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Best Places to Stay on the Garden Route for the Knysna Oyster Festival
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Best Places to Stay on the Garden Route for the Knysna Oyster Festival

The Knysna Oyster Festival happens soon - 29 June to 8 July 2018. Let's go shuck those oysters! The Oyster Festival, known also as the ‘best 10 days of your winter’, is spread over two weekends and revolves around the consumption of fresh oysters served nake...
The 20 Best SMALL Beach Towns in South Africa
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The 20 Best SMALL Beach Towns in South Africa

It’s not difficult to get swept up by the wildness of Kruger, the elegance of the Winelands, or the sophistication of Cape Town. But it is the small beach towns in South Africa that get to the heart of what it is to experience the country’s diversity - its ...
Drought in Cape Town – Where to Go to Escape the Crisis
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Drought in Cape Town – Where to Go to Escape the Crisis

The Mother City is feeling the heat as the drought in Cape Town becomes a grim reality. The city is up against Level 6b water restrictions of only 50 litres per person per day, and the impending doom of Day Zero, without water, looms... The drought in Ca...
South Africa’s Marine Big 5 – Do You Know What They Are?
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South Africa’s Marine Big 5 – Do You Know What They Are?

One of South Africa’s major appeals is its immediate access to big five safaris. For this reason, thousands of visitors head through our international airports. But South Africa marine big 5 is fast falling under the spotlight too, as more and more visitors...
Best Long Weekend Getaways, South Africa
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Best Long Weekend Getaways, South Africa

Long weekend getaways South Africa – why there are plenty of options for locals, and visitors, within driving distance of each of the four major cities. With an extra day, or two, tagged onto a weekend, South Africans need little excuse to pack a bag and he...
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. ...
Garden Route Small Towns – We explore the Best
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Garden Route Small Towns – We explore the Best

These Garden Route small towns are some of the most popular towns in South Africa. It isn't difficult to imagine why they're often busy. The self-drive Garden Route is high on most visitors must-see lists when they arrive in South Africa. The route stret...
Garden Route Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping weekend
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Garden Route Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping weekend

Garden Route tented camps bring to mind generous mosquito nets, heavy canvas flaps opening out onto the savannah, and colonial-style Big 5 viewing with sundowners in the bush. Not to be confused with camping holidays where caravans, ground cloths, and tent ...
Things to Do over the School Holidays in the Garden Route
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Things to Do over the School Holidays in the Garden Route

School holidays hardly leave me in a state of rapture. In fact, I get a distinct tingling sensation down my spine at the thought of a bored tween with absolutely no passion for reading (a work in progress, I admit). And it’s not that good tingle. So, for pa...
Luxury in South Africa – Some of the Best Hotels, Guest Houses & Lodges
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Luxury in South Africa – Some of the Best Hotels, Guest Houses & Lodges

Luxury in South Africa ~ Some of The Best Luxury Hotels, Guest Houses and Lodges in South Africa ... Go on - treat yourself! Prana Lodge ~ Cintsa East, Wild Coast This private beach lodge and spa lies on 21 km of unspoilt beachfront on the Wild Coast, yo...
Snuggling Up to Some Scaly Characters at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
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Snuggling Up to Some Scaly Characters at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

While snakes may not be everyone’s cup of tea, they certainly are fascinating, even for those that prefer to enjoy them from a distance. The Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary aims to educate visitors about hundreds of different snake species, from tiny to mammoth, and ...
Romance on the River at Bitou River Lodge
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Romance on the River at Bitou River Lodge

Right on the banks of the tranquil Bitou River, just 10 minutes outside Plett, lies the gorgeous 4-star retreat called the Bitou River Lodge. This lodge is more than just holiday accommodation in Plettenberg Bay; it provides an authentic (albeit somewhat luxur...
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary – Taking a Walk on the Wild Side of the Garden Route
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary – Taking a Walk on the Wild Side of the Garden Route

The Crags is an important part of the Garden Route in terms of the wildlife to which it is home. In addition to rescue facilities like Birds of Eden and Monkeyland, the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary joined the ranks when it moved to this area in August 2013. Ha...
Birds of Eden and Monkeyland Combined
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Birds of Eden and Monkeyland Combined

Birds of Eden and Monkeyland in Plettenberg Bay are owned and run by the dynamic Lara Mostert and Tony Blignaut. Although these facilities are designed for tourists to visit and enjoy, this committed team has as its main focus the safety and happiness of the a...
Our Adventure in Monkeyland
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Our Adventure in Monkeyland

Aptly named, Monkeyland is a primate sanctuary nestled in the forests of the Garden Route. It was established by Tony and Lara, who also own and run Birds of Eden, situated right next door. Having the opportunity to have lunch with Lara on this occasion gave u...