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Rooi Cederberg Karoo Park

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 19:56:00 +0000

The Red Cederberg Karoo Park is known by few. It was formed in 2011 with the signing of a memorandum of understanding by seven farms (including parts of Cape Nature’s Matjiesrivier, Wildehondskloof and Vyfhoek). The park lies in the eastern Red (Rooi) Cederberg – a name long used by the locals to distinguish the drier ...

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Amatigulu Nature Reserve

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 21:33:31 +0000

KwaZulu-Natal is a magnificent South African province that offers a particularly multifaceted experience for visitors from all over the world. It has busy metropolises, exciting cultural and historical attractions, adventure sports, beautiful landscapes and irresistible beaches. Its capital city is Durban, which boasts the King Shaka International Airport, and a plethora of malls, museums, galleries, ...

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Explore Durban

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 21:18:47 +0000

Durban in KwaZulu-Natal is where you head for a sub-tropical beach holiday. The added bonus of being able to holiday here all year round means Durban accommodation not only caters to jet setting business executives during the winter months, but to those after a bit of sun from colder regions of South Africa, or overseas ...

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Where is Dwarskersbos?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:00:20 +0000

Along the western shores of South Africa, aptly called the West Coast, a myriad fishing villages lie sleepily as the Atlantic Ocean laps the sand and the breeze of the Cape blankets the settlements. This is the idyllic setting for the holiday resort of Dwarskersbos, a small fishing hub just 11 kilometres north of Laaiplek ...

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Exploring the Soutpansberg

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 20:31:00 +0000

Limpopo Province is home to the beauty of the Soutpansberg, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that is situated in the far north of the country. These mountains are 130 kilometres long, utterly majestic in their expanses. The region’s name hails from the salt pans that have continued to be mined at the foot of the mountains ...

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Explore Kaapsehoop

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 22:26:06 +0000

Kaapsehoop is situated 25km southwest of Nelspruit on a buttress of the Mpumalanga escarpment. Kaapsehoop is a well looked after and protected area that has a wide array of endangered bird species to be seen. This is one of Kaapsehoop’s biggest attractions and it draws 1000’s of bird lovers each year to come and explore. ...

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Pigeon Valley Park

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:00:23 +0000

In the heart of the balmy east coast city of Durban, South Africa, is a verdant retreat from the commotion of the city centre, the exquisite Pigeon Valley Park. This has been proclaimed a Natural Heritage Park and a municipal nature reserve, thanks to its natural diversity and its aesthetic loveliness, all within an otherwise ...

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Delish – A Must Stop on the N2 to Garden Route

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 13:05:11 +0000

Along the N2, on the scenic route between the Garden Route and Cape Town, is the welcome pit stop and favourite diner, Delish. Perched in the gorgeous countryside of the Western Cape, this eatery is a great stop for the family and hungry travellers needing an invigorating cup of coffee, a tasty meal, and a ...

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A Visit to La Mercy

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 13:59:40 +0000

Say ‘La Mercy’ and the obvious connection will be ‘airport’. Anyone who lives in and around Durban knows that La Mercy Airport, known as King Shaka International Airport, lies just north of Umhlanga close to Tongaat. The airport is confusing for those of us who used to live in Durban and caught flights in and ...

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Church Square and the Slave Lodge

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:48:12 +0000

The Slave Lodge, now part of the Iziko Musuem Collective, was first constructed in 1679 by the Dutch East India Company with the purpose of housing large numbers (in the thousands) of slaves. When Jan Van Riebeeck came to the Cape in 1652, the Groote Kerk was built as the first Christian place of worship.  ...

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Exploring Pietermaritzburg

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 06:00:39 +0000

The Natal Midlands of South Africa are unrivalled in their beauty. They are characterised by deep valleys that are blanketed by gorgeous jade-coloured vegetation, dense forests of towering trees, and rolling hills adorned by flowers and greenery. In the heart of this idyll is the city of Pietermaritzburg, where these beautiful surrounds are complemented by ...

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Explore Vosburg

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:00:17 +0000

Haven’t heard of Vosberg? No, nor had we. And if it weren’t for the recently tarred R384 that links Carnarvon and Britstown to Vosburg (the peaceful village is also linked by gravel to Prieska and Victoria West) it probably would not have featured on our list of dorpies you should consider visiting. Its former highly ...

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Explore Pennington

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 06:00:04 +0000

The eastern shores of South Africa are not only aesthetically near-perfect, they are also fantastic destinations for summer holidays when families, friends and honeymooning couples want to escape city life and retreat to golden sands and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. On the face of the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal, with sprawling views ...

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Explore Oudtshoorn

Wed, 31 May 2017 07:00:32 +0000

The Little Karoo is a place of mysterious allure; where the stark beauty steeps into every part of the vast landscape. This little valley is green and fertile, its vegetation unique and delightful. The mammoth mountains of the Swartberg and Outeniqua loom overhead, erupting from the ancient land to meet the clear, crisp blue of ...

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Explore Marloth Park

Mon, 29 May 2017 07:00:34 +0000

Marloth Park promises visitors to South Africa an exquisitely raw bushveld experience. It celebrates the serenity of the landscapes, the diversity of its fauna and flora, and the rhythmic heartbeat of a true South African destination. Marloth Park is a wildlife sanctuary and a fantastic holiday spot, thanks to the many accommodation options on offer ...

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Explore Margate

Sat, 27 May 2017 15:53:49 +0000

Margate is fun and vibey, but still manages to retain a kind of seaside village charm. This town is on South Africa’s east coast, at the southern tip of the KwaZulu-Natal Province. In fact, it is more of a seaside resort, as the vast majority of the homes are holiday homes and accommodation for the ...

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Exploring Hoedspruit

Sun, 21 May 2017 20:25:01 +0000

The farming town of Hoedspruit may be small, but it is an important little hub for those wanting to explore the province of Limpopo and the nearby Kruger National Park. In fact, it is less than an hour’s drive from this world-acclaimed reserve, where a massive variety of South Africa’s most beautiful fauna and flora ...

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Lets Go Jeffreys Bay!

Sat, 13 May 2017 07:00:15 +0000

J-Bay (as it is commonly known) may be a small seaside town nestled away in the Eastern Cape but it has a big reputation around the world for the excellent surfing on offer. In fact, Jeffreys Bay is one of the top spots for surfing champions from various countries to test their skills and take ...

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Exploring Hazyview

Thu, 11 May 2017 11:22:14 +0000

The charming little town of Hazyview is idyllically positioned in some of Mpumalanga’s prettiest countryside and is characterised by banana plantations and dramatic mountain ranges that stretch towards the horizon. To add to its allure, Hazyview is only five kilometres from the Phabeni Gate of the Kruger National Park, which is undoubtedly one of Africa’s ...

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Explore Centurion

Mon, 08 May 2017 16:10:26 +0000

The Gauteng Province may be the smallest in South Africa but it is certainly home to some of the busiest and most exciting destinations. Centurion is part of the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, and has fewer than 300 000 inhabitants. It is situated between the two hubs of Pretoria and Johannesburg and has somewhat of a ...

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Exploring Hartbeespoort Dam

Wed, 03 May 2017 10:53:13 +0000

The Hartbeespoort Dam is a majestic retreat from the hubbub of the nearby urban metropolises of Johannesburg and Pretoria. Thanks to its close proximity to these hubs, though, it is a great weekend getaway for locals and a popular holiday spot for international tourists. Hartbeespoort Dam is a favourite amongst travellers with a sense of ...

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Exploring Umdloti

Mon, 01 May 2017 07:00:24 +0000

The idyllic resort town of Umdloti is part of the scenically magnificent Umhlanga Coast, just 26 kilometres away from the city centre of Durban and its King Shaka International Airport. Although it is a village, Umdloti can get very busy over the summer holidays, as travellers from all over South Africa and the world descend ...

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Exploring Simons Town

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:00:36 +0000

Quintessential navy village, centred on the activities of those who are members of the South African Navy and other nautical enthusiasts alike, Simons Town is situated along the stretch of coast between Cape Town and the world-renowned Cape Point Nature Reserve, on the shores of False Bay, and neighbours the little towns of Fishhoek and ...

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Exploring the Cederberg

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:00:37 +0000

Majestic mountain ranges that tumble across the Western Cape terrain for mile upon endless mile give the Cederberg an ethereal quality that is close to impossible to define. Red and tan rugged rocks rise in dramatic forms to meet the high blue skies of Africa, while jade-coloured tracts of vegetation flank the little rivers winding ...

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Exploring Sea Point

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:00:46 +0000

A bustling hub of activity along the coast of Cape Town, flanked by the Atlantic Ocean and the gorgeous mountains of the Mother City, Sea Point is part of the greater area of the Atlantic Seaboard, with breath-taking views of Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak, as these hills and mountains loom ...

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Exploring Somerset West

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:23 +0000

Part of the Cape Winelands, Somerset West is conveniently situated just 30 minutes from the hub of Cape Town in the Western Cape. Although the vast majority of this town is residential, there are a few natural areas and, of course, wine farms that make this small district a fabulous place to explore. Somerset West ...

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Exploring Nottingham Road

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:00:06 +0000

The ethereal charm and beauty of the little town of Nottingham Road is really quite special. Massive, unspoilt dams that lie under the watchful eye of mammoth mountains ranges, quaint country inns surrounded by verdant woodlands, and rolling jade-coloured hills that are begging to be explored by keen adventurers make this part of KwaZulu-Natal nothing ...

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Exploring Camps Bay

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:00:22 +0000

Cape Town, also known as the Mother City, is the cultural epicentre of South Africa. It is as beautiful as it is diverse, and it is this unique combination that has earned Cape Town its renowned reputation of being one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Camps Bay is known for its luxurious ...

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Exploring Dullstroom

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:00:39 +0000

The scenic Mpumalanga town of Dullstroom (or Emnotweni) may be small, but it remains one of the most important spots in the country for keen fly-fishermen. Here, brown and rainbow trout are available in abundance, and anglers can test their skills while drinking in breath-taking views of the dams and mountains that set Dullstroom apart. ...

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Exploring Ballito

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:00:51 +0000

What was once a small seaside retreat from the masses of urban living has become a popular spot in which to settle and enjoy summer holidays. Young and old have descended on the picturesque town of Ballito to start a new phase of their lives in its peaceful, laid-back atmosphere. The balmy KwaZulu-Natal climate means ...

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