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10 Awesome Non-Touristy Things to Do in South Africa
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10 Awesome Non-Touristy Things to Do in South Africa

Finding the out-of-the-way spaces and places (non-touristy things to do in South Africa) that haven’t yet been annexed by tourists and their ilk isn’t difficult in South Africa - there’s so much to discover and see that you won’t have to share with others. ...
Win a 2 Night Stay for 4 Guests at the De Hoop Village in De Hoop – Closed
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Win a 2 Night Stay for 4 Guests at the De Hoop Village in De Hoop – Closed

Exquisite views of the Cape Overberg mountains, the crisp sea spray of the Atlantic Ocean, and the rustic charm of a South African fishing village await the lucky winners of this competition. Win a two nights stay for four people in a self-catering De Hoop Vi...
Whale Watching South Africa Just Got Better – Now is the best time to see them
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Whale Watching South Africa Just Got Better – Now is the best time to see them

Now is the best time to see them There isn't a better time for whale watching in South Africa than right now. Because the southern right whale is busy congregating just off the country's coastline; close enough to the coast to see with the naked eye. ...
Expert Tips For Spotting Whales On The Cape Whale Route
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Expert Tips For Spotting Whales On The Cape Whale Route

The winter whale watching season is upon us! From early July until October every year the Southern Right Whale makes the Cape shoreline of South Africa its nursery. Whales come to warmer waters (from the icy waters further north) to mate, give birth and nurse...
6 Marine Protected Areas in South Africa
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6 Marine Protected Areas in South Africa

South Africa protects just under 25 areas of its 3 000 km coastline. Known as marine protected areas (MPA), they safeguard threatened marine species and important habitats. What they are, in essence, is a space in the ocean that strictly regulates human act...
Five Places To See The Cape Mountain Zebra
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Five Places To See The Cape Mountain Zebra

The zebra is an African equid found on the grassy plains of Africa's game reserves. It's a common herbivore found in great numbers, which means it rarely gets much attention. Particularly if there is the chance of spotting any of the Big Five. A zebra is a ze...
The Endangered Cape Griffon Vulture – Where To See It In South Africa
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The Endangered Cape Griffon Vulture – Where To See It In South Africa

The Cape Griffon Vulture (more commonly known as the Cape vulture) is a large bird; the largest of its kind in Africa. Its size is clearly no measure of its ability to survive for the IUCN Red List lists it as Vulnerable and it is also the most endangered o...
South Africa’s 8 Most Beautiful Vleis and Marshes
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South Africa’s 8 Most Beautiful Vleis and Marshes

Over half of South Africa's marshes and vleis have disappeared. Most of them reclaimed for industry and the construction of airports, harbours, and sewage treatment plants. In KwaZulu Natal alone 58% of the wetlands of the Mfolozi River catchment have vanished...
Kids are Welcome at De Hoop Nature Reserve
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Kids are Welcome at De Hoop Nature Reserve

The De Hoop Nature Reserve is nestled in the Overberg Region, just three hours’ drive from Cape Town in the Western Cape. With an area of about 340 square kilometres, it is an idyllic spot for those that adore the outdoors as well as families with children see...
De Hoop Marine and Nature Reserve
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De Hoop Marine and Nature Reserve

The first step in wishing the ‘world’ goodbye came as I drove through gates of De Hoop marine and nature reserve.  Three hours drive from Cape Town; it was a welcome reprieve from the long road, its shops, stores and gas stations. What unfolded before me was a...
De Hoop Nature Reserve Photographs
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De Hoop Nature Reserve Photographs

A really good friend, who lives in the States, came down to Cape Town for one week and one week only. We made the most of it ... She lived in Cape Town for a few years but had never been to the De Hoop Nature Reserve and this was on her bucket list. We decided...
Arniston, respite for the soul on the shores of the Overberg
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Arniston, respite for the soul on the shores of the Overberg

Some people don't know this, but the seaside village of Arniston has two names. It's also called Waenhuiskrans or 'wagon shelter cliff', which describes the huge cave that you can reach only at low-tide. And no, this does not mean, as I thought, that settlers ...
Whale watching at De Hoop
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Whale watching at De Hoop

Yes, Hermanus is a wonderful place to go and view the whales. That is, if you don't mind sharing it with thousands of other people, a whale festival or two, and fun fair rides right on the edge of the cliff overlooking the bay where the whales come to calve. ...
De Hoop – three hours up the coast, friend to whales …
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De Hoop – three hours up the coast, friend to whales …

De Hoop is filled with such rich biodiversity and rare species of fynbos that it is part of a World Heritage Site. All around you are proteas, ericas, restios and heather – in full bloom. The exuberance of colour in the dying sunlight – for we only reached the...
Struisbaai or Blue Lagoon?
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Struisbaai or Blue Lagoon?

I have a very fond memory of swimming in a lagoon ten years ago. Not only found because I was ten years younger but also because the surrounding were so exquisite. Basically it was like being in The Blue Lagoon. Ten years later I may have changed, but the Blue...