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14 Charming South African Vacation Homes
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14 Charming South African Vacation Homes

South Africans know how to do vacation homes with charm - the immediate sense of being at 'home', of space, generosity, consideration and beautiful views (inside and out). South Africa has its own unique blend of charm. It's woven through the choice of farm...
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...
Cheap Weekend Getaways in Eastern Cape
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Cheap Weekend Getaways in Eastern Cape

Reasonably priced doesn't have to mean 'tacky'. So, we've combed through our offerings and handpicked these Eastern Cape Getaways at cottages, apartments, farm stays, lodges and guest houses, with price tags as close to R700/night as we can get. We think yo...
10 Places to spend Easter Weekend
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10 Places to spend Easter Weekend

The Easter break is upon us, but if you've left it 'til the last minute there is still time to book a quick escape! Have a look through these 10 places to spend Easter, we think you'll agree they're the perfect spot... 10 Places to spend Easter Weekend... ...
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...
10 reasons to head to the Karoo Heartland
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10 reasons to head to the Karoo Heartland

The Karoo Heartland lies at the heart of South Africa. Threatened with imminent fracking, this beautiful, water-strapped and desolate area is a series of mountains, vast plains, star studded skies, farmland, idiosyncratic little dorps reminiscent of yesteryear...
The Small Town Charms of South Africa
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The Small Town Charms of South Africa

The small towns of South Africa lend this diverse country so much of its charm and appeal. Many of the towns are popular tourist destinations in their own rights, but some are quiet little retreats that are almost unheard of on the global tourism platform. Loc...
Nieu Bethesda – One Town You’ve Got To Visit
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Nieu Bethesda – One Town You’ve Got To Visit

Nieu Bethesda has no petrol, bank or credit card facilities. It barely has a supermarket, it's main road is not called Main Street, but Martin Street, and the drive down into the valley that contains the little village is dominated by the striking Compassberg,...
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 ...
Nieu Bethesda – why it’s worth a visit
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Nieu Bethesda – why it’s worth a visit

These days, Nieu Bethesda is described as a charming alternative to Graaff-Reinet. But back when I first paid the little town a visit, it was still 'in the middle of nowhere', rather off the beaten track. You went there primarily to visit Helen Martin's Owl Ho...