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12 Secrets of Augrabies Falls National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of Augrabies Falls National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

Years ago the KhoiSan called this place in the northern reaches of the Northern Cape ~ Aukoerebis ~ place of great noise. Today visitors describe it as 'a scene right out of BBC's Planet Earth'. The sound of a river in flood as 405 million litres of water plunge over the side of the gorge, every minute, in a rush of sound is every bit as loud as its name would indicate. But the falls are not all there is to the Augrabies Falls National Park... Here are 12 secrets of Augrabies Falls National Park that will have you visiting, tomorrow ...   No 1. If desert landscape, rocks and ...
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7 Unforgettable Things You Can Do Only in Port Alfred
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7 Unforgettable Things You Can Do Only in Port Alfred

Until now Port Alfred's byline has been 'retirement village'. But this is changing fast  as a younger set and their children move into the portside village seeking an alternative and slower lifestyle. As a result, it's inspiring to discover that the town has its own micro-brewery alongside the river, a trendy courtyard lifestyle centre, a  marina with blue flag status, a handful of really good restaurants, and a series of activities to keep you busy for a week. Port Alfred lies bang smack in the middle of the Sunshine Coast with typically mild weather that translates into beach days, eve...
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The 10 Best Beaches on the Sunshine Coast
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The 10 Best Beaches on the Sunshine Coast

Between the Tsitsikamma and East London stretches a coastline both beautiful and relatively unexplored (when compared with the Garden Route). It covers a chunk of the Eastern Cape - a romp of seaside villages and towns, beaches with yellow sand that don't seem to end but simply merge from one beach into the next, tidal pools filled with sea anemones, purple seaweed, and obscure shells, and the warm wash of the Indian Ocean. That it isn't as famous as the Garden Route might have something to do with its getting lost in the noise - Australia, New Zealand and Canada each have Sunshine Coast...
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Port Elizabeth – Eat, Do, Sleep in South Africa’s Friendly City
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Port Elizabeth – Eat, Do, Sleep in South Africa’s Friendly City

Port Elizabeth is a GREAT city – the weather all year-round is excellent, the historical architecture is beautiful, there is a burgeoning restaurant scene, the centre of the city is slowly re-emerging, the beaches rival some of the best on the country's coastline, and Port Elizabeth's hotels and guest houses are really top-notch. Best of all the city's small enough to easily get around and navigate... We give you the low-down on what to eat, sleep and do in South Africa's Friendly City. D O Climb the lighthouse at the Donkin Reserve The Donkin Reserve functions as the heart of Port El...
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13 Secrets of the Camdeboo National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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13 Secrets of the Camdeboo National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

Secrets of the Camdeboo National Park ~ Tired of sifting through blogs that promise secret places around South Africa and then fail to deliver the goods? That's why we're writing this series on national parks around the country (you may have already read the ones on Addo Elephant Park, Kgalagadi, Pilanesberg and Mountain Zebra Park). So, whilst the very existence of the under-publicised Camdeboo National Park is a secret to some South Africans, we've made sure you know about it (you may have noticed our gentle nudges about visiting the Valley of Desolation here and here). Not only will y...
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The Secret Season: WINTER in South Africa – Where to Travel, and Why
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The Secret Season: WINTER in South Africa – Where to Travel, and Why

South Africa does not do blizzards and snow banks. You will never (except on very rare occasions) find your plane grounded for ice on the wings. In fact, the deepest snow you'll find is deep in the mountains, or on their peaks. The daily average temperature is between 16-20 degrees C (61-68 degrees F), in Durban and Mpumalanga it's even higher, around 23 degrees C. Which is why winter is the country's secret season. Read on to find out where to travel, and why winter in South Africa is such a great idea. 10 Top Towns for Winter in South Africa Durban Because it doesn't take roc...
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10 Places to spend Easter Weekend
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10 Places to spend Easter Weekend

The Easter break is upon us, but if you've left it 'til the last minute there is still time to book a quick escape! Have a look through these 10 places to spend Easter, we think you'll agree they're the perfect spot... 10 Places to spend Easter Weekend... Cape St Francis Cape St Francis, and its sister town the canal side 'Little Venice' of St Francis Bay, is one of the most inspiring places to spend downtime on the Eastern Cape coastline. Swimming is one of its major attractions as the sea remains warm for most of the year and the wide beaches stretch from seal Point to Shark Point...
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12 Best Small Towns in the Western Cape
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12 Best Small Towns in the Western Cape

The biggest problem about visiting the Western Cape is having to choose where to visit! Wonder how many you'll argue we've left off our list of the 12 Best Small Towns in the Western Cape that we know and love.  So, we'll quickly add the proviso that the following didn't make it, and should have: Suurbraak, Oudtshoorn, Stillbay and Vermaaklikheid, Riviersonderend and Ladismith... Here's our list of the 12 Best Small Towns in the Western Cape - in no particular order... Paternoster Think quaint fishing village, its beaches littered with little two or three-man fishing  boats with names ...
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Johannesburg – Eat, Do, Sleep in South Africa’s Most Vibrant City
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Johannesburg – Eat, Do, Sleep in South Africa’s Most Vibrant City

More commonly known as Jo'burg, or Jozi, Johannesburg is a rapidly changing city considered the pulse of South Africa. The hipster city, sited by Rough Guides as the number one city  to visit in 2015,  is sprawling, wired, culturally and historically rich, and the commercial heart of the country. Where before its centre was somewhere you gave a wide berth, today down town is smartening up, with a number of urban-renewal projects that have put the inner city back on the map for tourists. Johannesburg sprawls. It's bigger than greater London in terms of area, and can feel hugely intimidati...
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9 Cape Town Food Trends You Need to Know About
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9 Cape Town Food Trends You Need to Know About

We’re so over cauliflower, kale, burgers and doughnuts. As for macaroons (yawn), bread baskets (you are kidding, right?) and, dare I say it, carbs, it’s definitely time to move on. And move on we have. To gin, home fermentation, veldkos, ancient grains and a dozen other things that make eating out an experience. Here the Cape Town food trends you need to know about... Fermentation If you’re not already growing your own kombucha, making your own raw milk kefir, and adding turmeric to your smoothies, you will be. Soon. Because all things microbiome have gone mainstream, with a ...
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10 City Apartments in Cape Town You Won’t Want to Leave
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10 City Apartments in Cape Town You Won’t Want to Leave

Get to experience Cape Town with the keys to one of these apartments with a view. Set right in the heart of Cape Town’s city bowl, these loft-style pads lavishly follow the trend towards apartment living. Their inspirational interiors, open floor plans, classic use of colour, and flair for the unusual, will have you drooling. 10 City Apartments in Cape Town You Won't Want to Leave... CAPE LOFT, Mutual Heights, Darling Street, CBD The clever use of space, the light from the floor to ceiling feature windows, the retro feel to the furnishings, and the striking spiral stairc...
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The 9 Best Small Towns in KwaZulu-Natal
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The 9 Best Small Towns in KwaZulu-Natal

What’s so great about the small towns in KwaZulu-Natal? Well, first of all there’s a lot to be said for small-town living. People love the experience, even if it’s only for a weekend, or a few days. And secondly, KwaZulu-Natal has some of the best subtropical all-year-practically-summer weather that makes a stay in any of the towns below, a seriously good option all year round. Here is our list of 9 best small towns in KwaZulu-Natal... Nottingham Road Think green rolling Drakensberg foothills, fly-fishing dams, sheep farms, historical sites, a Victorian country tavern, a rustic brew...
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13 Secrets of Addo Elephant National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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13 Secrets of Addo Elephant National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

Addo Elephant National Park lies only a few hours’ drive from Port Elizabeth. It’s gone from providing a small sanctuary to eleven elephants to become a richly biodiverse park with over 600 elephants... We share 13 Secrets of Addo Elephant National Park... No 1. If you love elephants, then this is the park for you There are now well over 600 of them, so your chances of spotting great numbers of these huge beasts, is almost guaranteed. And they’re as easy to spot asheading to the waterhole in the park’s main camp. You barely need to hit the road, Jack. They appear in family groups at t...
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Franschhoek – Eat, Do, Sleep in the Winelands’ Foodie Capital
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Franschhoek – Eat, Do, Sleep in the Winelands’ Foodie Capital

The French corner of the Cape Winelands is relatively small by comparison with its sister town, Stellenbosch (only twenty minutes’ away). But as a weekend, or even day, visit it packs a punch - its main road awash with restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, grand historical buildings, wineland tours, and little tucked-out-of-the-way courtyards in which to while away the hours. We visited recently. Here is our Franschhoek guide... where to eat, what to do, and where to sleep in the Winelands’ Foodie Capital D O  &  S E E Ride the Wine Tram Don’t miss out on this hop-on-hop-...
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The Best Boutique Hotels in South Africa
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The Best Boutique Hotels in South Africa

Boutique hotels are as good as luxury hotel chains, but they offer something else - a touch of simplicity and flair, and the advantage of meeting individual needs because of their size. As more and more visitors head to South Africa, so the measure of what makes a great place to stay has grown to embrace a simple sophistication and an exciting flair for the original. South Africa knows how to do a great boutique hotel. We think you’ll agree. Here are some of the best boutique hotels in South Africa ... FRANSCHHOEK BOUTIQUE HOTEL, THE WINELANDS Everything about this country town-l...
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