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We ♥ South Africa … We’ve asked those in the know, to complete a short questionnaire highlighting their favourites about Destinations in South Africa. Once you’ve booked your hotel or accommodation in South Africa, be sure to stop by before you travel and discover where locals go for the best cup of coffee, their favourite restaurants and shops and much more. We’re letting you in on all of their secrets …

Thursday, 29 January 2015

I Love Greyton Because … Insider Tips

Hi, we are Ines Stoll and Mark Dittke from The Purple Dog Self Catering House in Greyton in the Cape Overberg, Western Cape.

Greyton IS BEST KNOWN FOR its magnificent piece of peace, tucked away from the N2 but still close enough to Cape Town with its oak tree lined streets surrounded by the majestic Riviersonderend Mountains.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN whilst meandering in the Nature Reserve along the Gobos River with an easily accessible waterfall or from the top of the Mountain whilst hiking the Loerkop Trail with a marvellous 360-degree view with the whole chain of the Riviersonderend mountains spread from east to west, with Greyton and Genadendal in sheltered positions… Continued

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

I Love Arniston Because …

I ♥ Arniston

I ♥ Arniston

Hi, I’m Bernice Schenk from 16 On Main in Arniston.

Arniston IS BEST KNOWN FOR its quaint historical fishing village feel.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Waenhuiskrans cave or on sand dune.

THE BEST family PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT at the Arniston beach.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO spend the day on the beach.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO take a drive through to one of the surrounding towns for some retail therapy. Continued

Friday, 18 October 2013

I Love De Kelders Because …

I ♥ De Kelders

I ♥ De Kelders

Hi, I’m Mailie Green from The Lookout at Whale Cove in De Kelders in the Cape Overberg.

DE KELDERS IS BEST KNOWN FOR whales, whales and whales! It’s recognised as the best land-based whale watching in the world but it actually has so much more to offer!.

THE BEST PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the lookout area on Cliff Street, above the drip caves, because the whales come in really close to shore there. If you’re adventurous you can clamber on to the rocks and get even better shots!.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO take a walk along the cliff path that runs for seven kilometres along the coast line. The walk stretches from the Stone Age caves at De Plaat beach right into Gansbaai. It’s a great way to experience the magnificent Overberg coastline. Continued

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

I Love Noetzie Because …

I ♥ Noetzie

I ♥ Noetzie

Hi, I’m Richard from Noetzie Bay House, Craighross Castle and Lindsay Castle in Noetzie on the Garden Route.

Noetzie IS BEST KNOWN FOR its beach and castles.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN ON on Noetzie Beach with the impressive and unique Noetzie Castles as your backdrop. With the beautiful Indian Ocean and surrounding natural setting you can’t go wrong.

THE BEST wedding, honeymoon and family PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Noetzie River mouth or on the rocks.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT any of our properties and castles.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO stroll on the pristine beach and dip my toes in the ocean. Continued

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

I Love Parys Because …

I ♥ Parys

I ♥ Parys

Hi, I’m Andreas Leondios from Le Grand Chateau in Parys in the Free State.

PARYS IS BEST KNOWN FOR being on the outskirts of the largest meteorite impact in the world which resulted in the scenic mountains surrounding Parys. Parys is also renowned for the Vaal River which runs through Parys and the fauna, flora and activities which surround it. Parys also has two beautiful golf courses which have the Majestic Vaal River running through them and a variety of curio, antique and coffee shops.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Kiki’s vintage era photo studio situated on the main road. The photographs are timeless with a choice of sepia, black and white or colour and portray the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s era. Continued

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

I ♥ Polokwane Because …

I ♥ Polokwane

I ♥ Polokwane

Hi, I’m Mmabogoshi Bella Msiza from Limpopo Guest Manor in Polokwane.

Polokwane IS BEST KNOWN FOR its warm climate and friendly people.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Voortrekker Memorial & Wagon Tracks, because Voortrekker history is in evidence in the form of wagon tracks and is commemorated by a symbolic memorial to the 1838 Great Trek.


OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the Modjadji Rainforest. Continued

Thursday, 25 July 2013

I Love Vereeniging Because …

I ♥ Vereeniging

I ♥ Vereeniging

Hi, I’m Marthinus from Three Rivers Lodge & Villa Anna Sophia in Vereeniging, Southern Gauteng.

Vereeniging IS BEST KNOWN FOR the Vaal River, the steel industry and friendly people.




WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO sit and chill with a cocktail on Anna’s Kitchen deck.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO sit at the fireplace at Anna’s Kitchen. Continued

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

I Love Gordons Bay Because …

I ♥ Gordons Bay

I ♥ Gordons Bay

Hi, I’m Lynn Leclercq from The Blue Marine Self Catering in Gordons Bay in the Cape Helderberg, Western Cape.

Gordons Bay IS BEST KNOWN FOR small friendly village with lovely white beaches and vibey restaurants.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Whale Point, and if lucky can spot dolphins all year round and whales in winter.

THE BEST scenic PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT at the top of Steenbras dam,enter road as you drive along the coast road.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT Bikini beach (which is Blue Flag status). Continued

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

I Love Sunset Beach Because …

I ♥ Sunset Beach

I ♥ Sunset Beach

Hi, I’m Candice Diab from Sunset Views in Sunset Beach, Blaauwberg.

SUNSET BEACH IS BEST KNOWN FOR its spectacular Table Mountain views and endless stretches of white, sandy beach. It is also internationally renowned as a kite and wind-surfing hotspot!

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN along the beach with the magnificent backdrop of Table Mountain!

THE BEST sunset PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN from the beach.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S WINDY, I LIKE TO choose between some action sports our coastline has to offer: kite surfing and wind surfing in particular. Continued

Friday, 24 May 2013

I Love Three Anchor Bay Because …

I ♥ Three Anchor Bay

I ♥ Three Anchor Bay

Hi, I’m Michael Huellenhagen from Bayflowers Guest House  in Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town.

THREE ANCHOR BAY IS BEST KNOWN FOR being close to everywhere you want to be. Its position between the hot spots of Green Point and Sea Point, its proximity to the V&A Waterfront, the Promenade, the park and the sea makes it a perfect venture point. Yet in the midst of it all Three Anchor Bay has preserved its charm and tranquillity.

THE BEST panoramic PICTURES of Three Anchor Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard CAN BE TAKEN from Signal Hill. Go early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Take a bottle of wine along and enjoy spectacular sun sets!.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO stroll down to the bay and enjoy a long walk along the shore.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO walk to the V&A Waterfront for some shopping or I visit the two oceans aquarium with my kids. Continued

Friday, 17 May 2013

I Love Somerset West Because …

I ♥ Somerset West

I ♥ Somerset West

Hi, I’m Joerg Streibing from Somerset Villa Guesthouse in Somerset West.

Somerset West IS BEST KNOWN FOR for the fantastic accommodation places, value for money and diversity.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Vergelegen Estate,The gardens are one of the most beautiful in the Western Cape, the Estate had a lot of Head of States and member of the Royal families visiting. Walk along where Nelson Mandela walked. Get a picture taken under one of the unique trees.

THE BEST penguin PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT Bettys Bay (on the scenic R44 ocean drive between Pringle Bay and Kleinmond), renowned for its Jackass penguin colony.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT at Lourensford, Vergelegen, Gordons Bay, the beach and many many more! Continued

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

I Love Elgin Because …

I ♥ Elgin

I ♥ Elgin

Hi, greetings from South Hill in Elgin in the Cape Overberg, Western Cape.

Elgin IS BEST KNOWN in the past FOR past for production of apples and pears, the Elgin Valley has firmly placed itself on the wine route map over the last few years with many boutique wine farms popping up along side more familiar names. Mountain biking has also drawn many to the area, hosting the Wine 2 Whales cycle race and a leg of the Epic.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN at plenty photo opportunities in the area and none more so that at South Hill, by the Honeymoon suite on the Jetty! So beautiful, set amongst the vineyards and very secluded, the perfect location for those romantic wedding pictures. For other photographic smarts, go to Blossoms for happy family snaps over a reasonably priced lunch or catch the kids on the BMX track for those never to be forgotten action pictures. Continued

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

I Love Calitzdorp Because …

I ♥ Calitzdorp

I ♥ Calitzdorp

Hi, I’m Marie Holstensson from The Retreat At Groenfontein just outside Calitzdorp in the Karoo.

Calitzdorp IS BEST KNOWN FOR its Port wine cellars and excellent wines, tranquil walks through the town admiring the intact vernacular architecture, interesting art-galleries and enjoying the good lunch spots.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Handelshuis, having lunch on their verandah – lovely sunny spot!

THE BEST vineyard PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT De Krans during their grape picking season.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS along the Groenfontein route passing the Calitzdorp Dam, through spectacular scenery also through the red mountains and back to Calitzdorp. Continued

Monday, 17 September 2012

I Love Bothas Hill Because …

I ♥ Botha’s Hill

I ♥ Botha’s Hill

Hi, I’m Jo-Anne from Eagle Wind Manor Guest House in Botha’s Hill in Durban in KwaZulu Natal.

Botha’s Hill IS BEST KNOWN FOR being the start of the Midlands Meander.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Eagle Wind Manor in our gorgeous tree garden with the beauty of the guest house as your backdrop.

THE BEST daytime PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT on the brink of our doorstep at the breath taking Valley of 1000 Hills. Continued

Monday, 20 August 2012

I Love Durbanville Because …

I ♥ Durbanville

I ♥ Durbanville

Hi, I’m Scott Langley from Ruslamere Guest House & Spa in Durbanville, Cape Town North.

Durbanville IS BEST KNOWN FOR being a tranquil, upmarket suburb of Cape Town and for the award-winning Sauvignon Blanc produced in its Wine Valley.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Cape Town Ostrich Ranch, on the back of an Ostrich, with Table Mountain in the background.

THE BEST Table Mountain PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN from the top of Tygerberg Nature Reserve.
OTHER HAPPY SNAPS are available all along the wine route and from any of the farms surrounding Durbanville. Continued