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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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12 Fantastic Places On The Garden Route In South Africa
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12 Fantastic Places On The Garden Route In South Africa

South Africa’s Garden Route stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape. For those who don’t already know it has nothing to do with manicured gardens, and everything to do with the heady natural beauty that combines ancient indigenous forests, mountains that crowd a shoreline littered with sandy beaches and bays, and a feast of little towns. Good access points to the Garden Route include Cape Town and George. If you are driving from Cape Town then the route between the Mother City and Mossel Bay is as riddled with great stops (Hermanus, Gansbaai, L’Agul...
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48 Hours In Johannesburg, The Low-Down On The City’s Highlights
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48 Hours In Johannesburg, The Low-Down On The City’s Highlights

Johannesburg's vibrant, distinctive culture, and rapid inner-city renewal, has fast dispelled the myth that only its airport is worthy of a visit, en route to the Mother City where it's all happening. Johannesburg has undergone a rebirth in the last five years and its city, despite the wealth divide and the obvious poverty and crime, is one with stories to tell if you're able to listen. With only 48 hours in Johannesburg we divulge the low-down on the city's highlights, while avoiding the tourist traps and the malls ... SATURDAY: THE NITTY GRITTY OF JO'BURG The Hop-on-Hop-Off Bus T...
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10 Reasons You Should Visit the Big Hole in Kimberley
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10 Reasons You Should Visit the Big Hole in Kimberley

Kimberley’s open cast mine is the city’s major attraction. Mention Kimberley to anyone and their knee-jerk reaction is: ‘have you seen the Big Hole?’ Reputedly the world’s largest hole excavated by hand, the huge open pit (also known as the Groot Gat, which is Afrikaans for ‘big hole’) has attracted visitors since mining operations closed here in 1914, but is a visit a must-do? We list 10 reasons you should visit the Big Hole in Kimberley... 1. THE HOLE REALLY IS HUGE Kimberley’s Big Hole is big. It is the site of the world’s biggest diamond rush and the subsequent Kimberley Mine that...
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Free Things To Do In Cape Town this Summer
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Free Things To Do In Cape Town this Summer

Cape Town might be the most expensive place in South Africa, but the city’s long summer days (sunrise before 6am and sunset well after 8pm) help diminish the sting of inflated prices. Best of all, summer comes with a list of things to do without price tags - you just have to know where to look. Here is our selection of free things to do in Cape Town this Summer ...  CAPE TOWN WALKING TOURS Enjoy free tours, on foot, from Green Market Square every day, 365 days a year (look out for the green umbrellas) at 11h00 and 14h00. Choose between the Historic, District Six, or Bo-Kaap tours....
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Best Holiday Spots Within Easy Driving Distance Of Cape Town
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Best Holiday Spots Within Easy Driving Distance Of Cape Town

As much as Capetonians would have you believe that South Africa ends at the Hottentots Holland Mountains, there is another whole world out there filled with historical and seaside villages, and mountain retreats, within easy driving distance of Cape Town. Just don’t get away too late. Any time after 15h00, on a Friday, and you’ll spend over an hour in gridlocked traffic trying to leave the city. Here is our list of the Best holiday spots within easy driving distance of Cape Town ... GREYTON Distance from Cape Town: 150 km, roughly two hours’ drive Why it’s on our list: Sometimes de...
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Corbelled Houses Unveiled – Why They’re The Most Exciting Thing To Happen To The Karoo
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Corbelled Houses Unveiled – Why They’re The Most Exciting Thing To Happen To The Karoo

Few people know that in South Africa’s hinterland - on farms neighbouring the towns of Carnarvon, Williston, Loxton and Fraserburg - are a series of strange-looking beehive stone structures. They’re an anomaly of the Northern Cape Karoo; excellent examples of the inventiveness of early pioneers (trek boere) to this semi-desert landscape, known as ‘hard man’s Karoo’, who headed out here between the middle and the end of the nineteenth century into the barren area beyond the Sak River. They left to escape the restraints of government or to search for new grazing grounds for their livestock...
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Head To Stellenbosch For A Downton Abbey Experience
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Head To Stellenbosch For A Downton Abbey Experience

Just as the Crawleys of Downton Abbey (the impressive Highclere Castle in Berkshire, England) decided to open their doors to the public for a day, so too four historical homesteads of Stellenbosch (if on a somewhat less grandiose scale) combine to form the Village Museum, their doors open for daily tours. The four homesteads form part of the Historical Stellenbosch on Foot tour, a great way to explore Stellenbosch - the quintessential historical town - filled with Georgian, Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture that lines tree-lined streets full of museums, hotels, restaurants, students, Ca...
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The Highlights Of Kimberley’s Belgravia Walk, Including 3 Useful Tips
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The Highlights Of Kimberley’s Belgravia Walk, Including 3 Useful Tips

Belgravia is Kimberley’s most posh suburb. Like its London counterpart, which lies just behind Buckingham Palace, Kimberley’s Belgravia lies close to the city’s major tourist attraction, The Big Hole. In fact, the land on which Belgravia lies was once a farm called Bultfontein, owned by the London and South African Exploration Company - a group of individuals considered, by all accounts, unscrupulous landlords. Most of the houses and buildings in the area were built during the 1880s, Victorian in style, from Kimberley bricks - deep orange/red, handmade and pressed - with corrugated iron ...
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7 Reasons to Explore the Karoo Roggeveld between Britstown and Sutherland
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7 Reasons to Explore the Karoo Roggeveld between Britstown and Sutherland

The alternative route between Bloemfontein and Cape Town - A spate of idiosyncratic towns will enchant you, as will the incredible scenery, windmills, hospitable people, corbelled houses and star-strewn skies - the likes of which you’ve never experienced before. As the crow flies it takes the average traveller 11 straight hours, and a rather deadened derriere, to travel between Cape Town and Bloemfontein. The national road is easy enough to navigate despite the barrage of trucks, if mind-numbingly dull (the N1 circumnavigates most towns en route, and the road goes on forever with little ...
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Visiting Bloemfontein? Read This
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Visiting Bloemfontein? Read This

Stay in Bloemfontein for a couple of days and you begin to realise that the city’s reputation as the redneck capital of the country is more than a little unfair. For any of the residents of the country’s judicial capital will wax lyrical, at the drop of a hat, about its laidback vibe, surprisingly pretty gardens and reserves, gorgeous sandstone public buildings and not half-bad nightlife. We were in the capital recently and uncovered the best spots around Bloem. Visiting Bloemfontein? Read on... Photograph: In the grounds of the Armour Museum ARMOUR MUSEUM I have to confess to being...
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