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On Safari in Cape Town? Yes You Can
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On Safari in Cape Town? Yes You Can

On Safari in Cape Town ~ Yes You Can! The Western Cape game reserves are, admittedly, not the jewel in the crown of the province more famous for its vineyards, mountains, seascapes, whale watching and Cape Dutch architecture. But game reserves there are,...
Best Places to Stay on Route 62, the World’s Longest Wine Route
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Best Places to Stay on Route 62, the World’s Longest Wine Route

Choose from these 10 best places to stay on Route 62, South Africa. The drive is considered the world’s longest wine route. The scenic route meanders through the Klein Karoo and Langkloof fruit valley, and along the way there are plenty of places to stay. N...
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...
10 Far-Flung Karoo Towns For Fabulous Festivals
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10 Far-Flung Karoo Towns For Fabulous Festivals

If you've ever looked at a map of the Karoo (the Groot and Klein Karoo) you may have noticed that it occupies a huge chunk of central South Africa. It stretches from Alexander Bay on the West Coast, encompassing the bulk of the Northern Cape, all the way to...
Sublime Sanbona
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Sublime Sanbona

As any born-and-bred Capetonian will tell you, one of the few things we envy of the city slickers in Joburg, is their ability to hop into a car and head off to the Kruger Park (at a moment’s notice) for a quick respite from the daily grind of city living. I...
Really Close – A Cheetah Approach
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Really Close – A Cheetah Approach

“Just remember they are wild animals”, a warning from Rudi, our game ranger, as we disembark our game vehicle. We’d been tracking two male Cheetah near the Northern Gate of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve for about an hour and had finally spotted them (no pun intende...
Montagu village market – fun filled Saturday mornings
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Montagu village market – fun filled Saturday mornings

Heading off to explore the Montagu village market on a Saturday morning to grab some breakfast is a standard social affair for Montagu's residents, judging by the turn-out on a sunny morning in winter. It's also a fun outing for visitors, and a great way to mi...
Aasvoëlkrans – more than a touch of whimsy in Montagu
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Aasvoëlkrans – more than a touch of whimsy in Montagu

Let me let you into a secret. Pretty Aasvoëlkrans is really worth your rand. To say that you are  spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation in Montagu is an understatement. There is so much to choose from that it can get a little confusing. But if you'r...
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, ...
Joubert House – a day in the life of what it was to live in the 1850s
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Joubert House – a day in the life of what it was to live in the 1850s

Annette Cilliers is a national treasure. Her enthusiasm and knowledge of Joubert House, a house museum and national monument that is like a flashback to what a home must have looked like on any given day in Montagu in the 1850s, is palpable. She speaks about t...
Bella Montagu
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Bella Montagu

Friends of mine were not exaggerating when they described Montagu as a Victorian village, with streets lined with Cape Dutch style monuments. The quaint town, set on Route 62, surrounded by vineyards, fruit orchards and mountains is indeed a perfectly preserve...
I Love Montagu because …
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I Love Montagu because …

Hi, I’m Fida Hess from Mimosa Lodge in Montagu in the Western Cape. MONTAGU IS BEST KNOWN FOR its Muscadel, Hot Springs and Adventure Sport. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT our great NG Church in Church Street, This is one of the most historic streets in Monta...
Muscadel and potjiekos in Montagu
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Muscadel and potjiekos in Montagu

The small town of Montagu is located on the famous Route 62 within the Klein Karoo region of the Cape. With less than 10 000 permanent inhabitants it nonetheless has much to offer the visitor. Famed for its hot springs, the town in fact offers an abundance of ...
Superb Stays in South Africa
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Superb Stays in South Africa

We thought you’d like to know where others are having fantastic experiences in South Africa. Once a week, we’ll do a round up of the very best guest reviews received from travellers using the SA-Venues.com website to book accommodation for their South African ...
Rock Climbing in the Western Cape
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Rock Climbing in the Western Cape

I have to admit, I'm not a very good rock climber. I'm the guy that experienced climbers take along in order to show off their skills and soon regret it. Invariably I'm the guy that gets stuck or injures myself and has to be helped and/or rescued. But one does...