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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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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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8 Glorious Gardens That Just Happen To Be On Wine Estates
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8 Glorious Gardens That Just Happen To Be On Wine Estates

To explore a garden before, or after, tasting the wine grown on the farm is one of the highlights of these 8 glorious gardens on wine estates... BABYLONSTOREN The gardens at Babylonstoren are extensive. Modelled on the former Company Gardens of the Cape (the gardens that fed and watered ships using Cape Town as a halfway station) their name plays on the imagery of the mystical gardens of Babylon (although you don't need much of an imagination – these gardens have inspired and captivated almost everyone who visits them). Eight acres of formal garden with over 300 varieties of edible plants...
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10 Nature Reserves In and Around Cape Town
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10 Nature Reserves In and Around Cape Town

There are many nature reserves in and around Cape Town. The 10 below include national parks run by SANParks, and reserves managed by CapeNature. These are 'public' reserves that are open to anyone, although most have an entrance fee attached to using their facilities... 1: TABLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK Few people realise just how vast Table Mountain National Park is. All land on Table Mountain above the 150-metre contour is protected. The 28 898 hectare reserve runs the length of the peninsular mountains that stretch from Signal Hill, overlooking Table Bay, all the way to Cape Point; a full 5...
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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Fynbos
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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Fynbos

Fynbos, which is Dutch for fine-leaved plants (even though most fynbos is ericoid and not fine), is in high demand. It's valuable because it is under threat - due in no small part to agriculture, invading plant species, and human development. Fynbos is a totally unique kind of vegetation that makes up 80 per cent of the Cape Floral Kingdom, two-thirds of which are found only in the Cape (nowhere else on earth). To put it in perspective: Table Mountain alone hosts as many plant species as the UK; all 1 500 species of them. Which makes the Western Cape more botanically diverse than the riches...
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10 attractions that will have you packing your bags for the Upper Karoo
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10 attractions that will have you packing your bags for the Upper Karoo

For many the Karoo is a great expanse of (dry) land somewhere in the middle of South Africa. Just where this place of great heat and frosts, with an annual rainfall of next to nothing, starts and ends is a mystery, expounded by the impression that its extent is unknown (although we estimate it as nearly 400 000 square kilometres). We have rather a romantic notion about its limitless skies, Marino sheep, succulents, windmills and little hillocks. Rightly so, as it is unusually beautiful. Some of us speak with longing of retiring to a town in said expanse of land, to fritter away our days run...
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10 favourite MTB trails in South Africa (the thrills and spills of our top outdoor trails)
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10 favourite MTB trails in South Africa (the thrills and spills of our top outdoor trails)

I recently heard South Africa described as the 'deep south' of the MTB (mountain bike) community. If you consider the MTB scene in South Africa is hotting up, this description fits.  The country is full of exceptional mountain bike trails in areas that manage to combine gobsmacking scenery with a healthy ride and a good dose of tourist attractions.  So when things freeze over in the northern hemisphere, a trip down south sounds all the more appealing with bike trails added to the mix. You don't have to be hard core either. Many trails lend themselves to families and holiday riders. It w...
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20 most beautiful natural places in South Africa
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20 most beautiful natural places in South Africa

South Africa: a world in one country. 20 most beautiful natural places in South Africa ... 1. The wildness of Coffee Bay The effortless sandy coves, steep green hillsides, cliffs, wild aloes, thatch-roofed mud huts and the notable hole-in-the-wall are an unbeatable combination on the Wild Coast, between East London and Port Edward. Land of hippies, surfers, hikers and the Xhosa people, incredible beachside landscape does not come better than this. 2. Red sandstone of the Cederberg The Cederberg may have earned its name from the Cedar tree, but it is the red sandstone rock formations t...
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Top 5 Steam Train Rides in South Africa
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Top 5 Steam Train Rides in South Africa

Rail adventure, in the good old-fashioned sense of the word, might be a thing of the past but you have only to contact one of the 5 following groups of steam railway fanatics to enjoy a ride. Chug along behind a class 15F steam locomotive that, back in the day, transported the likes of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth when they visited the country in 1947. It is thanks to a handful of groups across the country that steam train rides are available at all today. Here are the Top 5 Steam Train Rides in South Africa... 1. MAGALIESBURG EXPRESS What do you get when you throw a bunch of v...
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5 forms of unusual transport in South Africa
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5 forms of unusual transport in South Africa

South Africans clearly do not lack in the inventiveness department. We're forever coming up with alternative ways of doing things. Transport is no different. The heaviness of traffic, the influx of visitors demanding unique experiences, and the need to get from A to B have all contributed to these forms of unusual transport in South Africa... 1. THE TUK-TUK Forget having to go all the way to India or Thailand to wind your way through traffic in a sturdy little tuk-tuk. These zippy, easy to ride motorised tricycles now whiz their way through Sandton, Rosebank and Melville in Johannesbu...
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10 South African music legends
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10 South African music legends

Chosen for their distinctive South African style of music, here are 10 South African music legends... Photograph: Lucky Dube taken January 01, 1994 by Leon Morris Brenda Fassie: 1964 – 2004 You know you're an icon when Time magazine showcases you in a three page spread, as when it headlined Brenda Fassie in December 2001 as the “Madonna of the Townships'. Her extraordinary talent saw her scoop the SAMA for Best Selling Release four years in a row. Some speak of an unnatural craving for limelight, and a personal life in tatters, but she was adored by hundreds of thousands of fans and d...
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