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8 Best Small Towns of Mpumalanga
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8 Best Small Towns of Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga lies between Johannesburg and the kingdoms of Swaziland and Mozambique. Its main attraction is the southern section of the Kruger National Park, but its sub-tropical weather, unbelievable scenery, and the Blyde River Canyon are the other reasons for visitors from all over the world. Yet so many make the mistake of passing through the country's smallest province without exploring the byways and back roads beyond the Kruger's boundaries. Mpumalanga, which in Zulu means the place of the rising sun, has an extensive network of little towns in amongst its green valleys, citrus grov...
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12 Secrets of Augrabies Falls National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of Augrabies Falls National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

Years ago the KhoiSan called this place in the northern reaches of the Northern Cape ~ Aukoerebis ~ place of great noise. Today visitors describe it as 'a scene right out of BBC's Planet Earth'. The sound of a river in flood as 405 million litres of water plunge over the side of the gorge, every minute, in a rush of sound is every bit as loud as its name would indicate. But the falls are not all there is to the Augrabies Falls National Park... Here are 12 secrets of Augrabies Falls National Park that will have you visiting, tomorrow ...   No 1. If desert landscape, rocks and ...
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7 Unforgettable Things You Can Do Only in Port Alfred
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7 Unforgettable Things You Can Do Only in Port Alfred

Until now Port Alfred's byline has been 'retirement village'. But this is changing fast  as a younger set and their children move into the portside village seeking an alternative and slower lifestyle. As a result, it's inspiring to discover that the town has its own micro-brewery alongside the river, a trendy courtyard lifestyle centre, a  marina with blue flag status, a handful of really good restaurants, and a series of activities to keep you busy for a week. Port Alfred lies bang smack in the middle of the Sunshine Coast with typically mild weather that translates into beach days, eve...
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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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