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8 Unknown Places in South Africa You Must Visit at Least Once
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8 Unknown Places in South Africa You Must Visit at Least Once

There is something about the unknown that stirs one to explore, take to the open road, and these unknown places in South Africa are no exception. We guarantee by the end of the article you’ll be contemplating which unknown place in South Africa you most lov...
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...
Local is Lekker – 5 Great and Relatively Unknown Destinations at Home
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Local is Lekker – 5 Great and Relatively Unknown Destinations at Home

More and more South Africans are 'staying home' for the holidays. They're venturing overseas far less than previously for various reasons - they're feeling the pinch of the Rand, they're cutting back on carbon emissions, or they're discovering that actually ho...
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 ...
Breakfast at Cafe Albert in the little Karoo town, Prince Albert
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Breakfast at Cafe Albert in the little Karoo town, Prince Albert

Possibly the best breakfast I’ve ever had and a mean cappuccino to boot is at Café Albert in the little Karoo town, Prince Albert. I can’t claim to be a connoisseur, but a weekend isn’t a weekend for me until I’ve gone out for breakfast. As such, I’ve tried br...
A Hell of a trip to Gamkaskloof
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A Hell of a trip to Gamkaskloof

Between Prince Albert and Oudtshoorn runs the Swartberg Pass. It passes through the Swartberg range of mountains, the natural divide between the plains of the Great Karoo and the valleys of the Little Karoo, taking in the Swartberg Nature Reserve. Weather d...
The Swartberg Hiking Trail
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The Swartberg Hiking Trail

I’m not a born hiker. Some people seem to have a natural inclination to walking long distances, over uneven terrain, carrying heavy weights and call it leisure time. Myself, I’ve always thought that since our ancestors had no other option but to leg it everywh...
Weekending in Prince Albert – a welcome break from wet Cape Town
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Weekending in Prince Albert – a welcome break from wet Cape Town

The drive alone is worth the four-hour trip from Cape Town to Prince Albert, and that was only the start of a weekend break that more than met expectations. First off, let me emphasise that Prince Albert, which lies at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains that ...