in the ...
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I Love White River Because …
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I Love White River Because …

Hi, I’m Amanda from umSisi House and umSisi Cottage just outside White River on the way to the Kruger National Park and just minutes away from the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre. White River IS BEST KNOWN FOR its proximity to the Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN IN the Blyde River Canyon and show your friends what it looks like to be 'on top of the world'. THE BEST PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Three Rondavels where the sign says 'Do not go any further'. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT God's Window and Wonder View. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO tak...
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The 7 Best Small Towns in the Free State
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The 7 Best Small Towns in the Free State

The landlocked Free State lies virtually in the middle of South Africa. It’s considered the traditional heartland of the Afrikaner; countryside through which one drives en route from Johannesburg or the Western Cape. Few choose to tour the province. Yet for those who do travel the Free State, it is the little artistic towns that seduce. Scattered in amongst huge swathes of farmland, snuggled up against the commanding Maluti Mountains, and clustered along the Lesotho border, they draw on the free State’s wide skies, expansive spaces and inspiring scenery to charm those who visit them. Ou...
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All The Things You Will Miss If You Leave South Africa
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All The Things You Will Miss If You Leave South Africa

You may have noticed. Not everyone is committed to staying in South Africa. But no matter where you go if you leave South Africa, sooner or later, nostalgia will kick in  - whether it’s when you’re browsing in a bookstore, or getting caught in yet another rain shower, or stuck on the tube. Perhaps it’s when you gasp at the cost of a bottle of South African wine or when shopkeepers don’t even bother to interact with you? You’ll think of home, its tumultuous politics, its blue skies and exuberant people ... and you’ll begin to wonder what on earth possessed you to leave in the first place. W...
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12 Secrets of the Pilanesberg National Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of the Pilanesberg National Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

The Pilanesberg National Park is not Kruger. It doesn’t pretend to be. It’s a lot smaller, for one. But therein lies its attraction. Because instead of driving for hours along vast stretches of sand road without a sighting, the Pilanesberg’s generous grasslands, rocky outcrops, sloped hills, dense pockets of vegetation, and thickly wooded gorges are home to the Big Five and 30 other mammal species besides. And that’s without the added attraction of 350 bird species, 65 reptiles and a really good chance of spotting a cat (if sighting the beautiful violet wood hoepoe doesn’t get you ex...
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The Highlights of Bree Street – Where to Hang Out & Shop on Cape Town’s Hip Foodie Strip
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The Highlights of Bree Street – Where to Hang Out & Shop on Cape Town’s Hip Foodie Strip

Bree Street’s vibrancy and variety make it a meeting place for Cape Town’s hip and happening crowd. Lunch times buzz, while evenings hum. Its eateries, pubs and coffee spots that run the length of Bree Street are thriving. And its Victorian-era façades also house a hub of design, fashion and art that attracts creatives and trendies alike. Here is our guide on where to Hang out & Shop on Cape Town’s Hip Foodie Strip... WHERE TO HANG OUT Burger & Lobster This twist on the lobster theme eatery thinks nothing of serving lobster (the West Coast variety) on a roll (actual...
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All The Hiking And Walking Trails In Cape Town We’ll Be Escaping To This Summer
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All The Hiking And Walking Trails In Cape Town We’ll Be Escaping To This Summer

One most convenient aspect to living in Cape Town is that hikes are, quite literally, on your doorstep. No having to drive miles before you find a green space worthy of tramping. The trick, during our selection of hikes, was to narrow it down to the very best of walking opportunities. Here are all the hiking and walking trails in Cape Town we'll be escaping to this summer... WOODSTOCK CAVE HIKE You can get to Woodstock Cave relatively quickly from Rhodes Memorial, above UCT, following the trail up and around Devil's Peak, past King's Blockhouse, and along the contour path. The a...
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The Best Non-Touristy Places in Cape Town to take your Visitors to
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The Best Non-Touristy Places in Cape Town to take your Visitors to

It’s difficult to take visiting friends and family to places that don’t scream selfie sticks and long queues, in Cape Town. Obviously they must do Table Mountain, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch and the V&A Waterfront and it isn’t as if Cape Town is not surrounded on three sides by ocean, its City Bowl humming, its Atlantic beaches packed, and its winelands beckoning. So, are there places to spend a few hours, or longer, without being besieged by tourists? We think there are. Here’s our list of best non-touristy places in Cape Town ... ST GEORGE’S CATHEDRAL The oldest Anglican cathedral ...
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