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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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Mpumalanga Top Things To Do
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Mpumalanga Top Things To Do

They speak about Mpumalanga as the place of the rising sun. Indicative in many ways of the outdoor lifestyle that is the essence of time-out in Mpumalanga, one goes there for the wide open spaces, the sweeping mountains, torrentous rivers and waterfalls, and valleys enshrouded in mist. The  romance of the lowveld beckons with its game farms, lodges and bush breaks in the southern parts of the Kruger National Park. Think Mpumalanga, and Bourkes Luck Potholes come to mind, followed swiftly by other geographic icons like God's Window and the Three Rondawels. So much of the Mpumalanga provi...
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Top things to do in Joburg – residents give insider tips
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Top things to do in Joburg – residents give insider tips

Whether you call it Jozie, Jo'burg, or just plain Johannesburg, if you live here you love it, whilst the rest of the country talks about it in hushed tones as a place riddled with crime and best avoided, especially at peak hour, which is most of the day. A visit to Jo'burg is a crash course in staying aware, all the time. But if you want to experience a real metropolitan buzz then you can't beat it. Time speeds up. So does the traffic, the number of advertising billboards, the speed at which traffic does (and sometimes doesn't) get around. Top things to do in Joburg... There is so mu...
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Top 10 Dive Sites in South Africa
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Top 10 Dive Sites in South Africa

Our team got together and wanted to bring you a top 10 that was both exhilarating and refreshing. We cast our minds to the gorgeous coastline that surrounds us here in beautiful South Africa and took a closer look at the Top 10 Dive Sites in South Africa on offer. Although the challenge was to only mention ten locations, the purpose of this is to get the soul exploring and open your hearts and minds to what is on offer. There is something here for everyone from the adrenaline junkie to the more experienced diver, up for a challenge, and even some sites for beginners. This is our take on the...
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Family Getaways – Great ideas for a family holiday in South Africa
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Family Getaways – Great ideas for a family holiday in South Africa

Waiting for holidays to simply 'happen' when you have children is tantamount to expecting your fairy godmother to make an appearance, wings and wand intact. The chances are that the holiday, unless other children and a ream of activities are 'on tap', could go horribly pear-shaped and find you in the starring role of circus ringmaster responsible for a list of children's entertainment.  If you want 'down time' then a little planning doesn't go amiss. There are several child-friendly venues in South Africa that cater for exactly this. Whilst not everyone's idea of a holiday is getting cozy w...
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7 Most Memorable Hikes in South Africa
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7 Most Memorable Hikes in South Africa

This is a difficult list to assemble, particularly in a country so filled with incredible hiking opportunities and trails that one is hard pressed to narrow it down to seven. Nevertheless, we have endeavoured to put together a list of those hikes in South Africa that people talk about for years after the event; the hikes people tell others to do. They're also relatively kind to hikers, in the sense that there is overnight accommodation on the route and the route is clear and well marked. Most of them are long haul hikes, most of them are at the coast (for some reason hiking at the sea provo...
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Cape Town Beaches – 5 top beaches with kids, top 3 fashionable beaches, top 3 beaches to avoid people
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Cape Town Beaches – 5 top beaches with kids, top 3 fashionable beaches, top 3 beaches to avoid people

Cape Town Beaches - So much to choose from, so little time. It’s that silly season again and a few of us, who have left planning until the very last minute, are suddenly influenced by the sunshine and the idea of a holiday, and frantically trying to find where best to grab a week’s worth of down time, if such a thing exists? A word of advice, if I may: if you have children of any age then choose your destination based on the beach. It's kind of like selecting your outfit based on your accessories – they make it work. Kids and beaches are a guarantee of relative peace for you (particularly a...
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My favourite dorps – add them to your next holiday itinerary
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My favourite dorps – add them to your next holiday itinerary

It is fairly difficult to pretend to be unbiased when putting together a list of favourite South African dorps. So, I haven't even pretended to be (unbiased, that is) and thus most of them lie in the Western Cape. This is a list of my favourites. I'm sure you have yours. And I'm equally sure that I've skipped over at least five that belong here (okay, six, but that one didn't quite pass the 'serves coffee after 6pm' test). Below is a collection of dorps that are small, have aesthetic appeal (they look really 'nice'), offer something different (there's an ever-so-slightly quirky atmosphere),...
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10 Sexiest Hotels in South Africa – Pictures to Inspire
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10 Sexiest Hotels in South Africa – Pictures to Inspire

10 Sexiest South African Hotels (in no particular order)... Singa Town Todge (Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape) The Lofts Boutique Hotel (Thesen Islands, Knysna, Garden Route) Hartford House (Mooi River, KwaZulu Natal Midlands) The Oyster Box Hotel (Umhlanga Rocks, Durban) The Peech Hotel (Melrose, Sandton, Johannesburg) Airstream Penthouse Trailer Park at Grand Daddy Hotel (Cape Town City) The Last Word Constantia (Constantia, Cape Town) Nova Constantia Boutique Residence (Constantia, Cape Town) Vineyard Hotel & Spa (Newlands, Cape Town) To say this is a subjec...
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