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South African Languages – A Quick Guide (including how to say ‘hello’)
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South African Languages – A Quick Guide (including how to say ‘hello’)

South African languages number 11. What are the official languages? There are 11 officially recognised languages - English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Sepedi, Xhosa, Venda, Tswana, Southern Sotho, Zulu, Swazi, or SiSwati, and Tsonga. And dialects? There are further dialects as well. For instance the languages of the Khoi, San and Nama people, considered the First People of the Cape, Hindi, Sign language and even Portuguese. Why so many languages? Whilst most South Africans speak an indigenous mother language, they often end up using either English or Afrikaans at work and school, which has led ...
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The Kalahari Desert in South Africa reveals its secrets
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The Kalahari Desert in South Africa reveals its secrets

The Kalahari Desert looks like a desert, by all appearances is a desert, and yet it’s something of a conundrum because it is, in fact, not a desert. The Kalahari Desert in South Africa, is not a desert Africa’s southernmost desert gets too much rain, for a start, than your average desert - between 5 and 10 inches a year. It’s also made up, predominantly, of sand dunes - long chains of dunes separated by broad depressions known by the locals as ‘strate’ - the Afrikaans for ‘streets’ or ‘lanes’. Unlike other deserts these dunes do not wander. The Kalahari supports more plant life ...
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Do You Know These 10 Unusual South African facts?
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Do You Know These 10 Unusual South African facts?

Unusual South African Facts ~ Everyone already knows that South Africa has an exceptional constitution, the longest wine route in the world, is the only country in the world to voluntarily abandon its nuclear weapon programme, and is so diverse it boasts deserts, ancient forests, mountains, beaches, wetlands and bush in one country. But unusual? South Africa does unusual as well as the next country (scroll down to number 7 for a laugh out loud experience). Did you know: South Africa recently ranked 2nd, out of 163 countries, for international peace and security? The Good Country Index sho...
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10 Top Things to Do in the Overberg Area of the Western Cape
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10 Top Things to Do in the Overberg Area of the Western Cape

The Cape Overberg area of the Western Cape is one of South Africa’s treasures. It lies, demurely, over the berg from Somerset West, often neglected by those intent on reaching the Garden Route, unaware that beyond the Hottentot Holland Mountain range lies a place of grain fields, vineyards, fruit farms, blue skies, beaches and seaside villages. But with so much to do, and so many places to visit, the Overberg cannot be ignored...   10 top things to do in the Overberg area of the Western Cape... Wander the vineyards of the Elgin Valley Elgin Valley’s wine estates  claim their wines ...
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The 20 Best SMALL Beach Towns in South Africa
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The 20 Best SMALL Beach Towns in South Africa

It’s not difficult to get swept up by the wildness of Kruger, the elegance of the Winelands, or the sophistication of Cape Town. But it is the small beach towns in South Africa that get to the heart of what it is to experience the country’s diversity - its different climates, and cultures. Right around the coast, from Alexander Bay on the west coast to St Lucia on the east coast, are beach towns worth visiting. So many, in fact, that choosing just 20 is rather difficult... Explore these 20 small beach towns in South Africa, arranged from the west to the east coast... Langebaan...
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Drought in Cape Town – Where to Go to Escape the Crisis
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Drought in Cape Town – Where to Go to Escape the Crisis

The Mother City is feeling the heat as the drought in Cape Town becomes a grim reality. The city is up against Level 6b water restrictions of only 50 litres per person per day, and the impending doom of Day Zero, without water, looms... The drought in Cape Town, South Africa, has left residents feeling frightened, angry and hot, as the mercury level climbs. With showers severely curbed, and baths a thing of the past, your average Mother City dweller dreams of a stay where water is less of an issue. But, did you know that to escape the severity of the drought in Cape Town, you haven’t...
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Travel Bucket List 2018 – Unusual South African Destinations
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Travel Bucket List 2018 – Unusual South African Destinations

Unusual South African destinations make up our travel bucket list for 2018. Bucket lists by definition contain experiences one hopes to experience in this life. This travel bucket list is for those of you who love travelling South Africa, but have run out of inspiration, or are looking for new ideas. We’ve scoured the map to bring you out of the way places; unexpected yet memorable spaces to which you wouldn’t usually travel. Here it is - your travel bucket list 2018 - a collection of unusual South African destinations The Tankwa Karoo The Tankwa Karoo would have remained in obscur...
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Best Trail Running Routes in South Africa
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Best Trail Running Routes in South Africa

South Africans love trail running. It’s that taking on trails, climbing mountains and racing through forests thing that appears to have bitten hard. It isn’t surprising really, given the legions of mountain bike singletrack up for grabs across the country. These serve equally well as trail running routes in South Africa. But which are the best trail running routes in South Africa? Here’s the list of a mix of short and long trail running routes that most trail runners will agree are up there with the best... The Otter African Trail Run, Garden Route Also known as the Grail of Tra...
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10 Gorgeous Guest Houses in the Free State
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10 Gorgeous Guest Houses in the Free State

These gorgeous guest houses in the Free State will come as a welcome surprise. Gone is the dizzying chintz and outdated style often associated with this part of the country. These Free State guest houses are compelling, elegantly furnished and easy on the eye. They show a flair for generous hospitality, and many of them are in beautiful grounds, or in areas where the views are heartstopping. Even if you weren’t planning a trip through the country’s interior, these gorgeous guest houses in the Free State will soon change your mind... Allegro House, Bloemfontein Not all gue...
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New Year, New Resolutions. Here are some you CAN keep…
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New Year, New Resolutions. Here are some you CAN keep…

So 2018 is finally here and to mark the start of the new year most of us come up with a list of resolutions - goals we'd like to accomplish, things to learn, changes to make - many of which we abandon after just a few days. We'd like to help you choose some resolutions you can accomplish. Check out our list below. Wishing you joy, prosperity, and an adventure-filled 2018 and ... Bon voyage 1. SPEND MORE TIME WITH FAMILY To make sure you have their undivided attention in today’s digital world, look for somewhere remote, preferably without cell phone reception... India House fits the b...
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Unique Experiences You Can Have Only in South Africa
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Unique Experiences You Can Have Only in South Africa

South Africa is extraordinary. When one thinks unique experiences, South Africa - with its unusual blend of diverse cultures, varied landscapes, wildlife, vibrant cities and historical towns - tops the list for its distinct character. We think you’ll agree that our list of unique experiences are what make South Africa exceptional... The Cape Winelands South Africa has a list of historical towns within a stone’s throw of Cape Town. Most of them have their roots in viticulture that has, since the ‘fall’ of apartheid, grown into an impressive wine producing industry. Known collecti...
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The Best Places in South Africa that You Hardly Know About
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The Best Places in South Africa that You Hardly Know About

A list of the best places in South Africa is a long one. But, unlike similar lists doing the rounds on social media that stick to those places we’ve all visited (yawn), or at least know about, this list of the best places in South Africa is filled with areas and locations we’re prepared to bet you hardly know about. Go on, how many of these 'best places in South Africa' have you actually visited? Other than the first place on the list below, which we’ve put there so that at least you’ll be able to put a tick next to one of them!   No 1 Long Beach, Noordhoek Midway along this incredi...
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Places in Cape Town to Propose that Guarantee a ‘Yes’
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Places in Cape Town to Propose that Guarantee a ‘Yes’

Cape Town is fast earning a reputation as one of the most perfect places in the world to propose - where else can you find quite the same combination of sea, mountain, sky, wine and vibe? And when it comes to places in Cape Town to propose, the Mother City is hardly short on supply. Read our list of a few suggestions in cape town to propose and see for yourself... Sea Point Promenade Sea Point’s promenade is to Cape Town what La Rambla is to Barcelona - on some weekends you may even find people forgetting themselves and doing the Tango. It stretches the length of Mouille Point a...
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Five underrated South African National Parks
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Five underrated South African National Parks

South African national parks are a good bet, when exploring South Africa. They’re generally well maintained, cheaper than the average safari lodge, and, if you time your visit for SA National Parks Week, grant South African citizens free entry. These are five underrated South African national parks that deserve a closer look ... Agulhas National Park Agulhas National Park lies on the very tip of Africa with a landscape so varied that its rare limestone fynbos and protected lowland become a draw card in their own right. But it is the wild sea views, and rock-littered seas...
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Fun Things to do in Maboneng, Hangout of Creatives
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Fun Things to do in Maboneng, Hangout of Creatives

Maboneng is Johannesburg’s trendy precinct to the east of the city. Its Sotho name, when translated, means ‘place of light’ - an apt description for what was once a sorely neglected part of Jeppestown. When it comes to fun things to do in Maboneng - which describes itself as a ‘collaborative hub of culture, business and lifestyle’ - there is always something new going down (their latest venture is an up-cycled container development by New York architects LOT-EK). Maboneng is a blend of residential, office and industrial space mixed with retail stores, entertainment venues and restaurants...
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