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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Dining at The Royal Coachman in Dullstroom

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We recently did a bit of a road trip to Malelane in Mpumalanga and spent a night en-route in the quaint town of Dullstroom. Although we had booked a self catering unit at Treelands Estate, who really wants to self cater when there is such a choice of restaurants to dine at?

After strolling through the town on our arrival two venues caught our eye; The Royal Coachman and The Mayfly. We decided on The Mayfly and reserved a table but after chatting to our host at Treelands and asking his opinion of the two, he summarized by saying that The Mayfly catered more for Sandton while the Royal Coachman catered for Dullstroom. Well, that swayed us and after canceling at The Mayfly we headed for the Coachman! Continued

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Article by: Helen Rushton
Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Ten Natural Wonders of South Africa

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Little of what we claim today as natural wonders will be here in a hundred years time.

Little is today as it was a century ago.

But we are blessed with many phenomenon hewn by the natural world in South Africa… Continued

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Article by: Wanda Coustas
Monday, 17 March 2014
South African Hiking Trails

The Baviaanskloof Hartland Hike

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The famous Baviaanskloof Hartland Hike is nestled between the Baviaanskloof and Kouga mountain ranges, and showcases some of the best vistas and landscapes of both. This part of the Eastern Cape Province is unique for its natural beauty, fauna, flora and people. The Hartland Hike allows visitors to experience the pristine splendour of the region over the course of six days, as they ascend rock faces, and descend into lush valleys.

You will cover an average of 12 kilometres per day. Some of this is on the main road, while other parts take hikers through rugged countryside that is either privately owned or part of the Parks Board. Many of the places that you will see are completely secluded, even isolated, showcasing only the untouched natural landscapes of a country that is famed for its splendour and abundance. Continued

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Article by: Amelia Gibson
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
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Our guide to the best hotels in Port Elizabeth, the friendly city

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No time to find accommodation? Our guide to the best hotels in Port Elizabeth, the friendly city …

Those who live in PE think it’s the best city in the country. Certainly it’s the most underrated. Port Elizabeth is one of the largest cities in South Africa, and is laid out in a way that you can reach everything within 15 minutes of the airport – not something you can attribute to Jo’burg.

Port Elizabeth regards itself as the end of the Garden Route, a city with warm temperatures all year round, beaches that give Durban and Cape Town’s beaches a serious run for their money, a host of historical attractions and walks, whale sightings during autumn, and access to wild game reserves within an hour of town. Continued

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Article by: Wanda Coustas
Thursday, 16 January 2014
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A guide to help you find hotels in Pretoria, depending on why you’re visiting

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Our guide to help you find hotels in Pretoria, depending on why you’re visiting …

Pretoria: more demure and Afrikaans than Jo’burg, but with a buzz of its own thanks to the energy of thousands of university students that give the city a certain charm, and the jacaranda trees (over 60 000 of them) that bloom during October and November turning the city into a mauve carpet (and gum your windscreen wipers for the season).

Pretoria is just up the road from Johannesburg (give it a few more years and the two will merge into something of a metropolis) and steeped in history. The site of Nelson Mandela’s presidential inauguration, the City of Pretoria functions as the country’s administrative capital, is home to the Union Buildings and is sometimes referred to as Tshwane, although a fiercely contested name change has yet to happen… Continued

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Article by: Wanda Coustas
Wednesday, 8 January 2014
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Where best to stay in Durban – our guide to choosing hotels in Durban

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Durban – the country’s third largest city – is known for its 100 kilometres of beach, all-year-round warm weather, and thanks largely to the colonial British Indian indentured labour system, more people of Indian descent than anywhere else in the country. With attractions like uShaka Marine World, upmarket curry and seafood cuisine, a gammet of new and stylish hangouts in Florida and Helen Joseph Roads, trendy neighbourhoods like Glenwood and Morningside, a thriving business sector in Umhlanga and Durban North, and easy access to the Valley of a Thousand Hills and the Drakensberg, Durban is an easy contender for visitors’ attention …

Here is our guide to help you find hotels in Durbandepending on why you’re there … Continued

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Article by: Wanda Coustas
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
South African Hiking Trails

Hiking up Table Mountain – The Platteklip Gorge Hike

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Table Mountain Hike

Table Mountain Hike

In my twenty nine years, never once had I attempted to climb up Table Mountain. I figured that the cable car was in perfect working condition so the need was not there. But after road tripping around South Africa and hiking Sentinel Peak in the Drakensberg, I imagined hiking up Table Mountain to be rather easy.

After researching trails and inquiring about the easy routes, many people suggested Platteklip Gorge as the safest route, but also not as challenging as Skeleton GorgeContinued

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Article by: Lauren Manuel McShane
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
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Top 10 hotels in Johannesburg to suit any visitor

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Jo’burg has been described as South Africa’s heartbeat. It is also regarded as risky and travel alerts warn about crime in the city. It’s true. There is crime. But it’s overstated and largely sensationalised by the media.

Those who live in Jo’burg will soon set you straight  about where to go and when. We say it’s all about perspective, really. But checking in with a local or two is probably essential.

Jozi is thrilling. It’s the continent’s most cosmopolitan city, an intense weave of culture, history and play, and the vigour of South Africa’s economy.

To leave it off your itinerary is to miss an essential South African experience.

Here is our guide to help you find hotels in Johannesburg – our top 10 depending on what you’re in Jo’burg for … Continued

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Article by: Wanda Coustas
Thursday, 28 November 2013
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Finding hotels in Cape Town: 5 step guide to save you time

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It isn’t estate agents alone who mutter the mantra – location, location, location. It’s also how people choose hotels. I’m prepared to bet you thought it was all about the cost of the room?

But the latest study of why people around the world choose the hotels they do reveals location as the number one priority. The cost of the hotel and past experience come in second.

Based on this research, we have put together a five-step guide to help you find hotels in Cape Town Continued

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Article by: Wanda Coustas
Friday, 22 November 2013
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What to wear in Mpumalanga – The Mpumalanga Packing List

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Mpumalanga’s topography is a varied one, comprising of the Highveld (high lying) and the Lowveld (low lying) regions. Naturally, due to their altitudes and physical characteristics, these regions display different climates. This makes Mpumalanga an even more interesting place to visit at almost any time of year.

The Lowveld of this province enjoys a tropical climate that is hot and humid during summer, and temperate during winter. The annual rains occur mainly during the summer months. Between December and March, daily highs often reach well into the 30’s. Accompanied with the moisture in the air, this can become rather uncomfortable for those not accustomed to the heat. Winters are slightly drier (but not significantly so), with daily highs of about 20 to 22 degrees Celsius. The Lowveld includes the famous Kruger National Park. Continued

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Article by: Amelia Gibson
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
South African Hiking Trails

Sentinel Peak Hike – Drakensberg

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Driving into the Drakensberg just the day before and seeing Southern Africa’s highest escarpment rise up in sheer cliff’s before us was jaw-droppingly beautiful and filled us with a sense of wonder mixed with a tinge of anxiety for we knew that one of the things we came here to achieve was summiting at least one of these impossibly tall peaks… Continued

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Article by: Vaughan McShane
Friday, 8 November 2013
South African Hiking Trails

Coastal Hike in Coffee Bay

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With the wind at full force and the rain relentless, the roads that lead to the start of the Hole in the Wall hiking trail in Coffee Bay were in too poor condition for the Coffee Shack tour vehicles to navigate. Slightly dejected at not getting the opportunity to see one of Coffee Bay’s famed marvels, but still very keen, we headed out wrapped thick in layers with local guide and barman, Lazarus, to the Umtata river mouth which is just north of Coffee Bay. Continued

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Article by: Vaughan McShane
Thursday, 7 November 2013
South African Hiking Trails

Hike to Kettlespout Falls in Hogsback

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Visiting Hogsback for the first time (see our post here), after living in South Africa all my life, was honestly like stepping into another country- A greener, lushious region where forests and mountains took up nearly all of the space and left tiny areas for houses and roads.  Even without names around town such as Lothlorien, Middle Earth and Striders, this green oasis immediately took me back to the Lord of the Rings and the Shire. Continued

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Article by: Lauren Manuel McShane
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
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What to wear in the Northern Cape – The Northern Cape Packing List

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The Northern Cape has a unique climate, thanks to its being situated higher up and along the Namibian border. It is home to part of the immense Kalahari Desert, which means that a large proportion of the province is either arid or semi-arid. It is hot and dry. While this may not yield a particularly green and lush vegetation that is typical of provinces like Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape certainly does boast a beauty all its own. Continued

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Article by: Amelia Gibson
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
South African Hiking Trails

Day Hikes of the Drakensberg

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The Drakensberg Mountain Range is one of South Africa’s most spectacular natural wonders, showcasing a selection of the most breath-taking vistas imaginable. It is the highest mountain range in the country, reaching an impressive 3 482 metres above sea level. Incredibly, its extensive nature means that the range spans the provinces of the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal as well as Lesotho and Swaziland.

The Drakensberg is a hiker’s dream destination as it offers so much in the way of trails – ranging from relatively short, easy walks to far more challenging, even technical, hikes reserved for the experienced. Continued

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Article by: Amelia Gibson