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A Tour of the Most Famous Landmarks in South Africa
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A Tour of the Most Famous Landmarks in South Africa

A Tour of the Most Famous Landmarks in South Africa ~ South Africa’s most famous landmarks are as many and as varied as the country’s landscapes, people and culture. Landmark - an object or feature of a landscape or town that is easily seen and recognised from a distance that enables someone to establish their location. - Wiki Here are the Most Famous Landmarks in South Africa... Table Mountain One has only to stand at the V&A Waterfront and look up for Table Mountain’s iconic flat top to loom above you. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Table Mountain is without doubt S...
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15 Inland South African Villages That are on Everyone’s Travel List
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15 Inland South African Villages That are on Everyone’s Travel List

What makes a village a village? And where will you find South African villages? A village, by definition, is slightly smaller than a town, but bigger than a hamlet. Often people call them towns anyway as the differences between them are so slight. Generally speaking a village should have a church, possibly a post office. But not terribly much more. Each village usually has at least one character, more than willing to chat on a street corner. South African villages are a quintessential experience of life in the country. They lie scattered across South Africa, lived in by all kinds o...
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South African Languages – A Quick Guide (including how to say ‘hello’)
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South African Languages – A Quick Guide (including how to say ‘hello’)

South African languages number 11. What are the official languages? There are 11 officially recognised languages - English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Sepedi, Xhosa, Venda, Tswana, Southern Sotho, Zulu, Swazi, or SiSwati, and Tsonga. And dialects? There are further dialects as well. For instance the languages of the Khoi, San and Nama people, considered the First People of the Cape, Hindi, Sign language and even Portuguese. Why so many languages? Whilst most South Africans speak an indigenous mother language, they often end up using either English or Afrikaans at work and school, which has led ...
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How Travel in South Africa can Change Your Life
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How Travel in South Africa can Change Your Life

The natural beauty and wide open spaces when you travel in South Africa effortlessly promote mindful living. Mindfulness is a widely used process aimed at reducing stress and depression. It involves focusing one’s attention on what is happening in the present moment, and it is developed through the practice of meditation and other activities. Mindfulness promotes happiness by introducing a number of techniques that include awareness of how one uses the breath, and walking meditation... Travel effortlessly frees the mind, and awakens an awareness that can be likened to mindfulness. H...
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Travel predictions 2018 – How South Africa Will Fare in the Travel Stakes
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Travel predictions 2018 – How South Africa Will Fare in the Travel Stakes

In true New Year style we scour the online space for travel predictions 2018 and look at how these translate to Travel in South Africa. This time of year is all about travel predictions 2018. A couple of major players in the industry recently released their forecasts, and it’s interesting to look at a few of these in the light of how it affects travel to South Africa. Here are the most relevant travel predictions for 2018... The Trump Slump Despite American reports of a ‘Trump slump’ earlier this year, travel is still regarded as a strong market and not on the decline as initially ...
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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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South African Mobile Apps That Will Improve Your Visit 100%
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South African Mobile Apps That Will Improve Your Visit 100%

South African mobile apps make your time in South Africa easier. We've chosen 8 apps that, if you download before you arrival, will help you navigate your South African Travel experience that much easier. Essential South African mobile apps Africa: Live This award-winning app allows you to see and share wildlife sightings from your phone. You can see other users' sightings on the South African map, and enjoy your own sightings by uploading photos and sharing information about where and when you saw wild game. To use: available free for Iphone and Android users, simple to download, the...
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South African Tourism Facts – Proof That the World Loves South Africa
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South African Tourism Facts – Proof That the World Loves South Africa

South African tourism facts are not only interesting to read for those of us involved in the industry. They're also essential to understand how intimately South Africa is affected by, and dependent on, tourism as a major contributor to GDP. It's not just 'nice' to have thousands of people land on our shores to explore its beauty, it's imperative to South Africa's well being. Tourism is one of the world's largest economy drivers, despite terrorist attacks, political instability, natural disasters and health pandemics world-wide. In fact, perhaps because of the obvious issues elsewhe...
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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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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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