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Travel predictions 2018 – How South Africa Will Fare in the Travel Stakes
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Travel predictions 2018 – How South Africa Will Fare in the Travel Stakes

In true New Year style we scour the online space for travel predictions 2018 and look at how these translate to Travel in South Africa. This time of year is all about travel predictions 2018. A couple of major players in the industry recently released their forecasts, and it’s interesting to look at a few of these in the light of how it affects travel to South Africa. Here are the most relevant travel predictions for 2018... The Trump Slump Despite American reports of a ‘Trump slump’ earlier this year, travel is still regarded as a strong market and not on the decline as initially ...
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Fun Things to do in Maboneng, Hangout of Creatives
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Fun Things to do in Maboneng, Hangout of Creatives

Maboneng is Johannesburg’s trendy precinct to the east of the city. Its Sotho name, when translated, means ‘place of light’ - an apt description for what was once a sorely neglected part of Jeppestown. When it comes to fun things to do in Maboneng - which describes itself as a ‘collaborative hub of culture, business and lifestyle’ - there is always something new going down (their latest venture is an up-cycled container development by New York architects LOT-EK). Maboneng is a blend of residential, office and industrial space mixed with retail stores, entertainment venues and restaurants...
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Best Places to Spend New Year’s Eve in South Africa
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Best Places to Spend New Year’s Eve in South Africa

Where are you spending New Year’s Eve? At a party, a celebration? Or somewhere more gentle - just you, a couple of friends, and a bottle of bubbly? If, like me, you’ve left your New Year’s Eve plans for the last minute - here are a  couple of places to spend New Year’s Eve: Best places to spend New Year’s Eve in South Africa... Cape Town Why go: Because it must be one of few cities in the world where you can celebrate the new year up on one of the city’s magnificent mountains. Whilst Table Mountain Cable Way no longer allows revellers up to the top to ring in the New Year (last cab...
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Inexpensive Accommodation in Cape Town, South Africa
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Inexpensive Accommodation in Cape Town, South Africa

Inexpensive accommodation in Cape Town is like hen’s teeth. But you can still find it in Cape Town. Truth is, it’s more about knowing where to look, and we’re rather good at that at SA-Venues.com - it’s what we do. So, if you’re determined to have a holiday in Cape Town, but want an inexpensive place to stay - look no further. Sure, the accommodation in Clifton is awesome (but, my goodness, the cost!). If you stay just around the corner in Sea Point or Green Point, you’ll hardly notice the difference... And places like trendy Harfield Village or Vredehoek give you excellent altern...
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What’s On in Cape Town in December 2017 – Don’t Miss Out on these 10 Events
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What’s On in Cape Town in December 2017 – Don’t Miss Out on these 10 Events

Cape Town is in full-swing summer! It’s less a question of ‘what’s on in Cape Town’ than ‘how do we fit it all in?’ December brings sun-filled, hot days, balmy evenings and late nights (summer sunset times to rival the more northerly cities of Europe) with an emphasis on the outdoors. This is not cosy up and watch film festivals’ season. This is get out and party season! Check our list of what’s on in Cape Town over December ... We Love Real Beer Fest, 15 Dec You have only a couple of days to book for this returning event in Diep River. We Love Real Beer celebrates the pioneers of ...
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12 Secrets of the Mokala National Park That Will Have you Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of the Mokala National Park That Will Have you Visiting, Tomorrow

Mokala National Park lies just outside Kimberley - a series of wide open grasslands, Kalahari thornveld and camelthorn scrub land interspersed with isolated dolerite hills. Mokala means camelthorn tree (Acacia erioloba) in Setswana, a name given because of the many twisted renditions of the tree, ranging between 2 metre-high shrubs to 16 metre sprawling crowns across the 27 500 hectare park landscape. By all accounts, Mokala National Park is one of the most rewarding national parks to visit, purely for the dearth of visitors and the emphasis on endangered animals - the park breeds and pr...
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Things to Do in Johannesburg for Free
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Things to Do in Johannesburg for Free

Egoli might be one of South Africa’s more expensive cities, but if you know where to look there are a list of things to do in Johannesburg for free. There are food markets (Bamboo Market, Bryanston Organic, Fourways Farmers’, Market on Main), craft markets (Rosebank Rooftop), and interesting high streets (4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Melville, Greenside) that are all free - but they come with an invisible price tag as, for each, the temptation to stop and have, at least, a cup of coffee and a bagel is almost obligatory. After splurging on a fancy Johannesburg Hotel, the following, however, are...
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All Aboard the Inchanga Choo Choo
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All Aboard the Inchanga Choo Choo

This past Sunday saw us waking early and heading to Kloof station in time to board the train that departs at 08h30 promptly. The Inchanga Choo Choo is a steam train named Wesley that has been around since the 1930’s and now has the wonderful task of steaming to life on the last Sunday of each month and transporting passengers on a round trip from Kloof to Inchanga... There is something relaxing about sitting back while listening to the clackety-clack of the train while gazing out at the beautiful scenery and rural scenes that make up the Valley of 1000 Hills. Originally the tr...
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10 things you should never do in Cape Town
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10 things you should never do in Cape Town

There are many attractions in the Mother City, some that are almost required visiting when you holiday in the Cape, but here are the things you should never do in Cape Town ... Never go to the beach on Christmas day (or New Year’s Day, for that matter) Just about every beach in Cape Town is inundated during the festive season on most days, but Christmas day and New Year’s Day, in particular, (this holds for other coastal cities like Durban and Port Elizabeth too). So don’t visit Cape Town expecting a leisurely after-lunch stroll along the sandy shore, unless you’re prepared to...
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Stay in a Cape Dutch House
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Stay in a Cape Dutch House

In-love with gables, white-washed walls, dark thatch, sturdy front doors with a window above, evenly spaced windows and T, H and U-shaped house design? The Cape Dutch house is one of the most sought-after designs for homes in the Western Cape. And it’s not easy to find an original that dates back to the time the Dutch colonised the Cape. Even fewer retain their thatched roof - they’re an obvious fire hazard. We are as much in-love with the Cape Dutch house style as the next person, and we’ve selected a handful in which you can stay, when you next visit the Western Cape: Basse Pro...
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The Most Iconic Heritage Buildings in Cape Town
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The Most Iconic Heritage Buildings in Cape Town

Heritage buildings in Cape Town are not as scarce as one might expect from a city whose building history dates back only to the 1650s with the arrival of the Dutch. Yes, Bartholomeu Dias rounded the Cape in 1488 but, apart from his stone crosses, he left little by way of heritage buildings. Heritage buildings in Cape Town, are recognised by the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA). Some of them are also national monuments, as a result. We’ve picked 10 of the best of these to bring you the most iconic heritage buildings Cape Town ... Bo-Kaap There are portions of the cit...
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And the Most Visited Tourist Attractions in South Africa are…
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And the Most Visited Tourist Attractions in South Africa are…

Ask anyone the question - which are the most visited tourist attractions in South Africa - and they’ll probably answer along the lines of our list below ... V&A Waterfront The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town has around 25 million visitors a year and is considered the most visited tourist attraction in South Africa. Whilst there, you can also take in the Watershed and Two Oceans Aquarium. Highlights include the views of Table Mountain, a working harbour, shopping, restaurants, and some of the oldest heritage sites (Chavonnes Battery Museum) that make up a self-guided hi...
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The Best Hotels in South Africa, Right Now, that Aren’t Hotel Chains
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The Best Hotels in South Africa, Right Now, that Aren’t Hotel Chains

We've stretched the definition of 'hotel' a little, to accommodate a couple of boutique hotels - and even the odd lodge that welcomes almost the same number of guests as a small hotel - to bring you a list of the best hotels in South Africa. All of them deliver hotel comfort, but not all of them come with the hefty price tag (some are a pleasant surprise). And all of them are independent, and not one of them is part of a hotel chain... Here are the best hotels in South Africa, right now: Hotels In Johannesburg The Munro Hotel, Sandton Opulence and superlative views out over Johan...
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Win a 2 Night Stay for 4 Guests at the De Hoop Village in De Hoop – Closed
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Win a 2 Night Stay for 4 Guests at the De Hoop Village in De Hoop – Closed

Exquisite views of the Cape Overberg mountains, the crisp sea spray of the Atlantic Ocean, and the rustic charm of a South African fishing village await the lucky winners of this competition. Win a two nights stay for four people in a self-catering De Hoop Village cottage, just three hours outside Cape Town... This self-catering cottage is spacious, well-equipped, and within the De Hoop Nature Reserve (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Hiking, watersports, birding, and whale-watching are all part of the adventure. This prize is valid for May, June and July 2018. About De Hoop V...
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Drought in Cape Town – What Visitors Can Do to Help
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Drought in Cape Town – What Visitors Can Do to Help

There is a drought in Cape Town. What Visitors Can Do to Help The Mother City, rather than restricting visitors, continues to welcome them but requests the careful use of water. 2017 has not only been one of the driest years in decades in the Western Cape, it’s also the second of two really dry winters, something that hasn’t happened more than once a millennium before now. And whilst the city has reduced water pressure, which has greatly decreased the daily use of water, water usage is still way too high. Some areas can expect disrupted water supply in the form of water rationing....
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