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Undiscovered, chilled towns to visit in South Africa
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Undiscovered, chilled towns to visit in South Africa

There are not many places in South Africa that remain 'undiscovered'. As a nation we enjoy wandering the country, and travel journalists have shared most of the 'secret' spots with us already. But if one is prepared to go that little bit further than the average trip makes comfortable, visit relatively unheard of towns that at first glance are unprepossessing, it's amazing what one can uncover. Whilst the towns below are no state secret, they seldom make it into braaiside conversations or appear on 'must-visit' bucket lists. That may change... Photograph: Anglican Church in Lady Grey,...
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Top 5 Spots for Bird Watching in South Africa
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Top 5 Spots for Bird Watching in South Africa

South Africa is ranked 25th in the world when it comes to size. But it isn't area alone that is responsible for the over 900 listed species of birds you are likely to see. We share the Top 5 Spots for Bird Watching in South Africa. Most of the country lies in rather temperate climes, some of it in the subtropics, and the huge diversity of habitat means that birds rather like it here. Whilst you can safely spot them in just about any green space, there are several 'hot spots' that you cannot afford to miss. Top 5 Spots for Bird Watching in South Africa... KRUGER NATIONAL PARK The lilac...
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10 Reasons Why I Love Cape Town
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10 Reasons Why I Love Cape Town

Everyone loves Cape Town. They do. And there are various reasons why. People, when asked, cite the mountains, the sea, the vibe in the city bowl, the open-top, red, double-decker bus, markets, and the food, as their reasons for living here. But why do You Love Cape Town? – why do you live here or come back often? Here are mine: The Mountains I know, I know it's not very original, but take away Table mountain and the rest of the mountains that unfold in a cascade of marvellous mother earth vibrancy all the way down to Cape Point, and where would we be? The Beaches You cannot pass over t...
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5 Reasonably Priced Romantic Retreats in South Africa
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5 Reasonably Priced Romantic Retreats in South Africa

Romance should never be put on hold because your bank account does not seem to cooperate. There are a number of places throughout this spectacular country in which couples can enjoy a getaway together without dipping into ‘the red’. Of course, a romantic escape is always special and worth saving up for, so we have selected some of the more reasonable retreats that promise a very special experience... 5 Reasonably Priced Romantic Retreats in South Africa 1. The Old Jail, Baviaanskloof, Eastern Cape Not only is this historical building an experience on its own - stone walls half a metre...
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Cape Escapes – Villages To Which To Escape, When You Live In Cape Town
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Cape Escapes – Villages To Which To Escape, When You Live In Cape Town

We went away this weekend, yet stayed at home. We drove all of 30 kilometres. Right the way to just beyond Simon's Town. It took us a little over half an hour to get there (longer if you take the wonderfully cheerful route, peppered with roadworks, along Main Road past all the seaside villages of False Bay to help you get in the holiday mood) and we didn't even use a quarter of a tank of petrol. Where we stayed had incredible views over the sea and was set right back against the craggy heights of the mountains of a nature reserve. There were no people or houses for miles (except for the hou...
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South Africa’s 8 World Heritage Sites – and why they’re worth a visit
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South Africa’s 8 World Heritage Sites – and why they’re worth a visit

It's incredible to think that South Africa has eight sites that have 'outstanding universal value to humanity'. These places form part of a World Heritage Sites List that is protected for the future of our children. Around the world there are about 936 of them that include the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, the Taj Mahal in India, the Grand Canyon in the USA ... so we're in good company. Those countries involved form part of an international community that have come together, in a sense, to make sure that these sites are kept safe f...
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15 Top Attractions on the West Coast Flower Route
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15 Top Attractions on the West Coast Flower Route

Attractions on the West Coast Flower Route - The flower phenomenon is an amazing transformation of what appears to be little more than a barren desert that annually converts into an abundance of spring flowers. When the rains come to the Namaqualand the time of the flowers arrives. One day it's so dry that leaves crunch underfoot, and then just a couple of weeks later, once the rains have been, it's ablaze with flowers – a riot of colour. This phenomenon does not only happen here along the West Coast of the Western Cape but also in places in Australia and Arizona – where plants respo...
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10 Top Things To Do In The Natal Midlands
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10 Top Things To Do In The Natal Midlands

The Natal Midlands conjure up a picture of green undulating hills, clean air, country villages, pubs, a collection of artists, waterfalls, forests and the foothills of the Drakensberg. And indeed, if you add to this some of the greatest birding spots, superb bass fishing, trout farms, cheeseries, breweries, art galleries, coffee shops, guest houses and farms, you will indeed have a good idea of what awaits you should you decide to travel there. The Midlands, during the winter months, is a wonderful escape from the rainy, wet conditions of the Western Cape. And whilst you might not quite ...
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Explore the Northern Cape – 10 Top Things To Do, Places To Visit
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Explore the Northern Cape – 10 Top Things To Do, Places To Visit

The Northern Cape can best be described in terms of its aridness and the crimson, sun-kissed sand dunes of the Kalahari. But this exceptionally beautiful, less visited, and vast part of South Africa that lies between the North Western Cape and Namibia works its hidden charms on those who visit. You cannot leave unaffected. The incredible flower season aside (for there is much written about the beauty of the succulent Karoo) the Northern Cape reveals a few gems, and manages to remain something of a 'secret' from the rest of the world. We'll share our favourite top 10 places to visit and acti...
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10 Great Things To Do When Next in Knysna
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10 Great Things To Do When Next in Knysna

10 Great Things To Do When Next in Knysna: When was the last time you were in Knysna? This ever popular Garden Route town has plenty to offer. The middle of the year is when thousands of people descend on this town for the Knsyna Oyster Festival and those who've been training take part in either the Knysna Forest Marathon and Knysna Cycle Tour. But when the buzz of the Oyster Festival calms down and the tourists leave this town doesn't go to sleep ... it does the opposite of that. Reason being because there is so much to do in and around the town of Knysna. Not only is the town filled with ...
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10 Unusual things to do in Cape Town – Be a tourist in your own town
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10 Unusual things to do in Cape Town – Be a tourist in your own town

10 Unusual things to do in Cape Town - There are a lot of things I've not done in Cape Town that the average tourist has. Exploring Cape Town through the eyes of a tourist can be as good as going on holiday elsewhere, a lot cheaper, and will earn you greenie points for saving on carbon emissions and for contributing to the local economy. So this year over the Festive Season, why not try to explore the city as a tourist. Here is my choice list of things we'd like to do – not all of them fall in the Top 10 Things to do in Cape Town, but then they've also got to appeal to those who have lived ...
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Top spots in the Overberg – 10 days just isn’t long enough
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Top spots in the Overberg – 10 days just isn’t long enough

I thought ten days would be more than enough to take in a few of the towns and highlights of the Overberg, but I couldn't have been more wrong. Ten days is but a dress rehearsal for the performance, and we could easily return for another two weeks and still not have captured the essence of the Overberg. The best part about travelling through this part of the Western Cape, other than the incredible scenery, is that getting there from Cape Town is really easy (bar the N2 bottle-neck through Somerset West, but even that is manageable if you time it properly). And yet, two and a half hours late...
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10 Top Things to do with Kids in Cape Town this Winter Holiday
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10 Top Things to do with Kids in Cape Town this Winter Holiday

10 Top Things to do with Kids in Cape Town this Winter Holiday - Just the other day I heard one of the local DJs on a radio station, whilst in my car in the middle of Claremont, talking about the 'secret season' in Cape Town. The Mother City's winters might have a scheduled wet season, but they are, arguably, an even more beautiful time to visit the city. Incredibly, whilst the worst can happen – it does sometimes rain for days on end, which is why accommodation in Cape Town with a fireplace is nigh on essential - it invariably doesn't. And those days when the sun shines, the leaves are ora...
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Top things to do in Durban
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Top things to do in Durban

Think Durban, think a humid, sticky climate that hits you the minute you step off the aeroplane. Think gardens that appear to grow on their own and inevitably end up looking like out-of-control subtropical forests, seemingly as a result of nothing greater than the power of suggestion. Durban brings to mind endless miles of white, sandy beaches (Durban lays claim to the only surfing museum in the country), the Golden Mile, and beachfront high rise flats that have re-emerged as the 'place to stay'. Perched on the top of a ridge is the city's university in the gentrified and academically artsy...
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Limpopo top things to do
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Limpopo top things to do

The northernmost province of South Africa, Limpopo is regarded as the eco capital of the country and is where you go to experience wildlife, incredible scenery and a lot less traffic congestion, unless the Kruger National Park in peak holiday season is your idea of a traffic jam. Limpopo is also heavily shrouded in mystery and legend, an area heavily endowed with ruins, relics, ancient forest and hot mineral springs that invite rejuvenation. Other than a lot of farmland and the odd mine, the Limpopo is wide open country predominated by game reserves that stretch endlessly and allow one to e...
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