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15 Inland South African Villages That are on Everyone’s Travel List
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15 Inland South African Villages That are on Everyone’s Travel List

What makes a village a village? And where will you find South African villages? A village, by definition, is slightly smaller than a town, but bigger than a hamlet. Often people call them towns anyway as the differences between them are so slight. Genera...
13 Enigmatic South African Towns to Visit Before You Turn 40
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13 Enigmatic South African Towns to Visit Before You Turn 40

Actually, I'll let you into a secret: it isn't about what age you are when you visit these towns. It's about making damn sure you visit them. Because few of them make it onto conventional 'must do' lists. For some reason they're regarded as obscure, non mai...
The Most Beautiful Historic Towns In South Africa
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The Most Beautiful Historic Towns In South Africa

South Africa's history is not all that old. The buildings don't date back hundreds and hundreds of years, as they do in Europe, but (and it's a BIG but) South Africa has its own unique architectural styles, much of it evident in little towns across the country...
An hour or two in Matjiesfontein …
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An hour or two in Matjiesfontein …

The train rolled into the famous little Klein Karoo village of Matjiesfontein on a late October afternoon and with a long screeching, slowed and finally halted. The wind was icy and the last rays of the sun, casting a golden glow, were doing their utmost to ke...
Step Back In Time At The Marie Rawdon Museum In Matjiesfontein
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Step Back In Time At The Marie Rawdon Museum In Matjiesfontein

The historical village of Matjiesfontein packs a punch in terms of heritage and culture.  Apart from the historic hotel buildings dating from the mid 1880's, there is the Transport Museum and the very popular Marie Rawdon Museum, both housing an array of items...
Matjiesfontein, Historical Victorian Village in the Karoo
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Matjiesfontein, Historical Victorian Village in the Karoo

Aside from Matjiesfontein's renown as a train station in the heart of the Karoo (and David Kramer's very famous song), I knew very little about the historical Victorian village before turning off the N1 on a gloriously sunny afternoon, intent on a visit. On...