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Best Places to Stay in Breede River Valley – the Cape’s Unbeatable Wine & Fruit Basin
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Best Places to Stay in Breede River Valley – the Cape’s Unbeatable Wine & Fruit Basin

Best Places to Stay in Breede River Valley - the Cape’s Unbeatable Wine & Fruit Basin The largest river in the Western Cape, the Breede River is gently flowing and devoid of crocodiles and mosquitoes, making it popular for weekend getaways. The Breede River Valley is easy to reach from Cape Town - a simple trip up the N1 for a couple of hours. And you’ll be blown away by our selection of best places to stay in Breede River Valley, selected from the extensive accommodation options available in the valley.For a more circuitous & adventurous route try the N2, followed by R321, R45, ...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Garden Route Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Garden Route Properly

The Garden Route, for the uninitiated, is not a self-drive circuit linking cultivated gardens for the horticulturally inclined.Rather, it’s a one-of-a-kind journey along a coastline where mountains crowd a shoreline punctuated with a myriad beaches, lakes and bays. Where indigenous forests, amber-coloured rivers and beaches stretch forever. The Garden Route has been touted as the ‘Greatest Road Trip’ by CNN, Huffington Post, Rough Guides and the Business Insider. And the ‘garden’ bit?Well, this section of coast forms the fulcrum of the Cape Floral Kingdom (a World Heritage Site) know...
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Best Places to Stay in the Cape Winelands
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Best Places to Stay in the Cape Winelands

Best Places to Stay in the Cape Winelands ~The Cape Winelands are almost as famous Cape Town’s table top mountain when it comes to reasons to visit the Western Cape.And best places to stay in the Cape Winelands are aplenty, as a result - you’re spoiled for choice - because it’s here that South Africans visibly lead the way when it comes to contemporary, upscale accommodation. The Cape Winelands excel in trendy B&Bs, boutique hotels, guest manor houses wreathed in climbing roses or grapevines, stylish apartments, and restored wine estate labourer cottages, stables and barns. Fin...
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On Safari in Cape Town? Yes You Can
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On Safari in Cape Town? Yes You Can

On Safari in Cape Town ~ Yes You Can!The Western Cape game reserves are, admittedly, not the jewel in the crown of the province more famous for its vineyards, mountains, seascapes, whale watching and Cape Dutch architecture.But game reserves there are, and by no means a mere handful, in the Western Cape.What’s great about these Western Cape game lodges, versus those wildlife reserves in other provinces, is that they play on their strong points, focusing largely on the beauty of the environment, and the animals from the area.So, few of them have ‘imported’ the Big 5 choosing ins...
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Best Places to Stay in Magaliesberg, Gauteng’s Weekend Haunt
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Best Places to Stay in Magaliesberg, Gauteng’s Weekend Haunt

Best Places to stay in Magaliesberg ~ The Magaliesberg Mountains lie due north of Johannesburg, running north west to east - the horizontal line of a T-junction with the city of gold. They’ve been around for even longer than the Himalayas... The area, including the little town of Magaliesburg (a little further west) is a World Biosphere Reserve trying to balance the relationship between people and the environment as development encroaches ever closer to the Magaliesberg Mountains.The Magaliesberg Area is a treasure trove of experiences, from bushveld game reserves to cottages sprawled al...
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Best Places to Stay on the Umhlanga Coast
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Best Places to Stay on the Umhlanga Coast

The best places to stay on the Umhlanga Coast ~ The Umhlanga coastline with its red top stripe lighthouse, whalebone pier, and beach promenade is an all-year-round haunt for its balmy weather, trend-setter restaurants and high-rise hotels and apartments.Often written as uMhlanga, Umhlanga (the ‘hl’ is pronounced ‘ll’ the way the Welsh would say it) is Zulu for ‘place of reeds’ and refers to the beds of reeds that grow on the Ohlanga River north of here, not the fields of sugarcane that grow on the hills.The Umhlanga coastline promises beachside living, the constant sound of the ocean, ...
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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 MeanderMpumalanga 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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