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Cederberg Weekend Guide: Places to Visit in the Cederberg
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Cederberg Weekend Guide: Places to Visit in the Cederberg

Cederberg Weekend Guide ~ There are a myriad things to do and places to visit in the Cederberg, one of the most popular weekend getaways in the Western Cape. It's popular because it's so close to Cape Town, it's a hiking mecca, and is known for its iconic sandstone rock formations - like the Wolfberg Arch - citrus farms and hidden villages like Wupperthal, where traditional veldskoene are still handmade. But most of all the Cederberg is a wilderness area, a fynbos-infused, scenery-rich countryside of craggy mountains, lone cedars, corrugated dirt roads, hiking paths and winding streams. ...
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Mpumalanga Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Mpumalanga Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

In Mpumalanga tented camps in the bush are about getting away from it all in lush green surrounds where bird life predominates, and where on many of the game reserves you can stroll without fear of predators. Have a look through these 13 Mpumalanga Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend Bushfellows Game Lodge, Loskop Valley Choose from six en suite tents, each with its own veranda, in a tranquil, 4-star lodge in the bushveld. Highlight: game drives, bush walks, masseuse, clay pigeon shooting. Croc Bridge Safari Lodge, Marloth Park Six luxury en-suite tents with air-condi...
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Eastern Cape Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Eastern Cape Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

Eastern Cape tented camps to take you into uncharted territory. Once there, time stands still. Because these Eastern Cape tented camps are in a part of the country not associated with big game in the way that Limpopo and Mpumalanga are. But the proximity of Addo Elephant National Park, and the area's history of wild life, makes it an obvious safari choice. A short drive in from the Sunshine Coast takes you into former settler country where time slows. And we think you'll agree that the heart stopping scenery is ideal territory for tented safari camps. Here are 10 Eastern Cape tented cam...
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How to Spend the Weekend on South Africa’s West Coast
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How to Spend the Weekend on South Africa’s West Coast

Sparsely populated with access to largely deserted Atlantic beaches, and spring flowers in July/August, here's a West Coast itinerary to get the most of out of the seaside villages, windswept scenery, and time expanding experiences. Because a weekend isn't much time to spend on South Africa's West Coast West Coast National Park This is the easiest and fastest way to get a taste of the West Coast without travelling far from Cape Town. Langebaan Lagoon is here, Seeberg Viewpoint, and the Postberg section, renowned for its flowers, is open during the flower season (phone ahead to avoid d...
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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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15 Reasons to Visit Durban, At LEAST Once in Your Life
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15 Reasons to Visit Durban, At LEAST Once in Your Life

Visit Durban ... Described by CNN as 'the coolest city in South Africa you've never seen'. And ranked higher by Mercer in its annual Quality of Living survey than both Cape Town and Johannesburg, for yet another year, South Africa's east coast city has taken its rightful place as one of the best cities in the country to visit. But accolades aside. Why should you visit? Here are 15 reasons to visit Durban, at least once in your life... The laid-back lifestyle When it comes to the laid-back stakes of coastal cities in South Africa, Durban wins hands down. Slops and shorts are stand...
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14 Charming South African Vacation Homes
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14 Charming South African Vacation Homes

South Africans know how to do vacation homes with charm - the immediate sense of being at 'home', of space, generosity, consideration and beautiful views (inside and out). South Africa has its own unique blend of charm. It's woven through the choice of farm furniture, or the carefully selected art work; the elegant use of space and the attention to detail. To make it easier for you to find these indelibly charming spots, we've put together a list of South African vacation homes you can hire at the click of a button. 14 Charming South African Vacation Homes... Gordonville, Nieu...
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Things to Do over the School Holidays in the Garden Route
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Things to Do over the School Holidays in the Garden Route

School holidays hardly leave me in a state of rapture. In fact, I get a distinct tingling sensation down my spine at the thought of a bored tween with absolutely no passion for reading (a work in progress, I admit). And it’s not that good tingle. So, for parents, like me, that need some serious holiday inspiration, here are a few ideas of things to do to pass the weeks near Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. These may be small coastal ‘villages’, but they promise a world of fun for kids of all ages... Suggestions of Things to Do in the School Holidays in the Garden Route Radical Raptor...
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15 Free and Cheap Cape Town Date Ideas
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15 Free and Cheap Cape Town Date Ideas

Cape Town is rumoured to be a little expensive for those on a budget. But if you know where to go, there is plenty of romance in the Mother City... 15 Free and Cheap Cape Town Date Ideas ... Feed the squirrels in the Company's Garden You'll find this garden in the heart of the city, here since the Dutch planted a fresh produce garden to stock ships rounding the Cape in the 1650s. The squirrels are not native to the country, but they are seriously cute. Wander Bree Street under the lit acacia trees at night Bree Street is Cape Town's foodie destination and  at night...
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Luxury in South Africa – Some of the Best Hotels, Guest Houses & Lodges
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Luxury in South Africa – Some of the Best Hotels, Guest Houses & Lodges

Luxury in South Africa ~ Some of The Best Luxury Hotels, Guest Houses and Lodges in South Africa ... Go on - treat yourself! Prana Lodge ~ Cintsa East, Wild Coast This private beach lodge and spa lies on 21 km of unspoilt beachfront on the Wild Coast, your immediate surrounds a series of indigenous gardens, whilst a walkway takes you down to the beach. Think supping on local oysters whilst sipping champagne as you watch the sun set, your nights spent in suites that feature Persian rugs, luxury linens and oversize bathrooms. Thonga Beach Lodge ~Lake Sibaya, Elephant Coast This in...
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20 Most Incredible Historical Sites in South Africa
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20 Most Incredible Historical Sites in South Africa

Historical Sites in South Africa ~ South Africa's history is young. It doesn't have buildings that date back to the fifteenth century, because back then its beaches were still combed by Strandlopers (the hunter-gatherer San, known as beach combers for their shell midden remains). What South Africa does have is an interesting and varied history, one that highlights a distinctive blend of cultures and races that are its trademark... When exploring our history, don't miss these 20 incredible historical sites in South Africa Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town This 17th century fort u...
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13 Reasons to Visit Johannesburg at LEAST Once in Your Life
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13 Reasons to Visit Johannesburg at LEAST Once in Your Life

Ranked the world's top city by Rough Guides in 2015, Johannesburg is going places. It's breaking free of its reputation problem, and emerging as a seriously good alternative to Cape Town with galleries, shops, museums and markets to rival any in the world. Now it's a hipster hangout, the 'cool capital of the southern hemisphere' (GQ magazine), transforming itself 'from a no-go to gotta-go' (BBC). Here are 13 reasons to Visit Johannesburg at least once in your life... The quirky neighbourhoods The arty Maboneng quarter with its warehouse lifestyle playground, subversive an...
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13 Enigmatic South African Towns to Visit Before You Turn 40
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13 Enigmatic South African Towns to Visit Before You Turn 40

Actually, I'll let you into a secret: it isn't about what age you are when you visit these towns. It's about making damn sure you visit them. Because few of them make it onto conventional 'must do' lists. For some reason they're regarded as obscure, non mainstream. Perhaps it's because South Africa has so many delightful, historic and characterful towns to choose from? In no particular order, find the 13 most Enigmatic South African towns to visit: Kaapsehoop I keep adding Kaapsehoop to lists on the SA-Venues.com' blog in the hope that you'll visit. It's as close to an Ita...
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15 Reasons to Visit Cape Town At LEAST Once in Your Life
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15 Reasons to Visit Cape Town At LEAST Once in Your Life

15 Reasons to Visit Cape Town At Least Once in Your Life. Over four million people a year can't be wrong... It's the world's Best City For the fourth year in a row the Telegraph Travel Awards voted Cape Town the Best City in the world to visit. Over 75 000 readers of the Telegraph cast their votes in one of the most comprehensive and reliable travel surveys in Britain. Interestingly (and as an aside) they also voted South Africa the third best country in the world to visit, after New Zealand and the Maldives. And Cape Town also made Lonely Planet's Top 10 cities list for trav...
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You Can Help Save Knysna – Eat, Do & Sleep in the Garden Route’s Favourite Town
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You Can Help Save Knysna – Eat, Do & Sleep in the Garden Route’s Favourite Town

Help Save Knysna ~ The fires that gutted Knysna, and parts of Sedgefield, Bitou and George recently have devastated the lives of those who live in this part of the Garden Route. The outpourings of sympathy and assistance from people all over the country has been incredible. Knysna, in particular, was hard hit - the Featherbed ferry dock has burnt down (which hasn't stopped ferries from operating), and Pledge Nature Reserve will look more than a little bare. It's the suburbs of Knysna, more than the tourist areas, that have felt the impact... Amazingly, the Garden Route town is busines...
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