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Whale Watching with Ocean Odyssey in the Garden Route
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Whale Watching with Ocean Odyssey in the Garden Route

Do you know that humpback calves weigh a ton at birth or that whale mother’s milk is so high in fat that it’s the consistency of toothpaste?Do you know that some of the whales that visit the South African coast every year have come all the way from Antarctica to breed in our warm waters?These gentle giants are mysterious, inquisitive, graceful and playful. And, thank goodness, they’re visiting our coastline at the moment! So, I headed out with Ocean Odyssey in Knysna to get up close and personal with my cetacean friends. Whale-Watching on the Garden Route The most commonly seen whale...
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The Good, Better and Best of Durban
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The Good, Better and Best of Durban

The Best of Durban is about more than gorgeous beaches, warm water, and summer days that last almost all year. Those are some pretty irresistible lures... So, it’s hard to believe there’s so much more to this epic spot in KwaZulu-Natal. Did you know? Durban is also known as eThekwini in Zulu and, following Johannesburg and Cape Town, is the third-most populous city in South Africa. Amazingly, the only other place in the world with a higher concentration of Indians than Durban is India. This multicultural, multilingual destination has so much on offer for visitors around the world. The Good,...
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Impressive Views of The Garden Route
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Impressive Views of The Garden Route

Impressive Views of The Garden Route ~ The Garden Route is one of the most scenic stretches in South Africa (and the world, in the humble opinion of almost everyone that’s been there). It’s not hard to get breath-taking photos of gorgeous vistas at just about every turn.Still, there are some places that are that much more beautiful. They promise exquisite views – whether they are from high mountains, across vast lakes, or from the secluded vantage point of a cave. So, to make sure that you get the absolute best of the Garden Route beauty, we recommend a few spots that promise particularly ...
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Going Wild On The Spore Of Cradock’s Cheetahs in Mountain Zebra National Park
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Going Wild On The Spore Of Cradock’s Cheetahs in Mountain Zebra National Park

Going Wild On The Spore Of Cradock's Cheetahs in Mountain Zebra National Park ~ In the distance stands a lone wind pump.  Its time-worn steel blades turn slowly as the Karoo air gently breathes in and out. Squeak, squeak, squeak, it breaks the silence spanning across the dry semi-arid landscape of dust, grassland, open vistas and flat-topped hills peeking out – one behind the other - in degrees of flat-flatter-flattest comparison.And then, on the dirt road something appears in front of you – clothed in the black and white stripes – you spot more: zebras, black wildebeest, red hartebeest an...
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WIN a 2 Night Unique Seaside Experience with Whalesong Hotel & Spa
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WIN a 2 Night Unique Seaside Experience with Whalesong Hotel & Spa

This Plettenberg Bay hotel has gorgeous rooms, decorated to reflect the serene colours of the ocean and the decks boast exquisite views of the coastline and Tsitsikamma Mountain Range.Guests can enjoy sumptuous meals at our Blue Whale Restaurant and a drink in our very own Gin Bar.Win a 2 Night Stay for 2 People at Whalesong Hotel & Spa, including breakfast and dinner.Win a Stay at Whalesong Hotel & Spa The rooms are decorated to reflect the serene colours of the ocean and the decks boast exquisite views of the coastline and Tsitsikamma Mountain Range. The covered sund...
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Glamping in Oudtshoorn – A Romantic Winter Weekend Getaway
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Glamping in Oudtshoorn – A Romantic Winter Weekend Getaway

Glamping in Oudtshoorn ~ When we were planning to have a romantic winter weekend in the Karoo, camping was right at the bottom of my wish list (right above walking barefoot on broken glass or letting piranhas eat out of my hand). I mean, 1) a tent in 2) the Karoo in 3) winter. Thank you, next.And that’s all great because it hadn’t crossed our minds to camp. We’d booked a chalet made from real brick and mortar. But, after some significant disappointment that deserves a disgruntled blog post of its own, we found ourselves on a last-minute hunt for overnight accommodation in Oudtshoorn. Enter...
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Whale Watching in South Africa from East to West
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Whale Watching in South Africa from East to West

Winter in South Africa, stretching from June to August, is special. In some areas, winters are hot and sunny enough for plenty of beach days. In other areas, it’s temperate, cool, or downright chilly with snow-capped peaks nearby. But, one of the major highlights of winter along the coast is that this is when hundreds of whales visit our shores, making it the perfect time for visitors who wish to do some whale watching in South Africa.The most common species that can be seen frolicking in the waters are southern rights and humpbacks. But, visitors may also spot orcas (or killer whales), Br...
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City Centre Apartments, Offering All The Convenience You Need
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City Centre Apartments, Offering All The Convenience You Need

Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, it's ideal to be only a hop, skip and a jump away from city life and all the conveniences it has to offer, and even nicer to return to a private space where you can unwind in peace.With that in mind, we've put together a list of fabulous self catering city centre apartments, ideally located in and around the city centres of Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. Here are some of our favourite City Centre Apartments in Cape Townin Pretoriain Johannesburg...
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A Journey from Yesteryear to Tomorrow: Long March to Freedom
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A Journey from Yesteryear to Tomorrow: Long March to Freedom

From a distance you see them, all lined up on the grass as you approach the Maropeng Visitor Centre at the Cradle of Humankind. You squint your eyes and look again before you ask yourself "what’s going on here, who are these people, where are they going?"You try to count.Is it 50? 60? No it must certainly be more...The closer you get, the more intense the presence and goal-driven stature of 100-odd people fills the space that is just 50 km from the City of Johannesburg.It is tangible. Visceral.  Real.And then it hits you that these are not just people, but heroes; all c...
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Quirky Quarters That Are Uniquely Irresistible
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Quirky Quarters That Are Uniquely Irresistible

If change is as good as a holiday, imagine how a little added quirkiness can transport you far away from the real world. We’ve put together a collection of accommodation hotspots that have combined gorgeous lodgings with something quirky that makes them uniquely irresistible. Here are our favourite Quirky Quarters, each with a little something special:Gypsy Wagons Glamping is given a whole new face at Gypsy Wagons, where guests get to spend the night in a custom wagon. Each wagon has a vibe and style of its own as well as a kitchenette, wood-burning oven (or indoor fireplace), and a ba...
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Soak Away Your Stress In A Bath With A View
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Soak Away Your Stress In A Bath With A View

Soak away the mid-year stresses or the winter blues in a hot bath with a view. We’re highlighting a few of our favourite South Africa accommodation venues that all boast an irresistible Bath With A View that will soothe, uplift and inspire. Here are our favourite spots where you can #BathWithAViewWild & Free Game Lodge - Waterberg Wild & Free takes bathing to the next level, with its outdoor baths that are perched right in the wild heart of the Waterberg bushveld. Sip on a glass of cold bubbly or a hot chocolate as you feel the strain of everyday life melting into the clean mount...
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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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Top 20 Game Lodges With Kids Activities – Game Lodges With Kids Activities
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Top 20 Game Lodges With Kids Activities – Game Lodges With Kids Activities

Safaris and game lodges are what South African holidays are made of; whether you’re visiting from abroad or you’re a local after some adventure. The game lodges available across the country include luxury retreats, beautiful tented camps, and rustic establishments that are like homes away from home. For families that are planning an African safari holiday that they’ll never forget. Here are our top 20 game lodges with kids activities to keep the little ones entertained ... Tintswalo Safari Lodge Situated amongst reserves like Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands and Timbavati; the Tintswalo Saf...
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Warm Your Winter with Accommodation Specials in South Africa
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Warm Your Winter with Accommodation Specials in South Africa

Winter Accommodation Specials in South Africa ~ Winter in South Africa is full of promise. Crisp mornings, chilly evenings that are best spent around the fire, and spectacular days of clear sunshine... Most of South Africa remains relatively temperate during winter. In fact, some areas are still warm and sunny, while others enjoy a sprinkle of snow.Wherever you plan to spend your winter holiday, SA-Venues.com has some excellent accommodation specials on offer during this gorgeous time of year... perfect specials to Warm Your Winter Western Cape Winter Special Offers Tree House Boutique H...
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Visit One Of South Africa’s Historic Hotels
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Visit One Of South Africa’s Historic Hotels

South Africa is steeped in history and with that comes a variety of places to stay with a story of their own.Take a trip back in time and visit one of these 15 old world, historic hotels, some of which have been modernly refurbished and each with an interesting history and the charm of a bygone era. Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel With breathaking views on the lower slopes of Table Mountain and ideally located for business or leisure guests, this magnificent Cape Town hotel offers luxurious suites, leisure facilities and divine restaurants. Did you know? This hotel opened its doors in 1899 p...
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