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Everything You Need to Know to See the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve Properly

See the Big 5 closer to Durban than you think ... The Hluhluwe iMfolozi (shla-shloo-wee-om-fa-low-zee - it’s a mouthful but you’ll get used to it) combines two reserves of unmistakably different character. As if to reinforce this idea, there’s a public road dividing the two.Three rivers flow permanently through the park. Two - the Black and White Imfolozi s - etch their way through a series of valleys in the southern section leaving rich riverine vegetation to accompany drier woodland, grassy plains and open savannah for spotting wildlife.Dissecting the Hluhluwe section is the Hlu...
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Best Places to Stay on the Dolphin Coast
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Best Places to Stay on the Dolphin Coast

Best places to stay on the Dolphin Coast, South Africa ~ South Africa’s Dolphin Coast gives you endless summer with long stretches of beach washed by the Indian Ocean and sunrises that give new meaning to ‘waking to the dawn’.You’re in the right place if it’s sea views and oceanside living you’re after.Almost all of our best places to stay on the Dolphin Coast, just north of Durban Accommodation, are in seaside villages like Ballito, Umdloti and Zinkwazi.Most of them are self-catering holiday homes, others are gentle guest houses...Some are right on the edge of the sea, oth...
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7 Alternative Things to Do in South Africa
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7 Alternative Things to Do in South Africa

With rumours rife that South Africa could soon get rid of its stifling child visa rules, and the creation of a direct flight between Durban and London, things for tourists are looking peachy. Alternative South Africa is very much alive and well thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of its people, and the recent push for tourism by the government. But not everyone wants to follow the well-worn tourist route when they look for things to do in South Africa...Alternative South Africa has plenty to offer, if you know where to to find it - tours through neighbourhoods you didn’t even know exist...
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Best Places to Stay in Stellenbosch – the Winelands’ Vibrant University Town
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Best Places to Stay in Stellenbosch – the Winelands’ Vibrant University Town

Don’t get stuck trawling your way through the mire of travel websites looking for best places to stay in Stellenbosch. Find them right here. We’ve made it easy for you - simply scroll to compare over 20 of the Best Places to Stay in Stellenbosch! Appealing and historical Stellenbosch is everything wine with estates on the fringes of town, world-class wineries in the mountains and hills but a stone’s throw away, and any number of opportunities to taste wine whilst sampling world-class food.Our list of best places to stay in Stellenbosch includes Herbert Baker mansions, light and trend...
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Best Places to Stay in the Upper Karoo – South Africa’s Astoundingly Beautiful ‘Outback’
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Best Places to Stay in the Upper Karoo – South Africa’s Astoundingly Beautiful ‘Outback’

Best Places to Stay in Upper Karoo ~ Don’t think you’re going to manage the Karoo South Africa in one visit. Because you’re not.For starters it takes up a substantial chunk of the innerlands of South Africa - its full extent not obviously defined (for instance there are no road signs stating ‘Karoo’), although you’ll know you’re there by its cloudless skies, low rainfall, propensity for little towns, lots of sheep, and extreme heat and cold.The further north you go, the more difficult the roads become to navigate.And once you’ve got a taste for the Karoo you’ll be back for more. It...
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Everything you Need to Know to See the Addo Elephant Park Properly
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Everything you Need to Know to See the Addo Elephant Park Properly

South Africa’s third-largest park, Addo Elephant Park stretches from the mountains of the Karoo across the fynbos and forest-clad Sundays River Valley all the way to the biggest dune fields in the country on the coastline at Woody Cape. The park is not only about elephants, although if it’s elephants you’ve come to see then you’re in the right place It’s also hugely ecologically diverse. And you’ll see plenty of other game - black rhinos, zebras, Cape buffaloes, spotted hyenas, birds galore, and even a group of black-maned Kalahari lions, considered the closest thing to the original Cape lio...
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Best Places to Stay on the Elephant Coast, South Africa’s True Wilderness Revealed
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Best Places to Stay on the Elephant Coast, South Africa’s True Wilderness Revealed

The Elephant Coast of South Africa is some of the country’s wildest sea frontage north of the Dolphin Coast.It’s typical of what one thinks when one imagines Africa - big game country - with the added bonus of a tropical coastline protected all the way to Mozambique by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (including Lake St Lucia, Charter’s Creek, False Bay Park, Cape Vidal, Sodwana Bay, Mkhuze Game Reserve, Lake Sibaya and Kosi Bay).Once known simply as Maputaland the Elephant Coast South Africa remains a Zulu stronghold. It’s a mystically imbued, legendary wash of ancestral African lan...
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Best Places to Stay on the Whale Route in South Africa
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Best Places to Stay on the Whale Route in South Africa

You’re going to welcome our list of places to stay on the Whale Route as the whales are due any moment now.They arrive in the bay during July/August, and remain until October/November with Hermanus’ Whale Festival an annual highlight during August. And we don’t want to boast or anything but just about every place on our list of best places to stay on the Whale Route, South Africa, has a view of the ocean ...The Whale Route is one of the best places in the world to see the southern right whale.Starting in Cape Town it follows the R44, also known as Clarence Drive, through the Kogel...
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Best Places to Stay in the Drakensberg, South Africa’s Epic Dragonback Mountains
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Best Places to Stay in the Drakensberg, South Africa’s Epic Dragonback Mountains

When it comes to finding the best places to stay in the Drakensberg, South Africa, it all boils down to the view.It’s that simple.If there are mountains outside your window, or you can drink in their tumulticity (this really is a word, and one perfect for these mountains) from your front stoep, then you’re not going to care all that much about the décor, to be honest.Our list of best places to stay in the Drakensberg does both. They give aesthetic pleasure and an eyeball full of mountains!And there’s something here for everyone, from lodge-style luxury, to teepee living......
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The 15 Most Picturesque Places to Visit in the Karoo
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The 15 Most Picturesque Places to Visit in the Karoo

The Karoo is vast and places to visit in the Karoo are myriad. Divided into the Succulent, Nama, Klein and Grassy Karoo it straddles most of South Africa’s inner country, hogging the west coast, sprawling as far east as Cradock and Smithfield, extending northwards as far as Putsonderwater, and encroaching south on the Western Cape towns of Barrydale, Oudtshoorn and Robertson.Picturesque places to visit in the Karoo, some would argue, depend on the eye of the beholder, but we think you’ll agree that none of these is worth passing over. The 15 most picturesque places to visit in the Karoo ...
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Big 5 Malaria Free Game Reserves in South Africa
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Big 5 Malaria Free Game Reserves in South Africa

For those who don’t want to worry about taking anti-malaria pills, malaria free game reserves do exist in South Africa.Plenty of them.We understand that game viewing is your priority, not having to think about taking pills that don’t necessarily taste all that good. And whilst a Big 5 game viewing holiday in the Kruger National Park is top of many first time visitors’ lists, it comes with the threat of moderate-risk malaria and the need to take prophylactics between September and May. You should know that things in Africa have hugely improved with regards to malaria control, even if ...
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Best Places to Stay on Battlefields Route in KwaZulu Natal
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Best Places to Stay on Battlefields Route in KwaZulu Natal

Best Places to Stay on Battlefields Route ~ Blood River, Spioenkop, Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Hlobane, Ulundi, Talana - all of these are major landmarks of South Africa’s Battlefields Route. A route both legendary and fascinating. The Battlefields Route is set in amongst the rolling plains and savannah grasslands of northern KwaZulu-Natal where unusual rock formations and granite koppies served as the backdrop for not one, but three, major wars. The many battles between Boer, Briton and Zulu have left marks and memories behind, woven into stories that make the route a must-do if soaking up ...
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Best Places to Stay on the West Coast, South Africa (Wait ‘til you See the Last!)
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Best Places to Stay on the West Coast, South Africa (Wait ‘til you See the Last!)

Our best places to stay on the West Coast of South Africa are a varied list of choices - from seaside villas with incredible views, to farmhouse cottages out under the stars in the middle of nowhere, from riverside homes and even boutique hotels to rambling, rustic cabins - we’ve got you covered.Because when it comes to the West Coast, there is something for everyone. We think you’ll agree once you see these best places to stay on the West Coast of South Africa. Your guide to best places to stay on the West Coast ...De Linden Boutique Guest House, Paternoster This Paternoster Accom...
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10 of the Coolest Artisanal Spots and Places to Stay in the Riebeek Valley
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10 of the Coolest Artisanal Spots and Places to Stay in the Riebeek Valley

Once the N7 completes its (relentless) upgrades, the already short trip from Cape Town to the Riebeek Valley will become a cinch - what takes just over an hour now could easily become as effortless as under an hour’s drive. The uncontested capital of the Swartland, the Riebeek Valley is already a popular weekend haunt not only because it’s so close to the Mother City, but because there is so much to offer the visitor. The tourist show-town of Riebeek Kasteel has a ‘high street’ and little ‘village’ awash with elegant accommodation, boutique-style shops and foodie havens, bakeries and restaur...
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These 3 South African Decorative Arts are Now Famous
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These 3 South African Decorative Arts are Now Famous

These 3 South African Decorative Arts, practised Only in South Africa, are Now Famous ~ Aside from San Rock Art, which is enjoying a resurgence since South Africa became such a hot tourist destination, many indigenous South African decorative arts have been lost as a result of the suppression of rural culture by former apartheid policies.But more recently South Africa’s born-free generation - people like Laduma Ngxokolo with his knitwear designs based on Xhosa beadwork - have given South African decorative art a rejuvenation, placing it firmly at the forefront of innovative art. “There is...
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