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Unique Experiences You Can Have Only in South Africa
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Unique Experiences You Can Have Only in South Africa

South Africa is extraordinary. When one thinks unique experiences, South Africa - with its unusual blend of diverse cultures, varied landscapes, wildlife, vibrant cities and historical towns - tops the list for its distinct character. We think you’ll agree that our list of unique experiences are what make South Africa exceptional... The Cape Winelands South Africa has a list of historical towns within a stone’s throw of Cape Town. Most of them have their roots in viticulture that has, since the ‘fall’ of apartheid, grown into an impressive wine producing industry. Known collecti...
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The Best Places in South Africa that You Hardly Know About
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The Best Places in South Africa that You Hardly Know About

A list of the best places in South Africa is a long one. But, unlike similar lists doing the rounds on social media that stick to those places we’ve all visited (yawn), or at least know about, this list of the best places in South Africa is filled with areas and locations we’re prepared to bet you hardly know about. Go on, how many of these 'best places in South Africa' have you actually visited? Other than the first place on the list below, which we’ve put there so that at least you’ll be able to put a tick next to one of them!   No 1 Long Beach, Noordhoek Midway along this incredi...
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Places in Cape Town to Propose that Guarantee a ‘Yes’
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Places in Cape Town to Propose that Guarantee a ‘Yes’

Cape Town is fast earning a reputation as one of the most perfect places in the world to propose - where else can you find quite the same combination of sea, mountain, sky, wine and vibe? And when it comes to places in Cape Town to propose, the Mother City is hardly short on supply. Read our list of a few suggestions in cape town to propose and see for yourself... Sea Point Promenade Sea Point’s promenade is to Cape Town what La Rambla is to Barcelona - on some weekends you may even find people forgetting themselves and doing the Tango. It stretches the length of Mouille Point a...
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Five underrated South African National Parks
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Five underrated South African National Parks

South African national parks are a good bet, when exploring South Africa. They’re generally well maintained, cheaper than the average safari lodge, and, if you time your visit for SA National Parks Week, grant South African citizens free entry. These are five underrated South African national parks that deserve a closer look ... Agulhas National Park Agulhas National Park lies on the very tip of Africa with a landscape so varied that its rare limestone fynbos and protected lowland become a draw card in their own right. But it is the wild sea views, and rock-littered seas...
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Fun Things to do in Maboneng, Hangout of Creatives
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Fun Things to do in Maboneng, Hangout of Creatives

Maboneng is Johannesburg’s trendy precinct to the east of the city. Its Sotho name, when translated, means ‘place of light’ - an apt description for what was once a sorely neglected part of Jeppestown. When it comes to fun things to do in Maboneng - which describes itself as a ‘collaborative hub of culture, business and lifestyle’ - there is always something new going down (their latest venture is an up-cycled container development by New York architects LOT-EK). Maboneng is a blend of residential, office and industrial space mixed with retail stores, entertainment venues and restaurants...
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Incredible Places to Sleep Under the Stars in South Africa
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Incredible Places to Sleep Under the Stars in South Africa

Sleeping out in the wilderness, under a star-strewn sky, is not something you can do just anywhere anymore. In fact, few holiday destinations can promise places to sleep under the stars, like South Africa can; free of light pollution. South Africa is huge. And because of its vastness there are places to sleep under the stars in South Africa in various untamed areas, and parts of the country where the world is still largely governed by nature. Scan through our list of 8 incredible places to sleep under the stars, South Africa... The Upper Karoo Famous for its wide, sparsel...
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Inexpensive Accommodation in Cape Town, South Africa
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Inexpensive Accommodation in Cape Town, South Africa

Inexpensive accommodation in Cape Town is like hen’s teeth. But you can still find it in Cape Town. Truth is, it’s more about knowing where to look, and we’re rather good at that at SA-Venues.com - it’s what we do. So, if you’re determined to have a holiday in Cape Town, but want an inexpensive place to stay - look no further. Sure, the accommodation in Clifton is awesome (but, my goodness, the cost!). If you stay just around the corner in Sea Point or Green Point, you’ll hardly notice the difference... And places like trendy Harfield Village or Vredehoek give you excellent altern...
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Unusual Accommodation in South Africa, for a Real Holiday Experience
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Unusual Accommodation in South Africa, for a Real Holiday Experience

We’ve put together a list of unusual accommodation in South Africa, because like us, you want your stay to be an experience. We know that creating an authentic tourist experience starts with finding somewhere to stay that is a little unusual; somewhere that gives unique pleasure to your trip, and translates into a fulfilling encounter. (No bog standard tourist experience for you!) Cast your eye over this list of unusual accommodation in South Africa, and go adventure! In a treehouse right above your own private beach The Garden Route has some particularly unique viewpoints, but none to...
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12 Secrets of the Mokala National Park That Will Have you Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of the Mokala National Park That Will Have you Visiting, Tomorrow

Mokala National Park lies just outside Kimberley - a series of wide open grasslands, Kalahari thornveld and camelthorn scrub land interspersed with isolated dolerite hills. Mokala means camelthorn tree (Acacia erioloba) in Setswana, a name given because of the many twisted renditions of the tree, ranging between 2 metre-high shrubs to 16 metre sprawling crowns across the 27 500 hectare park landscape. By all accounts, Mokala National Park is one of the most rewarding national parks to visit, purely for the dearth of visitors and the emphasis on endangered animals - the park breeds and pr...
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Baths with Amazing Views in South Africa
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Baths with Amazing Views in South Africa

There is no measure of luxury quite like baths with amazing views. There’s something about luxuriating in amongst bubbles, soaking in the beauty... And there is no shortage of mountain and sea views in South Africa - for they’re in ample supply (although not always from your bath)... Zwahili Private Game Lodge, Limpopo Not often you find a bath that overlooks the bushveld plains, but try this freestanding ball and claw bath for size. We especially love the way it overlooks your private plunge pool, which begs the question: which one? Don’t stop there because when it comes to romance Zw...
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Things to Do in Johannesburg for Free
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Things to Do in Johannesburg for Free

Egoli might be one of South Africa’s more expensive cities, but if you know where to look there are a list of things to do in Johannesburg for free. There are food markets (Bamboo Market, Bryanston Organic, Fourways Farmers’, Market on Main), craft markets (Rosebank Rooftop), and interesting high streets (4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Melville, Greenside) that are all free - but they come with an invisible price tag as, for each, the temptation to stop and have, at least, a cup of coffee and a bagel is almost obligatory. After splurging on a fancy Johannesburg Hotel, the following, however, are...
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10 things you should never do in Cape Town
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10 things you should never do in Cape Town

There are many attractions in the Mother City, some that are almost required visiting when you holiday in the Cape, but here are the things you should never do in Cape Town ... Never go to the beach on Christmas day (or New Year’s Day, for that matter) Just about every beach in Cape Town is inundated during the festive season on most days, but Christmas day and New Year’s Day, in particular, (this holds for other coastal cities like Durban and Port Elizabeth too). So don’t visit Cape Town expecting a leisurely after-lunch stroll along the sandy shore, unless you’re prepared to...
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How to Gumboot Dance like a South African
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How to Gumboot Dance like a South African

Wanna learn how to gumboot dance like a South African? The Isicathulo, or gumboot dance, is a traditional African dance done in Wellington boots known simply, in South Africa, as gumboots. The dance is a dance of life; a celebration of what it is to be human. At the end of the rhythmic, earth beating and easy to learn dance, you’ll feel like a better person for the experience. Follow these steps to learn how to gumboot dance, as if you’ve been doing it your whole life: Here's How to Gumboot Dance, Like a South African Don a pair of gumboots, preferably black ones, but ye common ...
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Stay in a Cape Dutch House
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Stay in a Cape Dutch House

In-love with gables, white-washed walls, dark thatch, sturdy front doors with a window above, evenly spaced windows and T, H and U-shaped house design? The Cape Dutch house is one of the most sought-after designs for homes in the Western Cape. And it’s not easy to find an original that dates back to the time the Dutch colonised the Cape. Even fewer retain their thatched roof - they’re an obvious fire hazard. We are as much in-love with the Cape Dutch house style as the next person, and we’ve selected a handful in which you can stay, when you next visit the Western Cape: Basse Pro...
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The Most Iconic Heritage Buildings in Cape Town
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The Most Iconic Heritage Buildings in Cape Town

Heritage buildings in Cape Town are not as scarce as one might expect from a city whose building history dates back only to the 1650s with the arrival of the Dutch. Yes, Bartholomeu Dias rounded the Cape in 1488 but, apart from his stone crosses, he left little by way of heritage buildings. Heritage buildings in Cape Town, are recognised by the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA). Some of them are also national monuments, as a result. We’ve picked 10 of the best of these to bring you the most iconic heritage buildings Cape Town ... Bo-Kaap There are portions of the cit...
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