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The Best Hotels in South Africa, Right Now, that Aren’t Hotel Chains
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The Best Hotels in South Africa, Right Now, that Aren’t Hotel Chains

We've stretched the definition of 'hotel' a little, to accommodate a couple of boutique hotels - and even the odd lodge that welcomes almost the same number of guests as a small hotel - to bring you a list of the best hotels in South Africa. All of them del...
Karoo Road Trip: 10 Best Places to Stop on South Africa’s Greatest Self Drive
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Karoo Road Trip: 10 Best Places to Stop on South Africa’s Greatest Self Drive

A Karoo road trip is one of the best ways to travel the vast expanse that is the Karoo. Divided into two distinct parts, a Karoo road trip can explore either the Klein Karoo (a 300 km strip of mountainous, semi-desert between Worcester and George), or the G...
12 Best Small Towns in the Western Cape
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12 Best Small Towns in the Western Cape

The biggest problem about visiting the Western Cape is having to choose where to visit! Wonder how many you'll argue we've left off our list of the 12 Best Small Towns in the Western Cape that we know and love.  So, we'll quickly add the proviso that the fo...
8 Charming Karoo Towns For Nature Lovers And Outdoor Enthusiasts
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8 Charming Karoo Towns For Nature Lovers And Outdoor Enthusiasts

The Karoo: South Africa's semi-desert region - a rare mix of desolation, ragged mountains, vast plains, star-studded skies, sheep farms, quirky little towns in the middle of nowhere, and a whole lot of space. The Karoo spans almost 400 000 km² across the ce...
One-tank Trips out of Cape Town
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One-tank Trips out of Cape Town

There are weekends when you just need to get away. Recharge your batteries, relax surrounded by nature and out of your own space and home. You don’t necessarily want to break the bank either, so a trip just out of the city is what you most desire.  Here are s...
I Love Barrydale Because …
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I Love Barrydale Because …

Hi, I’m Atma from Little Samadhi Karoo Retreat in Barrydale. Barrydale IS BEST KNOWN FOR its pure beauty; arguably one of the prettiest villages in South Africa. Barrydale is a historic fruit farming town and a true gateway to the Overberg and Klein Karoo. ...
My favourite dorps – add them to your next holiday itinerary
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My favourite dorps – add them to your next holiday itinerary

It is fairly difficult to pretend to be unbiased when putting together a list of favourite South African dorps. So, I haven't even pretended to be (unbiased, that is) and thus most of them lie in the Western Cape. This is a list of my favourites. I'm sure you ...
Traversing the Tradouw Pass
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Traversing the Tradouw Pass

If you are after a simply beautiful drive through rugged terrain then make sure you take the 14 kilometre long Tradouw Pass between Barrydale and Swellendam. It is so craggy and arduous that the mind boggles as to just how the pass originated.  To say that it ...
Lunching at Clarke of the Karoo
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Lunching at Clarke of the Karoo

It's pouring with rain, the first proper soaking Barrydale has had this season, it's a Monday morning around midday, and we're nigh on freezing. We later learn that snow lies on the tips of the surrounding Langeberg Mountains, not visible because of the blanke...
Fetching cotton rugs – at Barrydale hand weavers
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Fetching cotton rugs – at Barrydale hand weavers

It would be pouring with rain on the day we visit the hand weavers in Barrydale. We run into what appears to be an old school hall, which we later learn is the town's former 'bioscope' and are greeted by Tivane, whom I have already met over the weekend at the ...
Barrydale – much to explore
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Barrydale – much to explore

Arriving in Barrydale is like a breath of fresh air. Nothing quite prepares you for its uniquely arty bent or prettiness, other than the fact that people are talking about it. And one soon understands why. Barrydale is quirky, home to at least two cob houses, ...