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Visiting Cultural Villages in South Africa
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Visiting Cultural Villages in South Africa

To visit one of South Africa’s cultural villages is to get a sneak peek into the wonders and deep cultures of the African people. These villages are set up to invite visitors to see the traditional way of life of specific groups or tribes, including their cuisine, customs, rituals, songs, dance and family structure. These villages are as authentic as it gets and allow the visitors to interact with local folk, taste the food, watch the musical performances and learn more about the traditions of the people. These cultures and customs extend back many generations, sometimes even centuries, and...
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The Majesty of the Rovos Rail
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The Majesty of the Rovos Rail

On Saturday we boarded a train headed all the way to Pretoria Accommodation from Cape Town.  Not just any train, it was the elegant lady of all trains: The Rovos Rail. What started as a hobby for Rohan Vos soon turned into a business and once you set eyes on this train, you’ll recognize it as a labour of love.  He began salvaging old train carriages from the 1920’s and restoring them together with the Railway Preservation Society. This train has many routes going through South Africa, to Victoria Falls, Dar es Salaam and also to Cairo.  But this slow, romantic way of travel is really about ...
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Snapshot South Africa – 20 interesting and informative facts
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Snapshot South Africa – 20 interesting and informative facts

South Africa is vast - 1 233 404 km² – making it the 25th largest country in the world, twice the size of Texas, and five times the size of Great Britain. South Africa has the second highest waterfall in the world (the Tugela Falls) And the third largest canyon in the world (Blyde River Canyon). We also lay claim to the longest wine route in the world – Route 62 through the Klein Karoo, from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth – 850km. South Africa's wine tourism was rated the best developed in the World by International Wine Review, 2012. (see South Africa's Wine Estates) South Africa ...
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What to Wear in the Garden Route – The Garden Route Packing List
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What to Wear in the Garden Route – The Garden Route Packing List

The Garden Route is one of South Africa’s most popular attractions. It is a stretch that extends from Storms River in the Eastern Cape to Mossel Bay in the Western Cape, and is known for its lush abundance and natural beauty. The route is more than the major motorway, the N2, which carries drivers along the southern coastline of South Africa. Rather, it offers a number of tourist attractions, fun activities and gorgeous vistas. The Garden Route is flanked by the ocean on one side, and the many mountains of the Eastern Cape and Western Cape on the other. This gives it a rather unique climate...
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5 unanticipated benefits to travelling South Africa
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5 unanticipated benefits to travelling South Africa

People come to South Africa for many reasons – the vastness of the place, the wildlife, whales, sharks, penguins, outdoor adventure, wine, blue skies, beaches, the unique cultures, the lifestyle... But there are also unanticipated benefits to travelling South Africa. I can think of five ... You'll save money For those who live in South africa the cost of living consistently inflates, leaving many living below the poverty line - we might have achieved democracy, but we have yet to achieve economic transformation. And yes, if you are comparing it with other less developed African countr...
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What to Wear in Gauteng – The Gauteng Packing List
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What to Wear in Gauteng – The Gauteng Packing List

Gauteng has a distinctly drier climate than the coastal provinces. It does not suffer from humidity, thanks to its higher altitude. Summers are hot and sunny and winters are cool to cold; each season bringing with it its own appeal and magic. Summer days average between 26 and 30 degrees Celsius in the epicentre of Gauteng, Johannesburg. Winters are chilly, with icy mornings that warm up to about 15 degrees at lunchtime. However, due to the mountainous topography, temperatures throughout Gauteng can differ quite dramatically. For example, Pretoria Accommodation, which is only a short drive ...
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10 great ways to cope when your flight is delayed
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10 great ways to cope when your flight is delayed

You're hemmed in on one side by a Japanese tour group making its way to Sun City, whilst the family next to you can barely contain their three-year old in the throes of an extraordinarily bad hair day, when there is a public announcement that your connecting flight is delayed. Flight delays are a large part of the travel experience. They happen. But there are ways to survive them ... 1. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS The most logical place to start is at the information desk to double-check the delay and to see if you can change your flight to another. If that is too busy, get online and have a...
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Sussed on travel – 10 top tech travel gadgets
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Sussed on travel – 10 top tech travel gadgets

Sussed on travel – 10 top tech travel gadgets - Much as you'd love to have a holiday from them, rather than with them, when travelling, particularly overseas, there are some travel gadgets you just can't leave at home... TOP 4 ESSENTIAL TECHNOLOGIES FOR TRAVEL SMARTPHONE Smartphones are now virtually mandatory, but more so when travelling. Better still is an unlocked smartphone (it's apparently quite complicated to unlock once it's locked), which makes it cheaper to plug in SIM cards local to the countries you intend visiting. BUT buying an unlocked smartphone is expensive. Get a secon...
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How To Stay Safe In the Water – A guide to avoiding Sharks
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How To Stay Safe In the Water – A guide to avoiding Sharks

Swimming in the sea is never guaranteed to be safe, besides the tides and crashing waves you are in the territory of a vast amount of marine life and that alone comes with many risks. The biggest fear for many beach goers and surfers though, is coming into contact with a shark. There are hundreds of species of sharks in the sea, many of them occur off our coastline. Not all of them pose a threat to humans, there are a very small handful that you, as a surfer or swimmer, are more likely to come into contact with. Photograph: Tiger Shark How To Stay Safe In the Water / A Guide to Avoidi...
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10 gap year ideas that aren’t just for 19 year-olds
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10 gap year ideas that aren’t just for 19 year-olds

Gap years are not only for those who have just left school. People take gap years between jobs, between marriages, at crucial 'life' stages, to celebrate an event, or even as a family. Some people simply travel by the seat-of-their-pants and wing it, doing odd jobs when and if they want to; others sign up for specific programmes that will teach them something and allow them to serve in a way that makes a difference. Whether you're the latter or the former there is plenty of scope, and numerous websites, for inspiration and opportunities both at home in South Africa and abroad. Sharing sp...
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What to Wear in KwaZulu Natal – The ultimate packing list
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What to Wear in KwaZulu Natal – The ultimate packing list

Affectionately called KZN by the locals, the KwaZulu-Natal Province is a popular tourist hotspot for many reasons. One of the most significant of these, though, is its year-round summery conditions along the long coastline. Caressed by the arm waters of the inviting Indian Ocean, the beaches of KwaZulu-Natal continue to lure visitors from all over South Africa and the world to enjoy their sunny vacation here. Of course, as one moves further inland, the temperatures drop a little and the humidity decreases. Still, KwaZulu-Natal continues to be the destination of choice for those that want to ex...
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Travel Then and Now – 16 Changes
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Travel Then and Now – 16 Changes

Ever wondered how much travel has changed in the last thirty or forty years? For those of us who would be lost without cell phones, that's going back to when unless a phone was plugged in at the wall, or you had access to a tickie box (aka pay phone or phone box), you would have to rely on the kindness of shop keepers, or random agony aunts, if you needed to make a call home. But has travel improved? Have all the 'progressive' changes that have delivered an apparent simplicity to the travel experience been good for us? TRAVEL THEN PEOPLE SMOKED ON FLIGHTS AND THEN SOME Not only di...
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5 types of traveller – which one are you?
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5 types of traveller – which one are you?

I took an online quizz recently to discover what type of traveller I am. It turns out that not only am I a 'cultural' traveller who explores all the art and food a city has to offer (true) but I can sense a tourist trap from miles away (I can?) and I also gravitate towards more authentic experiences and don't need a guidebook to show me what to do (well, ja, but I have a husband who reads them from cover to cover!). The results were questionable, but it got me thinking about the 'types' of travellers we are – from those who simply want to sun worship, to others for whom a list of top att...
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The knack of solo travel in South Africa
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The knack of solo travel in South Africa

It isn't odd to see lone travellers in South Africa. South Africa is geared for tourism and its people are, by and large, friendly, hospitable and approachable. The warnings about the high level of crime and violence does not make you any more of a target when going it alone, provided you are cautious when it comes to doing things like walking down darkened alleys at midnight. Here are a 8 essential tips for when alone in South Africa ... Be smart about where you go Stick to the touristy areas. This isn't as limiting as it sounds. Much of the country encourages tourism and has recogn...
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WWOOFing your way around South Africa – an alternative way to travel
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WWOOFing your way around South Africa – an alternative way to travel

WWOOFing your way around South Africa - an alternative way to travel - Escape the city and head to the hills – experience country living, whilst doing something rewarding, with your hands in the soil. WWOOF: Willing workers on organic farms. Despite sounding like geek speak for winging it with your thumb out, it isn't. Nor does it refer to dogs at all. Actually, it now stands for Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, but it used to be the former, which I find more explanatory. WWOOF is a network of organic farms worldwide on which, should you wish to give it a try, you can volunteer ...
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