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20 things you have to explain to out-of-towners about Johannesburg
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20 things you have to explain to out-of-towners about Johannesburg

There is a whole sector of society that is of the opinion that a visit to Johannesburg is tantamount to suicide. Most people fly through Jo'burg on their way elsewhere. For reasons that on the face of it appear completely sensible. But for the most part are not true. Johannesburg has an edge. It is tough, vigorous and beautiful and most people who live there love their city and will defend its skyline, its insistent energy and its people. But perhaps a brief introduction about Johannesburg will help those visiting for the first time ... 1. Few people who live in Johannesburg actually c...
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10 things you may not know about Table Mountain
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10 things you may not know about Table Mountain

Table Mountain is Cape Town's most prominent landmark. The view of the flat-topped massif, as seen from Table Bay or Blouberg, is recognised throughout the world and has placed Cape Town on the map. That it is one of the seven new wonders of the world is no mystery. The triptych of Devil's Peak, Table Mountain and the Lion is as famous, as is the mountain's 'tablecloth' – the result of the south-easter, one of the prevailing winds of the Cape peninsula. But the mountain's bulk is not there simply to be admired, although this is a large aspect of its appeal. It is also there to hike, clim...
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30 things you MUST do in Port Elizabeth in winter
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30 things you MUST do in Port Elizabeth in winter

Port Elizabeth might be regarded as Cape Town's poorer cousin, and far less glamourous than Jozi, but it does have rather mild winters, which makes it a far more attractive option once winter's cold sets in. In fact there are those who say that Port Elizabeth has more sunshine hours than any other city in South Africa (we'll just cast a blind eye to the wind factor). It's also just down the road from St Francis Bay and Jeffreys Bay (but cheaper), and has access to plenty of swimming beaches and a beachfront lifestyle that is easy to access. And Port Elizabeth has loads of action-packed acti...
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13 vital tips for women travelling alone in South Africa
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13 vital tips for women travelling alone in South Africa

Is South Africa safe for a woman travelling on her own? - the $10 million question. And one that has as many different answers as there are people with opinions. Let me add my two cents worth: yes, you can safely travel in South Africa as a woman. You just need to take a few extra precautions. South Africa is not that different from anywhere else in the world. Behave as you would in any unknown city in the developing world and you should be just fine. It doesn't help that South Africa has something of a reputation when it comes to crime, taxi wars and strikes. It is true. They happen....
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Some of the Best Venues for a Honeymoon in South Africa
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Some of the Best Venues for a Honeymoon in South Africa

How to find the perfect honeymoon destination? Here are a couple of questions to guide your selection: What type of weather do you want to experience? What is your budget? How long do you have? What type of scenery do you want to experience – sea, mountains, desert? Do you want to be catered for, or self-cater? Do you want isolation, or to be pampered at a spa or retreat? Do you want to sight-see / take on a challenge / do an activity? Whatever your needs, here is a handful of the best venues for a honeymoon in South Africa ... In Bonnievale, BEAU SOLEIL Beau So...
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Top 5 wildlife parks in South Africa (other than Kruger)
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Top 5 wildlife parks in South Africa (other than Kruger)

South Africa has 700 publically owned reserves. The list includes 19 national parks. Over and above that are at least another 200 private reserves. Making a choice as to which ones to visit can be rather difficult. As a consequence most visitors simply head to the Kruger National Park – it's an obvious choice. South Africa is hugely diverse. It's habitats range from the intense heat and red sand dunes of the Kalahari to the subtropical wetlands of the Elephant Coast. It has great swathes of mountain belts like the Drakensberg and the Cape Fold Mountains, densely forested kloofs, heaving ...
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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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