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5 Unusual South African Buildings You MUST Visit
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5 Unusual South African Buildings You MUST Visit

South Africa is known for many things. Architecture isn’t usually one of them. But these 5 South African buildings are worth adding to your list of must-sees, when in the country ... The Zeitz-Mocaa gallery, Cape Town Cape Town's huge contemporary art museum, the largest in Africa, opened in September 2017 in a converted grain silo, overlooking the Atlantic alongside the Victoria and Alfred waterfront. Touted as Africa's answer to the Tate Modern, Zeitz-Mocaa has 100 galleries spread across nine floors, whilst at the top is a boutique hotel. Its focus is 21st-century work from A...
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South African Mobile Apps That Will Improve Your Visit 100%
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South African Mobile Apps That Will Improve Your Visit 100%

South African mobile apps make your time in South Africa easier. We've chosen 8 apps that, if you download before you arrival, will help you navigate your South African Travel experience that much easier. Essential South African mobile apps Africa: Live This award-winning app allows you to see and share wildlife sightings from your phone. You can see other users' sightings on the South African map, and enjoy your own sightings by uploading photos and sharing information about where and when you saw wild game. To use: available free for Iphone and Android users, simple to download, the...
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8 Waterfalls of the Secret Sabie Waterfall Route
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8 Waterfalls of the Secret Sabie Waterfall Route

The Lowveld's Sabie Waterfall Route is an insider secret in South Africa. Few people have written about it, despite its being just 60 km west of the famous Kruger National Park. And even fewer visitors know of the route - often cast in the shadow of the more spectacular Blyde River Canyon. Yet the Sabie Waterfall Route connects eight of the most spectacular waterfalls of Mpumalanga, the province with the most waterfalls in the country. Waterfalls are an irresistible draw for travellers. And you will journey miles before managing to combine the effortless beauty of so many falls wit...
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Top Things to Do in Cape Town City Bowl
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Top Things to Do in Cape Town City Bowl

Top things to do in Cape Town City Bowl ~ Cape Town City Bowl is called such for the natural amphitheatre formed by the press of Table Bay's harbour on one side, and the mountains of Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Lion's Head and Devil's Peak, on the other. It includes some of the oldest and most sought after addresses in Cape Town – De Waterkant, Gardens, Higgovale, Oranjezicht, Vredehoek and Woodstock – as well as the central business district. Which also makes Cape Town City Bowl the city's financial district... It's where most visitors hang out when they come to Cape Town on a v...
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Secrets of Mapungubwe National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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Secrets of Mapungubwe National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

Hardly anyone knows about Mapungubwe National Park... It lies on the south bank of the Limpopo River at the meeting place of three countries: Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, about five hours north of Gauteng. It's more than a national park It's also a world heritage site and serves as a cultural icon for its evidence of early civilisation. And, whilst its famous for its archaeological digs (scroll for more on this topic), its wildlife and scenery are pretty spectacular too. And it forms part of the Greater Mapngubwe Peace Park, formalising co-management between th...
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The Official Cape Town Bucket List
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The Official Cape Town Bucket List

Over four million people visit Cape Town every year... The Telegraph Travel Awards voted Cape Town the best city for the fourth year in a row; it's been Conde Nast's Reader's number one food city in the world; National Geographic voted it number 2 in the top 10 beach cities in the world in 2015; and CNN voted it number 9 in a top 10 cities list. Given that you can go from watching whales on a cliffside, to sipping wine in a vineyard, followed by sundowners on a beach, and a moonlit hike up a mountain (all in one day),the accolades are well deserved. Because Cape Town is #AWESOME! (e...
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Whale Watching South Africa Just Got Better – Now is the best time to see them
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Whale Watching South Africa Just Got Better – Now is the best time to see them

Now is the best time to see them There isn't a better time for whale watching in South Africa than right now. Because the southern right whale is busy congregating just off the country's coastline; close enough to the coast to see with the naked eye. And certainly approachable by boats, allowed within 50 metres of whales in South Africa's waters (by those boats with permits only). You've got another 4 weeks, or so, so visit the Whale Coast now! Every year between June and November the humpback, Brydes and southern right whales migrate to the warmer waters off our shores to mate an...
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Karoo Road Trip: 10 Best Places to Stop on South Africa’s Greatest Self Drive
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Karoo Road Trip: 10 Best Places to Stop on South Africa’s Greatest Self Drive

A Karoo road trip is one of the best ways to travel the vast expanse that is the Karoo. Divided into two distinct parts, a Karoo road trip can explore either the Klein Karoo (a 300 km strip of mountainous, semi-desert between Worcester and George), or the Groot Karoo, which occupies the predominant heart of South Africa's innerlands. The Karoo is South Africa's answer to Australia's outback. Its particular rare mix of ragged mountains, vast open spaces, idiosyncratic little towns, star-studded skies devoid of light pollution, sheep farms, and back of beyond windmills make it road trip c...
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South African Tourism Facts – Proof That the World Loves South Africa
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South African Tourism Facts – Proof That the World Loves South Africa

South African tourism facts are not only interesting to read for those of us involved in the industry. They're also essential to understand how intimately South Africa is affected by, and dependent on, tourism as a major contributor to GDP. It's not just 'nice' to have thousands of people land on our shores to explore its beauty, it's imperative to South Africa's well being. Tourism is one of the world's largest economy drivers, despite terrorist attacks, political instability, natural disasters and health pandemics world-wide. In fact, perhaps because of the obvious issues elsewhe...
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New Accommodation – Hot on Our Site Right Now
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New Accommodation – Hot on Our Site Right Now

Every week we add new options to our accommodation offerings on the SA-Venues.com website. So, we thought we'd bring some of the more popular accommodation options we've added in the last month to you - everything from garden cottages and backpackers, to luxury apartments and game lodges. Here's a bird's eye view of our newest places to stay. New Accommodation that's hot on our site right now... Cheverells Farm Cottages, Cape Overberg Set in the heart of the Elgin Valley, these open plan holiday cottages offerings give new meaning to the term 'farm cottages'. The accommodation overloo...
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6 Best Small Towns in Gauteng
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6 Best Small Towns in Gauteng

The best small towns in Gauteng are but a handful. The place of gold (Gauteng translated from the Sotho) is a small province and as such is completely overshadowed by its vibrant centre – Johannesburg – the country's major metropolis that sprawls over thousands of square kilometres, taking its 13.2 million residents hours to commute from one side of it to the other. The dynamic city, once considered a place to avoid, has undergone an inspiring cultural rebirth and an inner-city transformation with places like Maboneng, Fordsburg, Newtown and Braamfontein claiming back their space on the ...
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Northern Cape Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Northern Cape Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

These Northern Cape tented camps give travellers a first-hand experience of the vast space and silence that best characterises South Africa's biggest, and least-populated, province. The Northern Cape is home to some of the country's most beautiful attractions – the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls, and Namaqualand, to name the more obvious ones. Best known for its red sand dunes, desert landscape and spring time flowers the Northern Cape's scenery is indescribably beautiful, but often harsh. And in summer, in the heat of the year, its northerly reaches can seem both barren a...
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Garden Route Small Towns – We explore the Best
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Garden Route Small Towns – We explore the Best

These Garden Route small towns are some of the most popular towns in South Africa. It isn't difficult to imagine why they're often busy. The self-drive Garden Route is high on most visitors must-see lists when they arrive in South Africa. The route stretches from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth (although it 'officially' starts at Mossel Bay), dotted with seaside town upon beach hamlet. In between is some of the country's richest mountain strewn, forest-dense and valley plush scenery you are likely to find in the country. Here are our favourite Garden Route small towns ... Knysna This pe...
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Free State Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Free State Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

Free State Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend - the first one will blow you away! ~ One doesn't anticipate Free State tented camps in a province known as the heartland of the Afrikaner, and famous for its grain farms and rich pasture land. But it makes sense that the province's wide skies and expansive flat grassy plains, broken only by the odd kopje, would inspire bushveld experiences, and that its fertile soils and excellent farming conditions could double as safari farm stays. The Free State lies in the middle of the country, sharing a border in the east of the province with ...
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Garden Route Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping weekend
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Garden Route Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping weekend

Garden Route tented camps bring to mind generous mosquito nets, heavy canvas flaps opening out onto the savannah, and colonial-style Big 5 viewing with sundowners in the bush. Not to be confused with camping holidays where caravans, ground cloths, and tent stakes predominate. The combination of tented camps and the Garden Route goes one step further, managing to merge the best of wild game viewing with the beauty and lushness of the best coastal route in the country Here they are - Garden Route tented camps that you will love... 7 Passes Tented Camp, Hoekwil Safari-style tents with...
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