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Freedom Day in South Africa – How Will You Celebrate?
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Freedom Day in South Africa – How Will You Celebrate?

The 27 April is Freedom Day in South Africa. It’s a public holiday (this year Freedom Day in South Africa falls on a Friday, making a mini holiday of the last weekend of the month). But more than the opportunity to get away from it all (the following Tuesday is Workers’ Day, so you still have time to take advantage of a last minute booking!) Freedom Day celebrates the liberation of the country from a time that will haunt us forever.... 27 April marks the date, in 1994, when the country had its first free, all-race democratic election. For years South Africa suffered under a system of e...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Cradle of Humankind Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Cradle of Humankind Properly

The Cradle of Humankind South Africa gives a first-hand account of mankind’s roots. Your ancestry starts right here. You’re home. Watch this ... Well over 2 million years ago when the rocky outcrops and highveld grasslands just outside Johannesburg were ranged by huge animals, a young child was snatched up by an eagle and fell into a series of limestone caves. Years later, in 1924, Raymond Dart was to discover the skull in the Taung quarry, which became known as the Taung Child (you can see it today on the Taung Heritage Route in the North West province). The child’s skull i...
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Best Places to Stay on the Waterberg Meander, South Africa’s Mountain Wonderland
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Best Places to Stay on the Waterberg Meander, South Africa’s Mountain Wonderland

South Africa’s Waterberg is pure bushveld. It’s also known as Africa’s Eden. You’ll find the Waterberg immediately north of Pretoria, with its northerly reaches snug up against the country’s border with Botswana - declared both a biosphere reserve and an indigenous forest in its own right. Yet it remains surprisingly under-explored by those who head to the Kruger and Botswana for their bush experience (why, when there are so many malaria-free Big 5 game and safari lodges so much closer to home?)... The Waterberg Meander zigzags between Marakele National Park and Wonderkop Nature Res...
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Best Places to Stay on the Panorama Route
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Best Places to Stay on the Panorama Route

The Panorama Route winds its way through the Mpumalanga highlands of the north-eastern section of the Drakensberg’s great escarpment. The Panorama Route is easily one of South Africa’s most scenic self-drives, and certainly one of its most popular. That it is so popular has a lot to do with how close it is to the Kruger National Park, so it’s often part and parcel of any organised trip through the game park. But its other major draw card is the Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest river canyons on earth. The Panorama Route is a self-drive taken slowly. And with highlights like Bourke’s ...
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Best Places to Stay on Route 62, the World’s Longest Wine Route
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Best Places to Stay on Route 62, the World’s Longest Wine Route

Choose from these 10 best places to stay on Route 62, South Africa. The drive is considered the world’s longest wine route. The scenic route meanders through the Klein Karoo and Langkloof fruit valley, and along the way there are plenty of places to stay. Narrowing our choice down to only 10 was a difficult task as the many places to stay on Route 62 are of a particularly high standard! Keep scrolling, because if you think the first few accommodation offerings are exciting, wait until you see the last! 10 best places to stay on Route 62... Rooiberg Safaris Game Lodge, Ladis...
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Compelling Facts about South Africa’s New President
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Compelling Facts about South Africa’s New President

South Africa recently rid itself of its president when the ruling ANC party ordered Jacob Zuma to step down as head of state. Within 24 hours, and unopposed, it elected Cyril Ramaphosa as South Africa’s new president. This followed a raid on the Gupta family home and the serving of thirteen warrants of arrest (eight were arrested, two went awol, and three left the country) in relation to state capture investigations. Here are several compelling facts about South Africa’s new president, and what he envisions for South Africa going forward... South Africa’s new president has achieved no...
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15 Inland South African Villages That are on Everyone’s Travel List
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15 Inland South African Villages That are on Everyone’s Travel List

What makes a village a village? And where will you find South African villages? A village, by definition, is slightly smaller than a town, but bigger than a hamlet. Often people call them towns anyway as the differences between them are so slight. Generally speaking a village should have a church, possibly a post office. But not terribly much more. Each village usually has at least one character, more than willing to chat on a street corner. South African villages are a quintessential experience of life in the country. They lie scattered across South Africa, lived in by all kinds o...
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10 Dropdead Gorgeous Places to Visit on the East Coast of South Africa
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10 Dropdead Gorgeous Places to Visit on the East Coast of South Africa

The East Coast of South Africa is vast. So vast that it’s not known as the ‘East Coast’, the way the West Coast is known as the ‘West Coast’ - probably because the Eastern Cape makes up such a large portion of it, leading to confusion. But also because there are so many different tourist coasts along its length. The East Coast South Africa includes: the Sunshine Coast, the Wild Coast, the Hibiscus Coast, Dolphin Coast and the Elephant Coast! The East Coast of South Africa stretches from Port Elizabeth, past East London Accommodation - the city named after the east of London (it res...
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Cape Town Water Supply – What is the City Doing?
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Cape Town Water Supply – What is the City Doing?

The water supply in Cape Town is on everyone’s lips. Particularly now that the crisis is declared a national state of disaster (freeing up ‘special funds’ through Treasury to deal with the drought in multiple provinces). Water dominates dinner table conversation, people chat about water supply whilst in queues, and #DayZero (though no longer a threat for 2018) continues to pepper South Africans’ conversation on social media. Capetonians’ need for reassurance is high as the city continues with level 6b water restrictions to avoid queues for water. It’s 50 litres per person, per day,...
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10 Unexplored Places in South Africa that will Make You Want to Visit
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10 Unexplored Places in South Africa that will Make You Want to Visit

South Africa is one of the most visited places in Africa, alongside countries like Egypt and Morocco. But most every visitor does the highlights: Kruger National Park, V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, the Winelands, Johannesburg, the Garden Route and Robben Island. It’s the brave and intrepid, those unafraid of surprises and adventure, who take on the unexamined; the untold parts of a country. If you’re one of those who enjoys an experience beyond the conventional, then these unexplored places in South Africa are just as beautiful as the country’s most visited parts. The advantage bei...
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Outside the Box Ideas for the Best of Travel in South Africa
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Outside the Box Ideas for the Best of Travel in South Africa

For your next holiday think differently... Look at getting the best of Travel in South Africa from a new perspective. Because we’ve a few novel and creative outside the box ideas to share with you. Each of the accommodation options below is unconventional - because they’re creative, off-the-beaten-path, or just plain fun. And a stay in each can only give you a new found appreciation for the country. These outside the box ideas allow you to combine a few together, and in that way see some of the best South Africa has to offer... Here they are: Outside the box ideas for the best of ...
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The Most Romantic Places to Stay in Johannesburg
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The Most Romantic Places to Stay in Johannesburg

Romance doesn’t always mean Victorian-style furniture and canopied beds (although some of these romantic places to stay in Johannesburg do just that!), romance also comes as refined, understated elegance. And so we’ve handpicked a mix of romantic places to stay in Johannesburg that ooze romantic idyll, nostalgia and charm for those of you for whom an escape cannot be less than a liaison; an affair of the heart. The most romantic places to stay in Johannesburg... House Higgo, Northcliff There is a sophistication about House Higgo’s décor that more than delivers on the romance front,...
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Why The best of Cape Town is found in the ‘burbs
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Why The best of Cape Town is found in the ‘burbs

The best of Cape Town is found in these suburbs... Cape Town’s city bowl is vibrant, cosmopolitan, and a major attraction for visitors to the Mother City, despite the drought. But you could be missing the bigger picture to assume this is the best of Cape Town, South Africa. Because out in the suburbs there is another Cape Town just waiting to be discovered... These attractions are why the best of Cape Town is found in the suburbs Wynberg’s Village Wynberg, because of its situation on a hill, was used as a military station in the late 1700s. Just below it grew a little support villa...
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It’s Not Far to the Karoo from Cape Town
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It’s Not Far to the Karoo from Cape Town

The Karoo from Cape Town is not as far as you think. You have only to take the N1 across the Cape fold mountains to Worcester - not even two hours’ drive - to experience South Africa’s version of the Outback. In fact, you can’t get to Johannesburg from Cape Town without driving through the Karoo. Once it formed a barrier to the interior and functioned as a place for adventurers and fools. Today it’s road trip country, a place of frontier bars, farm stalls, mountains and never-ending space the further north you go... It’s divided - broadly speaking because there are many othe...
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5 Authentic Travel Experiences in South Africa
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5 Authentic Travel Experiences in South Africa

On the lips of many travellers are the words: ‘authentic travel experiences’ - it’s something of a hot topic, and we’re all burning to have them. The pursuit of meaningful travel is the move away from simply ticking off a list of top attractions in well-travelled destinations. What are authentic travel experiences? When asked people fond of journeying the world describe authentic travel as: being able to live, eat and do as the locals do, in a foreign country. Authentic travel experiences establish a profound connection with other people and places. It describes an adventure that ...
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