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What to Wear in the Western Cape – The Ultimate Packing List
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What to Wear in the Western Cape – The Ultimate Packing List

The Western Cape is a particularly beautiful province of South Africa and certainly one of its most popular tourist attractions. To ensure that you get the most out of your time in the Western Cape, which has Cape Town as its capital city, it is wise to be prepared and to pack properly. This province enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Due to its large proportion of coastline, the cool wind that comes off the Atlantic Ocean means that the coastal areas (such as Cape Town and the entire West Coast area) enjoy a lower average temperature than the inland areas, which do not benefit from the chille...
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Travelling in South Africa for (just over) $1000 a month
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Travelling in South Africa for (just over) $1000 a month

I constantly scan others' travel blogs to see what they are saying about travel to South Africa; what the general impression is out there. It's part of my research. I was interested to see on Wandering Earl's blog (Derek was one of a handful of travel bloggers brought to South Africa on a tour in 2012) that South Africa is 'up there' with Asia, Central America (the Spanish speaking world), Mexico, and European countries like Turkey (bar Istanbul), Georgia, Azerbaijan, Poland and Lithuania as a place where you can still hope to travel for $1000 or less per month. That's pretty impressive ...
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Whale Watching Infographic for South Africa
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Whale Watching Infographic for South Africa

To celebrate the arrival of Spring and the whales, we've prepared a fabulous Whale Whatching Infographic summarising all you need to know about whale watching in South Africa.  This new easy-to-use infographic includes plenty of handy information, including how to identify the species and behaviour of the whale, where the best places are in which to spot them and when the optimal whale-watching times of year are. It also provides handy graphics to explain the various types of behaviour and the physical characteristics, which are referred to in the whale-related blogs and articles on SA-Venues....
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Spring fever! 6 top things to do around the country
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Spring fever! 6 top things to do around the country

Spring has sprung. Or at least it will have by the time you read this. At the moment in Cape Town it's still rather difficult to imagine a day when my feet will experience flip flops again! Spring will make its presence felt with a burst of energy, and a return of vitality as we distract ourselves from the fireplace with the prospect of bright blue skies, mountains and sea. And what better country in which to experience spring fever... 6 top things to do around South Africa The flowers, Northern Cape The annual emergence of thousands of daisies and bulbs in the Namaqualand, and all th...
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What to wear in the Eastern Cape – the Ultimate Packing List
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What to wear in the Eastern Cape – the Ultimate Packing List

The Eastern Cape is known for having one of the most temperate climates in the world. This makes it a fabulous destination all year round, and also one that is fairly diverse in terms of what to pack. Amongst other things, this province is also known for having “four seasons in one day”, particularly along the coast. Therefore, whenever one chooses to visit the Eastern Cape, the layering of clothing is always a good idea. If you are planning a visit to the Eastern Cape, read on for what to wear in the Eastern Cape - The Ultimate Packing List! The coastal areas of the province enjoy a climat...
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10 Essential Tips for a Memorable Road Trip
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10 Essential Tips for a Memorable Road Trip

An adventure on the road - suitcase in the boot, maps ready to go, the urge to follow your fancy, and the odd town selected as an overnight stay. Not everyone can do the Thelma-and-Louise spur of the moment kind of road trip successfully, so here are a few insider pointers to set you in the right direction. 10 Essential Tips for a Memorable Road Trip... ONE: CHOOSE YOUR TRAVEL COMPANIONS CAREFULLY You'll spend a lot of time in the car if you're going across the country, and you want to be with people who are not going to have you reaching for Calmettes within a hour of having left your f...
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10 Reasons to Travel Local
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10 Reasons to Travel Local

Local, for those who don't know, is travel jargon – eat local (locavore), sleep local, do like the locals – but it's also the travel industry's biggest buzzword. Local travel comes attached to the idea of more self-awareness and consideration when travelling, and the desire to spend your well earned money with the little guy, rather than with the Starbucks of this world. The local travel movement defines local as a chance to get under a place's skin, and let it under yours, while saving money by spending locally. Photograph: Visit the historical stock exchange in Barberton, Mpumalanga...
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7 Essential Tips When Choosing A Place To Stay Online
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7 Essential Tips When Choosing A Place To Stay Online

There is no one way to choose accommodation online. Obviously your needs are going to influence your search – if you're single and on a budget then you're after backpackers, and if you're a family you're probably after space and self-catering. But the internet has raised the bar to such an extent that even if you're trying to find a B&B in the remoteness of Pofadder, South Africa your anticipated hosts will have pulled out all the stops and at the very least advertised in an online guide like SA-Venues.com, where there are pictures, a detailed description and some idea of activities ava...
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My New Buzz Word – Flashpacking – What It Means, And Why I’m Doing It
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My New Buzz Word – Flashpacking – What It Means, And Why I’m Doing It

I was recently discussing with my better half (I say this with complete candour as when it comes to shoe-chucking, word spewing bouts of frustration, my husband has a lot more control than I; which must make him a better human being. He also plants great vegetables, builds legendary lego towers, and ignores the phone more readily than I) the ins and outs of packing for a just over three-week holiday. There are more outs than ins when packing. Of the bulging variety. As in bags; the sit-on-to-close variety. Whether we leave for a week or a month we generally look as though we're going away f...
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The must-have guide to surviving longhaul flights
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The must-have guide to surviving longhaul flights

Nothing prepares you for the mind numbing final stretch of long haul flights. Nothing. Sleep deprived, muscle sore, irritated and overextended, longing for the constant shhhhhh of the airplane cabin white noise to end, there is little one can do but grit one's teeth and bear it. But there are ways to eleviate the obvious discomforts, and prepare in a way that at least allows you to relax. Taking control of your flight is half the battle won ... Here is our must-have guide to surviving longhaul flights BEFORE THE FLIGHT Direct or stop-over flights If you can afford it, take the direct ...
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10 Things You Need To Know About Travelling
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10 Things You Need To Know About Travelling

Everyone has a different travel story. My friend Sarah, who went to India for a month, quickly learned that taxi drivers are not to be trusted when she was 'highjacked' by someone at the airport who proceeded to take her to all of his buddies' hotels and attractions and charged her a superlative sum for the pleasure. Some people travel the world for a year, others only go to Italy for three weeks. But all of them learn a lot about the realities of travel, and what it is to travel effectively. Whether you're off across Africa, or simply taking a road trip through the Karoo, these apply to...
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Get sassed about your fish when travelling – use the sassi cell phone app
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Get sassed about your fish when travelling – use the sassi cell phone app

Did you know that SASSI (South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative) has a phone app on the market? I didn't. I have their sms line number buried deep in my cell phone. It's there courtesy of SASSI to help me buy and eat fish that isn't overfished. I hardly ever remember to use it. I do mean to. Honest. There isn't anything closer to my heart than sustainable living. I even throw my cooked scraps into a bokashi bin, which we then leave to stand for two weeks before burying in the compost heap, which the chickens then love to peck over – delightful, I know (just getting my credential...
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We Bust 5 Travel Myths About South Africa
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We Bust 5 Travel Myths About South Africa

There are travel myths that the seasoned around-the-world traveller will encounter: You must have a backpack if you're visiting more than one country; women shouldn't travel alone; the plane will crash if you use your cell phone on board; train travel is always cheaper than air travel in Europe... These have been well and truly explored, and most of them debunked. But what about travel myths in South Africa - the type the average visitor might encounter whilst enthusiastically planning to fly to our shores? South Africa is full of crime Let's get the proverbial elephant in the room ...
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5 Favourite Travel Books
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5 Favourite Travel Books

What better way to get in the mood for travel than from your armchair. For those in your life who, either won't get moving and need more than a gentle prod, or are addicted to journeying in any way possible, here is a list of classics and great reads that are guaranteed to deliver wanderlust. EAT, PRAY, LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert - because I couldn't put it down I'll start with my recent favourite. Written with a mixture of wit, intelligence and self-introspection with which many women will identify, Elizabeth Gilbert's travels through Italy, India and Bali to find a balance in her life are ...
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Great tips for using your DSLR – PART TWO
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Great tips for using your DSLR – PART TWO

I've just started using my DSLR and want to get the hang of modes other than auto. Whilst playing around trying to find out where to start and where best to focus, I've written a few pointers to share with others who also want to do more than simply point and click... BUY A UV FILTER FOR YOUR LENS This is one of the tips I picked up from the journalist fellow I mentioned in part one. Our hike at the time was along the coastline on the beach, thus exposed to typical beach fog, rain and the inevitability of a dropping or scratching the camera. It is cheaper to replace the filter than it is...
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