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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Reasons to Visit Addo

Reasons to Visit Addo

Deep within the unspoilt bushveld of the Eastern Cape is the little village of Addo, along with the world-renowned Addo Elephant National Park. This is the third-largest national park in the country and covers about 180 000 hectares of the Zuurberg Mountain Range, Sundays River Valley and Bushmans River area. Because it boasts such rich biodiversity, Addo is home to an intriguing variety of plants and animals, including a seemingly endless array of bird species. It continues to be the main attraction to the area, welcoming hordes of national and international tourists every year.

The little town of Addo is situated within the Cacadu District Municipality and is only about 4.3 square kilometres in area. It is surrounded by well-known towns and villages of a similar size or larger. These include Colchester, Kirkwood, Canonville and Paterson. Addo and these towns are, generally, small and quiet. However, they do have facilities for tourists coming to get a real taste of the Eastern Cape countryside. They are charming in their own rights. Some are rural, others pastoral, and still others comprise mainly of vibrant townships. Read More »

Spending a Day in East London

Spending a Day in East London

East London is one of the main cities and industrial areas of the Eastern Cape, also known as Buffalo City. It continues to grow and develop at an impressive pace.

East London is a popular destination for those wanting a real beach holiday, thanks to its warm waters and extensive stretches of coastline. It is also a common stop for those on business travel or en route between the larger metropolises (such as Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg).

For those that will be spending limited time in East London, here are some activities that can be combined to fill up a free day here and there … Read More »

Exploring Clarens

Exploring Clarens

Clarens is a small village that is concealed at the foot of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State. The views from this little retreat are spectacular, and its idyllic setting has lured many creative folk from all over the world to settle here and draw their inspiration from the spectacular setting. But it is also this stunning setting that has made Clarens a very popular destination amongst those who love the outdoors.

Local popular activities for nature-lovers include hiking, 4 x 4 trailing, caving, horse riding, bird watching and cycling. However, this area is significant for its archaeological value too. There are a number of sites in and around Clarens that testify to ancient times, when this area was inhabited by prehistoric animals and humans. Later, it was the home of hunter-gatherer tribes of Khoisan, who left evidence of their lives and customs in the form of paintings on the rock faces. Read More »

Robben Island

Robben Island

One of Cape Town’s most historically relevant, culturally intriguing and naturally beautiful attractions is Robben Island. This is best known as being the location of the Robben Island Prison, which held some of South Africa’s most significant politicians and struggle activists. Not least of all are former President Nelson Mandela, current President Jacob Zuma, Dennis Brutus, Tokyo Sexwale, and Govan Mbeki. Robben Island was recognised as a place of banishment from as early as the 1600’s. Nelson Mandela served 18 years of his sentence here, and brought to life what had been kept a dark secret for so many years when he was released and told his story of life on Robben Island. The prison was eventually closed in 1996. Read More »

Exploring the Cape Town City Bowl

Exploring the Cape Town City Bowl

Cape Town, known also as the Mother City, is one of South Africa’s chief tourist hotspots. The City Bowl is, as its name implies, the main part of the buzzing city centre of Cape Town with a distinctive amphitheatre shape to it. This lends it an air of being exclusive, while it is surrounded by the gorgeous mountains of the Western Cape; namely, Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and Devil’s Peak.

The Cape Town City Bowl comprises some of the city’s most popular suburbs. District Six and the Bo Kaap are known for their political and historical relevance. Oranjezicht, De Waterkant and Higgovale have earned acclaim for their unique homes and character-filled streets, and Tamboerskloof and the Company Gardens are hives of activity with restaurants, tourist attractions and plenty of shops. Read More »

My Big Fat Family Vacation – Holiday with a Large Family

My Big Fat Family Vacation – Holiday with a Large Family

A holiday is meant to be a time of fun and relaxation. But, it does take planning and preparation. Sometimes, with a holiday with a large family in tow, it can become a little overwhelming to undertake all the preparation required. It is not uncommon for families to avoid holidays altogether just to escape the logistics of planning one for so many different family members. Don’t despair. Where there is a will, there are many different ways to ensure that you and your family get to enjoy a relaxing time together, no matter how many members make up your clan.

A large family can mean that you, as a couple, have many children of various ages. Or, it may be the case that your family includes grandparents, siblings, nieces, nephews, and so on. This is especially true in South Africa, in which it is common for extended families to continue living and vacationing together.

Accommodation is often the biggest challenge when planning a holiday for a large group of people. Hotels, lodges and guesthouses will work out to be very costly, and are often limited in terms of the space available. Camping is a great option as it is far cheaper, allows the family to stay within close proximity to one another and is perceived as a huge adventure to little ones. Read More »

Keeping Busy in Ballito

Keeping Busy in Ballito

Ballito is one of the Kwa-Zulu Natal’s coastline’s most popular vacation towns, and is a favourite amongst South African families as well as many visitors from abroad. Just 47 km from Durban, Ballito is a well-known beach retreat with a balmy sub-tropical climate and stretches of beautiful beaches. While the order of the day in Ballito is, most often, relaxing on the warm sands, taking dips in the warm Indian Ocean or playing with family and friends on the beach, there are other things to do and see.

During your time in Ballito, even if you are only there for a day or two, consider visiting some of these local attractions … Read More »

Historical Attractions in Pretoria

Historical Attractions in Pretoria

Pretoria, also known as Tshwane, is the administrative capital of South Africa. Having been established in 1855, it has a rich history that permeates every aspect of its character and charm. When visiting Pretoria, which is the scenic neighbour of Johannesburg, it makes for a real treat to explore its historical attractions in Pretoria, delving into the people and events of yesteryear. This appeals to young and old alike, making a historical tour of the city a fabulous option for families on vacation.

Some of the best attractions in Pretoria, in terms of their historical import, are… Read More »

8 Romantic Spots in South Africa

8 Romantic Spots in South Africa

While South Africa is the ideal destination for a number of reasons, it is certainly highly rated amongst those looking for a romantic spot in which to propose, celebrate an anniversary, or simply spend time with one’s better half. There are a number of very special South African places and attractions within the borders of this colourful land that promise spectacularly memorable times with your partner.

Here are our top Romantic Spots in South Africa… Read More »