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Best Places to Stay in Stellenbosch – the Winelands’ Vibrant University Town
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Best Places to Stay in Stellenbosch – the Winelands’ Vibrant University Town

Don’t get stuck trawling your way through the mire of travel websites looking for best places to stay in Stellenbosch. Find them right here. We’ve made it easy for you - simply scroll to compare over 20 of the Best Places to Stay in Stellenbosch! Appealing and historical Stellenbosch is everything wine with estates on the fringes of town, world-class wineries in the mountains and hills but a stone’s throw away, and any number of opportunities to taste wine whilst sampling world-class food. Our list of best places to stay in Stellenbosch includes Herbert Baker mansions, light and trendy self...
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Win A Two Night Winelands Break at Spier Hotel
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Win A Two Night Winelands Break at Spier Hotel

The Spier Hotel is situated on the historic Spier wine farm in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands, just 55 minutes from the Mother City, Cape Town. Village-style buildings, lush green lawns and spacious rooms situated next to the calming Eerste River are the defining characteristics of the 4 star Spier Hotel. Win a 2 night stay for 2 guests at The Spier Hotel, including breakfast and a Farm Style Picnic. Win a Stay at The Spier Hotel Enjoy a two night stay for two guests in a Signature Room including breakfast and one farm inspired picnic. Signature Rooms are spacious with lar...
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Eat Sleep Do In Paternoster on the Cape West Coast
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Eat Sleep Do In Paternoster on the Cape West Coast

Paternoster is a village on the Cape West Coast that just oozes charm and a quaint appeal. Maybe it’s the white-washed houses; maybe it’s the long stretches of sandy beaches. Maybe it’s just the pace, which never seems to pick up beyond a gentle amble to match the rhythm of a seaside stroll. Whatever it is, there’s no doubt that Paternoster is a gorgeous destination for a weekend getaway. It’s one of the oldest towns on this stretch of the South African shores and, although it has a laid-back vibe and quiet setting, offers a fair amount of things to do and see. Here are some of our favou...
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Eat, Sleep, Do In Hermanus
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Eat, Sleep, Do In Hermanus

Hermanus is one of those idyllic destinations – it combines a quiet fishing village vibe with loads of wildlife, gorgeous wine farms, and close proximity to Cape Town. Hermanus is world-renowned for its whale-watching between around July and December. It’s at this time when the southern rights, humpbacks and, sometimes, Minke whales visit the coastline and entertain their spectators. Whales are just about as curious as we are. So, they may approach whale-watching boats, peek out of the water at the humans, or even leap out in powerful displays of their playfulness. More than this, Hermanus i...
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Crocs, Cats And Megabats – All In A Day’s Work At Cango Wildlife Ranch
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Crocs, Cats And Megabats – All In A Day’s Work At Cango Wildlife Ranch

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem. ― A.A. Milne Interacting with animals naturally appeals to humans. Petting a puppy is irresistible; a wild bird getting unusually close to us is fascinating. Their soulful gaze, elegant physiques and innocent acceptance of uninvited human guests is always deeply moving to me. We recently spent a night in Oudtshoorn and visiting the Cango Wildlife Ranch was at the very top of my list of things I absolutely had to do there. Actually, if I’m entirely honest, it was the only thing on my list. I’d been there years ago as a...
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The Valley Of Mystery – Gamkaskloof
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The Valley Of Mystery – Gamkaskloof

Vertical slabs of rocky layers echo against one hairpin bend after the next as the road to hell zigzags below and disappears into the distance. Millions of years ago these mountains were a seabed, a century ago this road did not exist, but now there are creases to your left, folds to your right and peaks towering above while sheer drops grab the absence of your acrophobia into trembling existence. A klipspringer surefootedly leaps down while the wind tickles pink proteas into a silent sway; the phone has given up its quest for signal and isolation sets in as you meander and manoeuvre along ...
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Rock and Roll around the Cederberg Mountains
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Rock and Roll around the Cederberg Mountains

A cloud of dust puffs up mid-air behind your wheels as you meander along the dirt road, above a lone jackal buzzard’s glides into the distance and to your sides rock formations – stacked by Mother Nature herself – grab your attention with an "oh, look here" and an "oh, look there". This is the Cederberg Wilderness Area, and in that moment of dust and flying birds you realise how unique South Africa’s natural environment is, and on top of that, how unique the sense of exploration is among travellers, because here you are, about 230 km away from Cape Town, stopping to admire rocks... Y...
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Win A Two Night Getaway For Two At The Brenaissance Wine & Stud Estate
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Win A Two Night Getaway For Two At The Brenaissance Wine & Stud Estate

Vineyards, plum orchards, luxurious accommodation, and the mountains of Stellenbosch... Did you just feel the tension in your shoulders ease a little? Did you forget about deadlines and budgets for just a moment as you imagined the crisp sunshine on your face and the soft breeze in the air? Then, you’ll love reading more about our competition to win two nights’ accommodation for two at the spectacular Brenaissance Wine & Stud Estate in Stellenbosch. WIN A 2 NIGHT STAY FOR 2 PEOPLE IN A LUXURY SUITE AT BRENAISSANCE, INCLUDING BREAKFAST! Win a Stay at Brenaissance Wine & Stud Estate...
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Cape Town Has Been Winning Awards Since 1580
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Cape Town Has Been Winning Awards Since 1580

If you’ve ever enjoyed a holiday in Cape Town, you’ll know that it’s special. There’s something magical about this city. It could be the massive Table Mountain that looms over the City Bowl, the ocean on the doorstep of suburbs like Sea Point and Camps Bay, the non-stop shopping, or the distinct African rhythm that permeates it like a heartbeat. It's no secret that Cape Town is a multi-award-winning destination. In fact, it's been receiving coveted awards and accolades since 1580, when Sir Francis Drake said of this city, "This Cape is the most stately thing and the fairest Cape we saw in the...
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Best Places to Stay in the Overberg – Head Over the Mountains
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Best Places to Stay in the Overberg – Head Over the Mountains

The best places to stay in the Overberg ... You may hear the Overberg region of South Africa, just east of Cape Town and over the mountains, described as the gateway to the Garden Route. But you’d be remiss if you think this makes the Overberg undeserved, or any less beautiful, than its counterpart further up the east coast. For the Overberg is wheat fields, blue-crane filled, blue skied and heady with the smells and sounds of the outdoors, small-town living, and seaside romance. If you’re not staying on a mountain enfolded farm in restored dairies and barns then you’re heading for pebb...
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10 Beaches Outside Cape Town You Need to Visit
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10 Beaches Outside Cape Town You Need to Visit

It’s hard to imagine that one needs beaches outside Cape Town, when so many of the beaches in Cape Town are so beautiful. But come the end of the year when the traffic along Main Road reaches gridlock (and you’d be faster cycling or walking) for a kilometre either side of Kalk Bay, and you begin to imagine vast, sandy, less popular beaches where the wind can whip your hair and the balmy waters beckon… This list of 10 beaches outside Cape Town entail an hour or two’s drive, some of them further than others, all an easy day trip (leave early, take a picnic). Beaches Outside Cape Town .......
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Dog Friendly Accommodation in Cape Town – Places You can Take the WHOLE Family
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Dog Friendly Accommodation in Cape Town – Places You can Take the WHOLE Family

Dog friendly accommodation in Cape Town - Cape Town with its incredible mountain, weather, beaches, people and wine is hotting up for summer and Christmas - a combination difficult to resist. It’s an Added bonus if you no longer have to hire a house sitter but can take the dog along. Suddenly a spontaneous booking is no longer out of the question. SA-Venues.com has plenty of dog friendly accommodation in Cape Town to choose from. On our list below we’ve included as many villas and spacious apartments as we can, but the odd guest house made it onto the dog friendly list because, well, the...
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Best Places to Stay in Franschhoek – South Africa’s French Quarter
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Best Places to Stay in Franschhoek – South Africa’s French Quarter

Have you noticed that almost every one of the best places to stay in Franschhoek is named after something French, or Frenchified to sound French? It’s not pretentious so much as it’s in keeping with its history - Franschhoek is the Cape’s French Corner. Regarded as the Winelands’ foodie capital Franschhoek’s main road is awash with restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries and chocolatiers. There’s also a hop-on-hop-off retro tram and bus that take visitors through the vineyards on one of five routes, linking 21 wine estates and cellars. There’s something on our list of best places to sta...
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Best Places to Stay in Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town (You’ll LOVE these!)
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Best Places to Stay in Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town (You’ll LOVE these!)

The Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town is Africa’s answer to the Riviera stretching from the V&A Waterfront on Table Mountain’s north shore to Hout Bay. Finding the best places to stay in Atlantic Seaboard gives you the choice of some of the city’s most affluent suburbs - Bantry Bay, Clifton, Bakoven, Hout Bay, Fresnaye, Noordhoek (don’t forget Kommetjie). Perfect sea views and illustrious addresses, surprisingly, don’t all come with a price tag to match (keep scrolling), and those that do are worth every penny! (take a look at the first three). Go on, you know you want to! Even if it’...
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Best Places to Stay in False Bay – Cape Town’s Seaside Village Mecca
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Best Places to Stay in False Bay – Cape Town’s Seaside Village Mecca

The Best Places to Stay in False Bay are centred around the seaside villages of Muizenberg, St James, Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town. False Bay is the Mother City’s alternative to the Atlantic Seaboard, with little of the large-scale gentrification. False Bay is a Saint-Tropez-like experience with cobblestone quarters, tidal pools and fishing villages popular with artists, its main roads a string of coffee shops, bookstores and artisan bakeries, whilst character fishing boats and yachts litter its harbours. Hundreds of years ago early navigators to South Africa mistook Hangklip (the...
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