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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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13 Secrets of Agulhas National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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13 Secrets of Agulhas National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

Agulhas National Park is the country's newest park - proclaimed only in the late 1990s – that lies on Africa's southern most tip with one of the most beautiful and varied landscapes of any parks in South Africa. Its fundamental role is to protect lowland and rare limestone fynbos. But its wildness and beauty are what really draw visitors. Here are 13 secrets of Agulhas National Park that will have you visiting, tomorrow: OMG the sea views! Part of the park's impressive scenery is the rugged, rock-littered seascape where on some days the wind howls (Agulhas has some of the hig...
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Cheap Weekend Getaways in Eastern Cape
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Cheap Weekend Getaways in Eastern Cape

Reasonably priced doesn't have to mean 'tacky'. So, we've combed through our offerings and handpicked these Eastern Cape Getaways at cottages, apartments, farm stays, lodges and guest houses, with price tags as close to R700/night as we can get. We think you'll love ♥ them... Cheap Weekend Getaways in Eastern Cape Allemann se Huisie, Nieu-Bethesda (R580/night for 2 people) Just outside Graaff-Reinet, in the seriously cute town of Nieu-Bethesda, is this self-catering garden cottage, with it's low-key, retro-influenced décor, and equally good price tag. I know if I were looking for ...
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8 Best Small Towns in Limpopo
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8 Best Small Towns in Limpopo

South Africa's northernmost province is renowned for its bushveld and wildlife reserves that include the Kruger National Park. Less well known, but equally deserving, are Mpumalanga's Blouberg Mountains, Makgabeng Plateau, Makapansgat, baobab trees, the Waterberg biosphere, Soutpansberg, Mapungubwe's significant Iron Age site, and Modjadjiskloof. All testament to the province's rich diversity and wide open spaces. This is the land of the Venda  people. The local lakes, forests and hills almost all spiritually meaningful. It is too often overlooked as visitors rush in to the Kruger, and t...
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15 Secrets of the Karoo National Park That Will Have you Visiting, Tomorrow
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15 Secrets of the Karoo National Park That Will Have you Visiting, Tomorrow

15 Secrets of the Karoo National Park That Will Have you Visiting, Tomorrow... 1. The Karoo National Park is not the same as the Tankwa Karoo National Park They are, however, both in the Karoo. But the Karoo is vast and the two parks are between 350 km and 400 km apart, depending on the route you take. The Karoo National Park is close to Beaufort West, whilst the Tankwa Karoo National Park is nearer Sutherland (famous for its popular annual Afrikaburn Festival). The two are linked by the N1, R353 and R356. 2. The Karoo National Park is close to a major highway And something of a surpri...
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Cheap Weekend Getaways in Western Cape
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Cheap Weekend Getaways in Western Cape

Everyone wants a weekend away. But finding Western Cape accommodation for under R1000 per night can be something of a mission! We've made it easy for you. These cottages, apartments, farm stays, lodges and guest houses are all as close to R700/night as we could find (or we've got a good excuse), and they're cute to boot! Cheap Weekend Getaways in the Western Cape... Navona Constantia Guest Cottage Constantia, Cape Town  (R780/night for 2 people): You're not going to find much accommodation in Cape Town for under R1k, let alone a cute little cottage in Constantia. Which explains why you'l...
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The 5 Best Chilled Garden Route Places to Stay
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The 5 Best Chilled Garden Route Places to Stay

The Garden Route - a 200 km journey of remarkable natural beauty -  is South Africa's favourite destination, second only to the Kruger National Park. It's been listed by various magazines and websites as one of the world's best road trips. And it's not difficult to see why. Driving through here is a little like being in permanent big-scenery country with mountains that crowd close to a shoreline dotted with bays, cliffs and little seaside towns. But there are also lakes, indigenous forests, amber-coloured rivers, deserted sandy beaches, and hiking trails that combine to provide a stirrin...
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8 Best Small Towns of Mpumalanga
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8 Best Small Towns of Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga lies between Johannesburg and the kingdoms of Swaziland and Mozambique. Its main attraction is the southern section of the Kruger National Park, but its sub-tropical weather, unbelievable scenery, and the Blyde River Canyon are the other reasons for visitors from all over the world. Yet so many make the mistake of passing through the country's smallest province without exploring the byways and back roads beyond the Kruger's boundaries. Mpumalanga, which in Zulu means the place of the rising sun, has an extensive network of little towns in amongst its green valleys, citrus grov...
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12 Secrets of Augrabies Falls National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of Augrabies Falls National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

Years ago the KhoiSan called this place in the northern reaches of the Northern Cape ~ Aukoerebis ~ place of great noise. Today visitors describe it as 'a scene right out of BBC's Planet Earth'. The sound of a river in flood as 405 million litres of water plunge over the side of the gorge, every minute, in a rush of sound is every bit as loud as its name would indicate. But the falls are not all there is to the Augrabies Falls National Park... Here are 12 secrets of Augrabies Falls National Park that will have you visiting, tomorrow ...   No 1. If desert landscape, rocks and ...
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7 Unforgettable Things You Can Do Only in Port Alfred
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7 Unforgettable Things You Can Do Only in Port Alfred

Until now Port Alfred's byline has been 'retirement village'. But this is changing fast  as a younger set and their children move into the portside village seeking an alternative and slower lifestyle. As a result, it's inspiring to discover that the town has its own micro-brewery alongside the river, a trendy courtyard lifestyle centre, a  marina with blue flag status, a handful of really good restaurants, and a series of activities to keep you busy for a week. Port Alfred lies bang smack in the middle of the Sunshine Coast with typically mild weather that translates into beach days, eve...
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The 10 Best Beaches on the Sunshine Coast
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The 10 Best Beaches on the Sunshine Coast

Between the Tsitsikamma and East London stretches a coastline both beautiful and relatively unexplored (when compared with the Garden Route). It covers a chunk of the Eastern Cape - a romp of seaside villages and towns, beaches with yellow sand that don't seem to end but simply merge from one beach into the next, tidal pools filled with sea anemones, purple seaweed, and obscure shells, and the warm wash of the Indian Ocean. That it isn't as famous as the Garden Route might have something to do with its getting lost in the noise - Australia, New Zealand and Canada each have Sunshine Coast...
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Port Elizabeth – Eat, Do, Sleep in South Africa’s Friendly City
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Port Elizabeth – Eat, Do, Sleep in South Africa’s Friendly City

Port Elizabeth is a GREAT city – the weather all year-round is excellent, the historical architecture is beautiful, there is a burgeoning restaurant scene, the centre of the city is slowly re-emerging, the beaches rival some of the best on the country's coastline, and Port Elizabeth's hotels and guest houses are really top-notch. Best of all the city's small enough to easily get around and navigate... We give you the low-down on what to eat, sleep and do in South Africa's Friendly City. D O Climb the lighthouse at the Donkin Reserve The Donkin Reserve functions as the heart of Port El...
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13 Secrets of the Camdeboo National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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13 Secrets of the Camdeboo National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

Secrets of the Camdeboo National Park ~ Tired of sifting through blogs that promise secret places around South Africa and then fail to deliver the goods? That's why we're writing this series on national parks around the country (you may have already read the ones on Addo Elephant Park, Kgalagadi, Pilanesberg and Mountain Zebra Park). So, whilst the very existence of the under-publicised Camdeboo National Park is a secret to some South Africans, we've made sure you know about it (you may have noticed our gentle nudges about visiting the Valley of Desolation here and here). Not only will y...
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The Secret Season: WINTER in South Africa – Where to Travel, and Why
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The Secret Season: WINTER in South Africa – Where to Travel, and Why

South Africa does not do blizzards and snow banks. You will never (except on very rare occasions) find your plane grounded for ice on the wings. In fact, the deepest snow you'll find is deep in the mountains, or on their peaks. The daily average temperature is between 16-20 degrees C (61-68 degrees F), in Durban and Mpumalanga it's even higher, around 23 degrees C. Which is why winter is the country's secret season. Read on to find out where to travel, and why winter in South Africa is such a great idea. 10 Top Towns for Winter in South Africa Durban Because it doesn't take roc...
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