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Best Trail Running Routes in South Africa
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Best Trail Running Routes in South Africa

South Africans love trail running. It’s that taking on trails, climbing mountains and racing through forests thing that appears to have bitten hard. It isn’t surprising really, given the legions of mountain bike singletrack up for grabs across the country. These serve equally well as trail running routes in South Africa. But which are the best trail running routes in South Africa? Here’s the list of a mix of short and long trail running routes that most trail runners will agree are up there with the best... The Otter African Trail Run, Garden Route Also known as the Grail of Tra...
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10 Gorgeous Guest Houses in the Free State
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10 Gorgeous Guest Houses in the Free State

These gorgeous guest houses in the Free State will come as a welcome surprise. Gone is the dizzying chintz and outdated style often associated with this part of the country. These Free State guest houses are compelling, elegantly furnished and easy on the eye. They show a flair for generous hospitality, and many of them are in beautiful grounds, or in areas where the views are heartstopping. Even if you weren’t planning a trip through the country’s interior, these gorgeous guest houses in the Free State will soon change your mind... Allegro House, Bloemfontein Not all gue...
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New Year, New Resolutions. Here are some you CAN keep…
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New Year, New Resolutions. Here are some you CAN keep…

So 2018 is finally here and to mark the start of the new year most of us come up with a list of resolutions - goals we'd like to accomplish, things to learn, changes to make - many of which we abandon after just a few days. We'd like to help you choose some resolutions you can accomplish. Check out our list below. Wishing you joy, prosperity, and an adventure-filled 2018 and ... Bon voyage 1. SPEND MORE TIME WITH FAMILY To make sure you have their undivided attention in today’s digital world, look for somewhere remote, preferably without cell phone reception... India House fits the b...
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Unique Experiences You Can Have Only in South Africa
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Unique Experiences You Can Have Only in South Africa

South Africa is extraordinary. When one thinks unique experiences, South Africa - with its unusual blend of diverse cultures, varied landscapes, wildlife, vibrant cities and historical towns - tops the list for its distinct character. We think you’ll agree that our list of unique experiences are what make South Africa exceptional... The Cape Winelands South Africa has a list of historical towns within a stone’s throw of Cape Town. Most of them have their roots in viticulture that has, since the ‘fall’ of apartheid, grown into an impressive wine producing industry. Known collecti...
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The Best Places in South Africa that You Hardly Know About
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The Best Places in South Africa that You Hardly Know About

A list of the best places in South Africa is a long one. But, unlike similar lists doing the rounds on social media that stick to those places we’ve all visited (yawn), or at least know about, this list of the best places in South Africa is filled with areas and locations we’re prepared to bet you hardly know about. Go on, how many of these 'best places in South Africa' have you actually visited? Other than the first place on the list below, which we’ve put there so that at least you’ll be able to put a tick next to one of them!   No 1 Long Beach, Noordhoek Midway along this incredi...
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Places in Cape Town to Propose that Guarantee a ‘Yes’
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Places in Cape Town to Propose that Guarantee a ‘Yes’

Cape Town is fast earning a reputation as one of the most perfect places in the world to propose - where else can you find quite the same combination of sea, mountain, sky, wine and vibe? And when it comes to places in Cape Town to propose, the Mother City is hardly short on supply. Read our list of a few suggestions in cape town to propose and see for yourself... Sea Point Promenade Sea Point’s promenade is to Cape Town what La Rambla is to Barcelona - on some weekends you may even find people forgetting themselves and doing the Tango. It stretches the length of Mouille Point a...
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Five underrated South African National Parks
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Five underrated South African National Parks

South African national parks are a good bet, when exploring South Africa. They’re generally well maintained, cheaper than the average safari lodge, and, if you time your visit for SA National Parks Week, grant South African citizens free entry. These are five underrated South African national parks that deserve a closer look ... Agulhas National Park Agulhas National Park lies on the very tip of Africa with a landscape so varied that its rare limestone fynbos and protected lowland become a draw card in their own right. But it is the wild sea views, and rock-littered seas...
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Fun Things to do in Maboneng, Hangout of Creatives
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Fun Things to do in Maboneng, Hangout of Creatives

Maboneng is Johannesburg’s trendy precinct to the east of the city. Its Sotho name, when translated, means ‘place of light’ - an apt description for what was once a sorely neglected part of Jeppestown. When it comes to fun things to do in Maboneng - which describes itself as a ‘collaborative hub of culture, business and lifestyle’ - there is always something new going down (their latest venture is an up-cycled container development by New York architects LOT-EK). Maboneng is a blend of residential, office and industrial space mixed with retail stores, entertainment venues and restaurants...
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Incredible Places to Sleep Under the Stars in South Africa
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Incredible Places to Sleep Under the Stars in South Africa

Sleeping out in the wilderness, under a star-strewn sky, is not something you can do just anywhere anymore. In fact, few holiday destinations can promise places to sleep under the stars, like South Africa can; free of light pollution. South Africa is huge. And because of its vastness there are places to sleep under the stars in South Africa in various untamed areas, and parts of the country where the world is still largely governed by nature. Scan through our list of 8 incredible places to sleep under the stars, South Africa... The Upper Karoo Famous for its wide, sparsel...
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Inexpensive Accommodation in Cape Town, South Africa
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Inexpensive Accommodation in Cape Town, South Africa

Inexpensive accommodation in Cape Town is like hen’s teeth. But you can still find it in Cape Town. Truth is, it’s more about knowing where to look, and we’re rather good at that at SA-Venues.com - it’s what we do. So, if you’re determined to have a holiday in Cape Town, but want an inexpensive place to stay - look no further. Sure, the accommodation in Clifton is awesome (but, my goodness, the cost!). If you stay just around the corner in Sea Point or Green Point, you’ll hardly notice the difference... And places like trendy Harfield Village or Vredehoek give you excellent altern...
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Unusual Accommodation in South Africa, for a Real Holiday Experience
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Unusual Accommodation in South Africa, for a Real Holiday Experience

We’ve put together a list of unusual accommodation in South Africa, because like us, you want your stay to be an experience. We know that creating an authentic tourist experience starts with finding somewhere to stay that is a little unusual; somewhere that gives unique pleasure to your trip, and translates into a fulfilling encounter. (No bog standard tourist experience for you!) Cast your eye over this list of unusual accommodation in South Africa, and go adventure! In a treehouse right above your own private beach The Garden Route has some particularly unique viewpoints, but none to...
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12 Secrets of the Mokala National Park That Will Have you Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of the Mokala National Park That Will Have you Visiting, Tomorrow

Mokala National Park lies just outside Kimberley - a series of wide open grasslands, Kalahari thornveld and camelthorn scrub land interspersed with isolated dolerite hills. Mokala means camelthorn tree (Acacia erioloba) in Setswana, a name given because of the many twisted renditions of the tree, ranging between 2 metre-high shrubs to 16 metre sprawling crowns across the 27 500 hectare park landscape. By all accounts, Mokala National Park is one of the most rewarding national parks to visit, purely for the dearth of visitors and the emphasis on endangered animals - the park breeds and pr...
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Baths with Amazing Views in South Africa
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Baths with Amazing Views in South Africa

There is no measure of luxury quite like baths with amazing views. There’s something about luxuriating in amongst bubbles, soaking in the beauty... And there is no shortage of mountain and sea views in South Africa - for they’re in ample supply (although not always from your bath)... Zwahili Private Game Lodge, Limpopo Not often you find a bath that overlooks the bushveld plains, but try this freestanding ball and claw bath for size. We especially love the way it overlooks your private plunge pool, which begs the question: which one? Don’t stop there because when it comes to romance Zw...
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Things to Do in Johannesburg for Free
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Things to Do in Johannesburg for Free

Egoli might be one of South Africa’s more expensive cities, but if you know where to look there are a list of things to do in Johannesburg for free. There are food markets (Bamboo Market, Bryanston Organic, Fourways Farmers’, Market on Main), craft markets (Rosebank Rooftop), and interesting high streets (4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Melville, Greenside) that are all free - but they come with an invisible price tag as, for each, the temptation to stop and have, at least, a cup of coffee and a bagel is almost obligatory. After splurging on a fancy Johannesburg Hotel, the following, however, are...
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10 things you should never do in Cape Town
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10 things you should never do in Cape Town

There are many attractions in the Mother City, some that are almost required visiting when you holiday in the Cape, but here are the things you should never do in Cape Town ... Never go to the beach on Christmas day (or New Year’s Day, for that matter) Just about every beach in Cape Town is inundated during the festive season on most days, but Christmas day and New Year’s Day, in particular, (this holds for other coastal cities like Durban and Port Elizabeth too). So don’t visit Cape Town expecting a leisurely after-lunch stroll along the sandy shore, unless you’re prepared to...
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