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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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Best Places to Stay in Breede River Valley – the Cape’s Unbeatable Wine & Fruit Basin
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Best Places to Stay in Breede River Valley – the Cape’s Unbeatable Wine & Fruit Basin

Best Places to Stay in Breede River Valley - the Cape’s Unbeatable Wine & Fruit Basin The largest river in the Western Cape, the Breede River is gently flowing and devoid of crocodiles and mosquitoes, making it popular for weekend getaways. The Breede River Valley is easy to reach from Cape Town - a simple trip up the N1 for a couple of hours. And you’ll be blown away by our selection of best places to stay in Breede River Valley, selected from the extensive accommodation options available in the valley.For a more circuitous & adventurous route try the N2, followed by R321, R45, ...
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Best Places to Stay in the Cape Winelands
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Best Places to Stay in the Cape Winelands

Best Places to Stay in the Cape Winelands ~The Cape Winelands are almost as famous Cape Town’s table top mountain when it comes to reasons to visit the Western Cape.And best places to stay in the Cape Winelands are aplenty, as a result - you’re spoiled for choice - because it’s here that South Africans visibly lead the way when it comes to contemporary, upscale accommodation. The Cape Winelands excel in trendy B&Bs, boutique hotels, guest manor houses wreathed in climbing roses or grapevines, stylish apartments, and restored wine estate labourer cottages, stables and barns. Fin...
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On Safari in Cape Town? Yes You Can
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On Safari in Cape Town? Yes You Can

On Safari in Cape Town ~ Yes You Can!The Western Cape game reserves are, admittedly, not the jewel in the crown of the province more famous for its vineyards, mountains, seascapes, whale watching and Cape Dutch architecture.But game reserves there are, and by no means a mere handful, in the Western Cape.What’s great about these Western Cape game lodges, versus those wildlife reserves in other provinces, is that they play on their strong points, focusing largely on the beauty of the environment, and the animals from the area.So, few of them have ‘imported’ the Big 5 choosing ins...
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Best Cederberg Places to Stay – Overnight in Sandstone Mountains
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Best Cederberg Places to Stay – Overnight in Sandstone Mountains

Best Cederberg Places to Stay - Overnight in the Heart of South Africa’s Sandstone Mountain Sanctuary ~ These options for accommodation in Cederberg are particularly varied and exciting - the Cederberg, it seems, goes out of its way to provide places to stay that include retreats, glamping campsites, hotels, self-catering cottages and get-ready-to-drool guest houses. If you can imagine it, these Cederberg places to stay have it. The Cederberg, roughly three hours’ from Cape Town, is is about 350 million years old and is a wilderness sculpted from Table Mountain sandstone. The Cederberg is a...
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