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Stunning South African Film Locations of Hollywood Movies – Stay There Too!
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Stunning South African Film Locations of Hollywood Movies – Stay There Too!

Ever wondered where the spectacular scenes you see in movies actually are? South African film locations blow movie producers away with their beauty. They’d have to be ridiculously short sighted not to take advantage of the varied and appealing landscapes or the current Rand Dollar exchange rate. But what makes South African film locations even more attractive is the government’s tax rebate for movie makers - 20% of everything shot in the country (as long as 50% of the film is shot in the country).             Because of this our shores are practically dripping celebs... Kate Beckinsale...
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10 Beaches Outside Cape Town You Need to Visit
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10 Beaches Outside Cape Town You Need to Visit

It’s hard to imagine that one needs beaches outside Cape Town, when so many of the beaches in Cape Town are so beautiful. But come the end of the year when the traffic along Main Road reaches gridlock (and you’d be faster cycling or walking) for a kilometre either side of Kalk Bay, and you begin to imagine vast, sandy, less popular beaches where the wind can whip your hair and the balmy waters beckon… This list of 10 beaches outside Cape Town entail an hour or two’s drive, some of them further than others, all an easy day trip (leave early, take a picnic). Beaches Outside Cape Town .......
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6 of the Top Ecotourism Destinations in South Africa
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6 of the Top Ecotourism Destinations in South Africa

Ecotourism destinations in South Africa are some of the most beautiful in the world. The country’s natural areas are conserved in a series of UNESCO world heritage sites, nature reserves and national parks, which is why South Africa makes it onto the list of the 17 most megadiverse countries in the world. Fact: South Africa is the 3rd most biodiverse place on Earth. The country boasts 10% of the world’s plant species whilst 65% of these are found only in South Africa. It’s the only country in the world with an entire floristic kingdom within its border (Cape Floristic Region, better kno...
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South Africas Most Underrated Wine Regions
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South Africas Most Underrated Wine Regions

South Africa's most Underrated Wine Regions - Anyone worth their salt knows that the bulk of South Africa's top wine producers lie on the Cape South Western Coast within 145 km of Cape Town. Something about the combination of folded mountains and crisp ocean air mean that this 'new world' region (despite having produced wine for centuries, South African wines have only begun to make a dent on the average overseas grocery store shelf in the last 10 years) has emerged as a high quality producer of both red and white wines. Forty years ago South Africa had about 200 local wine labels. Most ...
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10 Epic South African Highlights You Can’t Ignore
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10 Epic South African Highlights You Can’t Ignore

First time visitor to South Africa? These South African highlights are for you. Because whilst there are many other attractions and beautiful places, it’s these 10 South African highlights that will give you a real taste for the country. Exploring South Africa can take you from hip and trendy cities to deep into the star-studded Karoo; from beaches washed by two oceans to red dunes of the Kalahari; from mountains thick with mist to the bushveld where drives and walks bring you as close as you can get to wildlife... South African highlights are as diverse, filled with energy and beauty as...
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Best Beach Cottage Holidays in South Africa
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Best Beach Cottage Holidays in South Africa

Beach cottage holidays in South Africa - One can’t help but bring to mind beach cottage holidays when one thinks of South Africa. Beach house stays that include rickety wooden walkways down to white, sandy beaches that stretch for miles... The country has kilometres of coastline, much of it given over to holiday villages and towns and beach cottage holidays in South Africa, with anything from a little two-bedroom cottage, to sprawling villas perched alongside the sea, with views to match - all to yourself - just perfect for family beach holidays... Let your imagination run riot with t...
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Dog Friendly Accommodation in Cape Town – Places You can Take the WHOLE Family
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Dog Friendly Accommodation in Cape Town – Places You can Take the WHOLE Family

Dog friendly accommodation in Cape Town - Cape Town with its incredible mountain, weather, beaches, people and wine is hotting up for summer and Christmas - a combination difficult to resist. It’s an Added bonus if you no longer have to hire a house sitter but can take the dog along. Suddenly a spontaneous booking is no longer out of the question. SA-Venues.com has plenty of dog friendly accommodation in Cape Town to choose from. On our list below we’ve included as many villas and spacious apartments as we can, but the odd guest house made it onto the dog friendly list because, well, the...
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Memorable Staycation Ideas in South Africa city-by-city
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Memorable Staycation Ideas in South Africa city-by-city

Memorable Staycation Ideas in South Africa city-by-city - Have a Holiday Without Straying too Far from Home. /steɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ - the cheeky blend of ‘vacation’ and ‘stay at home’ describes the idea that rather than going overseas one takes a holiday in one’s home country. Staycation ideas in South Africa mean you holiday without venturing too far from home. Going on holiday without leaving the country is something South Africans do well. But we’ve gone a step further with our staycation ideas in South Africa. We’ve found escapes within 2 hours of your city. How many of these staycation i...
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Christmas in South Africa – Inspiring Hotels, Guest Houses & Lodges for Last Minute Bookings!
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Christmas in South Africa – Inspiring Hotels, Guest Houses & Lodges for Last Minute Bookings!

Not everyone does the big family Christmas in South Africa. There are those couples, individuals, or nuclear families who just want to get away from it all. And there’s a lot to be said for having someone else cater for you, even if it’s only breakfast, so that you can enjoy Christmas without the fuss. Whilst Christmas in South Africa is a busy time of year for hotels, lodges and guest houses, we’ve carefully selected those with some available space left over Christmas for last minute bookings! Cast your eye downwards. You won’t be disappointed...   Christmas in South Africa ...
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The Garden Route Game Lodge Gets Even Better
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The Garden Route Game Lodge Gets Even Better

The Garden Route Game Lodge is a spectacular private reserve where the Big 5 can be enjoyed up close without the risk of malaria. Its rooms are luxurious and its setting exquisite. And, it doesn’t hurt that it’s on the gorgeous Garden Route of South Africa. In November 2018, its stunning revamp and upgrade were completed to move it even higher up on your tourism to-do list. What’s more, it won the SA-Venues.com award for being the best game lodge in the Garden Route of 2018, as voted by guests. This upgrade cost a whopping R4.5 million and involved the revamping of the garden, pool and recr...
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Best Places to Stay in Franschhoek – South Africa’s French Quarter
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Best Places to Stay in Franschhoek – South Africa’s French Quarter

Have you noticed that almost every one of the best places to stay in Franschhoek is named after something French, or Frenchified to sound French? It’s not pretentious so much as it’s in keeping with its history - Franschhoek is the Cape’s French Corner. Regarded as the Winelands’ foodie capital Franschhoek’s main road is awash with restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries and chocolatiers. There’s also a hop-on-hop-off retro tram and bus that take visitors through the vineyards on one of five routes, linking 21 wine estates and cellars. There’s something on our list of best places to sta...
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Best Places to Stay NEAR the Kruger National Park
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Best Places to Stay NEAR the Kruger National Park

You don’t have to stay right in the heart of Kruger to experience its beauty... There are plenty of best places to stay near the Kruger National Park with easy access into the park, many of them in neighbouring wildlife sanctuaries, game parks and private self-catering lodges close to one of the gates into Kruger. In Kruger you share the bushveld with lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, cheetah, buffalo, hippo, zebra and giraffe. Synonymous with safari, it’s one of Africa’s greatest wildlife experiences... Scroll through our best places to stay near the Kruger National Park Simbavati Hillt...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa Properly

When it comes to outstanding beauty the viewpoint overlooking the 16 km long, 800m deep, the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa is going to leave you nothing less than overwhelmed - the sheer scale and refined symmetry of the scene makes a trip here unforgettable. After Table Mountain, the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa is the country’s most-visited natural attraction. Splayed out before you are the impressive northerly reaches of the Drakensberg Escarpment where it meets the lowveld, including the famous Three Rondavels, whilst below is the startling blue and irregular shape of the ...
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You’ll Find These 15 Amazing Animals in South Africa
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You’ll Find These 15 Amazing Animals in South Africa

When it comes to listing amazing animals in South Africa it’s tempting to think that the country is only about its Big Five animals (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant). But there is so much more to your animal experience than the Big Five in the country on the southern edge of Africa. This list of 15 amazing animals in South Africa includes some animals found only in South Africa, whilst others are shared with the rest of Africa - all of them are unique, beautiful, amazing animals... Amazing animals in South Africa Black maned Lions Black maned lions call the Kalahari Desert hom...
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Mountain View Cottages in South Africa, Where You can Catch Your Breath
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Mountain View Cottages in South Africa, Where You can Catch Your Breath

South Africa has some of the most spectacular uncharted mountain ranges that often go unpublicised and remain unknown, even to return visitors. So, it’s almost as easy to find mountain view cottages in South Africa as it is beach cottage stays. It boils down to whether you’re a mountain, or sea, person, really. But we love the romance of escaping to mountain view cottages South Africa where the sense of time stands still, and where there’s peace and quiet enough to catch your breath... Book now at these mountain view cottages in South Africa Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge, Drakensberg ...
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