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Teleport to Porterville
Small towns might seem boring in comparison to the fast pace living of city folk, but once you see it through the eyes of the locals, you will find that there is so much more to discover than meets the eye. This is definitely the case for this beautiful South African town Porterville.Doingthis Goingthere
Plettenberg Bay: Sun, sand and surf
Plettenberg Bay, or more commonly known as just Plett to locals and South Africans alike, is a beautiful small seaside town set along the Western Cape coastline. It forms part of South Africa’s renowned Garden Route and serves as a popular holiday destination for South Africans, as well as international guests. Every year, thousands of visitors flock here to enjoy the sun, sand and surf. Apart from the amazing surf, magnificent scenery and stunning beaches, the town also offers visitors an array of attractions catering to the needs of both young and old.Mariza Lange
"Sunny South Africa : a Diamond of a Country"
SOUTH AFRICA: THE LAND OF HIDDEN GEMSNicky Hinchliff
Rent a Kayak at Gordon’s Bay beach
You do not need to be a cross runner, with a superb level of fitness to kayak in Gordon’s Bay. The beauty of kayaking at this local beach is that the water is completely flat and shallow. No need to battle waves, surfers, and people; or worry about sharks whilst in the bay. Of course, you can never rule out the chances of spotting a shark in Cape Town waters (or within South Africa in general), but it is unlikely if you stay shallow.Claire Nieuwoudt
A volunteer experience near Addo Elephant National Park
One of the things I have learned throughout my travels is that not only travelling opens your mind but it also opens door to new leisure, activities and that is what I found at Addo National Park, the third biggest park of South Africa. I got the chance to be a volunteer in a backpackers which organised tours in the Park. This is where I first experienced a safari, of course when I was a child I went to Zoos and back in the time it was great, but after going on a safari, you realise that Zoo is nothing compare to all the wildlife parks. Mainly because in Zoos animals are taken out of their original habitat and are caged in an inappropriate space so you can’t experience their real behaviours.Pow Durand
Castle of Good Hope
As one of the oldest standing colonial building in South Africa, it would be impossible not to visit Cape Town and not set foot on this star fort. It was constructed in late 1600 and holds Cape Town’s history behinds its doors. The castle is situated in the centre of the CBD and close to all the modes of transports as the train and bus stations are found a walk away. Not only does it have museums, galleries, tours, and restaurant but it also transforms at night to host different events such as Galileo Open Air theatre. Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 Adults: R50 Students: R25zandile-chehore
Durban: The South Africa the media does not show you
Most people are under the impression that Cape Town is the only South African city that offers lush hills and valleys that flow into the ocean. Those people have probably never been to Durban.Rumbi Askana Tendaupenyu
A bit of Southern Hemisphere Star Trivia
In times gone by, many may have heard the continent of Africa being referred to as The Dark Continent. The use of this phrase has, over the years, begun to decline – which is hardly surprising when one considers the fact that the Southern Hemisphere claims as its own the three brightest stars in the night sky. Notwithstanding the presence of these three bright stars, the skies of the Southern Hemisphere also boast the two best globular star clusters and in addition, has the largest and brightest external Galaxy that can be seen with the naked-eye. Needless to say, the night skies of Africa are nothing short of simply spectacular and when combined with a surrounding environment that is inhabited by incredible wildlife, Africa then becomes SENSATIONAL. So, as a traveler with stars in my eyes and romantic notions of a wildly inspiring Africa, I already knew that this new journey sounded very much as though it was tailor-made for me and the deep love that I have for my country, South Africa and my passion for the African bush. The inclusion of only three nights seemed at first to be too brief but my dampened feelings very quickly became a very distant memory and thought because, after my Star Bed Safari experience, it seemed appropriate to think the thoughts that were more along the lines of ”we’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time.” Be it a short but sweet break or a cheeky and naughty add-on to an already enjoyed South African vacation, this all-encompassing experience is an essential one for your memory journal and a MUST to add to even the shortest bucket list.TRACI TALBOT
Exploring the Soutpansberg mountain range: Hanglip Nature Reserve
What a lot of people are not aware of or tend to forget is that Limpopo is home to one of South Africa’s many mountain ranges known as the Soutpansberg mountain range. This mountain range forms part of the UNESCO designated Vhembe Biosphere Reserve which ensures wildlife and indigenous forests as far as the eye can see. It is also home to forestry owned eucalyptus and pine plantations. It also houses the Hanglip Nature Reserve is a well-known part of the mountain range and it is this reserve my family and I go to quite often. The reserve is the ideal excursion for any nature lover.Daniélle Mac Rae
How to prepare
Surrounded by a range of mountains and accessible through a road that suddenly diminishes from highway into dirt, Nieu Bethesda takes shelter in a small part of a semi-desert region in South Africa known as the Karoo. The town doesn’t have paved roads, an ATM, or a petrol station, so come prepared with enough cash and petrol to get you to the nearest town. There is one grocery store, creatively entitled “Die Winkel”- meaning “The Shop” in Afrikaans, the local language- which supplied us with our basic needs. However, bring your own essential food stuffs just in case.C. L. Sanderson
Pretoria: Navigating a "Racism Battle" in a Historic Capital
Nelson Mandela, Apartheid, Table Mountain, The Kruger National Park and The Voortrekker Monument, are all very familiar names to the everyday explorer looking at the map of South Africa.Jackie-Lee Bam
South Africa: Kruger National Park
If this doesn’t convince you to visit South Africa, I don’t know what will. Choosing South AfricaJess McWilliams
WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK: A GUIDE TO VIEWING THE SPRING FLOWERS FROM CAPE TOWN
Every year during the spring months of August and September, certain parts of South Africa burst into a kaleidoscope of colours as Mother Nature boasts an impressive display of various wild flowers throughout the country. Even if you don’t consider yourself a die-hard flora lover, it’s hard not to be captivated by the vibrant hues of orange, yellow, white, red, pink and purple that carpet the fields in these areas. Here is a guide to viewing the budding beauties from Cape Town, South Africa.tamsyn-munnik
Cape Town: Your Future Home
When I first told me family and friends I was packing up and heading to South Africa, I got a mixture of responses to say the least. ‘South Africa!?’, ‘Isn’t that dangerous?’, ‘Do you want to die!?’ were among the more memorable reactions. However, here I am, after living and working there for two months, and after experiencing all of its glorious culture, dangers, thrills and wonders, ready to convince you to pack up and make Cape Town, South Africa your future home.Nathan Smith
Experience the Coastal Towns of Cape Town, the Way Locals Do
If you are planning on making your way down to the beautiful country of South Africa, you definitely will want to make a stop in the city of Cape Town. South Africa is a land of remarkable beauty and has some of the most diverse landscapes and natural settings of any other country in the world. The city of Cape Town is no exception when it comes to beauty, adventure, excitement and a wonderfully unique and rich culture unlike any other you will find elsewhere. The city of Cape Town is located in the region of the Western Cape and has plenty to offer.Sam Mitchell
West Coast Whales - The Heart of Hermanus
I live in South Africa. A beautiful country. A country of diversity and wonder. It has been said that South Africa has parts of all the world within its borders. There is something for everyone. I have had the privilege of travelling all over my country and have found a gem of a location that quickly became one of my favourite destinations.Joshua Marran
A few must-see places in South Africa
At the Southernmost point of Africa lies South Africa (big surprise), a country that contains many adventures and boasts some spectacular views. When traveling to this marvelous country, it might be a bit overwhelming to decide where to go, since we do not only host some of the greatest natural splendors, but also many cultural, historical and entertaining places that are well worth the visit. This list mostly contains the natural beauties that South Africa has, since it is our greatest attraction, but there are so many places surrounding the areas that are also a must-see that I cannot include in this article alone. So, if you want to experience some of the most beautiful sights in South Africa, these are some of the best that I have seen.Jeanneli Jordaan
Hiking In the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens.
Located in Roodepoort, Johannesburg, South Africa the garden was founded in 1982 and though it may be young it has so much to offer. The natural vegetation gives you something of everything from grassland and savanna to dense bush and tall trees. The best part of the gardens is walking down to the waterfall and trying to spot the pair of Verreaux’s Eagles that nest along the cliffs alongside the falls.Cat Lee
South African Survival Guide for travelers
South Africa is known for beautiful sunsets, captivating wildlife and our diverse populations. If you have made it past booking your flights and accommodation, here is how to survive Visiting South Africa. If you have not booked your holiday yet, read this anyway, there are animal droppings, squeegees and a Lion King reference ahead.Kirsten-Lee
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