Not having the time, money or other resources required to travel long distances to enjoy a break does not mean that you have to relinquish your family vacation altogether. With a little research and creativity, you will likely find that there are plenty of things to do and see without even leaving your home town. This is important for families with children, as little ones can become bored quite quickly, needing activities and attention to enjoy their time away from school. This is also a great way to spend weekends at any time of year. Read More »
Bela-Bela Warmbaths is world-renowned as a holiday and health destination. The hot mineral springs bubble out of the earth at about 22,000 litres per hour. The temperature of the water is a pleasant 53° C and is rich in sodium chloride, calcium carbonate and other mineral salts that have healing properties.
The town of Bela-Bela (previously known as Warmbaths) is also known as a good agricultural region and has some well-stocked game reserves. Most of the resorts in Bela-Bela offer excellent sporting, accommodation and restaurant facilities. The area boasts the “Big Five” and virtually every savannha species of game found in South Africa. It is the ideal destination for hiking, game drives and birdwatching. Read More »
Lighthouses were erected generations ago, when ships began arriving to the Eastern Cape coastline for a number of different reasons. Some brought supplies, others carried explorers and still others were delivering slaves. These lighthouses remain as beacons of our heritage and history while still serving as guides for incoming vessels.
The Eastern Cape coastline is home to four major lighthouses. There is also a national tour of the South African lighthouses, which comprises eight different buildings. Read More »
The Wild Trout Association invites avid fishermen to visit the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa to indulge in some really relaxing fishing expeditions in search of delicious trout. Their official waters are at the southernmost tip of the Drakensberg Mountain Range, extending from Lesotho. They continue through the Stormberg Mountains (in Dordrecht and Molteno) and westwards. Read More »
Terra-Khaya is backpacking accommodation in Hogback that prides itself on running and accommodating travellers from all over the world completely “off the grid”. It is situated on Chillington Farm on the magnificent escarpment of the Amathole Mountains, which drape the horizon around Hogsback.
The aim of this backpackers is to allow visitors to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and flavours of the Hogsback village and the Eastern Cape without leaving a negative impact in their wake. In fact, all visitors are encouraged to leave the backpackers in an even better condition. This is done by offering a free meal for every three hours spent taking out the invasive alien Black Wattle trees around the area and a free night’s accommodation when guests bring an indigenous tree to be planted.
The name Terra-Khaya means “Earth Home”. The accommodation and other buildings have been built using eco-friendly and sustainable materials and techniques, so that the environment does not suffer for the human intrusion. Nestled within such beautiful surrounds, guests are assured of a very special backpacking experience, where the bounty of the earth is showcased. The simplicity in this beauty is the core of its success. Read More »
The Phinda Private Game Reserve is an exclusive retreat at the foot of the majestic Lebombo Mountain Range in KwaZulu Natal. This exquisite reserve is home to an abundance of plant and animal species, making it a very rewarding South African experience for nature-lovers and those visiting the country, wanting to taste and touch its natural appeal.
Some of the wildest residents of the Phinda Private Game Reserve include the Big 5, as well as a number of other mammals and more than 400 bird species. Reptiles and insects abound to create the perfect balance of predators and prey. This reserve boasts seven ecosystems, each of which achieves a delicate balance in which a different combination of plants and animals can co-habit. This creates a truly African experience, with all of the splendour and variety that characterises this magnificent land. Read More »
You’ve heard of the Big 5, for which South Africa is famous. These are the leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo. However, the Eastern Cape is home to the Big 7, which adds Great White Sharks and the Southern Right Whale to this already-impressive list.
There are a few game reserves in the Eastern Cape that offer this very exciting combination of nature’s finest, guaranteeing a memorable safari and vacation in this South African province. These include … Read More »
Visiting a destination makes you appreciate its beauty and value so much more. However, we all have a part to play in ensuring that destinations around the world are maintained and cared for, so that others may also get to experience them in their natural splendour. Being a responsible tourist doesn’t rob you of any of the joy and excitement of visiting a place. Rather, it adds to the experience and leaves you feeling satisfied that you have contributed to its sustainability… Read More »
The go! Travel South Africa app is a comprehensive map-based source of South African tourism information and a tool for finding and booking accommodation, restaurant meals and events.
The app incorporates content – displayed as pins on a map of South Africa – from go! travel magazine, online travel guide SA-Venues.com and restaurant guide Eat Out. It is integrated with Expedia, gotravel24 and ComeDine’s online booking systems. Read More »
It may have a total area of less than 20 square kilometres, but Hermanus remains one of South Africa’s favourite holiday retreats for both locals and international tourists. As such, it has plenty in the way of things to do and see to cater to these visitors, while retaining a cosy seaside resort ambience, which the locals love. In addition, it is only about 1.5 hours’ drive from your holiday residence in Cape Town and its international airport, making it accessible and conveniently situated.
Although there are countless activities and attractions in and around Hermanus, this town remains renowned as one of the world’s top whale-watching spots. Therefore, visitors are encouraged to go on one of the whale-watching tours between July and December. During this time, Humpback and Southern Right whales are most prolific, and can be seen breaching, spyhopping and lobtailing in these chilly waters. Naturally curious, they may even come to within a few metres of the boat, while the guide provides valuable insight into these majestic giants, their habitat and their lives. Read More »
Bathurst is situated on the fringes of both the Sunshine Coast and Frontier Country, a half hour drive from Grahamstown or 10 minutes from Port Alfred. Bathurst is in the heart of one of the biggest pineapple growing areas in South Africa. Located on the outskirts of Bathurst just off the R67, only 15km from Port Alfred, is where you will find the world’s biggest pineapple … Read More »
These great photos of Port Alfred were submitted by Sandy of Port Alfred. Port Alfred is known fondly as the ‘heart of the sunshine coast’ and lies on Route 72 equidistant from Port Elizabeth and East London. Read More »
The Kitesurfing season in Cape Town takes place from October to March every year at which time thousands of ardent kitesurfers flock to the Cape Coast to indulge their passion. Between the months of October and March, Cape Town enjoys fairly constant, predominantly south-easterly winds that bring with them temperatures varying from 25°C to 30°C and are ideal kite surfing conditions.
Two of the more popular spots for kitesurfing include Bloubergstrand (with its picture-postcard backdrop of Table Mountain as an added attraction) and Langebaan (on the Cape West Coast). Muizenberg on the False Bay coast is also a popular spot, especially with local kitesurfers. Read More »
Welcome to the playground of the Zulu Kingdom! Durban, or eThekweni, is a city that enjoys year round good weather, temperate warm waters of the Indian Ocean, golden beaches and tropical vegetation.
Durbs (as it is fondly called by the locals) has something to offer everyone. If your ideal holiday is lying on the beach, then pick your spot of sand on any of the 6kms of beaches along the Golden Mile. If golf is your game, book a round at the world renowned golf course of the Durban Country Club. The city is sports crazy, and hosts various international contests, including Read More »
A few weeks ago we wrote about the list of “101 Things to do in Cape Town for under R101.00” found on Cape-Venues.co.za. Listed at number 75 is Pick your own Roses at Chart Farm in Wynberg. I’d heard about Chart Farm before but never knew where it was. We went to visit Chart Farm this past Sunday and I would recommend it to anyone, who loves roses, as a delightful way to spend two to three hours on a Sunday. Read More »