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10 Reasons You Should Visit the Big Hole in Kimberley
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10 Reasons You Should Visit the Big Hole in Kimberley

Kimberley’s open cast mine is the city’s major attraction. Mention Kimberley to anyone and their knee-jerk reaction is: ‘have you seen the Big Hole?’ Reputedly the world’s largest hole excavated by hand, the huge open pit (also known as the Groot Gat, which is Afrikaans for ‘big hole’) has attracted visitors since mining operations closed here in 1914, but is a visit a must-do? We list 10 reasons you should visit the Big Hole in Kimberley... 1. THE HOLE REALLY IS HUGE Kimberley’s Big Hole is big. It is the site of the world’s biggest diamond rush and the subsequent Kimberley Mine that...
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10 Of The Best Cape Town Boutique Hotels – We Love The First And The Last
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10 Of The Best Cape Town Boutique Hotels – We Love The First And The Last

A boutique hotel is a small, stylish hotel typically found in a fashionable part of a city. Originally the term described small hotels in the centre of large cities, like London and Berlin, but today it characterises an intimate set-up, usually a small selection of rooms with a distinctive personality and style. Although many bigger hotels now add 'boutique' to their description in a bid to sound distinctive, the term used correctly describes an intimate, independent hotel of few rooms that feature themed décor. We share 10 of the best Cape Town boutique hotels. We've selected those t...
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Amazing Treehouse Stays In South Africa – Sleep Under African Skies
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Amazing Treehouse Stays In South Africa – Sleep Under African Skies

Treehouses are no longer mere forts erected in trees for children, so that they can scramble up high and get lost in imaginary worlds in amongst the branches. Now the leafy platforms of our youth have hit the big time. There are hotels in trees, treetop hideaways, and treehouses that promise solitude and seclusion in inspiring forest locations, for those unafraid of heights. Hotels are no longer 'just' hotels. To out market the next establishment they have had to do more than place a roof over your head. Going out on a limb, the treehouse trend has resulted in places like Les Cabanes du Boi...
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12 Top Routes Of The Eastern Cape – Great Ways To Explore The Province
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12 Top Routes Of The Eastern Cape – Great Ways To Explore The Province

Despite its reputation as poorer cousin to the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape includes several of the country's greatest adventure destinations, the bulk of the Great Karoo, the Wild Coast, the homelands of the Xhosa people, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela, and some of South Africa's greatest hiking trails. What's more its climate is mild throughout the year with a Sunshine Coast that promises good surfing and kilometres of beach. Inland a collection of stunning landscapes, plenty of private and national wildlife reserves, and farms producing chicory, tomatoes, deciduous fruit and citrus b...
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots In The Northern Cape
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots In The Northern Cape

When it comes to recharging, re-connecting and reclaiming one's sense of self, the Northern Cape's isolation and beauty is hard to beat. It is one of the biggest provinces in the country, known for its desert landscapes, wild spring flowers and wildlife. But it is not as well navigated by travel books and guides as the Western Cape. We help you find the best secret scenic spots in the Northern Cape for your travel Instagram pics ... 20 Best Secret Scenic Spots In The Northern Cape 1. THE ARID BEAUTY OF RIEMVASMAAK Stripped of everything except the essentials this area way up north...
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots In Cape Town and The Western Cape
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots In Cape Town and The Western Cape

Travel has become a photographic frenzy, if Instagram is anything to go by. #traveladdict #wanderlust #traveltheworld – it's all about sharing those photo opportunities, whilst we're still there. People everywhere want authentic experiences. Instagram, in particular (but Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest in hot pursuit) makes everyone a 'travel expert' as people tap into the power of visual appeal to post their photos for the world to see. And so travel has become about the beautiful places, spaces and extraordinary spots as we all promote the places we're visiting, to the rest of the worl...
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10 Superb Scenic Drives in South Africa
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10 Superb Scenic Drives in South Africa

Narrowing scenic drives in South Africa down to ten is not easy. Just the mountain passes in each of the provinces would leave you speechless for months (the Swartberg, Sani and Bainskloof passes in particular). And so we've selected a number of longer routes, some of which incorporate mountain passes, from across the country. Each of these drives has a unique beauty. Drive as many of them as you can. 10 Superb Scenic Drives in South Africa ... 1. CHAPMAN'S PEAK DRIVE Regarded as one of the most dramatically picturesque drives in the world, Chapman's Peak is the M6 coastal road l...
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7 Most Amazing Caves To Visit In The Western Cape
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7 Most Amazing Caves To Visit In The Western Cape

Caves - underground crevices and cavities that develop naturally over millennia, usually due to erosive underwater action or the slow erosion of dripping water - keep hidden the natural beauty and splendours of the world; their breathtaking formation or cultural relevance uncovered by scientists or explorers and later shared with visitors. Their importance, or simply their majesty, an echo of the people or creatures who have celebrated, lived or sheltered against their porous walls and floors. Some of these caves are filled with stalactites and stalagmites, others harbour historical evid...
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Top 4 Snorkelling Spots On Durbans Coast
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Top 4 Snorkelling Spots On Durbans Coast

The best thing about Durban is its warm seas. Durban's 'all year round summer' translates into sea temperatures, even in winter, that hover around 20 degrees Celsius. Even Durban's summer sea temperatures are more akin to a bath than the sea, and you can spend hours in the water without feeling the cold. If this weren't enough of an invitation (bearing in mind that you may need to live in the sea between January and March as the city's humidity can get unbearable), the clarity of the water and the phenomenal sea life also make Durban the perfect place to snorkel, particularly along the n...
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Top Ten Natural Attractions in Mpumalanga
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Top Ten Natural Attractions in Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga's rare combination of lowveld and escarpment, sub-tropical weather, summer rains and unbelievable scenic beauty makes the province one of the country's best-kept secrets. Yet despite the millions of tourists who enter the Kruger National Park annually a huge proportion pass through Mpumalanga without exploring the richness of natural beauty beyond the park's boundaries. Mpumalanga, place of the rising sun, has a history and natural beauty that will take your breath away. Explore the Top Ten Natural Attractions in Mpumalanga ... THE BLYDE RIVER CANYON It's hard to beat th...
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Explore SA By Two-Heeled Drive – 10 Extraordinary Spaces For Hiking
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Explore SA By Two-Heeled Drive – 10 Extraordinary Spaces For Hiking

South Africa is renowned for its outdoor lifestyle, its vast expanses, spectacular scenery and heady wilderness areas. The country's terrain, stretched across 1.2 million square kilometres, is as diverse as its culture and people – from rugged shorelines and towering peaks, to bushveld, shrubland, magnificent indigenous forest and endless, barren desert. To fully engage with the country head to its wilderness and protected areas and get to know it with your own two feet. Explore these 10 extraordinary spaces for hiking... TSITSIKAMMA COASTLINE The Tsitsikamma (place of much water) coa...
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Best value stays for 2015
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Best value stays for 2015

Staying somewhere amazing is not just for the well-heeled. There are plenty of places filled with character around South Africa that offer comfort and charm in equal dollops – all of them for under R300 per person per night. We've trawled our listings to uncover those venues where character and low-cost meet to find 15 wallet-friendly, quality guest houses, cottages and camp sites for 2015. SA-Venues.com's top best value stays for 2015... BAYNESFIELD ESTATE, NATAL MIDLANDS, KWAZULU NATAL This gorgeous 9000 hectare estate with a piggery, avocado orchards, maize and soya fields as well as ...
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10 of the Karoo’s most historically iconic towns
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10 of the Karoo’s most historically iconic towns

The Karoo conjures up a vista of wide open spaces, dusty back roads, historical churches and the endless overhead dome of the sky. It is South Africa's heart, occupying huge tracts of the country's inner, and more arid, land; often described as unforgiving. Once simply a vast area through which to travel en route somewhere else, today the Karoo is a series of little historic towns and various geological and botanical anomalies that attract visitors in their own right. It is difficult to find a Karoo town that does not boast something of historical note. Our third in a series on the Karoo...
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10 Short Beginner Hikes In Cape Town – Perfect For The (Relatively) Unfit, Or Those With Children
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10 Short Beginner Hikes In Cape Town – Perfect For The (Relatively) Unfit, Or Those With Children

Most of the hikes in Cape Town involve scaling a mountain (if you hadn't already noticed, there are a fair number in the city). If Tranquillity Cracks, Platteklip Gorge, Maclear's Beacon and India Venster are not on your list of must-do hikes, then this list of 'sedate' trails, even if one or two involve a short (though not overly taxing) uphill, is for you. Some of the 10 beginner hikes in Cape Town are perfect for children. Most of them, because of their ease, are popular and busy, particularly on hot summer, windless days... 1. Pipe Track, Kloof Nek: 1-3 hours The Pipe Track is eff...
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5 Insider Things To Do When In Vermaaklikheid
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5 Insider Things To Do When In Vermaaklikheid

The fairytale hamlet of Vermaaklikheid lies on the lower reaches of the Duiwenhoks River, south of Heidelberg. To find it on Google maps we have to do a precise search, for it appears only as a map marker two-thirds of the way up the river, on a dirt road east of the R322 between Heidelberg and Witsand. Vermaklikheid isn't on any tourist routes, and has little to lure the Toyota Fortuners and their ilk – no farmstall or artisan bread-and-pie-producing bakery here. Vermaaklikheid (meaning 'entertainment' or 'amusement' - which may or may not allude to the town's original subsistence on sweet ...
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