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7 Undiscovered Sunshine Destinations for the April May Break
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7 Undiscovered Sunshine Destinations for the April May Break

Chasing the sun is something we think of doing only when it begins going through the motions of packing up and leaving. Around this time of year. Whilst the last few months have had even swimming pool devotees shade hopping and water slugging, the slight shift in weather manages to catch us off balance and a last bid for the sun-kissed break we missed over Christmas is crucial for the easter break. Chasing the sun in South Africa is never difficult - most parts of the country it never leaves. We've come up with a combination of beach-side, river-side and inland sunshine destinations where t...
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10 Best Places to See Elephants in South Africa
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10 Best Places to See Elephants in South Africa

The African elephant, the world's largest terrestrial animal, is under threat... Scientists revealed in 2013 that we have overestimated the number of elephants that remain in the wild; that we lost 62 percent of African forest elephants between 2002 and 2011, and that the forest elephant population is now less than 10 percent of its potential size. Admittedly the elephants of South Africa are not forest elephants. These are found mainly in equatorial forests in central and western Africa. South Africa is, instead, home to the savanna elephant - found on grassy plains and in bushveld. Acc...
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5 most famous streets in South Africa
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5 most famous streets in South Africa

No two streets in a city are alike. And no two famed streets are popular for the same reason. Some are the centre of a city's nightlife, others are remarkable for their historical importance, while others still are great for shopping – think Oxford Street, London. South Africa's cities are no exception to the rule. From Vilakazi Street, famous for housing not one but two Nobel Prize winners, to vibey Long Street in Cape Town, there are a myriad reasons to visit the country's city streets. Here are some of the most famous streets in South Africa. Diagonal Street, Johannesburg Johannesbur...
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Did You Know? 25 Fascinating Facts about South Africa
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Did You Know? 25 Fascinating Facts about South Africa

South Africa is a wonderfully popular destination, known for its wildlife, landscapes, culture and friendly folk. There are many facts and trivia about South Africa that make it rather unusual and an even more exciting place to visit. We have listed some of our favourite "unique" Facts about South Africa ... There are more than 1 500 plant species on Table Mountain in Cape Town alone. This represents more floral species than the whole of the United Kingdom. South Africa is responsible for the generation of two-thirds of the continent’s electricity. Incredibly, this country is h...
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10 Hotspots in South Africa – where to go
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10 Hotspots in South Africa – where to go

Our hotspots in South Africa include bustling tourist attractions and low-key places that might not normally make their way onto a list, but should. All of them are inspiring and beautiful ... Cape Town Cape Town is World Design Capital 2014. This year the city that the New York Times rates one of 52 places to visit this year functions as a showcase of various design events and workshops. It also  presents 450 projects that use design to enhance the social lives of people in the city. Cape Town was selected not because it is an already-been-there design leader, but because it is a cit...
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Our guide to the best hotels in Port Elizabeth, the friendly city
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Our guide to the best hotels in Port Elizabeth, the friendly city

No time to find accommodation? Our guide to the best hotels in Port Elizabeth, the friendly city ... Those who live in PE think it's the best city in the country. Certainly it's the most underrated. Port Elizabeth is one of the largest cities in South Africa, and is laid out in a way that you can reach everything within 15 minutes of the airport – not something you can attribute to Jo'burg. Port Elizabeth regards itself as the end of the Garden Route, a city with warm temperatures all year round, beaches that give Durban and Cape Town's beaches a serious run for their money, a host of hi...
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A guide to help you find hotels in Pretoria, depending on why you’re visiting
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A guide to help you find hotels in Pretoria, depending on why you’re visiting

Pretoria: more demure and Afrikaans than Jo'burg, but with a buzz of its own thanks to the energy of thousands of university students that give the city a certain charm, and the jacaranda trees (over 60 000 of them) that bloom during October and November turning the city into a mauve carpet (and gum your windscreen wipers for the season). Pretoria is just up the road from Johannesburg (give it a few more years and the two will merge into something of a metropolis) and steeped in history. The site of Nelson Mandela's presidential inauguration, the City of Pretoria functions as the country's ...
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Guide to choosing hotels in Durban – Where best to stay in Durban
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Guide to choosing hotels in Durban – Where best to stay in Durban

Durban - the country's third largest city - is known for its 100 kilometres of beach, all-year-round warm weather, and thanks largely to the colonial British Indian indentured labour system, more people of Indian descent than anywhere else in the country. With attractions like uShaka Marine World, upmarket curry and seafood cuisine, a gammet of new and stylish hangouts in Florida and Helen Joseph Roads, trendy neighbourhoods like Glenwood and Morningside, a thriving business sector in Umhlanga and Durban North, and easy access to the Valley of a Thousand Hills and the Drakensberg, Durban is...
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Finding hotels in Cape Town: 5 step guide to save you time
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Finding hotels in Cape Town: 5 step guide to save you time

It isn't estate agents alone who mutter the mantra – location, location, location. It's also how people choose hotels. I'm prepared to bet you thought it was all about the cost of the room? But the latest study of why people around the world choose the hotels they do reveals location as the number one priority. The cost of the hotel and past experience come in second. Based on this research, we have put together a five-step guide to help you find hotels in Cape Town ... Photograph: Four Rosmead Boutique Guest House in Oranjezicht Five-step guide to help you find hotels in Cape Town...
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The Secret Life of South Africa’s Little Five
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The Secret Life of South Africa’s Little Five

What do the leopard tortoise, buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, ant lion and rhinoceros beetle have in common with their large counterparts?  Very little other than the names they share. What they are is a sharp reminder of the neglected small creatures - the “forgotten inhabitants of the African savannah”. It's human nature to support the little guy. In psychology terms this is known as the appeal of the underdog; the Davids (as opposed to Goliaths) of this world... Which is one explanation for Rael Loon's concept of South Africa's Little Five. As opposed to the Big Five – one of the major r...
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15 Secrets of the West Coast
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15 Secrets of the West Coast

Do you know what makes the West Coast such an unbelievable holiday spot? Yes, it's the white sandy beaches, white cottaged fishing villages, mountains of the Cedarberg, citrus orchards above the Swartland and the apple and pear farms of the Koue Bokkeveld.  But it's also the historic towns along the Orange River of the Northern Cape, the annual flower display and the coming of the whales. The West Coast is more than a pretty postcard home saying: I'm missing you (not!). It's an unparalleled experience of intense beauty and diversity coupled with a wildness that is missing in many other part...
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Indulgent weekends – Venues in South Africa you will simply LOVE
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Indulgent weekends – Venues in South Africa you will simply LOVE

How to handle the Christmas holidays and still manage to relax? A weekend away – just the two of you. Leave the kids with your parents (isn't that why they visit you, anyway?) or put the pre-Christmas mall-trawl and parties on hold to head away for a couple of nights of just you time... Here are 30 handpicked venues that will make it that much easier to simply book the time away without having first to trawl the web for options. Some are super luxuriant, others I've chosen because of their location, the balance simply because I like them (quaint or eccentric) and think you might to...
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First Impressions of South Africa – 30 things you need to know
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First Impressions of South Africa – 30 things you need to know

30 things you need to know when first you arrive in South Africa - South Africa is a land of contradictions. That it is beautiful is indisputable. That it is also a mix of cultures, ideas, customs and traditions that are unique to the country is something most visitors need to experience first-hand. But here are a few insider tips for first-time visitors ... 1. When you arrive you must have a return ticket 2. and at least two blank pages in your passport 3. It is difficult to find legal work in South Africa, as a foreigner, as we don't have a Working Holiday scheme 4. But in SA...
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10 Favourite Backpackers Lodges Across South Africa
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10 Favourite Backpackers Lodges Across South Africa

There is nothing like low-cost, independent travel to make you feel immensely at one with the world. The spirit of adventure and discovery that comes with uncovering new cultures and languages, seeing new places, and owning only what is on your back is liberating. ASHANTI LODGE, GARDENS, CAPE TOWN You'd be hard pressed to find such an atmospheric backpackers elsewhere, and its location is brilliant. This newly refurbished Victorian-style house has modern, clean rooms, a pool area, wonderful balconies on which to simply chill, WiFi, gardens, a bar, an in-house restaurant, a travel centre t...
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The knack of solo travel in South Africa
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The knack of solo travel in South Africa

It isn't odd to see lone travellers in South Africa. South Africa is geared for tourism and its people are, by and large, friendly, hospitable and approachable. The warnings about the high level of crime and violence does not make you any more of a target when going it alone, provided you are cautious when it comes to doing things like walking down darkened alleys at midnight. Here are a 8 essential tips for when alone in South Africa ... Be smart about where you go Stick to the touristy areas. This isn't as limiting as it sounds. Much of the country encourages tourism and has recogn...
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