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Best Places to Stay on the Panorama Route
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Best Places to Stay on the Panorama Route

The Panorama Route winds its way through the Mpumalanga highlands of the north-eastern section of the Drakensberg’s great escarpment. The Panorama Route is easily one of South Africa’s most scenic self-drives, and certainly one of its most popular. That it is so popular has a lot to do with how close it is to the Kruger National Park, so it’s often part and parcel of any organised trip through the game park. But its other major draw card is the Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest river canyons on earth. The Panorama Route is a self-drive taken slowly. And with highlights like Bourke’s ...
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Best Places to Stay on Route 62, the World’s Longest Wine Route
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Best Places to Stay on Route 62, the World’s Longest Wine Route

Choose from these 10 best places to stay on Route 62, South Africa. The drive is considered the world’s longest wine route. The scenic route meanders through the Klein Karoo and Langkloof fruit valley, and along the way there are plenty of places to stay. Narrowing our choice down to only 10 was a difficult task as the many places to stay on Route 62 are of a particularly high standard! Keep scrolling, because if you think the first few accommodation offerings are exciting, wait until you see the last! 10 best places to stay on Route 62... Rooiberg Safaris Game Lodge, Ladis...
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10 Dropdead Gorgeous Places to Visit on the East Coast of South Africa
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10 Dropdead Gorgeous Places to Visit on the East Coast of South Africa

The East Coast of South Africa is vast. So vast that it’s not known as the ‘East Coast’, the way the West Coast is known as the ‘West Coast’ - probably because the Eastern Cape makes up such a large portion of it, leading to confusion. But also because there are so many different tourist coasts along its length. The East Coast South Africa includes: the Sunshine Coast, the Wild Coast, the Hibiscus Coast, Dolphin Coast and the Elephant Coast! The East Coast of South Africa stretches from Port Elizabeth, past East London Accommodation - the city named after the east of London (it res...
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The Best Hiking Trails in the Eastern Cape
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The Best Hiking Trails in the Eastern Cape

South Africa’s Eastern Cape has some of the best hiking trails in the country. We struggled to narrow down our choice but you can choose from a longer list of Eastern Cape hiking trails here. Our selection below includes mostly multi-day hiking trails Eastern Cape, but we’ve made sure to add one or two day hikes for those with neither the time, nor the fitness (some of the longer trails have shorter versions) to cope with strenuous trails. South Africa’s Eastern Cape is Nelson Mandela’s homeland with some of the most varied landscape in the country. It’s slower than Gauteng and the Weste...
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Cape Town Water Supply – What is the City Doing?
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Cape Town Water Supply – What is the City Doing?

The water supply in Cape Town is on everyone’s lips. Particularly now that the crisis is declared a national state of disaster (freeing up ‘special funds’ through Treasury to deal with the drought in multiple provinces). Water dominates dinner table conversation, people chat about water supply whilst in queues, and #DayZero (though no longer a threat for 2018) continues to pepper South Africans’ conversation on social media. Capetonians’ need for reassurance is high as the city continues with level 6b water restrictions to avoid queues for water. It’s 50 litres per person, per day,...
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10 Unexplored Places in South Africa that will Make You Want to Visit
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10 Unexplored Places in South Africa that will Make You Want to Visit

South Africa is one of the most visited places in Africa, alongside countries like Egypt and Morocco. But most every visitor does the highlights: Kruger National Park, V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, the Winelands, Johannesburg, the Garden Route and Robben Island. It’s the brave and intrepid, those unafraid of surprises and adventure, who take on the unexamined; the untold parts of a country. If you’re one of those who enjoys an experience beyond the conventional, then these unexplored places in South Africa are just as beautiful as the country’s most visited parts. The advantage bei...
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The Most Romantic Places to Stay in Johannesburg
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The Most Romantic Places to Stay in Johannesburg

Romance doesn’t always mean Victorian-style furniture and canopied beds (although some of these romantic places to stay in Johannesburg do just that!), romance also comes as refined, understated elegance. And so we’ve handpicked a mix of romantic places to stay in Johannesburg that ooze romantic idyll, nostalgia and charm for those of you for whom an escape cannot be less than a liaison; an affair of the heart. The most romantic places to stay in Johannesburg... House Higgo, Northcliff There is a sophistication about House Higgo’s décor that more than delivers on the romance front,...
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Why The best of Cape Town is found in the ‘burbs
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Why The best of Cape Town is found in the ‘burbs

The best of Cape Town is found in these suburbs... Cape Town’s city bowl is vibrant, cosmopolitan, and a major attraction for visitors to the Mother City, despite the drought. But you could be missing the bigger picture to assume this is the best of Cape Town, South Africa. Because out in the suburbs there is another Cape Town just waiting to be discovered... These attractions are why the best of Cape Town is found in the suburbs Wynberg’s Village Wynberg, because of its situation on a hill, was used as a military station in the late 1700s. Just below it grew a little support villa...
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The Kalahari Desert in South Africa reveals its secrets
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The Kalahari Desert in South Africa reveals its secrets

The Kalahari Desert looks like a desert, by all appearances is a desert, and yet it’s something of a conundrum because it is, in fact, not a desert. The Kalahari Desert in South Africa, is not a desert Africa’s southernmost desert gets too much rain, for a start, than your average desert - between 5 and 10 inches a year. It’s also made up, predominantly, of sand dunes - long chains of dunes separated by broad depressions known by the locals as ‘strate’ - the Afrikaans for ‘streets’ or ‘lanes’. Unlike other deserts these dunes do not wander. The Kalahari supports more plant life ...
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10 Top Things to Do in the Overberg Area of the Western Cape
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10 Top Things to Do in the Overberg Area of the Western Cape

The Cape Overberg area of the Western Cape is one of South Africa’s treasures. It lies, demurely, over the berg from Somerset West, often neglected by those intent on reaching the Garden Route, unaware that beyond the Hottentot Holland Mountain range lies a place of grain fields, vineyards, fruit farms, blue skies, beaches and seaside villages. But with so much to do, and so many places to visit, the Overberg cannot be ignored...   10 top things to do in the Overberg area of the Western Cape... Wander the vineyards of the Elgin Valley Elgin Valley’s wine estates  claim their wines ...
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The 20 Best SMALL Beach Towns in South Africa
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The 20 Best SMALL Beach Towns in South Africa

It’s not difficult to get swept up by the wildness of Kruger, the elegance of the Winelands, or the sophistication of Cape Town. But it is the small beach towns in South Africa that get to the heart of what it is to experience the country’s diversity - its different climates, and cultures. Right around the coast, from Alexander Bay on the west coast to St Lucia on the east coast, are beach towns worth visiting. So many, in fact, that choosing just 20 is rather difficult... Explore these 20 small beach towns in South Africa, arranged from the west to the east coast... Langebaan...
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Drought in Cape Town – Where to Go to Escape the Crisis
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Drought in Cape Town – Where to Go to Escape the Crisis

The Mother City is feeling the heat as the drought in Cape Town becomes a grim reality. The city is up against Level 6b water restrictions of only 50 litres per person per day, and the impending doom of Day Zero, without water, looms... The drought in Cape Town, South Africa, has left residents feeling frightened, angry and hot, as the mercury level climbs. With showers severely curbed, and baths a thing of the past, your average Mother City dweller dreams of a stay where water is less of an issue. But, did you know that to escape the severity of the drought in Cape Town, you haven’t...
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Travel Bucket List 2018 – Unusual South African Destinations
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Travel Bucket List 2018 – Unusual South African Destinations

Unusual South African destinations make up our travel bucket list for 2018. Bucket lists by definition contain experiences one hopes to experience in this life. This travel bucket list is for those of you who love travelling South Africa, but have run out of inspiration, or are looking for new ideas. We’ve scoured the map to bring you out of the way places; unexpected yet memorable spaces to which you wouldn’t usually travel. Here it is - your travel bucket list 2018 - a collection of unusual South African destinations The Tankwa Karoo The Tankwa Karoo would have remained in obscur...
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Best Trail Running Routes in South Africa
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Best Trail Running Routes in South Africa

South Africans love trail running. It’s that taking on trails, climbing mountains and racing through forests thing that appears to have bitten hard. It isn’t surprising really, given the legions of mountain bike singletrack up for grabs across the country. These serve equally well as trail running routes in South Africa. But which are the best trail running routes in South Africa? Here’s the list of a mix of short and long trail running routes that most trail runners will agree are up there with the best... The Otter African Trail Run, Garden Route Also known as the Grail of Tra...
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10 Gorgeous Guest Houses in the Free State
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10 Gorgeous Guest Houses in the Free State

These gorgeous guest houses in the Free State will come as a welcome surprise. Gone is the dizzying chintz and outdated style often associated with this part of the country. These Free State guest houses are compelling, elegantly furnished and easy on the eye. They show a flair for generous hospitality, and many of them are in beautiful grounds, or in areas where the views are heartstopping. Even if you weren’t planning a trip through the country’s interior, these gorgeous guest houses in the Free State will soon change your mind... Allegro House, Bloemfontein Not all gue...
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