Links to Fabulous South African Web Sites – Hand-picked links to good South African Sites (and some of the editor’s favourites!).
Arrive Alive – The Arrive Alive Website is managed and funded by individuals and companies in the interest of road safety in general and endorsed by the Department of Transport.
Accommodation Cape Town - A useful directory of Cape Town accommodation option with a simple search option to search by town or an advanced search option to search by certain criteria. Also feature attractions and a Cape Town Activities section..
Accommodation in Hout Bay – Troodos House & Cottages Hout Bay offer Self Catering Cottages or Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa.
South Africa – The Good News! About this site: In South Africa, we’re sitting on the edge of greatness, but many of us know little of the progress that’s been achieved since 1994. Fewer still have a sense of what the future holds. This website will provide you with daily, weekly and archived news items to inform whatever interests you may have. Hopefully, if you know where we’ve come from and get a sense of where we’re heading, your confidence in South Africa will improve and you’ll want to describe what’s happening here positively and with passion.
Camps Bay Guest House – Unique in Camps Bay, Cape Town, and nestled under the Twelve Apostles in a peaceful location, Cape Rose Cottage enjoys breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the most magnificent sunsets. Pam and Steve invite you to enjoy three beautiful luxurious suites created for the discerning guest who appreciates attention to detail and something extra special.
SANParks – Official Website: SANParks – Africa’s Premier Wildlife Tourism Destinations. Experience the beauty and diversity of South African National Parks, Travel and explore South Africa!
TSOTSI! 2006 Academy Award Winner, Tsotsi! Best Foreign Language Film of the Year.
Free State Accommodation and Tourism – A lovely little site with Free state destination info and featuring some of the best available Free State Accommodation options.
Current Travel News from SA-Venues.com
Exploring Kimberley in South Africa’s Northern Cape
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Winner 2 Night Experience at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
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CONGRATULATIONS to Sonja Strauss of South Africa who has won a 2 night experience at the 5-star graded Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Includes two midweek nights (Monday to Thursday) accommodation for two adults sharing; breakfast on both mornings; lunch in the afternoons; dinner on both nights and all game drives..
Sonja, your voucher is on its way. Please contact Sanbona Wildlife Reserve to redeem your voucher (valid until 30 September 2013). We’re sure you’ll enjoy your...
Send to KindleThe Big Hole
Kimberley is a town filled with diamond mines, haunted corners, home of Anglo-Boer monuments and gentleman’s clubs where the rich and famous all convened. Visiting Kimberley is like taking a tour of big parts of our country’s rich history. Aside from getting an education and looking into the past, you can enjoy the wide open spaces of a national park close to town. Here are a few things to do whilst there:
The Big Hole
This has got to be Kimberley’s greatest claim...
Burgers at The Dogs Bollocks
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I have been hearing about The Dogs Bollocks for ages and have just not managed to get there, the other day this all changed. A little bit of background, if you haven’t yet heard of The Dogs Bollocks then listen up. This is a little burger joint that is found down a road and in a sort of lane. You’ll sit on garden furniture and get to eat a scrumptious burger. This burger joint was started in 2011 and has been growing from strength to strength.
Win a 2 Night Experience at Shamwari Game Reserve
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WIN a 2-night stay at the Shamwari Game Reserve, which you’ll find halfway between Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The reserve offers the ultimate African adventure and conservation effort with responsible tourism. The reserve itself is home to five eco-systems which offers support and sustainability to a variety of plant, animal and bird life. In keeping with its conservation policy, Shamwari has a complete wildlife...
Wine Tasting in Breedekloof
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An old school friend is a doctor and her and her hubby live and work in Worcester. My school friends and I have been threatening to visit for ages and eventually we got all our schedules to coincide for a weekend away. Debs had arranged a full day for the Saturday and organised her hubby to be the designated driver (brave man) while we all went wine tasting at various Breedekloof Estates.
The Breedekloof area extends from Bainskloof to the surrounds...
Health and Wellness in the Magaliesberg
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The Magaliesberg Mountain Range is a place of unrivalled beauty and unique abundance. This makes it the perfect escape for city slickers that need a break. Living and working in an urban area becomes enormously stressful, taxing the body of its natural, healthful resources. Without investing time in your body and mind, you can soon burn out. For this reason, it is essential to seek solace and real relaxation on a regular basis.
Two Olives Restaurant in Port Elizabeth – a review
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The Two Olives Restaurant is an authentic culinary experience, immersing diners in the basic pleasures of enjoying excellent quality, coupled with flavours that are worthy of a few audible sighs. Situated in the food Mecca of Stanley Street in Richmond Hill, it is at the very heart of the ‘who’s who’ and ‘what’s what’ of the Friendly City.
The menu is a delight to explore. Even simple sounding dishes are presented beautifully and taste heavenly. The tapas options are a great way...
I ♥ Somerset West Because …
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Hi, I’m Joerg Streibing from Somerset Villa Guesthouse in Somerset West.
Somerset West IS BEST KNOWN FOR for the fantastic accommodation places, value for money and diversity.
GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Vergelegen Estate,The gardens are one of the most beautiful in the Western Cape, the Estate had a lot of Head of States and member of the Royal families visiting. Walk along where Nelson Mandela walked. Get a picture taken under one of the unique trees.
Foo Bar Café in George
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For a trendy spot at which almost nothing is predictable, Foo Bar in George is a definite winner. It is located between the SPAR and Virgin Active in the Heatherpark Centre, just off CJ Langenhoven, tucked away discreetly in the far corner. But, on entering, it is immediately a delight to the senses.
It is light and airy, as the doors are all opened up onto the sheltered patio, allowing the sunlight and fresh air to drift inside. The décor is funky and eclectic,...
I Love SA Video
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We have some fantastic fans who absolutely love South Africa. One such fan is Annabel Biggar and she made a great short video of how much she loves this beautiful country and she has shared it with us so we can share it with all of you. Her video takes us on a journey of some of the awesome things to do and places to visit. Thank you Annabel!
Video © Annabel Biggar
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Getting my Mexican on in Mowbray at Fat Cactus – a review
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On the busy Durban Road of Mowbray, somewhat secluded behind trellis work and bright lights, is the Mexican Mecca of the Fat Cactus. We arranged a dinner there, all at the last moment. Fortunately, Bon Jovi was playing live in Cape Town, so the restaurants were fairly empty throughout the city, so we secured a table. Still, there was a very distinct vibe, and only a few tables to spare.
The waitresses are relaxed in their approach and attire, so we waited a while for service,...
A Stopover in George at Outeniqua Travel Lodge – a review
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George is sometimes nicknamed “Cold and Wet” in reference to its number plate (CAW) and its weather conditions, but that couldn’t be further from the truth when I meandered my way along the Garden Route in May and stopped over at Outeniqua Travel Lodge for the night. It was a glorious sunshiny day, even though this time of year is unpredictable. The stunning Outeniqua Mountain Range towers as the backdrop of the lodge, which is a very homely house situated in the suburbs of...
Monthly Events Lineup and Don’t Forget Christmas in Winter is Coming Up
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Who would have thought it would almost be the middle of the year already. If you’re reading this wondering where time has gone this year and what you’ve already done perhaps you need to get out that diary and plan to get to some of these awesome annual events and festivals. Do you have a favourite event in South Africa? If so we’d love to hear what it is …
From 21 May to 20 June 2013
24 May 2013: The Herald Bridal Fair (Port Elizabeth)
6 Essential Activities in South Africa
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There are a few things that every tourist simply has to try if they want to have a real experience of South Africa. These are available across most of the provinces and define, to an extent, the African encounter. Of course, even if you only manage to squeeze a few of these into your vacation itinerary, they will be well worth the experience.
The African Safari
South Africa is home to an astounding array of fauna and flora. The best way to appreciate the abundance...
We Bust 5 Travel Myths About South Africa
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There are travel myths that the seasoned around-the-world traveller will encounter:
You must have a backpack if you’re visiting more than one country; women shouldn’t travel alone; the plane will crash if you use your cell phone on board; train travel is always cheaper than air travel in Europe…
These have been well and truly explored, and most of them debunked.
But what about travel myths in South Africa – the type the average visitor...
Pepper Cottages in Plumstead Cape Town – a review
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Pepper Cottages is a quiet little retreat, right in the heart of Plumstead. You would hardly know it was there if it were not for the discreet sign at the gate.
The self-catering Red Pepper Cottage was to be my home for the night, and I was so glad it was. Tastefully furnished, the ample cottage would be ideal for corporate visitors or a couple needing a great base from which to explore the Mother City for a few days.
There is a large lounge with a TV and doors that open onto...
Schoone Oordt Country House – Doesn’t This Look Inviting?
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With winter just around the corner it is time to make use of the fantastic spots around the country, one such place is the town of Swellendam. Doesn’t the swimming pool at Schoone Oordt Country House look completely inviting? The gracious dame who has been lovingly restored over time by Richard and Alison Walker welcomes you with open arms. The area itself offers a wide variety of activities from wine tasting to fantastic hiking trails and nature walks and plenty of...
A Coffee Lover’s Guide to Cape Town
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An ardent lover of coffee, I will always seek out the side-walk cafes, the little nooks with real espresso machines and run in the opposite direction of burnt filter coffee. As a traveller, I fully understand your pain if you land up at a hotel with only lukewarm filter coffee on offer, so when coming to Cape Town, know that you are in good hands and this is where you should go…
In Cape Town’s foreshore up the sloping roads of trendy De Waterkant is...
4 Inspiring Road Trip Routes From Cape Town
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There is something addictive about road trips. Someone I know once said “There’s nothing like a hundred kilometres between me and the constant chatter in my head” and I think that just about sums it up: road trips put space between you and the mundanity of life; they add perspective, and take you out of yourself.
There are two kinds of road trips. The first is the Thelma-and-Louise style that entails throwing your suitcase into the boot and letting the road decide where to...
Biodiversity Showcase Garden – Photographs
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We have been lucky enough to receive some fantastic photographs of the Biodiversity Showcase Garden, which you’ll find in the vibey suburb of Green Point. But before we get to the photographs lets find out a little bit more about these gardens. The gardens are situated in the Green Point Urban Park and allows you, the visitor, to enjoy the space that is home to flora that is endemic to Cape Town. If you’re unfamiliar with what endemic means it basically means that the...
Tales From the Township
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Lyn and Peter Haller own a tour company in Port Elizabeth called Umzantsi Afrika. As such, they offer a number of fantastic tours that expose the art, culture, history and heritage of Nelson Mandela Bay. The Township Tour is a very special experience; both for those that lived through the Apartheid era and for those that did not.
Lyn Haller is a registered tour guide, qualified through THETA (ex-SATOUR). Her passion for the historical homes and buildings of...
Discovering the Riches of the Bay
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Port Elizabeth is part of Nelson Mandela Bay and is popular for its stunning swimming beaches. In fact, every summer, its guesthouses and hotels are brimming with visitors from all over the country, who have come to indulge in the pretty surrounds and warm waters of the glittering Indian Ocean. Still, it has plenty more to offer than long, lazy days spent on the pristine white sands.
The Historical City Tour on offer by Umzantsi Afrika Tours is made successful...
Drinking Responsibly – Drink ‘Green’ Wine Whilst You Travel
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Choosing our food responsibly is the whole thrust of the burgeoning local food market scene.
We’ve gone from being a solely supermarket-dependent nation, to one where people can make ethical decisions about where they get their food (those who have access to food markets).
The story behind food – where it comes from, who grows it, how it’s grown and how it gets to market has become important to a growing group of people who care about...
Meandering from Muizenberg to Simons Town (Southern Cape)
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The strip of land hugging the coastline between the shores of Muizenberg and Simons Town is some of the most visually beautiful land in Cape Town. There are a few ways to explore this: rent a car, a scooter, and bicycle or use the Metrorail train which runs along the coast.
If you are coming from the CBD then head towards Cape Town Central and book a ticket along the Simons Town line. They are cheap and have stations at the heart of every suburb you wish to...
Boys’ Weekend in Johannesburg (for the active)
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There is so much to see and do in Johannesburg, Gauteng, that guys planning a fun weekend will have to prioritise and, maybe, make more than one weekend of it to fit it all in. In this piece, we will explore some of the options for a group of friends that wants to stay active during their time without the girls in their lives. This means fun and adventure, and will require a bit of fitness.
This is an obstacle course that is situated in the...
Top 5 Spots for Bird Watching in South Africa
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South Africa is ranked 25th in the world when it comes to size. But it isn’t area alone that is responsible for the over 900 listed species of birds you are likely to see.
Most of the country lies in rather temperate climes, some of it in the subtropics, and the huge diversity of habitat means that birds rather like it here. Whilst you can safely spot them in just about any green space, there are several ‘hot spots’ that you cannot...
Baynesfield Museum In Richmond
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A few weeks ago my family and I went to Richmond for the weekend and on the way home stopped in at Baynesfield Museum. Set in beautiful grounds, with a Victorian house as its centerpiece, the Museum is a fascinating place with various buildings and sheds housing all sorts of different things. The estate was founded by Joseph Baynes in 1863 and after he died in 1925, leaving no heirs, the estate was left in trust for all South Africans to enjoy.
Boys’ Weekend in Johannesburg
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With the stresses and strains on the shoulders of so many these days, it is important to break away from the treadmill of life and have a real break. A boys’ weekend may be just what you need to get your mind off your worries, and Johannesburg has plenty to offer a group of guys looking for adventure.
Beer It Up at World of Beer
Most men do not need too much encouragement, but South African Breweries (SAB) has established the World of Beer to make this golden...
Top picnic spots in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban
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South Africans are picnic devotees. If you want to find us on a hot, summer’s day, look no further than a green lawn and a shady tree. Add picnic blanket, basket and an array of food and drink, and we’re happy.
Our major cities might be concrete-filled but look closer and you’ll find green lungs that are perfect for down time and picnics. Here are our top spots in three major cities:
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Boys’ Weekend in KwaZulu Natal
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Boys’ weekends are not given nearly enough attention. These are great ways for dads, sons, brothers and friends to get away from the stresses and strains of city living and enjoy some real male bonding time, which (they may be surprised to learn) involves more than cold beers, hot braai and rugby.
We have put together some ideas for a fun and exciting boys’ weekend in KwaZulu Natal that promises something that you will always remember, and that the girls...