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Best Places to Stay on the Elephant Coast, South Africa’s True Wilderness Revealed
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Best Places to Stay on the Elephant Coast, South Africa’s True Wilderness Revealed

The Elephant Coast of South Africa is some of the country’s wildest sea frontage north of the Dolphin Coast. It’s typical of what one thinks when one imagines Africa - big game country - with the added bonus of a tropical coastline protected all the way to Mozambique by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (including Lake St Lucia, Charter’s Creek, False Bay Park, Cape Vidal, Sodwana Bay, Mkhuze Game Reserve, Lake Sibaya and Kosi Bay). Once known simply as Maputaland the Elephant Coast South Africa remains a Zulu stronghold. It’s a mystically imbued, legendary wash of ancestral African lan...
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Best Places to Stay on the Whale Route in South Africa
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Best Places to Stay on the Whale Route in South Africa

You’re going to welcome our list of places to stay on the Whale Route as the whales are due any moment now. They arrive in the bay during July/August, and remain until October/November with Hermanus’ Whale Festival an annual highlight during August. And we don’t want to boast or anything but just about every place on our list of best places to stay on the Whale Route, South Africa, has a view of the ocean ... The Whale Route is one of the best places in the world to see the southern right whale. Starting in Cape Town it follows the R44, also known as Clarence Drive, through the Kogel...
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Best Places to Stay in the Drakensberg, South Africa’s Epic Dragonback Mountains
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Best Places to Stay in the Drakensberg, South Africa’s Epic Dragonback Mountains

When it comes to finding the best places to stay in the Drakensberg, South Africa, it all boils down to the view. It’s that simple. If there are mountains outside your window, or you can drink in their tumulticity (this really is a word, and one perfect for these mountains) from your front stoep, then you’re not going to care all that much about the décor, to be honest. Our list of best places to stay in the Drakensberg does both. They give aesthetic pleasure and an eyeball full of mountains! And there’s something here for everyone, from lodge-style luxury, to teepee living... ...
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The 15 Most Picturesque Places to Visit in the Karoo
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The 15 Most Picturesque Places to Visit in the Karoo

The Karoo is vast and places to visit in the Karoo are myriad. Divided into the Succulent, Nama, Klein and Grassy Karoo it straddles most of South Africa’s inner country, hogging the west coast, sprawling as far east as Cradock and Smithfield, extending northwards as far as Putsonderwater, and encroaching south on the Western Cape towns of Barrydale, Oudtshoorn and Robertson. Picturesque places to visit in the Karoo, some would argue, depend on the eye of the beholder, but we think you’ll agree that none of these is worth passing over. The 15 most picturesque places to visit in the Karoo ...
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Big 5 Malaria Free Game Reserves in South Africa
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Big 5 Malaria Free Game Reserves in South Africa

For those who don’t want to worry about taking anti-malaria pills, malaria free game reserves do exist in South Africa. Plenty of them. We understand that game viewing is your priority, not having to think about taking pills that don’t necessarily taste all that good. And whilst a Big 5 game viewing holiday in the Kruger National Park is top of many first time visitors’ lists, it comes with the threat of moderate-risk malaria and the need to take prophylactics between September and May. You should know that things in Africa have hugely improved with regards to malaria control, even if ...
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Best Places to Stay on Battlefields Route in KwaZulu Natal
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Best Places to Stay on Battlefields Route in KwaZulu Natal

Best Places to Stay on Battlefields Route ~ Blood River, Spioenkop, Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Hlobane, Ulundi, Talana - all of these are major landmarks of South Africa’s Battlefields Route. A route both legendary and fascinating. The Battlefields Route is set in amongst the rolling plains and savannah grasslands of northern KwaZulu-Natal where unusual rock formations and granite koppies served as the backdrop for not one, but three, major wars. The many battles between Boer, Briton and Zulu have left marks and memories behind, woven into stories that make the route a must-do if soaking up ...
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Best Places to Stay on the West Coast, South Africa (Wait ‘til you See the Last!)
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Best Places to Stay on the West Coast, South Africa (Wait ‘til you See the Last!)

Our best places to stay on the West Coast of South Africa are a varied list of choices - from seaside villas with incredible views, to farmhouse cottages out under the stars in the middle of nowhere, from riverside homes and even boutique hotels to rambling, rustic cabins - we’ve got you covered. Because when it comes to the West Coast, there is something for everyone. We think you’ll agree once you see these best places to stay on the West Coast of South Africa. Your guide to best places to stay on the West Coast ... De Linden Boutique Guest House, Paternoster This Paternoster Accom...
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10 of the Coolest Artisanal Spots and Places to Stay in the Riebeek Valley
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10 of the Coolest Artisanal Spots and Places to Stay in the Riebeek Valley

Once the N7 completes its (relentless) upgrades, the already short trip from Cape Town to the Riebeek Valley will become a cinch - what takes just over an hour now could easily become as effortless as under an hour’s drive. The uncontested capital of the Swartland, the Riebeek Valley is already a popular weekend haunt not only because it’s so close to the Mother City, but because there is so much to offer the visitor. The tourist show-town of Riebeek Kasteel has a ‘high street’ and little ‘village’ awash with elegant accommodation, boutique-style shops and foodie havens, bakeries and restaur...
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These 3 South African Decorative Arts are Now Famous
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These 3 South African Decorative Arts are Now Famous

These 3 South African Decorative Arts, practised Only in South Africa, are Now Famous ~ Aside from San Rock Art, which is enjoying a resurgence since South Africa became such a hot tourist destination, many indigenous South African decorative arts have been lost as a result of the suppression of rural culture by former apartheid policies. But more recently South Africa’s born-free generation - people like Laduma Ngxokolo with his knitwear designs based on Xhosa beadwork - have given South African decorative art a rejuvenation, placing it firmly at the forefront of innovative art. “There is...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Properly

iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a vast reserve on the extreme north end of South Africa’s east coast, known also as the Elephant Coast. It protects over 220 km of pristine coastline with a range of wild and magnificent beaches to enjoy (minus the crowds and beach umbrellas). Where else can you see game in the morning (rhino, giraffe, buck, elephant), snorkel in the sea in the afternoon, and see hippos at night? Watch this .... Considered the largest natural World Heritage Site on the planet, it stretches from the St Lucia Estuary in the south up to the border with Mozambique. It’s also...
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Road Cycling Holidays in South Africa – See the Best of South Africa on Your Bike
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Road Cycling Holidays in South Africa – See the Best of South Africa on Your Bike

Road Cycling Holidays in South Africa ~ Road cycling holidays are not something you associate with the vastness of South Africa - you definitely won’t manage to see the whole of the country on your bike. Not unless you have months at your disposal (there are those who happily cycle Victoria Falls to Cape Town in 21 days!). Certain parts of the country lend themselves more naturally to road cycling holidays in South Africa than others. We take you through the best areas for road cycling holidays in South Africa - just keep scrolling. But first ... How to See the Best of South ...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park Properly

The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park protects a mountain wonderland; a chain of craggy, ancient fold mountains made up of towering Basalt peaks, interminable rolling gorges and valleys, towering cliffs and sandstone caves. Included in the World Heritage Site is the jagged, green sweep of the Amphitheatre, easily one of the most extraordinary cliff faces on earth. The Amphitheatre’s recognisable, almost flat, plateau extends wall-like for 5 km as it looms over the Drakensberg National Park like a sentinel. A hike to the top, whilst one of the most exciting things to do in the uKhahlamba Drakensber...
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Best Places to Stay on the Midlands Meander
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Best Places to Stay on the Midlands Meander

Picture this: fields of swaying grasslands, slowly ambling cattle chewing the cud, undulating green hills that stretch as far as the eye can see, farmlands - sand roads curving just out of sight, country lanes lined with hedgerows, beautiful mountains off in the distance. No, this enticing description isn’t the British Midlands, despite the essential similarity (and an almost permanent state of sunshine!). This is the KwaZulu Natal Midlands. Country stays at their best. Best explored along the five routes of the Midlands Meander - a well-mapped network of routes that explore a whole selec...
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Freedom Day in South Africa – How Will You Celebrate?
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Freedom Day in South Africa – How Will You Celebrate?

The 27 April is Freedom Day in South Africa. It’s a public holiday (this year Freedom Day in South Africa falls on a Friday, making a mini holiday of the last weekend of the month). But more than the opportunity to get away from it all (the following Tuesday is Workers’ Day, so you still have time to take advantage of a last minute booking!) Freedom Day celebrates the liberation of the country from a time that will haunt us forever.... 27 April marks the date, in 1994, when the country had its first free, all-race democratic election. For years South Africa suffered under a system of e...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Cradle of Humankind Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Cradle of Humankind Properly

The Cradle of Humankind South Africa gives a first-hand account of mankind’s roots. Your ancestry starts right here. You’re home. Watch this ... Well over 2 million years ago when the rocky outcrops and highveld grasslands just outside Johannesburg were ranged by huge animals, a young child was snatched up by an eagle and fell into a series of limestone caves. Years later, in 1924, Raymond Dart was to discover the skull in the Taung quarry, which became known as the Taung Child (you can see it today on the Taung Heritage Route in the North West province). The child’s skull i...
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