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Best Places to Stay in the Cape Winelands
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Best Places to Stay in the Cape Winelands

Best Places to Stay in the Cape Winelands ~ The Cape Winelands are almost as famous Cape Town’s table top mountain when it comes to reasons to visit the Western Cape. And best places to stay in the Cape Winelands are aplenty, as a result - you’re spoiled for choice - because it’s here that South Africans visibly lead the way when it comes to contemporary, upscale accommodation. The Cape Winelands excel in trendy B&Bs, boutique hotels, guest manor houses wreathed in climbing roses or grapevines, stylish apartments, and restored wine estate labourer cottages, stables and barns. Fin...
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On Safari in Cape Town? Yes You Can
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On Safari in Cape Town? Yes You Can

On Safari in Cape Town ~ Yes You Can! The Western Cape game reserves are, admittedly, not the jewel in the crown of the province more famous for its vineyards, mountains, seascapes, whale watching and Cape Dutch architecture. But game reserves there are, and by no means a mere handful, in the Western Cape. What’s great about these Western Cape game lodges, versus those wildlife reserves in other provinces, is that they play on their strong points, focusing largely on the beauty of the environment, and the animals from the area. So, few of them have ‘imported’ the Big 5 choosing ins...
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Best Places to Stay in Magaliesberg, Gauteng’s Weekend Haunt
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Best Places to Stay in Magaliesberg, Gauteng’s Weekend Haunt

Best Places to stay in Magaliesberg ~ The Magaliesberg Mountains lie due north of Johannesburg, running north west to east - the horizontal line of a T-junction with the city of gold. They’ve been around for even longer than the Himalayas... The area, including the little town of Magaliesburg (a little further west) is a World Biosphere Reserve trying to balance the relationship between people and the environment as development encroaches ever closer to the Magaliesberg Mountains. The Magaliesberg Area is a treasure trove of experiences, from bushveld game reserves to cottages sprawled al...
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Best Places to Stay on the Umhlanga Coast
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Best Places to Stay on the Umhlanga Coast

The best places to stay on the Umhlanga Coast ~ The Umhlanga coastline with its red top stripe lighthouse, whalebone pier, and beach promenade is an all-year-round haunt for its balmy weather, trend-setter restaurants and high-rise hotels and apartments. Often written as uMhlanga, Umhlanga (the ‘hl’ is pronounced ‘ll’ the way the Welsh would say it) is Zulu for ‘place of reeds’ and refers to the beds of reeds that grow on the Ohlanga River north of here, not the fields of sugarcane that grow on the hills. The Umhlanga coastline promises beachside living, the constant sound of the ocean, ...
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Best Cederberg Places to Stay – Overnight in the Heart of South Africa’s Sandstone Mountain Sanctuary
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Best Cederberg Places to Stay – Overnight in the Heart of South Africa’s Sandstone Mountain Sanctuary

Best Cederberg Places to Stay - Overnight in the Heart of South Africa’s Sandstone Mountain Sanctuary ~ These options for accommodation in Cederberg are particularly varied and exciting - the Cederberg, it seems, goes out of its way to provide places to stay that include retreats, glamping campsites, hotels, self-catering cottages and get-ready-to-drool guest houses. If you can imagine it, these Cederberg places to stay have it. The Cederberg, roughly three hours’ from Cape Town, is is about 350 million years old and is a wilderness sculpted from Table Mountain sandstone. The Cederberg is a...
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Western Cape Tented Camps perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Western Cape Tented Camps perfect for a Glamping Weekend

Western Cape Tented Camps ... before you shake your head at the thought of having to slum it in a tent, tented camps are anything but the camping holiday that first comes to mind. Many have solid furniture, feather duvets, hot running water and electricity. Most have en suite bathrooms and kitchens, and some even have the odd plunge pool. They're designed for comfort and a good night's sleep. In fact, they're not unlike the level of comfort you would expect from a hotel or guest house. Have a look at these Western Cape Tented Camps perfect for a Glamping Weekend... ... in the KAROO ...
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Best Places to Stay in Hluhluwe – the doorstep of iSimangaliso Wetland Park & Hluhluwe-iMfolozi
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Best Places to Stay in Hluhluwe – the doorstep of iSimangaliso Wetland Park & Hluhluwe-iMfolozi

The Best places to stay in Hluhluwe, Kwazulu-Natal ~ Hluhluwe lies in the far reaches of the northern coast of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Its attraction isn’t so much that it’s a darling little town but that it lies in amongst several private, and national, game farms. So if you’re after a heady African experience of the Elephant Coast with access to two of the country’s top national game reserves - the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi and the iSimangliso Wetland Park - then Hluhluwe is where you want to base yourself. As such Hluhluwe is the best possible base for a bush and beach break! The town ...
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Best Places to Stay on the Wild Coast – South Africa’s most remote & untamed seashore
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Best Places to Stay on the Wild Coast – South Africa’s most remote & untamed seashore

Best Places to Stay on the Wild Coast - South Africa’s most remote & untamed seashore The Wild Coast, South Africa, stretches from East London to Port Edward on the country’s east coast - a distance of shoreline that is an ode to the country’s least spoilt beaches. A visit to the Wild Coast, South Africa, is to submerge yourself in cliffside vistas & long stretches of gently grassed slopes that decalcify eyes used to vastly narrowed visual fields from peering at screens. The Wild Coast is an aspect of Africa you dream of, the part that’s missing from its more commercial centres. ...
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Best Places to Stay on the Highlands Meander
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Best Places to Stay on the Highlands Meander

The Best Places to Stay on the Highlands Meander ~ Three of South Africa’s top self-drive routes - the Highlands Meander, the Panorama Route and the lesser-known Waterfalls Route - take in some of the most incredible mountain scenery the country has to offer. All of them are in Mpumalanga where you can also access the Kruger National Park with ease. Scroll down for the best places to stay on the Highlands Meander Mpumalanga straddles the Drakensberg Mountains, combining both Lowveld and Highveld in a mix of humid grasslands and cool, quiet forests. Trout fishing, hiking and misty fore...
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Creighton’s Aloe Festival – A Midlands Event not to be missed
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Creighton’s Aloe Festival – A Midlands Event not to be missed

During the month of July the little village of Creighton in the Natal Midlands comes to life as it hosts the annual Aloe Festival. The festival takes place over the weekend of July 6th to 8th and there are a number of activities on offer; steam train rides, hot air ballooning, trail runs and mountain bike rides... A trail run is the first event on the festival calendar. Starting at 17h30 from Myddelton Farm on Friday, July 6th, this 6.5km run (with a shorter loop for walkers, children and dogs!) promises to be a great start to the weekend. The race fee includes entry to the cheese and w...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve Properly

See the Big 5 closer to Durban than you think ... The Hluhluwe iMfolozi (shla-shloo-wee-om-fa-low-zee - it’s a mouthful but you’ll get used to it) combines two reserves of unmistakably different character. As if to reinforce this idea, there’s a public road dividing the two. Three rivers flow permanently through the park. Two - the Black and White Imfolozi s - etch their way through a series of valleys in the southern section leaving rich riverine vegetation to accompany drier woodland, grassy plains and open savannah for spotting wildlife. Dissecting the Hluhluwe section is the Hlu...
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Best Places to Stay on the Dolphin Coast
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Best Places to Stay on the Dolphin Coast

Best places to stay on the Dolphin Coast, South Africa ~ South Africa’s Dolphin Coast gives you endless summer with long stretches of beach washed by the Indian Ocean and sunrises that give new meaning to ‘waking to the dawn’. You’re in the right place if it’s sea views and oceanside living you’re after. Almost all of our best places to stay on the Dolphin Coast, just north of Durban Accommodation, are in seaside villages like Ballito, Umdloti and Zinkwazi. Most of them are self-catering holiday homes, others are gentle guest houses... Some are right on the edge of the sea, oth...
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Best Places to Stay in Stellenbosch – the Winelands’ Vibrant University Town
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Best Places to Stay in Stellenbosch – the Winelands’ Vibrant University Town

Don’t get stuck trawling your way through the mire of travel websites looking for best places to stay in Stellenbosch. Find them right here. We’ve made it easy for you - simply scroll to compare over 20 of the Best Places to Stay in Stellenbosch! Appealing and historical Stellenbosch is everything wine with estates on the fringes of town, world-class wineries in the mountains and hills but a stone’s throw away, and any number of opportunities to taste wine whilst sampling world-class food. Our list of best places to stay in Stellenbosch includes Herbert Baker mansions, light and trend...
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Best Places to Stay in the Upper Karoo – South Africa’s Astoundingly Beautiful ‘Outback’
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Best Places to Stay in the Upper Karoo – South Africa’s Astoundingly Beautiful ‘Outback’

Best Places to Stay in Upper Karoo ~ Don’t think you’re going to manage the Karoo South Africa in one visit. Because you’re not. For starters it takes up a substantial chunk of the innerlands of South Africa - its full extent not obviously defined (for instance there are no road signs stating ‘Karoo’), although you’ll know you’re there by its cloudless skies, low rainfall, propensity for little towns, lots of sheep, and extreme heat and cold. The further north you go, the more difficult the roads become to navigate. And once you’ve got a taste for the Karoo you’ll be back for more. It...
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Everything you Need to Know to See the Addo Elephant Park Properly
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Everything you Need to Know to See the Addo Elephant Park Properly

South Africa’s third-largest park, Addo Elephant Park stretches from the mountains of the Karoo across the fynbos and forest-clad Sundays River Valley all the way to the biggest dune fields in the country on the coastline at Woody Cape. The park is not only about elephants, although if it’s elephants you’ve come to see then you’re in the right place It’s also hugely ecologically diverse. And you’ll see plenty of other game - black rhinos, zebras, Cape buffaloes, spotted hyenas, birds galore, and even a group of black-maned Kalahari lions, considered the closest thing to the original Cape lio...
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