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West Coast National Park’s Turquoise Blue Lagoon
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West Coast National Park’s Turquoise Blue Lagoon

And other reasons to visit the West Coast National Park... The West Coast National Park, for most people, is all about the spring flowers. From the beginning of August Capetonians, or visitors to Cape Town who haven't the time to drive all the way to Springbok to see the Namaqualand daisies drive out in their droves to drink in the valleys and sand dunes of the reserve - literally awash with colour. Postberg nature reserve, that part of the reserve on the other side of the Postberg (the mountain on the edge of the Langebaan Lagoon) that is usually closed, opens specially for the flowers...
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Walk Cape Town – Top Free And Other Walks, In The City Bowl
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Walk Cape Town – Top Free And Other Walks, In The City Bowl

Cape Town is one of the most walkable cities in South Africa. We've put together a list of city bowl walks that will have you in touch with the beat of the city's heart in no time. Included in our list are free guided walks, walks you can do on your own, and those Cape Town walks that you shouldn't pass up the opportunity to do. FREE WALKS Cape Town FREE Walking Tours Nielsen Tours (Rico, Manni and Stian) offer fun, light-hearted free walks through Cape Town, run on tips alone. No set fee paid up front, no hassle, yet all the low-down on the city's nooks and crannies. The team offers...
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7 Most Amazing Caves To Visit In The Western Cape
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7 Most Amazing Caves To Visit In The Western Cape

Caves - underground crevices and cavities that develop naturally over millennia, usually due to erosive underwater action or the slow erosion of dripping water - keep hidden the natural beauty and splendours of the world; their breathtaking formation or cultural relevance uncovered by scientists or explorers and later shared with visitors. Their importance, or simply their majesty, an echo of the people or creatures who have celebrated, lived or sheltered against their porous walls and floors. Some of these caves are filled with stalactites and stalagmites, others harbour historical evid...
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Top 10 Christmas Markets in Cape Town 2015
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Top 10 Christmas Markets in Cape Town 2015

I start to feel the pressure around this time of the year when the likes of Pick n Pay and Woolies accumulate baubles, advent calendars and tinsel in their prime shelf space. My stomach literally sinks as I think of the annual crowds, and the grab-and-horde mentality that dominates any mall shopping experience over Christmas. Which is why I'm such a fan of Christmas markets! They've turned the festive season around. Now the Christmas experience is as it's supposed to be – a gentle gifting experience, not only for one's loved ones, but for oneself. The local markets in Cape Town are vibra...
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10 Natural Attractions on the West Coast
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10 Natural Attractions on the West Coast

Despite the surge in tourism that has thrust South Africa into the limelight as a holiday destination to which Europeans and Americans make return visits, this long stretch of fishing villages, windswept beaches, open-air seafood restaurants and icy seas remains relatively obscure. However, it is conveniently close enough to Cape Town to serve as an escape for Capetonians. The southern parts of the coastline are thus beginning to feel the pressure, and towns like Paternoster burst at the seams over long weekends and the festive season. But head north outside the flower season to the Nama...
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10 top natural attractions in the Karoo
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10 top natural attractions in the Karoo

What the Outback is to Australia, the Karoo is to South Africa. It occupies 400 000 km²- practically one-third of the country's total area; a vast, semi-arid region in the heart of the country, bounded by mountains in the south and west, and the huge Senqu, or Orange River, on its eastern and northern flanks. This area of little rainfall, blue and cloudless skies, and extreme temperatures may have acted as a barrier to the interior from Cape Town for early settlers, but today it has come out of isolation to become a major tourist attraction - its immense spaces, incredible mountains, idi...
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Top Ten Natural Attractions in the Western Cape
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Top Ten Natural Attractions in the Western Cape

Africa's most southern region, the Western Cape is also the country's most mountainous and, some would argue, most beautiful province (certainly those who live in Cape Town like to think so). It has more iconic-style attractions than any other province, and the combination of winelands, beaches, mountains and cosmopolitan lifestyle appeal enough to attract over 50% of international visitors to the country (Cape Town's big six tourist attractions are visited by a higher number of foreign tourists than locals). Here are Top Ten Natural Attractions in the Western Cape that keep them coming......
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10 Karoo towns with weird sounding names
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10 Karoo towns with weird sounding names

It isn't difficult to find unusual names in the Karoo. It seems as if this vast, effortless aridity gives rise to names that are the deuce to pronounce, if you're a visitor, and difficult even if you live in South Africa. Here are 10 Karoo towns with weird sounding names... De Aar When it comes to the weird names of some Karoo towns there tends to be a strong association with underground streams (I'm thinking here of Lekkersing). De Aar is no exception. Its name means 'artery' which could well refer to its location as a major railway junction. Through here steam trains used to boom and p...
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Here is How The Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve Is Saving The Klein Karoo
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Here is How The Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve Is Saving The Klein Karoo

People come from all over the world to visit the Klein Karoo. Its wide landscapes, solitude and the spiritual calm of the mountainous, dry landscape is a hugely valuable commodity. The vegetation of the Klein Karoo, and the adjacent coastal plain, includes 4 500 species of plants that occur nowhere else on Earth, over 70% of which has been damaged and needs protection. To acquire recognition as a hotspot a region must have at least 1 500 species of endemic plants under threat. The Klein Karoo has three internationally recognised biodiversity hotspots– Fynbos, Succulent Karoo and Valley T...
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Dinosaurs amongst the cycads at Kirstenbosch
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Dinosaurs amongst the cycads at Kirstenbosch

It's a clever idea, putting life-size dinosaurs in amongst near-extinct cycads at Kirstenbosch. Not only does it give you a very real idea of just how large, or small, the dinosaurs actually were by standing next to them but you get a real appreciation for the critically endangered cycads that were part of the dinosaurs' landscape, at the same time. On since early June 2015 the open-air art exhibition, known simply as 'Extinction! Dinosaurs, and Cycads?', features David Huni's anatomically correct tin dinosaur and pterosaur sculptures. The dinosaurs and the cycads would have co-habited in a...
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A Guide To Entertaining Any Visitor To Cape Town
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A Guide To Entertaining Any Visitor To Cape Town

Ever noticed how popular Cape Town is? You just have to look at how many Gautengers have moved here, or the many Europeans, for that matter, to realise that Cape Town really is the happening capital of South Africa. But because it is popular, it's also a place many people come to visit. And usually they stay with you. Not everyone is going to understand your partiality, after a week of hard week, for a good book and a DVD (Table Mountain, pah, who needs it!). Here is our handy list of activities, aimed at a variety of guests, to get you through even the toughest weekend entertaining visi...
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8 Charming Karoo Towns For Nature Lovers And Outdoor Enthusiasts
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8 Charming Karoo Towns For Nature Lovers And Outdoor Enthusiasts

The Karoo: South Africa's semi-desert region - a rare mix of desolation, ragged mountains, vast plains, star-studded skies, sheep farms, quirky little towns in the middle of nowhere, and a whole lot of space. The Karoo spans almost 400 000 km² across the centre of South Africa; an invitation to travel. Whilst this arid belt was surely a trial for early explorers and travellers for whom the heat, frosts, floods, droughts and little rainfall translated into a harsh existence, today it is road trip country into the back of beyond where windmills, donkey carts, red hills, corbelled houses, a...
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7 Jaw-Dropping False Bay Tidal Pools For Swims With A View
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7 Jaw-Dropping False Bay Tidal Pools For Swims With A View

For those who ask if it's safe to swim in Cape Town's waters, here is a list of, not only the safest spaces in which to swim, but also some of the most beautiful. Cape Town has various 'artificial' tidal pools, as opposed to natural tidal pools (natural sea shore depressions that fill with tidal sea water). These pools exist because of white cement walls that retain the sea water after every high-tide. When the tide goes out, the sun is able to heat the water, making them wonderful, protected areas in which to swim, for children and adults. Other than St James' tidal pool many of the poo...
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6 Favourite Second Hand Fashion Shops In The Southern Suburbs of Cape Town
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6 Favourite Second Hand Fashion Shops In The Southern Suburbs of Cape Town

There is no accounting for taste, and what one person thinks of as worn and worthless is easily someone else's treasure. Never more so than in the mother city where second-hand stores flourish. If you are a bargain hunter, or love vintage, Cape Town is full of 'gently used', 'nearly new' second hand goods' stores. The more obvious of these lie in the city bowl (Second Time Around, Glitterati) frequented by those after a more reasonably priced, vintage and retro look. But there are other, less well-known, stores in the southern suburbs. This list of favourite second hand fashion shops is ...
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8 Things you’ll find in De Rust that you won’t easily find elsewhere
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8 Things you’ll find in De Rust that you won’t easily find elsewhere

The Klein Karoo town of De Rust lies on Route 62 wedged between the Swartberg and the Kammanassie Mountains. Most people know about the Victorian village because it won Small Town of the Year in 2011. It lies just outside Oudtshoorn and serves as a 'spillover' space for those who attend the annual KKNK (Klein Karoo Nationale Kunsfees) and the KKK (Klein Karoo Klassique), but still value peace and quiet. Others know about De Rust because it lies at the southern end of Meiringspoort. For a friend of mine it's become home for a year. And she's loving it. I visit her to find out why. When...
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