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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 »

Eco-Friendly Wildlife Experience

Eco-Friendly Wildlife Experience

South Africa is brimming with gorgeous plant and animal life, which lures millions of tourists every year. This wealth makes it vulnerable, threatened by over-population and pollution; exploited and generally run down. Therefore, those visiting the beautiful country of South Africa have a degree of responsibility to care for and protect this exquisite land.

When visitors come, they have many opportunities to make decisions that will benefit the destination.. Read More »

Adventure in the Waterberg

Adventure in the Waterberg

The Waterberg is a picturesque region on the border of Botswana, right at the northern edge of South Africa. It is known for its magnificent landscapes and natural abundance in the form of both plant and animal species. For this reason, it is a particular favourite amongst those who love nature and the outdoors. However, it is also a fantastic destination for those that have a penchant for adventure, thrills and discovering new things.

There are a number of local game reserves and nature areas in Waterberg, some of which are provincially owned and managed. These offer game drives, nature walks and bird watching opportunities that are quite unrivalled. D’Nyala Nature Reserve and Marakele National Park are just two of the wonderful natural attractions to which Waterberg is home. These give visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the untouched splendour of wildest Africa. Read More »

World Heritage Sites South Africa

World Heritage Sites South Africa

South Africa has a rich historical, cultural and natural offering for those who have the time to explore its multifaceted attractions at leisure. UNESCO is part of the United Nations and proclaims some areas or attractions to be World Heritage Sites based on their intrinsic value (depending on a variety of factors). The same standards and requirements apply, no matter where in the world the destination is situated.

South Africa is the proud home of a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which continue to delight young and old, and to add value to the natural, economic or historical wealth of this land. Boasting so many Heritage Sites places South Africa on a global platform for tourists seeking a very special destination. Read More »

Top 7 Coffee Shops in Johannesburg

Top 7 Coffee Shops in Johannesburg

Johannesburg offers so much in terms of things to do and see. In fact, it is one of South Africa’s busiest tourist hotspots, as well as the commercial and entertainment centre of the country. But, even the most seasoned tourist and shopaholic needs (deserves, even) a coffee break. Make yours an event in its own right by opting for one of Jozi’s best coffee spots … Read More »

Medical Tourism in South Africa

Medical Tourism in South Africa

Medical tourism refers to travelling to another country for the primary purposes of medical procedures or diagnoses. This often involves the travel of these ones from countries that do not have the proper facilities to better-equipped places for the treatment of bad accident injuries or burns or the diagnosis of illnesses that are evading local healthcare professional. However, a large proportion of this type of tourism is now dedicated to those wanting plastic or aesthetic surgery travelling to places in which the surgery is cheaper (or safer) and can be included in a comprehensive travel package.

South Africa is the ideal destination for plastic surgery and is gaining acclaim all over the world for this very reason. There are a number of reasons for this … Read More »

8 Staycation Ideas

8 Staycation Ideas

A staycation involves staying at home for your break rather than using your time and money to leave town. But, it does not mean boring days spent in front of the computer or television. There are plenty of ways to keep busy for individuals and families alike.

A staycation is usually more relaxing than a holiday away from home as there is no packing and long drives, and it usually works out to be far easier on the wallet. The sole challenge tends to be finding things to do locally that make for a fun, relaxing and rejuvenating break. Read More »

Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market

Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market

It seems that Cape Town’s favourite destination on a Saturday morning these days, is to go to Stellenbosch to visit the Fresh Goods Market, situated at Oude Libertas. This amphitheatre style, outdoor and indoor market comprises of an energetic frenzy of food, beverage and craft sellers pedaling their wares and feeding hordes of hungry market goers, every Saturday between 9am-2pm.

The food is fresh, gourmet, trendy and delicious and one is easily swayed to partner brunch with a ‘real’ beer or even a margarita before the Boeing has even flown over! The ample space and rolling lawns on the outskirts of the market give it a feeling of space, allowing for relaxing with friends, while enjoying a smorgasbord of delicious offerings from the market. The ‘slow food’ philosophy at the market, as opposed to fast food, ensures that all the food on offer is independently and ethically produced. Read More »

The Secret to Hiking with Children

The Secret to Hiking with Children

Hiking is a great way to spend quality time with your family. Beautiful surrounds combine with the sense of adventure to make for a perfect holiday or weekend activity. Still, taking children means that you need to tailor the experience a little to make sure that it is manageable and enjoyable for them too. You can find extensive info about various things to do and hikes on a few web sites which we’ve listed below for your convenience.

Here are some tips to accomplish Hiking with Children… Read More »

Cape Agulhas is known for many things …

Cape Agulhas is known for many things …

Cape Agulhas region is known for many things, not least of all the geographical extremes that it presents. It represents the southernmost tip of Africa, as well as the point at which the cool Atlantic Ocean and warmer Indian Ocean meet. Due to its location on the continent, Cape Agulhas was frequently the first piece of land encountered by the seamen of centuries ago. Read More »