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Ten Natural Wonders of South Africa
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Ten Natural Wonders of South Africa

Little of what we claim today as natural wonders will be here in a hundred years time. Little is today as it was a century ago. But we are blessed with many phenomenon hewn by the natural world in South Africa... Ten Natural Wonders of South Africa ... Fynbos The Cape Floral Kingdom is at once the smallest of the world's six floral kingdoms, and its richest. It covers only 18 000 square kilometres in a narrow stretch of land that runs parallel to the coast from the Olifants River, near Vanrhynsdorp, to the Eastern Cape, containing some 8 500 species of flowering plants and ferns. ...
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The City of Saints – 10 slightly off-beat Historical Attractions in Grahamstown
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The City of Saints – 10 slightly off-beat Historical Attractions in Grahamstown

Grahamstown is not known as the town of 60 churches, or the city of saints, for nothing. It is steeped in colonial English history, filled with historical buildings and churches, and is also a university town - which goes some way to explain its reputation for tolerance and left-of-centre thinking. The town of the annual avant-garde Arts Festival, Grahamstown is also home to the oldest independent newspaper offices (still producing the Grocott's Mail), and was home to author André Brink, who lectured at Rhodes University between 1961 and 1990 whilst producing numerous novels, many of which ...
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Room with a view – 15 handpicked rooms with views in South Africa
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Room with a view – 15 handpicked rooms with views in South Africa

Anyone watching Miss Lucy Honeychurch and George Emerson at the window overlooking Florence, in the film based on the novel by EM Forster, will agree that the phrase 'room with a view' changed forever. The sumptuousness of the film, and the quintessentially British account of romance, intrigue and beauty, resulted in the phrase's association with far more than the view alone. In keeping with this idea that a room with a view is about all things romantic, we have handpicked a selection of rooms with views throughout South Africa. It might not be Florence, but you won't be disappointed....
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10 Dog Friendly Cottages in South Africa
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10 Dog Friendly Cottages in South Africa

Where to go when you do not want to leave your pooch behind? There are plenty of venues across the country that welcome pets. Here are some of our favourites. Unless otherwise stated, all dogs are welcome by prior arrangement... Annie's Cottage Guesthouse, Springbok, Northern Cape A beautiful old manor house set under ancient jacaranda trees lies at the foot of a rugged koppie where, back in 1852, South Africa's first commercial mine opened. Now the mine is closed but Annie's serves as an idyllic stop over between Cape Town and Windhoek, or Upington. Wind down in the gardens filled wi...
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10 Best Public Art Pieces in Johannesburg
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10 Best Public Art Pieces in Johannesburg

Visual art in public spaces can be big or small. It can loom overhead, forcing you to squint into the sun to see it, or it can scream for attention from beneath your feet on the pavement. There are no rules about how it must look, what medium it should use, or what shape it should take. What it must do is play with expectation, heighten awareness, spark debate, shift the way you think, celebrate imagination, and make art accessible to everyone. In Johannesburg much of the city's public art is concentrated in the Newtown Cultural Precinct. But Newtown's visual and public art scene is not ...
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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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