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South Africa’s Marine Big 5 – Do You Know What They Are?
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South Africa’s Marine Big 5 – Do You Know What They Are?

One of South Africa’s major appeals is its immediate access to big five safaris. For this reason, thousands of visitors head through our international airports. But South Africa marine big 5 is fast falling under the spotlight too, as more and more visitors become aware of the equally enticing appeal of the country’s coastline. Why South Africa marine big 5? South Africa’s seas are home to numerous seals, dolphins, penguins, whales and sharks, so what makes some more special than others? The term ‘marine big 5’ was coined by the seaside town of Gansbaai, who consider themselves the...
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The Best Value Luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation by SA-Venues.com
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The Best Value Luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation by SA-Venues.com

The Best Value Luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation by SA-Venues.com ~ The Cape Winelands of South Africa need little by way of introduction - the area is one of the most visited parts of the country. So, it isn’t surprising that the standard of Cape Winelands accommodation reflects this - if you want indulgence - very often attached to a vineyard or mountain view (if not both) - then this is where you’re guaranteed to find it. Most of these luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation options are self-catered, giving you the privacy and magnificence of a house or village apartment all your own, b...
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13 Secrets of Bontebok National Park that Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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13 Secrets of Bontebok National Park that Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

The Bontebok National Park might be South Africa’s smallest national park, but you’ll find that its very smallness is also its greatest selling point. It gives you access to what has so aptly been described as ‘a little piece of Renosterveld paradise’ along the banks of the Breede River - a series of low-lying, inconspicuous hills the backdrop to the once endangered bontebok. You’ll immediately recognise a bontebok. Their distinctive white markings - on their forehead, legs, underbelly, tails and behind - against their chocolate brown hides make them at once neat and noticeable. Th...
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5 Stylish Durban Boutique Hotels You Can’t Afford to Miss
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5 Stylish Durban Boutique Hotels You Can’t Afford to Miss

Durban Boutique hotels have obviously not caught on in the balmy seaside city, as a number of our choices below don’t call themselves ‘boutique’. Yet the definition of boutique hotels as upscale residences of less than 100 rooms easily fits the Durban hotels and guest houses we’ve included, and we’re sure you’ll agree. Have a glance through the 5 stylish boutique hotels, Durban The du Boirs Boutique Lodge, Hillfold Road, Waterfall This stylish sanctuary lies just outside of Durban, close to Hillcrest, where Durban’s sticky heat (December to March) is less intense. Their nin...
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A Brief Guide to Wild Animals in South Africa
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A Brief Guide to Wild Animals in South Africa

Wild animals in South Africa no longer roam in great herds that take days to pass one by. Those days are long gone. They've largely been driven out of their natural habitat by man's push for development. Man's disrespect for wildlife has meant that trafficking and poaching across Africa has reached epic proportions (elephant, rhino and leopard in particular). Now it is left to governments and private organisations to make saving wildlife a major focus. Fortunately, wild animals in South Africa are protected in national parks, and game and wildlife farms, across the country. Here'...
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15 inspiring South African Rainforest Facts – South Africa’s Only Rainforest
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15 inspiring South African Rainforest Facts – South Africa’s Only Rainforest

We explore South African rainforest facts. South Africa's only rainforest rests on the edge of the Crocodile River on the outskirts of Nelspruit, in a place so unlikely that hardly anyone knows it exists. It isn't a naturally occurring rainforest. South Africa's erratic dry periods mean that the chances of a tropical rainforest, as they occur in Africa, is virtually impossible. Rainforests receive, on average, 80 inches of rain a year – an average highly unlikely in a place like Nelspruit (just outside the Kruger National Park), which gets an annual rainfall of about 800 mm, and li...
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Best Long Weekend Getaways, South Africa
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Best Long Weekend Getaways, South Africa

Long weekend getaways South Africa – why there are plenty of options for locals, and visitors, within driving distance of each of the four major cities. With an extra day, or two, tagged onto a weekend, South Africans need little excuse to pack a bag and head for the open road. Long weekend getaways South Africa ... Long weekend getaways from Jo'burg Magaliesberg The country setting of mountains, valleys, rivers and rock formations makes the Magaliesberg a popular weekend escape for city dwellers in both Pretoria and Johannesburg. Note: Magaliesburg the town is spelt with a 'u',...
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Where to Safari in South Africa
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Where to Safari in South Africa

It's the number one question for any traveller: where to safari in South Africa? The country is geared up for safari. And there is such a selection of safari lodges and game reserves that the issue is less about where, and all about how to choose the best safari experience possible. We help you make this decision by including a list of the top game reserves for spotting game, and a selection of safari lodges (luxury & budget – keep scrolling!). Where to safari in South Africa? Best parts of the country for safari Mpumalanga and Limpopo are where you head on safari. The Krug...
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Gay and Lesbian South Africa – Our LGBTI Guide
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Gay and Lesbian South Africa – Our LGBTI Guide

Travelling gay and lesbian South Africa is as easy as following our LGBTI guide. South Africa is regarded as the cool LGBTI hangout on the tip of Africa. It's the only country in Africa, and indeed the fifth country in the world, to legalise same-sex marriage. The country has celebrated pride parades since the 1990s, and in 1998 it became the first in the world to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. South Africa is considered one of the top ten gay holiday destinations in the world. Particularly Cape Town - voted 5th most 'surprisingly gay-friendly destination in the wor...
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9 Secrets of Table Mountain National Park that Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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9 Secrets of Table Mountain National Park that Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) may include the famous Table Mountain that makes it on to at least one list of the world's most beautiful mountains, and attracts millions of visitors annually. But the national park extends way beyond the table top, including a whole range of mountains that form the spine of the Cape Peninsula in its range. Its 22 000 hectares stretch from a vantage point overlooking the city of Cape Town in a curve round the southern suburbs all the way down to the Cape of Good Hope, protecting a swathe of forests, fynbos and the famous Cape Town beaches... Here...
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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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