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6 Best Small Towns in Gauteng
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6 Best Small Towns in Gauteng

The best small towns in Gauteng are but a handful. The place of gold (Gauteng translated from the Sotho) is a small province and as such is completely overshadowed by its vibrant centre – Johannesburg – the country's major metropolis that sprawls over thousands of square kilometres, taking its 13.2 million residents hours to commute from one side of it to the other. The dynamic city, once considered a place to avoid, has undergone an inspiring cultural rebirth and an inner-city transformation with places like Maboneng, Fordsburg, Newtown and Braamfontein claiming back their space on the ...
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Northern Cape Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Northern Cape Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

These Northern Cape tented camps give travellers a first-hand experience of the vast space and silence that best characterises South Africa's biggest, and least-populated, province. The Northern Cape is home to some of the country's most beautiful attractions – the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls, and Namaqualand, to name the more obvious ones. Best known for its red sand dunes, desert landscape and spring time flowers the Northern Cape's scenery is indescribably beautiful, but often harsh. And in summer, in the heat of the year, its northerly reaches can seem both barren a...
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Garden Route Small Towns – We explore the Best
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Garden Route Small Towns – We explore the Best

These Garden Route small towns are some of the most popular towns in South Africa. It isn't difficult to imagine why they're often busy. The self-drive Garden Route is high on most visitors must-see lists when they arrive in South Africa. The route stretches from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth (although it 'officially' starts at Mossel Bay), dotted with seaside town upon beach hamlet. In between is some of the country's richest mountain strewn, forest-dense and valley plush scenery you are likely to find in the country. Here are our favourite Garden Route small towns ... Knysna This pe...
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Free State Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Free State Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

Free State Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend - the first one will blow you away! ~ One doesn't anticipate Free State tented camps in a province known as the heartland of the Afrikaner, and famous for its grain farms and rich pasture land. But it makes sense that the province's wide skies and expansive flat grassy plains, broken only by the odd kopje, would inspire bushveld experiences, and that its fertile soils and excellent farming conditions could double as safari farm stays. The Free State lies in the middle of the country, sharing a border in the east of the province with ...
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Garden Route Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping weekend
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Garden Route Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping weekend

Garden Route tented camps bring to mind generous mosquito nets, heavy canvas flaps opening out onto the savannah, and colonial-style Big 5 viewing with sundowners in the bush. Not to be confused with camping holidays where caravans, ground cloths, and tent stakes predominate. The combination of tented camps and the Garden Route goes one step further, managing to merge the best of wild game viewing with the beauty and lushness of the best coastal route in the country Here they are - Garden Route tented camps that you will love... 7 Passes Tented Camp, Hoekwil Safari-style tents with p...
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12 Secrets of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

The Free State's Golden Gate Highlands National Park is tucked away just east of South Africa's centre, between the popular town of Clarens, Phuthaditjhaba, and the mountainous boundary of Lesotho. Famous for its sandstone formations that change as the sun waxes and wanes, the Golden Gate National Park is awash with gullies, wooded ravines and grasslands, its sandstone rocks once home to the San who have left their paintings in the numerous caves of the area. For whatever reason you visit, you will return. Because Golden Gate Highlands National Park's underrated beauty is enough to st...
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North West Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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North West Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

North West tented camps are perfect escape plans for stress-strapped city dwellers of Pretoria and Johannesburg. The North West province, like Gauteng, is completely landlocked. It is defined by the Magaliesberg Mountains north east of the province, and its bushveld - predominated by shrubs and low-lying trees. Also known as the platinum province for its platinum mines, it acts as a natural thoroughfare for travellers en route to Botswana, and competes with Gauteng to claim the Cradle of Humankind as one of its tourist highlights – the others are, of course, the Pilanesberg National Park...
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KwaZulu-Natal Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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KwaZulu-Natal Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

KwaZulu-Natal tented camps come in a variety of guises. They're not all tented camps the way one expects them to be – out in the bush accompanied by the Big 5 experience – except for one, in a private game reserve in the savanna region, just outside Ladysmith. Instead many of them are set in amongst the subtropical and dune forested canopies so typical of KwaZulu-Natal, dripping in monkey ropes and vines synonymous with the province's more humid weather conditions. This selection of KwaZulu-Natal tented camps has a satisfying variety: there's a teepee camp in the Drakensberg, and even...
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Visit Khomani Cultural Landscape – the 9th of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites
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Visit Khomani Cultural Landscape – the 9th of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites

Khomani Cultural Landscape ~ Now South Africa has 9; the Newest of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites is in the Desert The Khomani Cultural Landscape has recently been inscribed as the 9th of the country's world heritage sites, and probably its most intriguing. It is the only landscape to protect what remains of the once-nomadic San people whom UNESCO recognise as having ... 'developed a specific ethnobotanical knowledge, cultural practices and a worldview related to the geographical features of their environment.' This one of South Africa's UNESCO world heritage sites has been a long tim...
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Gauteng Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Gauteng Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

Gauteng tented camps are an unusual find. These safari-style tented accommodation options clearly challenge the assumption that one needs to leave the city to experience the bush. Gauteng is the smallest province in South Africa. It surrounds the country's business capital, Johannesburg, and the capital city, Pretoria. On the perimeters of both cities are areas that appear to merge seamlessly with open grasslands, rolling hills and granite rocks that rest on soils more clay than sand, acacia thorn trees the only shade. Dinokeng, Cullinan, Muldersdrift, Lanseria, the Magaliesberg – all ar...
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Limpopo Tented Camps perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Limpopo Tented Camps perfect for a Glamping Weekend

Limpopo Tented Camps ~ South Africa's Limpopo province is synonymous with the bushveld, Big 5 safaris and tented camps. Have a look through these 30 Limpopo tented camps, perfect for glamping weekends ... Amanzimlotzi Riverside Bush Camp, Valley of the Olifants Three safari tents in the heart of the bush in this rustic camp with shared bathroom and private lapa. Highlight: walk freely on the 30 hectare farm. Bonwa Phala Game Lodge, Waterberg This affordable tented camp is set in a 4 000 hectare game reserve in a malaria-free area. Highlight: the four tents are laid out around...
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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 Mpumalanga Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend Hamiltons Tented Camp, Manyeleti In the heart of the Kruger National Park, each of the six magnificent tents at Hamiltons has teak floorboards, mosquito nets, baths, outdoor showers and a private deck with beautiful views. These canvas havens each have air conditioning, a double bed, a desk and a sea...
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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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