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Best Cederberg Places to Stay – Overnight in the Heart of South Africa’s Sandstone Mountain Sanctuary
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Best Cederberg Places to Stay – Overnight in the Heart of South Africa’s Sandstone Mountain Sanctuary

Best Cederberg Places to Stay - Overnight in the Heart of South Africa’s Sandstone Mountain Sanctuary ~ These options for accommodation in Cederberg are particularly varied and exciting - the Cederberg, it seems, goes out of its way to provide places to stay that include retreats, glamping campsites, hotels, self-catering cottages and get-ready-to-drool guest houses. If you can imagine it, these Cederberg places to stay have it. The Cederberg, roughly three hours’ from Cape Town, is is about 350 million years old and is a wilderness sculpted from Table Mountain sandstone. The Cederberg is a...
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South Africa’s 10 World Heritage Sites – and why they’re worth a visit
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South Africa’s 10 World Heritage Sites – and why they’re worth a visit

Edited and new information added on 6 August 2018... South Africa now has 10 World Heritage Sites - sites of ‘outstanding universal value to humanity’, each of them protected for the future of our children thanks to a collective international community (UNESCO) that functions to keep these World Heritage Sites safe from harm. For a full list (starting with the most recent first) of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites, keep scrolling. There are just short of 1100 UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world: The Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Galapagos Islands...
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Western Cape Tented Camps perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Western Cape Tented Camps perfect for a Glamping Weekend

Western Cape Tented Camps ... before you shake your head at the thought of having to slum it in a tent, tented camps are anything but the camping holiday that first comes to mind. Many have solid furniture, feather duvets, hot running water and electricity. Most have en suite bathrooms and kitchens, and some even have the odd plunge pool. They're designed for comfort and a good night's sleep. In fact, they're not unlike the level of comfort you would expect from a hotel or guest house. Have a look at these Western Cape Tented Camps perfect for a Glamping Weekend... ... in the KAROO ...
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15 Best Coffee Shops in South Africa
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15 Best Coffee Shops in South Africa

15 Best Coffee Shops in South Africa, with Places To Stay so Close You Can Fall Out of Bed for Your Cuppa Leveraging off South Africa’s growing coffee culture, we suggest you bookmark this list of best coffee shops in South Africa. We’ve made it super easy for you to book a place to stay within a stone’s throw of the good brew. The global demand for coffee and café culture, and the increased enjoyment of speciality and premium coffees like origin-specific or ethically sourced coffee means that South Africa is no stranger to coffee roasteries and shops. South Africa, like many corners...
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Best Places to Stay in Hluhluwe – the doorstep of iSimangaliso Wetland Park & Hluhluwe-iMfolozi
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Best Places to Stay in Hluhluwe – the doorstep of iSimangaliso Wetland Park & Hluhluwe-iMfolozi

The Best places to stay in Hluhluwe, Kwazulu-Natal ~ Hluhluwe lies in the far reaches of the northern coast of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Its attraction isn’t so much that it’s a darling little town but that it lies in amongst several private, and national, game farms. So if you’re after a heady African experience of the Elephant Coast with access to two of the country’s top national game reserves - the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi and the iSimangliso Wetland Park - then Hluhluwe is where you want to base yourself. As such Hluhluwe is the best possible base for a bush and beach break! The town ...
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A Guide to the Major Lakes of South Africa – including Some You Won’t Know
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A Guide to the Major Lakes of South Africa – including Some You Won’t Know

When one thinks of South Africa one imagines the vast plains of the bushveld, the vines of the Cape Winelands, wave-washed towns and Table Mountain. Some visitors come for the country’s deserts. Major lakes of South Africa rarely spring to mind. But South Africa has lakes. One just has to know where to find them. A lake is a large body of water localised in a basin or occupying a land depression that is surrounded by land. Generally speaking: a lake is a lot larger than a pond. Most lakes are freshwater, but being salty doesn’t disqualify a body of water from being called a lake. One...
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Best Places to Stay on the Wild Coast – South Africa’s most remote & untamed seashore
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Best Places to Stay on the Wild Coast – South Africa’s most remote & untamed seashore

Best Places to Stay on the Wild Coast - South Africa’s most remote & untamed seashore The Wild Coast, South Africa, stretches from East London to Port Edward on the country’s east coast - a distance of shoreline that is an ode to the country’s least spoilt beaches. A visit to the Wild Coast, South Africa, is to submerge yourself in cliffside vistas & long stretches of gently grassed slopes that decalcify eyes used to vastly narrowed visual fields from peering at screens. The Wild Coast is an aspect of Africa you dream of, the part that’s missing from its more commercial centres. ...
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Mandela Day 18 July 2018 – What You Can Do
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Mandela Day 18 July 2018 – What You Can Do

Take Action! Inspire Change! The whole world celebrates the spirit of Mandela next week on Mandela Day, Wednesday the 18th July 2018. This year Nelson Mandela would be 100 years old #100to100. Mandela Day, celebrated on his birthday, is an annual UN International Day inspired by Nelson Mandela’s vision to make the world a better place. The day asks everyone to reflect on how to take action and inspire change. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead...
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Best Places to Stay on the Highlands Meander
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Best Places to Stay on the Highlands Meander

The Best Places to Stay on the Highlands Meander ~ Three of South Africa’s top self-drive routes - the Highlands Meander, the Panorama Route and the lesser-known Waterfalls Route - take in some of the most incredible mountain scenery the country has to offer. All of them are in Mpumalanga where you can also access the Kruger National Park with ease. Scroll down for the best places to stay on the Highlands Meander Mpumalanga straddles the Drakensberg Mountains, combining both Lowveld and Highveld in a mix of humid grasslands and cool, quiet forests. Trout fishing, hiking and misty fore...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve Properly

See the Big 5 closer to Durban than you think ... The Hluhluwe iMfolozi (shla-shloo-wee-om-fa-low-zee - it’s a mouthful but you’ll get used to it) combines two reserves of unmistakably different character. As if to reinforce this idea, there’s a public road dividing the two. Three rivers flow permanently through the park. Two - the Black and White Imfolozi s - etch their way through a series of valleys in the southern section leaving rich riverine vegetation to accompany drier woodland, grassy plains and open savannah for spotting wildlife. Dissecting the Hluhluwe section is the Hlu...
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Best Places to Stay on the Dolphin Coast
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Best Places to Stay on the Dolphin Coast

Best places to stay on the Dolphin Coast, South Africa ~ South Africa’s Dolphin Coast gives you endless summer with long stretches of beach washed by the Indian Ocean and sunrises that give new meaning to ‘waking to the dawn’. You’re in the right place if it’s sea views and oceanside living you’re after. Almost all of our best places to stay on the Dolphin Coast, just north of Durban Accommodation, are in seaside villages like Ballito, Umdloti and Zinkwazi. Most of them are self-catering holiday homes, others are gentle guest houses... Some are right on the edge of the sea, oth...
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7 Alternative Things to Do in South Africa
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7 Alternative Things to Do in South Africa

With rumours rife that South Africa could soon get rid of its stifling child visa rules, and the creation of a direct flight between Durban and London, things for tourists are looking peachy. Alternative South Africa is very much alive and well thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of its people, and the recent push for tourism by the government. But not everyone wants to follow the well-worn tourist route when they look for things to do in South Africa... Alternative South Africa has plenty to offer, if you know where to to find it - tours through neighbourhoods you didn’t even know exist...
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Best Places to Stay in Stellenbosch – the Winelands’ Vibrant University Town
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Best Places to Stay in Stellenbosch – the Winelands’ Vibrant University Town

Don’t get stuck trawling your way through the mire of travel websites looking for best places to stay in Stellenbosch. Find them right here. We’ve made it easy for you - simply scroll to compare over 20 of the Best Places to Stay in Stellenbosch! Appealing and historical Stellenbosch is everything wine with estates on the fringes of town, world-class wineries in the mountains and hills but a stone’s throw away, and any number of opportunities to taste wine whilst sampling world-class food. Our list of best places to stay in Stellenbosch includes Herbert Baker mansions, light and trend...
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Best Places to Stay in the Upper Karoo – South Africa’s Astoundingly Beautiful ‘Outback’
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Best Places to Stay in the Upper Karoo – South Africa’s Astoundingly Beautiful ‘Outback’

Best Places to Stay in Upper Karoo ~ Don’t think you’re going to manage the Karoo South Africa in one visit. Because you’re not. For starters it takes up a substantial chunk of the innerlands of South Africa - its full extent not obviously defined (for instance there are no road signs stating ‘Karoo’), although you’ll know you’re there by its cloudless skies, low rainfall, propensity for little towns, lots of sheep, and extreme heat and cold. The further north you go, the more difficult the roads become to navigate. And once you’ve got a taste for the Karoo you’ll be back for more. It...
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Everything you Need to Know to See the Addo Elephant Park Properly
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Everything you Need to Know to See the Addo Elephant Park Properly

South Africa’s third-largest park, Addo Elephant Park stretches from the mountains of the Karoo across the fynbos and forest-clad Sundays River Valley all the way to the biggest dune fields in the country on the coastline at Woody Cape. The park is not only about elephants, although if it’s elephants you’ve come to see then you’re in the right place It’s also hugely ecologically diverse. And you’ll see plenty of other game - black rhinos, zebras, Cape buffaloes, spotted hyenas, birds galore, and even a group of black-maned Kalahari lions, considered the closest thing to the original Cape lio...
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