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Family Getaways – Great ideas for a family holiday in South Africa
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Family Getaways – Great ideas for a family holiday in South Africa

Waiting for holidays to simply 'happen' when you have children is tantamount to expecting your fairy godmother to make an appearance, wings and wand intact. The chances are that the holiday, unless other children and a ream of activities are 'on tap', could go horribly pear-shaped and find you in the starring role of circus ringmaster responsible for a list of children's entertainment.  If you want 'down time' then a little planning doesn't go amiss.There are several child-friendly venues in South Africa that cater for exactly this. Whilst not everyone's idea of a holiday is getting cozy w...
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7 Most Memorable Hikes in South Africa
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7 Most Memorable Hikes in South Africa

This is a difficult list to assemble, particularly in a country so filled with incredible hiking opportunities and trails that one is hard pressed to narrow it down to seven. Nevertheless, we have endeavoured to put together a list of those hikes in South Africa that people talk about for years after the event; the hikes people tell others to do.They're also relatively kind to hikers, in the sense that there is overnight accommodation on the route and the route is clear and well marked. Most of them are long haul hikes, most of them are at the coast (for some reason hiking at the sea provo...
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Cape Town Beaches – 5 top beaches with kids, top 3 fashionable beaches, top 3 beaches to avoid people
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Cape Town Beaches – 5 top beaches with kids, top 3 fashionable beaches, top 3 beaches to avoid people

Cape Town Beaches - So much to choose from, so little time. It’s that silly season again and a few of us, who have left planning until the very last minute, are suddenly influenced by the sunshine and the idea of a holiday, and frantically trying to find where best to grab a week’s worth of down time, if such a thing exists?A word of advice, if I may: if you have children of any age then choose your destination based on the beach. It's kind of like selecting your outfit based on your accessories – they make it work. Kids and beaches are a guarantee of relative peace for you (particularly a...
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My favourite dorps – add them to your next holiday itinerary
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My favourite dorps – add them to your next holiday itinerary

It is fairly difficult to pretend to be unbiased when putting together a list of favourite South African dorps. So, I haven't even pretended to be (unbiased, that is) and thus most of them lie in the Western Cape. This is a list of my favourites. I'm sure you have yours. And I'm equally sure that I've skipped over at least five that belong here (okay, six, but that one didn't quite pass the 'serves coffee after 6pm' test).Below is a collection of dorps that are small, have aesthetic appeal (they look really 'nice'), offer something different (there's an ever-so-slightly quirky atmosphere),...
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10 Sexiest Hotels in South Africa – Pictures to Inspire
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10 Sexiest Hotels in South Africa – Pictures to Inspire

10 Sexiest South African Hotels (in no particular order)...Singa Town Todge (Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape) The Lofts Boutique Hotel (Thesen Islands, Knysna, Garden Route) Hartford House (Mooi River, KwaZulu Natal Midlands) The Oyster Box Hotel (Umhlanga Rocks, Durban) The Peech Hotel (Melrose, Sandton, Johannesburg) Airstream Penthouse Trailer Park at Grand Daddy Hotel (Cape Town City) The Last Word Constantia (Constantia, Cape Town) Nova Constantia Boutique Residence (Constantia, Cape Town) Vineyard Hotel & Spa (Newlands, Cape Town)To say this is a subjec...
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Tea in Cape Town – Hidden spots in the South Suburbs
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Tea in Cape Town – Hidden spots in the South Suburbs

It isn't difficult to hide little tea nooks in the leafy southern suburbs of Cape Town. Many of those listed here are tucked away, off the beaten track, some of them in resuscitated period homes, others not necessarily here for their menu but rather their venue.But each of these is worth a visit for its particular offering, be it the location, the food, the décor, or simply because you need to know about it. Treat each with the respect it deserves, and only tell your very best friends about them...Queen of Tarts, Obs Lying out of the way in Lower Main Road in Observatory, Queen of T...
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9 Constantia Walks – Discovering the Constantia Green Belt
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9 Constantia Walks – Discovering the Constantia Green Belt

In Constantia's green belt there are no fewer than nine interwoven trails that provide inner-city walking that is easy to reach but nevertheless manages to give one a sense of getting away from it all, surrounded by the green leafiness of Constantia.The not very strenuous Constantia walks are roughly 30 to 45 minutes each, depending on how many of them you attempt at a time, and provide you with a space in which to don a hat and boots, whilst taking in the beauty of streams, rivers and mountain scenery in the midst of elegance, some of the oldest winelands in the Cape, soaring oak trees, g...
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