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Our Best Value Luxury Western Cape Accommodation, You Just Can’t Resist
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Our Best Value Luxury Western Cape Accommodation, You Just Can’t Resist

We’ve pulled out all the stops to find you best value, luxury Western Cape Accommodation, including some of our best places to stay in Cape Town. Most of these options are self-catered, giving you the privacy and magnificence of a house all your own, with views out over the ocean, or of the Cape fold mountains. You won’t be able to resist this list of luxury Western Cape accommodation ... Blinkwater Villa, Camps Bay This stunning, modern villa is only minutes’ walk from Camps Bay beach. Its views of Lion’s Head and Table Mountain alone are reason to stay, but the contemporary ar...
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The Story of How Cape Town got its Name
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The Story of How Cape Town got its Name

The story of how Cape Town got its name is a special one, that starts way back in the annals of time: Once upon a time a man known as Bart to his friends, but Bartolomeu to his employers, rounded a piece of land in the shape of a finger. It was the year 1488 - by all accounts a leap year, and the same year that the Netherlands formed its royal navy, and James IV of Scotland became king after the battle of Sauchieburn... Not all that far away, but far enough, Rao Bika was discovering the city of Bikaner, in western India (give or take a few months). Back on the African continent, th...
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The Best Value Luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation by SA-Venues.com
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The Best Value Luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation by SA-Venues.com

The Best Value Luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation by SA-Venues.com ~ The Cape Winelands of South Africa need little by way of introduction - the area is one of the most visited parts of the country. So, it isn’t surprising that the standard of Cape Winelands accommodation reflects this - if you want indulgence - very often attached to a vineyard or mountain view (if not both) - then this is where you’re guaranteed to find it. Most of these luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation options are self-catered, giving you the privacy and magnificence of a house or village apartment all your own, b...
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13 Secrets of Bontebok National Park that Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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13 Secrets of Bontebok National Park that Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

The Bontebok National Park might be South Africa’s smallest national park, but you’ll find that its very smallness is also its greatest selling point. It gives you access to what has so aptly been described as ‘a little piece of Renosterveld paradise’ along the banks of the Breede River - a series of low-lying, inconspicuous hills the backdrop to the once endangered bontebok. You’ll immediately recognise a bontebok. Their distinctive white markings - on their forehead, legs, underbelly, tails and behind - against their chocolate brown hides make them at once neat and noticeable. Th...
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5 Stylish Durban Boutique Hotels You Can’t Afford to Miss
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5 Stylish Durban Boutique Hotels You Can’t Afford to Miss

Durban Boutique hotels have obviously not caught on in the balmy seaside city, as a number of our choices below don’t call themselves ‘boutique’. Yet the definition of boutique hotels as upscale residences of less than 100 rooms easily fits the Durban hotels and guest houses we’ve included, and we’re sure you’ll agree. Have a glance through the 5 stylish boutique hotels, Durban The du Boirs Boutique Lodge, Hillfold Road, Waterfall This stylish sanctuary lies just outside of Durban, close to Hillcrest, where Durban’s sticky heat (December to March) is less intense. Their nin...
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15 inspiring South African Rainforest Facts – South Africa’s Only Rainforest
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15 inspiring South African Rainforest Facts – South Africa’s Only Rainforest

We explore South African rainforest facts. South Africa's only rainforest rests on the edge of the Crocodile River on the outskirts of Nelspruit, in a place so unlikely that hardly anyone knows it exists. It isn't a naturally occurring rainforest. South Africa's erratic dry periods mean that the chances of a tropical rainforest, as they occur in Africa, is virtually impossible. Rainforests receive, on average, 80 inches of rain a year – an average highly unlikely in a place like Nelspruit (just outside the Kruger National Park), which gets an annual rainfall of about 800 mm, and li...
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Best Long Weekend Getaways, South Africa
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Best Long Weekend Getaways, South Africa

Long weekend getaways South Africa – why there are plenty of options for locals, and visitors, within driving distance of each of the four major cities. With an extra day, or two, tagged onto a weekend, South Africans need little excuse to pack a bag and head for the open road. Long weekend getaways South Africa ... Long weekend getaways from Jo'burg Magaliesberg The country setting of mountains, valleys, rivers and rock formations makes the Magaliesberg a popular weekend escape for city dwellers in both Pretoria and Johannesburg. Note: Magaliesburg the town is spelt with a 'u',...
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9 Secrets of Table Mountain National Park that Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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9 Secrets of Table Mountain National Park that Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) may include the famous Table Mountain that makes it on to at least one list of the world's most beautiful mountains, and attracts millions of visitors annually. But the national park extends way beyond the table top, including a whole range of mountains that form the spine of the Cape Peninsula in its range. Its 22 000 hectares stretch from a vantage point overlooking the city of Cape Town in a curve round the southern suburbs all the way down to the Cape of Good Hope, protecting a swathe of forests, fynbos and the famous Cape Town beaches... Here...
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8 Waterfalls of the Secret Sabie Waterfall Route
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8 Waterfalls of the Secret Sabie Waterfall Route

The Lowveld's Sabie Waterfall Route is an insider secret in South Africa. Few people have written about it, despite its being just 60 km west of the famous Kruger National Park. And even fewer visitors know of the route - often cast in the shadow of the more spectacular Blyde River Canyon. Yet the Sabie Waterfall Route connects eight of the most spectacular waterfalls of Mpumalanga, the province with the most waterfalls in the country. Waterfalls are an irresistible draw for travellers. And you will journey miles before managing to combine the effortless beauty of so many falls wit...
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Top Things to Do in Cape Town City Bowl
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Top Things to Do in Cape Town City Bowl

Top things to do in Cape Town City Bowl ~ Cape Town City Bowl is called such for the natural amphitheatre formed by the press of Table Bay's harbour on one side, and the mountains of Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Lion's Head and Devil's Peak, on the other. It includes some of the oldest and most sought after addresses in Cape Town – De Waterkant, Gardens, Higgovale, Oranjezicht, Vredehoek and Woodstock – as well as the central business district. Which also makes Cape Town City Bowl the city's financial district... It's where most visitors hang out when they come to Cape Town on a v...
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Secrets of Mapungubwe National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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Secrets of Mapungubwe National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

Hardly anyone knows about Mapungubwe National Park... It lies on the south bank of the Limpopo River at the meeting place of three countries: Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, about five hours north of Gauteng. It's more than a national park It's also a world heritage site and serves as a cultural icon for its evidence of early civilisation. And, whilst its famous for its archaeological digs (scroll for more on this topic), its wildlife and scenery are pretty spectacular too. And it forms part of the Greater Mapngubwe Peace Park, formalising co-management between th...
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The Official Cape Town Bucket List
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The Official Cape Town Bucket List

Over four million people visit Cape Town every year... The Telegraph Travel Awards voted Cape Town the best city for the fourth year in a row; it's been Conde Nast's Reader's number one food city in the world; National Geographic voted it number 2 in the top 10 beach cities in the world in 2015; and CNN voted it number 9 in a top 10 cities list. Given that you can go from watching whales on a cliffside, to sipping wine in a vineyard, followed by sundowners on a beach, and a moonlit hike up a mountain (all in one day),the accolades are well deserved. Because Cape Town is #AWESOME! (e...
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Win a Two Night Stay at the Black Oystercatcher in Cape Agulhas – CLOSED
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Win a Two Night Stay at the Black Oystercatcher in Cape Agulhas – CLOSED

The Black Oystercatcher in Cape Agulhas is more than a wine farm. It’s a destination - a place to relax, breathe in the fresh country air, and reconnect with nature. Win a Two Night Stay for Two at the Black Oystercatcher, and a trip for two on the Sunset Wetlands Tour (enjoy a sundowner while looking out for the secretive Hippo that live in the vlei). This boutique winery is situated close to Africa’s southernmost tip. The Black Oystercatcher Wines is a scenic two-hour drive from Cape Town (picture the intense green and gold of the Overberg’s wheat and canola fields, and the lush fynbo...
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Whale Watching South Africa Just Got Better – Now is the best time to see them
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Whale Watching South Africa Just Got Better – Now is the best time to see them

Now is the best time to see them There isn't a better time for whale watching in South Africa than right now. Because the southern right whale is busy congregating just off the country's coastline; close enough to the coast to see with the naked eye. And certainly approachable by boats, allowed within 50 metres of whales in South Africa's waters (by those boats with permits only). You've got another 4 weeks, or so, so visit the Whale Coast now! Every year between June and November the humpback, Brydes and southern right whales migrate to the warmer waters off our shores to mate an...
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New Accommodation – Hot on Our Site Right Now
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New Accommodation – Hot on Our Site Right Now

Every week we add new options to our accommodation offerings on the SA-Venues.com website. So, we thought we'd bring some of the more popular accommodation options we've added in the last month to you - everything from garden cottages and backpackers, to luxury apartments and game lodges. Here's a bird's eye view of our newest places to stay. New Accommodation that's hot on our site right now... Cheverells Farm Cottages, Cape Overberg Set in the heart of the Elgin Valley, these open plan holiday cottages offerings give new meaning to the term 'farm cottages'. The accommodation overloo...
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