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How to Gumboot Dance like a South African
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How to Gumboot Dance like a South African

Wanna learn how to gumboot dance like a South African? The Isicathulo, or gumboot dance, is a traditional African dance done in Wellington boots known simply, in South Africa, as gumboots. The dance is a dance of life; a celebration of what it is to be human. At the end of the rhythmic, earth beating and easy to learn dance, you’ll feel like a better person for the experience. Follow these steps to learn how to gumboot dance, as if you’ve been doing it your whole life: Here's How to Gumboot Dance, Like a South African Don a pair of gumboots, preferably black ones, but ye common ...
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Stay in a Cape Dutch House
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Stay in a Cape Dutch House

In-love with gables, white-washed walls, dark thatch, sturdy front doors with a window above, evenly spaced windows and T, H and U-shaped house design? The Cape Dutch house is one of the most sought-after designs for homes in the Western Cape. And it’s not easy to find an original that dates back to the time the Dutch colonised the Cape. Even fewer retain their thatched roof - they’re an obvious fire hazard. We are as much in-love with the Cape Dutch house style as the next person, and we’ve selected a handful in which you can stay, when you next visit the Western Cape: Basse Pro...
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The Most Iconic Heritage Buildings in Cape Town
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The Most Iconic Heritage Buildings in Cape Town

Heritage buildings in Cape Town are not as scarce as one might expect from a city whose building history dates back only to the 1650s with the arrival of the Dutch. Yes, Bartholomeu Dias rounded the Cape in 1488 but, apart from his stone crosses, he left little by way of heritage buildings. Heritage buildings in Cape Town, are recognised by the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA). Some of them are also national monuments, as a result. We’ve picked 10 of the best of these to bring you the most iconic heritage buildings Cape Town ... Bo-Kaap There are portions of the cit...
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And the Most Visited Tourist Attractions in South Africa are…
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And the Most Visited Tourist Attractions in South Africa are…

Ask anyone the question - which are the most visited tourist attractions in South Africa - and they’ll probably answer along the lines of our list below ... V&A Waterfront The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town has around 25 million visitors a year and is considered the most visited tourist attraction in South Africa. Whilst there, you can also take in the Watershed and Two Oceans Aquarium. Highlights include the views of Table Mountain, a working harbour, shopping, restaurants, and some of the oldest heritage sites (Chavonnes Battery Museum) that make up a self-guided hi...
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The Best Hotels in South Africa, Right Now, that Aren’t Hotel Chains
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The Best Hotels in South Africa, Right Now, that Aren’t Hotel Chains

We've stretched the definition of 'hotel' a little, to accommodate a couple of boutique hotels - and even the odd lodge that welcomes almost the same number of guests as a small hotel - to bring you a list of the best hotels in South Africa. All of them deliver hotel comfort, but not all of them come with the hefty price tag (some are a pleasant surprise). And all of them are independent, and not one of them is part of a hotel chain... Here are the best hotels in South Africa, right now: Hotels In Johannesburg The Munro Hotel, Sandton Opulence and superlative views out over Johan...
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Drought in Cape Town – What Visitors Can Do to Help
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Drought in Cape Town – What Visitors Can Do to Help

There is a drought in Cape Town. What Visitors Can Do to Help The Mother City, rather than restricting visitors, continues to welcome them but requests the careful use of water. 2017 has not only been one of the driest years in decades in the Western Cape, it’s also the second of two really dry winters, something that hasn’t happened more than once a millennium before now. And whilst the city has reduced water pressure, which has greatly decreased the daily use of water, water usage is still way too high. Some areas can expect disrupted water supply in the form of water rationing....
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Our Best Value Luxury Western Cape Accommodation, You Just Can’t Resist
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Our Best Value Luxury Western Cape Accommodation, You Just Can’t Resist

We’ve pulled out all the stops to find you best value, luxury Western Cape Accommodation, including Cape Town. Most of these options are self-catered, giving you the privacy and magnificence of a house all your own, with views out over the ocean, or of the Cape fold mountains. You won’t be able to resist this list of luxury Western Cape accommodation ... Blinkwater Villa, Camps Bay This stunning, modern villa is only minutes’ walk from Camps Bay beach. Its views of Lion’s Head and Table Mountain alone are reason to stay, but the contemporary architecture and emphasis on comfort,...
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The Story of How Cape Town got its Name
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The Story of How Cape Town got its Name

The story of how Cape Town got its name is a special one, that starts way back in the annals of time: Once upon a time a man known as Bart to his friends, but Bartolomeu to his employers, rounded a piece of land in the shape of a finger. It was the year 1488 - by all accounts a leap year, and the same year that the Netherlands formed its royal navy, and James IV of Scotland became king after the battle of Sauchieburn... Not all that far away, but far enough, Rao Bika was discovering the city of Bikaner, in western India (give or take a few months). Back on the African continent, th...
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South Africa’s Marine Big 5 – Do You Know What They Are?
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South Africa’s Marine Big 5 – Do You Know What They Are?

One of South Africa’s major appeals is its immediate access to big five safaris. For this reason, thousands of visitors head through our international airports. But South Africa marine big 5 is fast falling under the spotlight too, as more and more visitors become aware of the equally enticing appeal of the country’s coastline. Why South Africa marine big 5? South Africa’s seas are home to numerous seals, dolphins, penguins, whales and sharks, so what makes some more special than others? The term ‘marine big 5’ was coined by the seaside town of Gansbaai, who consider themselves the...
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The Best Value Luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation by SA-Venues.com
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The Best Value Luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation by SA-Venues.com

The Best Value Luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation by SA-Venues.com ~ The Cape Winelands of South Africa need little by way of introduction - the area is one of the most visited parts of the country. So, it isn’t surprising that the standard of Cape Winelands accommodation reflects this - if you want indulgence - very often attached to a vineyard or mountain view (if not both) - then this is where you’re guaranteed to find it. Most of these luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation options are self-catered, giving you the privacy and magnificence of a house or village apartment all your own, b...
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13 Secrets of Bontebok National Park that Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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13 Secrets of Bontebok National Park that Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

The Bontebok National Park might be South Africa’s smallest national park, but you’ll find that its very smallness is also its greatest selling point. It gives you access to what has so aptly been described as ‘a little piece of Renosterveld paradise’ along the banks of the Breede River - a series of low-lying, inconspicuous hills the backdrop to the once endangered bontebok. You’ll immediately recognise a bontebok. Their distinctive white markings - on their forehead, legs, underbelly, tails and behind - against their chocolate brown hides make them at once neat and noticeable. Th...
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5 Stylish Durban Boutique Hotels You Can’t Afford to Miss
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5 Stylish Durban Boutique Hotels You Can’t Afford to Miss

Durban Boutique hotels have obviously not caught on in the balmy seaside city, as a number of our choices below don’t call themselves ‘boutique’. Yet the definition of boutique hotels as upscale residences of less than 100 rooms easily fits the Durban hotels and guest houses we’ve included, and we’re sure you’ll agree. Have a glance through the 5 stylish boutique hotels, Durban The du Boirs Boutique Lodge, Hillfold Road, Waterfall This stylish sanctuary lies just outside of Durban, close to Hillcrest, where Durban’s sticky heat (December to March) is less intense. Their nin...
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A Brief Guide to Wild Animals in South Africa
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A Brief Guide to Wild Animals in South Africa

Wild animals in South Africa no longer roam in great herds that take days to pass one by. Those days are long gone. They've largely been driven out of their natural habitat by man's push for development. Man's disrespect for wildlife has meant that trafficking and poaching across Africa has reached epic proportions (elephant, rhino and leopard in particular). Now it is left to governments and private organisations to make saving wildlife a major focus. Fortunately, wild animals in South Africa are protected in national parks, and game and wildlife farms, across the country. Here'...
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15 inspiring South African Rainforest Facts – South Africa’s Only Rainforest
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15 inspiring South African Rainforest Facts – South Africa’s Only Rainforest

We explore South African rainforest facts. South Africa's only rainforest rests on the edge of the Crocodile River on the outskirts of Nelspruit, in a place so unlikely that hardly anyone knows it exists. It isn't a naturally occurring rainforest. South Africa's erratic dry periods mean that the chances of a tropical rainforest, as they occur in Africa, is virtually impossible. Rainforests receive, on average, 80 inches of rain a year – an average highly unlikely in a place like Nelspruit (just outside the Kruger National Park), which gets an annual rainfall of about 800 mm, and li...
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Best Long Weekend Getaways, South Africa
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Best Long Weekend Getaways, South Africa

Long weekend getaways South Africa – why there are plenty of options for locals, and visitors, within driving distance of each of the four major cities. With an extra day, or two, tagged onto a weekend, South Africans need little excuse to pack a bag and head for the open road. Long weekend getaways South Africa ... Long weekend getaways from Jo'burg Magaliesberg The country setting of mountains, valleys, rivers and rock formations makes the Magaliesberg a popular weekend escape for city dwellers in both Pretoria and Johannesburg. Note: Magaliesburg the town is spelt with a 'u',...
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