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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...
Best Places to Stay in the Upper Karoo – South Africa’s Astoundingly Beautiful ‘Outback’
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Best Places to Stay in the Upper Karoo – South Africa’s Astoundingly Beautiful ‘Outback’

Best Places to Stay in Upper Karoo ~ Don’t think you’re going to manage the Karoo South Africa in one visit. Because you’re not. For starters it takes up a substantial chunk of the innerlands of South Africa - its full extent not obviously defined (for inst...
Corbelled Houses Unveiled – Why They’re The Most Exciting Thing To Happen To The Karoo
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Corbelled Houses Unveiled – Why They’re The Most Exciting Thing To Happen To The Karoo

Few people know that in South Africa’s hinterland - on farms neighbouring the towns of Carnarvon, Williston, Loxton and Fraserburg - are a series of strange-looking beehive stone structures. They’re an anomaly of the Northern Cape Karoo; excellent examples ...
10 attractions that will have you packing your bags for the Upper Karoo
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10 attractions that will have you packing your bags for the Upper Karoo

For many the Karoo is a great expanse of (dry) land somewhere in the middle of South Africa. Just where this place of great heat and frosts, with an annual rainfall of next to nothing, starts and ends is a mystery, expounded by the impression that its extent i...
The ultimate checklist: Remote places to Stay to survive Christmas
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The ultimate checklist: Remote places to Stay to survive Christmas

A friend of mine recently emailed with a request. She needed a remote hideaway for her family, who want to escape the Christmas festivities; get away from it all to reconnect with what really matters – nature, their children and stillness. And it is only fa...
Exploring the Beautiful Karoo
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Exploring the Beautiful Karoo

Today I find myself reminiscing about the six soul-stirring months I had the great privilege of spending in South Africa’s Karoo. Though you may not have six months laying around in spare change; a week or weekend trip into the Karoo is probably one of the mos...
Have You Been to Prieska
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Have You Been to Prieska

Prieska is a very small town that is perched along the Orange River in the Northern Cape. It is 240 kilometres south of Kimberley and its famous Big Hole. Although having been occupied by indigenous South Africans, such as the Bushmen, for generations, it was ...
Visit Richmond – You Don’t Need To Be A Book Nut, But It Helps If You Are
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Visit Richmond – You Don’t Need To Be A Book Nut, But It Helps If You Are

The little town of Richmond lies in the middle of the Karoo of the Northern Cape, roughly four hours away from Bloemfontein, its slightly shaggy main street lined with period 19th century architecture, much of it restored, the upper reaches of which form a tun...
Where have all the flowers gone? Flowers out of season in Nieuwoudtville
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Where have all the flowers gone? Flowers out of season in Nieuwoudtville

Sanna and a few of her co-workers are sitting in the shade of a large warehouse that, when it is peak production time, is probably filled with trays of bulbs. They're all in royal blue overalls and beginning to think about packing up to go home when we show up...
Louriesfontein and Calvinia – sommer net passing through
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Louriesfontein and Calvinia – sommer net passing through

'Just what is so important that it warrants a drive through to Louriesfontein?' my other half comments dubiously whilst thumbing through his recent acquisition - a book brimming over with the plant types we can hope to see around Nieuwoudtville – millions of t...
A farm in Nieuwoudtville – Quiver trees, remoteness and skies like never before …
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A farm in Nieuwoudtville – Quiver trees, remoteness and skies like never before …

Where the Hantam Karoo meets Cape fynbos is a little hamlet of a village called Nieuwoudtville. From mid-July until September the town annually hums as it plays host to the flower season - the time of year when bulbs deliver the goods and blossom forth, produc...
The Rooi Granaat in Loxton
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The Rooi Granaat in Loxton

My brother and I recently spent a Sunday night in the tiny Karoo town of Loxton.  I'd done a bit of reading and vaguely remembered that nothing was open from Saturday lunch time to Monday morning (thank goodness we'd stopped in Senekal for lamb chops) but how ...
Sutherland, the coldest town in South Africa?
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Sutherland, the coldest town in South Africa?

I spent the first few days of August in the coldest place in South Africa; Sutherland.  I had arrived prepared with my warmest winter woolies transported from my London days and to be perfectly honest, I was dying to wear my GAP down filled jacket again. Un...
Perlman House Restaurant in Sutherland – a review
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Perlman House Restaurant in Sutherland – a review

I had dinner at Perlman House Restaurant in Sutherland when I was in the town last week and what a night that was!  A booking had been made for star gazing (we were in the star gazing capital of the world after all) but we were having such a wonderful time tha...