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Attractions and Places

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 »

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 »

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 »

Explore Warmbaths

Explore Warmbaths

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 of the Eastern Cape

Lighthouses of the Eastern Cape

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 »

Terra-Khaya Backpackers in Hogsback

Terra-Khaya Backpackers in Hogsback

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 »

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 »

Bathurst photos

Bathurst photos

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 »

Port Alfred photos

Port Alfred photos

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 »

A Visit to Oudshoorn

A Visit to Oudshoorn

On entering the town of Oudtshoorn we were welcomed by hundreds of ostrich farms as far as the eye can see. In fact, Oudtshoorn boasts over 400 Ostrich farms. The area is dry but possesses a certain inviting atmosphere. Oudtshoorn is enchanting with lots of old Victorian homes, gorgeous gables and antique stores. Oudtshoorn certainly took us back in time where ox wagons were the means of transport and the women wore rather warm dresses. Here in Oudtshoorn you will get the sense that this is a community where everyone knows everybody else’s business. A small town like this is all about friendship, family and living together as one big community. Read More »

A Visit to Hogsback in the Eastern Cape

A Visit to Hogsback in the Eastern Cape

Situated in the Eastern Cape, Katberg and Hogsback is a magnificent oasis in the middle of nowhere. The trip to Katberg is exquisite. Our first stop on the way there is the Nagga farm. Here, some of the tastiest roostekoek, biscuits and juices can be bought. There is a bunny farm where the children like to visit and large open fields ideal for picnicking. Read More »

Getaway to Plettenberg Bay

Getaway to Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay may be a small town, but there are so many exciting things to do there. I had never really spent much time in Plettenberg Bay. This time around, I decided to stay a while …

Plettenberg Bay is absolutely exquisite and lush boasting large lagoons and a stunning coastline. I decided to surprise my husband with a weekend away so we stayed in a gorgeous place known as Bitou River Lodge. All the rooms in this luxury Bed & Breakfast overlook the Bitou River, and canoes are provided for guests to explore the wetland area with its wonderful birdlife. Read More »