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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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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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