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Exploring the Cederberg

Exploring the Cederberg

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 their way through the foothills of the mountains.

The greater region of the Cederberg comprises the mountains as well as the many nature reserves, and is located close to the little town of Clanwilliam in the Olifants River Valley. The many caves that are etched into the rock faces are particularly significant for the magnificent San art that can be seen on their walls; remnants of the hunter-gatherers that once occupied this tough terrain. When the European settlers arrived, they caused a significant amount of damage to the ecosystem as they established farmlands where there was once indigenous vegetation, and chopped down woodlands to use the wood for furniture and homes. They also ousted the local San folk. Read More »

Things to Do in Johannesburg on a Sunny Day

Things to Do in Johannesburg on a Sunny Day

Johannesburg, the City of Gold, boasts magnificent summers that are characterised by hot, dry mornings, refreshing afternoon thundershowers and clear, warm evenings. These are best enjoyed by those that love the outdoors and want to sample the beauty of South Africa in a very real, personal way.

There are plenty of local attractions in and around Johannesburg that are ideally suited to those that love the outdoors or that want to take advantage of the beautiful weather that graces Gauteng. For those that want to indulge in the glorious outdoors of this country.

Here are some of our top choices of things to do in Johannesburg on a Sunny Day… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

10 Ideas for Families travelling Locally within South Africa

10 Ideas for Families travelling Locally within South Africa

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 »

Trout fishing in the Eastern Cape

Trout fishing in the Eastern Cape

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 »

Holidays in Hermanus

Holidays in Hermanus

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 »

Kitesurfing Season in Cape Town

Kitesurfing Season in Cape Town

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 »

Things to Do in Durban

Things to Do in Durban

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 »

Pick your own Roses …

Pick your own Roses …

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 »

101 Things to do in Cape Town for under R101

101 Things to do in Cape Town for under R101

101 Things to do in Cape Town for under R101.00 (under $15.00). From climbing to the top of Table Mountain, horse riding on Noordhoek Beach, club-hopping to see up-and-coming South African Musicians, Dragon Boat racing at the Waterfront, Cruise around Cape Town’s historic harbour, museum visits, wine-tasting, indoor karting, Sight-seeing on the double-decker, topless City Explorer Bus, Theatrical Dining at a Restaurant in Rondebosch, places to go, things to do all for under R101.00. And about 50% of the suggestions are totally free of charge! Read More »