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5 Ways to Avoid being Conned by Booking Fraud
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5 Ways to Avoid being Conned by Booking Fraud

They’re out there - booking fraud and travel scams. But we’ve outlined some of the most likely ones doing the rounds, below, so that you can avoid getting caught. Cast your eye over these and rest assured. As the saying goes: forewarned is forearmed… The latest scam to grip South Africa was the very public Plett hustle, where "booking agent", Rick Havemann, advertised holiday homes and then disappeared, taking hundreds of thousands of Rands worth of deposits with him. Holiday accommodation is one of the most popular forms of travel scam. It usually takes the form of fake websites, and...
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Our Essential Travel Guide to South Africa
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Our Essential Travel Guide to South Africa

When it comes to ticking the travel boxes, South Africa meets just about every expectation - from landscapes to seascapes, adrenaline junkie activities to beach lazing, rain-heavy forests to deserts, mountain ranges to extraordinary wildlife encounters. To assist you with your travel plans, here is our Essential Travel Guide to South Africa ... THE DOWNSIDE The still relatively new democracy is not a country without issues. Despite the comparatively nonviolent end to Apartheid, under the leadership of Mandela, the country’s gap between rich and poor has widened, and crime and HIV are end...
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2016 Travel Trends That Will Define Tourism In South Africa
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2016 Travel Trends That Will Define Tourism In South Africa

The spate of terrorist attacks that rocked the world in 2015 may mean that north Africa and Paris are off the travel menu for a while. But rather than resulting in a dip in worldwide travel, things appear to be just the opposite. People have had to curtail their travel for a number of years due to world-wide financial strain and, whilst the rand is at a record low in South Africa – exacerbated by the recent juggle of finance ministers – in other parts of the world currencies are strengthening and people are looking to 2016 as a year of adventure and long distance travel. These 2016 travel ...
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6 Reasons South Africa Is A Bargain Holiday Destination
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6 Reasons South Africa Is A Bargain Holiday Destination

Lonely Planet recently voted South Africa one of the major bargain holiday destinations in the world - alongside Bali, Samoa, Uruguay and Taiwan. It is not the only organisation to publicly recognise the value of a visit to the south of the African continent. Last year the Garden Route was awarded Destination of the Year by the Global Golf Tourism organisation, whilst for over three years running Cape Town ranked as one of the world's top-ten best cities to visit, and as the world's top place to visit in 2014 (The New York Times). With all this attention, and the beginning of light at th...
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15 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Cape Town
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15 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Cape Town

Here are a few fascinating things you probably don't know about Cape Town... 1. Cape Town is the best place in the world to visit According to the New York Times (2014). The Telegraph Travel Awards voted Cape Town the 'best city in the world' in 2013; it is one of the top 25 destination in the world, according to Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Awards; and Africa dot com voted Cape Town the most liveable city in Africa. 2. All the hype about Jan van Riebeeck is misleading He and the Dutch East India Company officially 'founded' South Africa in 1652 but Bartholomew Dias rounded the southe...
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10 Travel Trends for 2015 – What Will Affect South Africans
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10 Travel Trends for 2015 – What Will Affect South Africans

The forecast is that growth in sub-Saharan Africa will increase to 5.8 percent in 2015, despite the global economic growth forecast's revision down to 3.5 per cent. This means both consumers in Africa, and those visiting the continent, will benefit from new opportunities. Translated into travel speak: tourism to the African continent is on the increase... Here are 10 travel trends for 2015 that affect South Africans 1. Destination Africa - travelling hots up (undeterred by Ebola) According to Sitata.com, a site that tracks infectious diseases using an algorithm, visitors to the countri...
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7 tips to cut the cost of your next holiday
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7 tips to cut the cost of your next holiday

It is a challenge not to spend a lot of money when on holiday. If you typically spend more on holidays than you budget for, then you're not alone. We've put our heads together to come up with a list of ways to spend less on your next holiday, without having to sleep on your friend's couch or stay in a relative's guest bedroom. Here are 7 tips to cut the cost of your next holiday 1. STAY LOCAL Overseas holidays are expensive. They sound romantic, and seem idyllic, but they cost a lot and involve a great deal of effort to realise. Save on the airfare, high foreign exchange rates, and tim...
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Common ailments when travelling – use these 10 wild South African plants
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Common ailments when travelling – use these 10 wild South African plants

You are on a road trip and someone comes down with earache, a rash, a sore throat or needs a little help with the daily, well, let's just say that they need help. And there is not a pharmacy in sight. Fear not. There is help at hand. As close as the side of the road. South Africa has many medicinal plants – 3 000 species are used as medicine. In fact, many of the plants that surround us are used in primary health care throughout the country... South Africa has well over 30 000 species of what science calls 'higher plants' (not mosses, liverworts or lichens; in other words plants with ...
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5 forms of unusual transport in South Africa
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5 forms of unusual transport in South Africa

South Africans clearly do not lack in the inventiveness department. We're forever coming up with alternative ways of doing things. Transport is no different. The heaviness of traffic, the influx of visitors demanding unique experiences, and the need to get from A to B have all contributed to these forms of unusual transport in South Africa... 1. THE TUK-TUK Forget having to go all the way to India or Thailand to wind your way through traffic in a sturdy little tuk-tuk. These zippy, easy to ride motorised tricycles now whiz their way through Sandton, Rosebank and Melville in Johannesbu...
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A visitor’s guide to using minibus taxis in Cape Town and Johannesburg
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A visitor’s guide to using minibus taxis in Cape Town and Johannesburg

The minibus taxi is as commonplace in South Africa as the tuk-tuk is in Thailand (although tuk-tuks are now also found on the streets of Jozi, but that's another story) . They're everywhere. Last count, which was quite some time ago, saw over 50 000 of them in Johannesburg alone... Accommodating roughly 10 people at a time, the average minibus is in dire need of mechanical assistance, and driving standards seldom adhere to the rules of the road - frustrating for everyday commuters (read: those with cars) who regard taxis as a scourge. Many routes are highly unsafe, and as a visitor to...
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20 reasons to never leave a big city (like Jozi or Cape Town) EVER
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20 reasons to never leave a big city (like Jozi or Cape Town) EVER

Hard to believe that in 1800 only 3 percent of the world lived in cities. Most people lived in the countryside, in towns. By 1900 things had changed somewhat – 12 cities already had over 1 million people. Now not only are there 400 cities with over a million people in them, but the world has 40 mega cities with over 5 million people in each (Japan, Seoul, New York, Mumbai, Delhi, LA etc.). For as many of us choosing to downscale by moving to small towns, countless others would never dream of doing so. There are various reasons to never leave a big city. Here are just 20 ... 1. MORE JOB...
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20 reasons to leave the city and move to a ‘dorp’
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20 reasons to leave the city and move to a ‘dorp’

You've had a life-long dream. That goes something like this: meet soul mate (optional), have child (optional), move to a SMALL TOWN and open a coffee shop/fish shop/country restaurant/country pub and live out the rest of your life in the slow lane without any big city stress. Perhaps you have given the idea merely a passing thought? Either way, here are a list of reasons to leave the city and head for South Africa's country 'dorps'... 1. NO TRAFFIC JAMS No more sitting in traffic for up to two hours a day. Whilst your town of choice is unlikely to have more than one main road, dependin...
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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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Why you should visit South Africa NOW
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Why you should visit South Africa NOW

If you were here for the World Cup in 2010 and swore blind you would return, now is the time to do so. Because things in South Africa, for the average tourist, are rather peachy. Whilst those who live here are struggling as things become more than a little tight – petrol and food prices have risen exponentially on the basis of the Rand's weakness against the Pound, US Dollar and other major peers – those who visit are only too happy. Their already cheap world-class bottle of wine just got cheap – er. In 2010 the US Dollar was able to buy about R7. Today it will get you R11. An average...
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A South African working holiday
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A South African working holiday

Exploring South Africa and appreciating the many different facets of this prime destination takes time. While many visitors come year after year to experience the real allure of this country, there is also the opportunity to work here for a few months, even years, and get to live the real South African life amongst real South African people. There are a number of programmes that invite tourists from all over the world to volunteer their services at no charge during their stay. These include crèches, vegetable farms, schools, animal sanctuaries, and far more. However, for those who want t...
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