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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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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Fynbos
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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Fynbos

Fynbos, which is Dutch for fine-leaved plants (even though most fynbos is ericoid and not fine), is in high demand. It's valuable because it is under threat - due in no small part to agriculture, invading plant species, and human development. Fynbos is a totally unique kind of vegetation that makes up 80 per cent of the Cape Floral Kingdom, two-thirds of which are found only in the Cape (nowhere else on earth). To put it in perspective: Table Mountain alone hosts as many plant species as the UK; all 1 500 species of them. Which makes the Western Cape more botanically diverse than the riches...
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10 attractions that will have you packing your bags for the Upper Karoo
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10 attractions that will have you packing your bags for the Upper Karoo

For many the Karoo is a great expanse of (dry) land somewhere in the middle of South Africa. Just where this place of great heat and frosts, with an annual rainfall of next to nothing, starts and ends is a mystery, expounded by the impression that its extent is unknown (although we estimate it as nearly 400 000 square kilometres). We have rather a romantic notion about its limitless skies, Marino sheep, succulents, windmills and little hillocks. Rightly so, as it is unusually beautiful. Some of us speak with longing of retiring to a town in said expanse of land, to fritter away our days run...
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10 favourite MTB trails in South Africa (the thrills and spills of our top outdoor trails)
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10 favourite MTB trails in South Africa (the thrills and spills of our top outdoor trails)

I recently heard South Africa described as the 'deep south' of the MTB (mountain bike) community. If you consider the MTB scene in South Africa is hotting up, this description fits.  The country is full of exceptional mountain bike trails in areas that manage to combine gobsmacking scenery with a healthy ride and a good dose of tourist attractions.  So when things freeze over in the northern hemisphere, a trip down south sounds all the more appealing with bike trails added to the mix. You don't have to be hard core either. Many trails lend themselves to families and holiday riders. It w...
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20 most beautiful natural places in South Africa
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20 most beautiful natural places in South Africa

South Africa: a world in one country. 20 most beautiful natural places in South Africa ... 1. The wildness of Coffee Bay The effortless sandy coves, steep green hillsides, cliffs, wild aloes, thatch-roofed mud huts and the notable hole-in-the-wall are an unbeatable combination on the Wild Coast, between East London and Port Edward. Land of hippies, surfers, hikers and the Xhosa people, incredible beachside landscape does not come better than this. 2. Red sandstone of the Cederberg The Cederberg may have earned its name from the Cedar tree, but it is the red sandstone rock formations t...
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Top 5 Steam Train Rides in South Africa
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Top 5 Steam Train Rides in South Africa

Rail adventure, in the good old-fashioned sense of the word, might be a thing of the past but you have only to contact one of the 5 following groups of steam railway fanatics to enjoy a ride. Chug along behind a class 15F steam locomotive that, back in the day, transported the likes of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth when they visited the country in 1947. It is thanks to a handful of groups across the country that steam train rides are available at all today. Here are the Top 5 Steam Train Rides in South Africa... 1. MAGALIESBURG EXPRESS What do you get when you throw a bunch of v...
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5 forms of unusual transport in South Africa
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5 forms of unusual transport in South Africa

South Africans clearly do not lack in the inventiveness department. We're forever coming up with alternative ways of doing things. Transport is no different. The heaviness of traffic, the influx of visitors demanding unique experiences, and the need to get from A to B have all contributed to these forms of unusual transport in South Africa... 1. THE TUK-TUK Forget having to go all the way to India or Thailand to wind your way through traffic in a sturdy little tuk-tuk. These zippy, easy to ride motorised tricycles now whiz their way through Sandton, Rosebank and Melville in Johannesbu...
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10 South African music legends
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10 South African music legends

Chosen for their distinctive South African style of music, here are 10 South African music legends... Photograph: Lucky Dube taken January 01, 1994 by Leon Morris Brenda Fassie: 1964 – 2004 You know you're an icon when Time magazine showcases you in a three page spread, as when it headlined Brenda Fassie in December 2001 as the “Madonna of the Townships'. Her extraordinary talent saw her scoop the SAMA for Best Selling Release four years in a row. Some speak of an unnatural craving for limelight, and a personal life in tatters, but she was adored by hundreds of thousands of fans and d...
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22 Things we LOVE about Cape Town
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22 Things we LOVE about Cape Town

Cape Town over the last 15 years has completely re-designed itself. The city has gone from a sleepy hollow tagged onto the bottom of Johannesburg, to become one of the most photographed, talked about, and visited cities in the world. Even Fodors has been heard to mutter that if there is only one place in South Africa you visit, make it Cape Town. Those who live here are more than a little patriotic about their city. Here are the things we LOVE about Cape Town... Being the French Riviera of Africa We drive past homes with sea views clinging to the cliffsides of the Atlantic Seaboard and...
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20 reasons to leave the city and move to a ‘dorp’
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20 reasons to leave the city and move to a ‘dorp’

You've had a life-long dream. That goes something like this: meet soul mate (optional), have child (optional), move to a SMALL TOWN and open a coffee shop/fish shop/country restaurant/country pub and live out the rest of your life in the slow lane without any big city stress. Perhaps you have given the idea merely a passing thought? Either way, here are a list of reasons to leave the city and head for South Africa's country 'dorps'... 1. NO TRAFFIC JAMS No more sitting in traffic for up to two hours a day. Whilst your town of choice is unlikely to have more than one main road, dependin...
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The 10 Best Eateries in Durban
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The 10 Best Eateries in Durban

Durban as a 'foodie destination' is a recent concept. The Roma revolving restaurant was about as good as it got. Recently areas like Greyville, Berea and Glenwood have mushroomed into trendy alternatives to the always buzzing Florida Road, and places to nosh have restored the city's lunch and dinner scene. Here are 10 of the Best Eateries in Durban, for a variety of reasons... Freedom Café, Greyville (for the novelty) If fire-engine red shipping containers and ceramic sausage-dog salt and pepper holders sound like fun, then the food is sure to please you too, for this little café is both av...
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Where to drink in Jozi – top 15 bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants
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Where to drink in Jozi – top 15 bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants

Jozi's bustling nightlife has so much by way of eclectic and vibey restaurants, pubs, and clubs that making a choice is difficult. We make it easy for you - Here is our guide on Where to drink in Jozi – top 15 bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants ... BEER Chalkboard Collaboration Café This spot in the Maboneng Precinct is all about chalk – the walls are painted with chalkboard paint, as are the tabletops, and you can do as you please whilst on the premises, as long as it's with chalk. They have a good selection of craft beers that include Robsons, Darling, Nottingham Road and others. Th...
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20 things you have to explain to out-of-towners about Johannesburg
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20 things you have to explain to out-of-towners about Johannesburg

There is a whole sector of society that is of the opinion that a visit to Johannesburg is tantamount to suicide. Most people fly through Jo'burg on their way elsewhere. For reasons that on the face of it appear completely sensible. But for the most part are not true. Johannesburg has an edge. It is tough, vigorous and beautiful and most people who live there love their city and will defend its skyline, its insistent energy and its people. But perhaps a brief introduction about Johannesburg will help those visiting for the first time ... 1. Few people who live in Johannesburg actually c...
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10 things you may not know about Table Mountain
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10 things you may not know about Table Mountain

Table Mountain is Cape Town's most prominent landmark. The view of the flat-topped massif, as seen from Table Bay or Blouberg, is recognised throughout the world and has placed Cape Town on the map. That it is one of the seven new wonders of the world is no mystery. The triptych of Devil's Peak, Table Mountain and the Lion is as famous, as is the mountain's 'tablecloth' – the result of the south-easter, one of the prevailing winds of the Cape peninsula. But the mountain's bulk is not there simply to be admired, although this is a large aspect of its appeal. It is also there to hike, clim...
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