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The Best Hotels in South Africa, Right Now, that Aren’t Hotel Chains
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The Best Hotels in South Africa, Right Now, that Aren’t Hotel Chains

We've stretched the definition of 'hotel' a little, to accommodate a couple of boutique hotels - and even the odd lodge that welcomes almost the same number of guests as a small hotel - to bring you a list of the best hotels in South Africa. All of them del...
Our Best Value Luxury Western Cape Accommodation, You Just Can’t Resist
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Our Best Value Luxury Western Cape Accommodation, You Just Can’t Resist

We’ve pulled out all the stops to find you best value, luxury Western Cape Accommodation, including Cape Town. Most of these options are self-catered, giving you the privacy and magnificence of a house all your own, with views out over the ocean, or of the ...
The Best Value Luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation by SA-Venues.com
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The Best Value Luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation by SA-Venues.com

The Best Value Luxury Cape Winelands Accommodation by SA-Venues.com ~ The Cape Winelands of South Africa need little by way of introduction - the area is one of the most visited parts of the country. So, it isn’t surprising that the standard of Cape Winelan...
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...
20 Most Incredible Historical Sites in South Africa
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20 Most Incredible Historical Sites in South Africa

Historical Sites in South Africa ~ South Africa's history is young. It doesn't have buildings that date back to the fifteenth century, because back then its beaches were still combed by Strandlopers (the hunter-gatherer San, known as beach combers for their sh...
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...
Head To Stellenbosch For A Downton Abbey Experience
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Head To Stellenbosch For A Downton Abbey Experience

Just as the Crawleys of Downton Abbey (the impressive Highclere Castle in Berkshire, England) decided to open their doors to the public for a day, so too four historical homesteads of Stellenbosch (if on a somewhat less grandiose scale) combine to form the Vil...
The Best Events In Cape Town & Surrounds This Autumn and Winter
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The Best Events In Cape Town & Surrounds This Autumn and Winter

Autumn, and early winter, in Cape Town is the city's secret season. It's the time of year the city is at its best – the sun just warm enough to seek out a patch of sun in which to bask, yet a mackintosh is a pre-requisite to surviving the day (brollies, if you...
Top Things To Do In The Winelands That Aren’t About Wine
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Top Things To Do In The Winelands That Aren’t About Wine

The traditional Cape Winelands – Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Somerset West – are within a stone's throw of Cape Town. These earliest colonial settlements each come with their own wine route, making it easy to travel from one farm to the next sampling win...
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...
8 Glorious Gardens That Just Happen To Be On Wine Estates
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8 Glorious Gardens That Just Happen To Be On Wine Estates

To explore a garden before, or after, tasting the wine grown on the farm is one of the highlights of these 8 glorious gardens on wine estates... BABYLONSTOREN The gardens at Babylonstoren are extensive. Modelled on the former Company Gardens of the Cape (the...
30 Things To Do In The Cape Winelands
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30 Things To Do In The Cape Winelands

The essence of the Cape Winelands is wine tasting. You will discover, however, that there are so many wine estates jostling for your attention that you need something other than wine estates as your yard stick for selecting which ones to visit. For this ...
Cape Dutch architecture – 8 best spots to Gawp at Gables
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Cape Dutch architecture – 8 best spots to Gawp at Gables

Think Cape Dutch architecture and one immediately calls to mind the style's most distinctive feature: the central gable. But gables are not anything new, you might argue, what's the big deal? – European architecture is full of examples. But at the Cape, gables...
An Afternoon of Bubbly Tasting in Stellenbosch
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An Afternoon of Bubbly Tasting in Stellenbosch

Whilst I am not a lover of wine, I really enjoy sweet bubbly, so JC Le Roux in Stellenbosch was not a bad spot to head to on a Friday afternoon.  The rain which threatened stayed away and we made our way past cold, green farmlands, orchards and tree-lined stre...
Falling for Stellenbosch
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Falling for Stellenbosch

While in university, I always envisioned the town of Stellenbosch as a student city where university undergrads partied until the early hours of Thursday morning and stumbled out of the residents for the last lectures of the week. While that part may be true, ...