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Best Places to Stay in the Overberg – Head Over the Mountains
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Best Places to Stay in the Overberg – Head Over the Mountains

The best places to stay in the Overberg ... You may hear the Overberg region of South Africa, just east of the best accommodation in Cape Town and over the mountains, described as the gateway to the Garden Route. But you’d be remiss if you think this makes the Overberg undeserved, or any less beautiful, than its counterpart further up the east coast. For the Overberg is wheat fields, blue-crane filled, blue skied and heady with the smells and sounds of the outdoors, small-town living, and seaside romance. If you’re not staying on a mountain enfolded farm in restored dairies and barns then yo...
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The South African Hiking Bucket List for Multi-day Hikes – Spend Time Far from the Madding Crowds
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The South African Hiking Bucket List for Multi-day Hikes – Spend Time Far from the Madding Crowds

If you’re keen to experience some of South Africa’s top hikes, then the South African hiking bucket list is tailored for you. Some of these hikes are self-guided and don’t need a booking or terribly much planning. Others need a lot of planning, some necessitate a guide. Others, still, are slackpacker trails. The South African hiking bucket list includes hikes that function as escapes - multi-day hikes that you can tweak to fit your need to get away from it all, so that you spend your time in nature, the sky your ceiling and the trees and mountains your walls... The South African hiking ...
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Swimming with Seals & 15 Other Unusual Things to Do in South Africa
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Swimming with Seals & 15 Other Unusual Things to Do in South Africa

There are many unusual things to do in South Africa, if you look beyond the essential attractions high on any visitor’s list. Not only is South Africa one of the most diverse and vibrant countries on the African continent but it’s gone all out to create travel ‘experiences’ worth sharing. Don’t believe us? Take a quick glance through these unusual things to do South Africa: 1. Swim with seals It’s only fair to warn you that snorkelling with Cape fur seals just off the coast of the republic of Hout Bay does necessitate your competence as a swimmer. You won’t need snorkel gear or experie...
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2019 Travel Bucket List South Africa – Where to Holiday THIS Year
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2019 Travel Bucket List South Africa – Where to Holiday THIS Year

Our 2019 travel bucket list South Africa, comes laden with surprises. Think you know South Africa? Think again... South Africa’s vastness means there are endless nooks and crannies lurking in amongst which you’ll find surprising mountain passes, caves, hamlets, little towns, or even whole cities that deserve a closer look. Scroll your way through our 2019 travel bucket list South Africa - we guarantee there’s at least one place you’ll be compelled to visit this year… 2019 Travel Bucket List South Africa The caves of Kagga-Kamma, Cederberg If you haven’t already visited the Kagga Ka...
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Best Places to Stay in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa
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Best Places to Stay in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa

When you think of places to stay in the Kalahari Desert it brings to mind loads of sand (and not much else), parched animals at nonexistent waterholes, and extreme heat. But this picture of the Kalahari Desert as arid with little to mar the landscape is far from true. The Kalahari can be as hotazel! But it’s also incredibly beautiful, supporting far more plant life than any ordinary desert, and teeming with wildlife in various game reserves, particularly the Kgalagadi, where you’ll be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss is about across the country in the Kruger National Park. ...
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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 was i...
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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 these b...
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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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