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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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The Camdeboo’s Cathedral Of Mountains
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The Camdeboo’s Cathedral Of Mountains

The Camdeboo’s Cathedral Of Mountains ~ One of South Africa’s oldest towns, Graaff-Reinet, is known for its quaint collection of 19th century historical Cape Dutch and Karoo architecture and as you navigate your way through the quiet streets, a big stoep, shutter-covered windows and charming broekie lace fretwork, are always up for admiration.But when you travel about 15 km north from the town another architectural style beckons you closer while the wind whispers, ‘come have a look’.The Camdeboo’s Cathedral Of Mountains It is a type of architecture that has its roots firmly planted ...
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Sleep, Eat, Do In Ballito
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Sleep, Eat, Do In Ballito

Ballito and summer holidays go together like fish and chips, gin and tonic, or milk and cookies.This little town in KwaZulu Natal sees almost year-round sunshine and is home to some gorgeous beaches. This makes it a stunning spot for a family vacation, a honeymoon to remember, or a beach getaway after a very busy year. The dolphins can be spotted all year round as they surf the waves and jump out to spy on the human visitors inquisitively. Whales can also sometimes be seen during the latter half of the year.But, this is more than just a beach destination. It is close to the rolling hil...
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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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Sleep, Eat, Do In Plettenberg Bay
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Sleep, Eat, Do In Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay may have the distinct vibe of a sleepy surfing village, but this little Garden Route gem still offers loads to see and do. Of course, its endless beaches and awesome waves put it firmly on the map for watersports and some serious body-bronzing. But Plett, as it’s affectionately known, is a humming little hub with plenty of variety.It is also conveniently perched about 20 minutes from Knysna in one direction, and two hours from Jeffrey’s Bay in the other. Cape Town is roughly six hours away. This means that Plett is close enough to the big city for a weekend getaway and far ...
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Durban Delights – Some Of Our Top Picks For Your Stay
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Durban Delights – Some Of Our Top Picks For Your Stay

Durban averages about 320 days of sunshine out of every 365 and is the destination of choice for families that want year-round beach holidays.But, Durban is about more than just balmy weather, gorgeous beaches, and days spent in the waves...if you can believe you’d need much more than that. Durban’s Top Attractions Just a few of the must-see attractions in Durban include:uShaka Marine World (a “water world” of epic proportions) Durban Botanic Gardens Indian Quarter (spices, colours, sounds and delectable Indian food await visitors) Moses Mabhida Stadium (a hit for adrenali...
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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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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 Seaside Experience – CLOSED
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WIN a 2 Night Seaside Experience – CLOSED

And the winner is ... Dineo Sethosa! Congrats Dineo, we are sure you will have a fantastic time at the Whalesong Hotel & Spa in Plett! Your voucher is on it's way to you.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 &...
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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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