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13 Secrets of the Camdeboo National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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13 Secrets of the Camdeboo National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

Secrets of the Camdeboo National Park ~ Tired of sifting through blogs that promise secret places around South Africa and then fail to deliver the goods? That's why we're writing this series on national parks around the country (you may have already read the ones on Addo Elephant Park, Kgalagadi, Pilanesberg and Mountain Zebra Park). So, whilst the very existence of the under-publicised Camdeboo National Park is a secret to some South Africans, we've made sure you know about it (you may have noticed our gentle nudges about visiting the Valley of Desolation here and here). Not only will y...
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The 9 Best Small Towns in KwaZulu-Natal
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The 9 Best Small Towns in KwaZulu-Natal

What’s so great about the small towns in KwaZulu-Natal? Well, first of all there’s a lot to be said for small-town living. People love the experience, even if it’s only for a weekend, or a few days. And secondly, KwaZulu-Natal has some of the best subtropical all-year-practically-summer weather that makes a stay in any of the towns below, a seriously good option all year round. Here is our list of 9 best small towns in KwaZulu-Natal... Nottingham Road Think green rolling Drakensberg foothills, fly-fishing dams, sheep farms, historical sites, a Victorian country tavern, a rustic brew...
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13 Secrets of Addo Elephant National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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13 Secrets of Addo Elephant National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

Addo Elephant National Park lies only a few hours’ drive from Port Elizabeth. It’s gone from providing a small sanctuary to eleven elephants to become a richly biodiverse park with over 600 elephants... We share 13 Secrets of Addo Elephant National Park... No 1. If you love elephants, then this is the park for you There are now well over 600 of them, so your chances of spotting great numbers of these huge beasts, is almost guaranteed. And they’re as easy to spot asheading to the waterhole in the park’s main camp. You barely need to hit the road, Jack. They appear in family groups at t...
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Franschhoek – Eat, Do, Sleep in the Winelands’ Foodie Capital
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Franschhoek – Eat, Do, Sleep in the Winelands’ Foodie Capital

The French corner of the Cape Winelands is relatively small by comparison with its sister town, Stellenbosch (only twenty minutes’ away). But as a weekend, or even day, visit it packs a punch - its main road awash with restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, grand historical buildings, wineland tours, and little tucked-out-of-the-way courtyards in which to while away the hours. We visited recently. Here is our Franschhoek guide... where to eat, what to do, and where to sleep in the Winelands’ Foodie Capital D O  &  S E E Ride the Wine Tram Don’t miss out on this hop-on-hop-...
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The Best Boutique Hotels in South Africa
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The Best Boutique Hotels in South Africa

Boutique hotels are as good as luxury hotel chains, but they offer something else - a touch of simplicity and flair, and the advantage of meeting individual needs because of their size. As more and more visitors head to South Africa, so the measure of what makes a great place to stay has grown to embrace a simple sophistication and an exciting flair for the original. South Africa knows how to do a great boutique hotel. We think you’ll agree. Here are some of the best boutique hotels in South Africa ... FRANSCHHOEK BOUTIQUE HOTEL, THE WINELANDS Everything about this country town-l...
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30 Legendary Photos Across South Africa to Knock the Socks Off All Your Other Photos
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30 Legendary Photos Across South Africa to Knock the Socks Off All Your Other Photos

Incredible moments are all over Instagram. So much so, that we’ve almost become immune to a great photo. Almost. But, these viewpoints around South Africa will easily give you 30 legendary photos to knock the socks off all your other travel photos. 30 Legendary Photos Across South Africa... 1. Cape Town's Mountains The view from the top of Lion’s Head across to Table Mountain, with the impressive spine of the Twelve Apostles off to your right, and Cape Town’s city bowl spread out beneath you, is gobsmackingly beautiful. It doesn’t come better than this... 2. The Lonely Beac...
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13 of the Coolest Beach Stays in South Africa
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13 of the Coolest Beach Stays in South Africa

South Africa is as famous for its coastline as it is for the Kruger National Park. Stretching for over 2 500 kilometres from the dry and barren border with Namibia in the west, around the Cape of Good Hope and northeast to its border with Mozambique, in the east, the coastline is nothing short of magnificent. Along almost every inch of its highly varied shoreline are long strips of beach. The kind of beach that makes you ‘wish you were there’. And so we went exploring, to find you the kind of beach stays that easily equal the pull of the beaches on which they rest. These 13 beach st...
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12 Secrets of the Mountain Zebra National Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of the Mountain Zebra National Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

We’re particularly enamoured with the Mountain Zebra National Park - South Africa’s most understated, and under visited, national park. Here is why ... No 1. No-one seems to know Mountain Zebra Park exists! Even Lonely Planet ignored the Mountain Zebra National Park on their blog list of top parks and game reserves in South Africa. And we can’t think why? But this can work in your favour. Go whilst you still have the park to yourself! (the park has recently added another eight units due to the increase in visitors, so the word is already out). Mountain Zebra National Park is one of the...
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9 Best Small Towns of the Northern Cape
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9 Best Small Towns of the Northern Cape

Small towns of the Northern Cape ~The Northern Cape is a vast expanse of country hugging the northerly reaches of South Africa up against the borders of Namibia and Botswana. It’s hot, dry and beautiful - something of a wilderness presided over by a merciless sun. Scattered across this large semi-desert landscape are hundreds of little characterful towns, separated by kilometres of road. It’s a province made for road trips. Whilst most of the traffic confines itself to the N1, N12 and N7 there are back routes linking towns through heartstopping scenery. It is these towns that deserve exp...
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots in Limpopo
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots in Limpopo

Limpopo is home to South Africa’s biggest attraction - the Kruger National Park - with plenty of exceptional scenic spots to keep one camera-happy. But South Africa’s wildest province is not limited to the Kruger. There are other wonders too - baobab trees, the Nylsvley Nature Reserve - one of the top birding spots in Southern Africa - enough game reserves for a year of visits, and the Modjadji Cycad Reserve, to name but a few. To avoid the tourists we’ve put together a list of 20 best secret scenic spots in Limpopo for those perfect #instagram and #love_southafrica moments… Hangklip View...
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10 Best Small Towns of the Eastern Cape
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10 Best Small Towns of the Eastern Cape

The country’s second largest province has a great many towns. They lie dotted in amongst the Amatola Mountains, the Sunshine Coast, the Great Karoo, the Wild Coast and the Eastern Highlands; serving as holiday bases to a varied and sought-after outdoor lifestyle that has visitors throwing themselves off bridges, surfing the waves, and hiking trails that scale mountains and explore untouched beaches, cliffs and waterfalls. Narrowing down a selection of the 10 best small towns of the Eastern Cape was no easy task ... Cape St Francis You can’t really separate Cape St Francis from St Franc...
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12 Secrets of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a huge semi-desert wilderness in the north of South Africa - an immense stretch of red sand dunes and wide open sky, the dry river beds of the Nossob and Auob Rivers (said to flow but once every 100 years) and the odd solitary camelthorn, raisin bush or shepherd tree to break the horizon. It is Africa’s first Peace Park; an amalgamation of South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park (no rewards for correctly guessing the dominant antelope in the reserve) in the midst of the Kalahari Desert. The semi-desert wil...
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Alternative Cape Town – 13 Places in Cape Town You Don’t Know About. Yet
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Alternative Cape Town – 13 Places in Cape Town You Don’t Know About. Yet

Alternative Cape Town - There is much more to Cape Town than its top tourist destinations - Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch, the V&A Waterfront, Robben Island - its natural beauty and its beaches. Dig a little deeper and a series of unusual landmarks, buildings and places reveal themselves. Here are 13 Places in Cape Town you don’t know about. Yet. THE HIPPOS OF RONDEVLEI Probably because of where the nature reserve lies - on the outskirts of the city centre alongside the less promising suburbs of Grassy Park and Zeekoevlei - it isn’t high on visitors’ to do lists when in the ...
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12 Secrets of the Pilanesberg National Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of the Pilanesberg National Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

The Pilanesberg National Park is not Kruger. It doesn’t pretend to be. It’s a lot smaller, for one. But therein lies its attraction. Because instead of driving for hours along vast stretches of sand road without a sighting, the Pilanesberg’s generous grasslands, rocky outcrops, sloped hills, dense pockets of vegetation, and thickly wooded gorges are home to the Big Five and 30 other mammal species besides. And that’s without the added attraction of 350 bird species, 65 reptiles and a really good chance of spotting a cat (if sighting the beautiful violet wood hoepoe doesn’t get you ex...
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Romance in South Africa – A Couple’s Guide
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Romance in South Africa – A Couple’s Guide

Romance in South Africa? Are you kidding! There are so many places to raise the pulse rate that the average visitor’s guide won’t know about. So here is our ‘secret’ list of places; our couple's guide to South Africa... HOLE UP IN A FISHERMAN’S COTTAGE ON THE WEST COAST If whitewashed beach cottage feel is your thing, then Paternoster on the West Coast is your kind of place. Within easy driving distance of Cape Town this still active, traditional fishing village has romance written all over it. Great seafood restaurants, plenty of excellent accommodation and miles of white sandy beach are yo...
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