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Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa
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Garden Route and Addo Elephant Park
Going off the beaten track down South Africa's Garden Route
When traveling down the splendiforous Garden Route from the Western to the Eastern Cape of South Africa, there are many magnificent sights and scenes to be experienced.  Officially starting at lovely Mossel Bay, some feel that the route actually begins at the city of Cape Town...
Addo Elephant National Park Travel Guide
Addo Elephant National Park is an elephant park situated close to Port Elizabeth in South Africa and is recognized as one of the country's twenty national parks.  The original section of the park was founded in 1931 in order to provide a sanctuary for the eleven remaining elephants in the area....
Classic Drives - The Garden Route, South Africa   by Rod Ritchie
The stunning Garden Route runs from South Africa’s most popular tourist destination, Cape Town, for 800 km along the scenic coastline between this city and Port Elizabeth. The area enjoys a Mediterranean maritime climate and the trip is regarded as one of the world’s truly classic coastal drives....
Garden Route Travel Guide
Dramatic river cut gorges, beautiful beaches, rocky headlands and deep tangled forests are the quintessential Garden Route images. Stretching from anywhere between Stilbaai and Mossel Bay in the west, to Stormsriver or Port Elizabeth (PE) in the east, it's a gorgeous stretch of coastal paradise strung out along the N2...
  Happy Holidays on the Glorious Garden Route   by Darren Ravens
South Africa's Garden Route is one of the country's most popular holiday destinations. This scenic region finds itself nestled between the Tsitsikamma and Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean. Stretching along the charming south eastern coast, the Garden Route is a montage of mysterious forests, picture-perfect lakes, pristine wetlands and immaculate beaches. It is a fascinatingly diverse landscape, blessed with a temperate climate, making it a great place to explore all year round....
Holiday at Century City in Cape Town   by Kelly Wheeler
We all need a holiday from time to time, but not many of us can afford to jet off overseas on an annual whim. And why should we? South Africa is home to incredible scenery and activities that causes tourists the world over to come to us. Unfortunately, this also means that many of our best places are often booked up far in advance....
Mossel Bay - a Small Harbour Town with a Lot of Muscle!   by: Gregory Hudson
Named “Mossel Bay” by the famous Dutch navigator Paulus van Caerdon, whose crew consumed huge amounts of tasty molluscs after landing here in 1601. Today, this coastal town's famous muscles are prized by connoisseurs around the world, but Mossel Bay has other tasty treats just waiting to be discovered...
Plettenberg Bay in South Africa 210 kms from Port Elizabeth   by Gerald Crawford
Originally christened "Bahia Formosa" (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers, Plettenberg Bay can now be accessed by first class national roads, by sea or by scheduled air flights...
Plettenberg Bay Travel Guide
Over the Christmas holidays, 40,000 residents from Johannesburg's wealthy northern suburbs decamp to PLETTENBERG BAY (usually called Plett), 33km east of Knysna, and the flashiest of the Garden Route's seaside towns. It's wise to give it a miss at Christmas, when prices double, accommodation becomes impossible to find and everything gets very crowded....
South Africa Holidays - Gordon's Bay and Beyond   by Rachel Hill
There are many wonderfully scenic routes that people on South Africa holidays can enjoy. A very good base from which to explore a few of them is Gordon's Bay, 70 km (43 miles) southeast of Cape Town...
Travel Destinations on Africa's West Cape: Knysna     By: Marcela Devivo
Knysna is a lovely area located on Africa's 'Garden Route.' The garden route is one of Africa's main locations for travelers and stretches along South Africa's Coast. Knysna is located between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean. Knysna's name is thought to derive from the Khio word for 'straight down.' ...
Wonders Of The Garden Route   by Kim Mobey
Strewn along the South East Coast of Africa lie hidden a shoreline of secret coves and enchanting forests that envelope the magical Garden Route. Starting in trendy Cape Town the Garden Route takes you on a scenic journey through picture perfect beaches and unspoilt wilderness and ending off in the miniature coastal city, Port Elizabeth...
Overberg Whale Route (Western Cape)
Hermanus - A Nature Enthusiast's Paradise   by Sarah Manners
Hermanus is a coastal town located less than an hour's drive from Cape Town and is an extremely popular holiday destination amongst both domestic and international tourists. Hermanus is known as the "heart of the Whale Coast" and is recognised by World Wildlife Fund as the best land-based whale watching area in the world....
Hermanus Travel Guide
This lovely town, on the coastal area of the Overberg, is most well known for its awesome land based whale watching. Most of Hermanus’ shoreline is rocky cliff, quite high above Walker Bay so it offers fantastic viewpoints from which to observe the huge southern right whales as they come into the bay to mate, calve and just hang out in the (relatively) warm water. (It’s warmer than Antarctica.) 
Overberg Travel Guide
The Overberg - In the early days of the European occupation of the Cape, very few people ventured far from the foot of Table Mountain. The vast Cape Flats to the east of the fledgling city were a treacherous stretch of shifting sands, wetlands and - of course - wild animals. And at the eastern extreme of that huge, sandy plain was a formidable mountain range, which is now - a couple of hundred years later - easily traversed by virtue of the scenic Sir Lowry's and Houwhoek Passes on the N2.
Swellendam, One Of South Africa's Best Kept Secrets   by Hetty Beekhoven
Swellendam, South Africa's third oldest town is nestling at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains and has much to offer visitors who have an interest in history, nature, outdoor activities and art. Swellendam is ideally situated halfway between Cape Town and George and is therefore an ideal stop over for tourists....
Western Cape and Cape Town
Cape Town Travel Guide
Voted Favourite Foreign City by the UK Telegraph in 2004, Cape Town is one of the places you just have to visit before you die. It's an awesome city. All the vibe you want - great parties, great shopping and loads of galleries and other cultural attractions can't detract from the fact that what makes Cape Town special is the fact that it is set in one of the most beautiful places on earth...
Cape Town, South Africa, City of Beauty and History
I can just imagine the thoughts of Portuguese explorer Bartholemew Diaz, when he first discovered  the Cape in 1488.  Coming in from the sea to this glorious and mountainous landscape must have been truly wondrous!   Cape Town has come a very long way from its initial stages as home to the nomadic Khoi people and later to the Dutch settlers of Jan van Riebeek of the Dutch East India Company.
Western Cape Travel Guide
The Western Cape is so different to the rest of South Africa. It's kind of tacked on to the bottom of Africa - the full stop of the exclamation mark that is this amazing continent. Without a doubt, though, the Western Cape is South Africa's most visited province, and it's hardly surprising. With the lovely city of Cape Town and the unbelievably beautiful Garden Route, there is so much to see....
About Table Mountain Cape Town   by Ed Berry
Table Mountain is timeless - at least in terms of the multifaceted human history of Cape Town and South Africa. The familiar form of our unique flat topped mountain has always been there. In fact millions of years before the early days when the indigenous Khoi San people roamed the Cape...
Cape Town City Bowl
The 'Absolutely Fabulous' way to explore Cape Town   by Bronwen E. Roberts
Adrenalin Junkies! Have you always wanted to try something different and exciting and perhaps a little adventurous too...?? Now you have the perfect opportunity. Select your activity of choice and live your dream!
Holidaying in Camps Bay   by Phil Smulian
Are you looking for the perfect beach holiday? If you like your holiday to have sunshine, long white sandy beaches, cocktails and palm trees, then consider Camps Bay as the perfect beach holiday destination.
Exploring the Cape Peninsula   by Barbara Ulmi
What better way to celebrate the arrival of winter in the southern hemisphere than by touring the beautifully diverse Cape Peninsula, during the mild month of June....
Cosmopolitan Cape Town   by Sarah Todd
Early in January 1999 my husband learned he needed to have his right shoulder replaced because of arthritis. The bad news was there was no surgeon in Zimbabwe qualified to tackle this procedure.
Cultural Diversity of Cape Town's Townships and Malay Quarter   by Bronwen E. Roberts
Cape Town is a place of consummate beauty, but behind the façade of Table Mountain is a complex culture.
Golf Estates in South Africa - DON'T JUST PLAY IT... LIVE IT!    by Bronwen Roberts
...While investors are busy gobbling up property along the Atlantic Seaboard, others are heading for the phenomenon of the Golf Estate...
Guguletu, mfethu, is a truly South African experience   by Tamara Toti
If you want the real kasi (township) experience and you want to feel the spirit of true ubuntu (kind-heartedness) among South African people, then mfethu (my friend), you have to visit Guguletu...
Hout Bay in Cape Town is famous for its good seafood   by Gerald Crawford
A popular seaside village (many refer to it as the Republic of Hout Bay) famous for its good seafood, relaxed atmosphere and working harbour area. A boat trip to Seal Island with around 5000 seals offers a unique and pleasant experience. Chapmans Peak drive provides fantastic views over the village and is not to be missed...
Info About Cape Town   by Nicole Martin
It’s been said so many times it’s almost a cliché – but like most clichés it’s perfectly true - Cape Town is ‘one of the most beautiful cities in the world’....
Self Drive Holidays in Cape Town and the Surrounding Areas   by Sarah Manners
Cape Town is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with dramatic mountains as a backdrop, and expansive oceans stretching as far as the eye can see. This world-renowned holiday destination is consistently, rated the best South African tourist city and each year there are even more visitors arriving on its shores...
Stirring Up Cape Town's City Bowl    by: Gregory Hudson
For the discerning traveller to the Cape who would like to explore Cape Town's City Bowl, here are a few suggestions. Remember, Cape Town bears two distinct faces, a mask worn by day and a mask worn by night. Whichever one you choose, this article will provide you with a few hints on how, when and where to explore the city bowl, whether by day or by night.
Table Mountain, Cape Town
'It is . . . a sacred and precious place . . . to us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return.'  Nelson Mandela ...
The beautiful Koeberg Nature Reserve, Cape Town   by Tracey Obery
The Koeberg Nature Reserve surrounds the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, and is situated about 30 km from Cape Town. It can be reached by taking the West Coast Road (R27) past the beach-side suburbs of Milnerton, Bloubergstrand and Melkbosstrand.
The Honeybush Miracle   by Janet Holmes
Perhaps a little eclipsed by the world-wide success of Rooibos, another natural South African health tea, Honeybush; is finally getting the attention it deserves. Honeybush tea (botanical name: Cyclopia intermedia) grows along mountain slopes in the Cedarberg and Langkloof area, and has a naturally sweet, almost honey-like taste....
Venues & Bike Rallies in Cape Town   by Gregory Hudson
When it comes to rallies, Cape Town's got the venues. Coast to coast, the scenery is spectacular, the roads are pothole free and un-policed and the campsites are a plenty....
Western Cape Winelands:
A Guide to South Africa's Winelands   by Kobus van der Merwe
In 1652 the Dutch East India company establishment a refreshment station at the Cape of Good Hope aiming to provide fresh food to the company's fleet on voyages to India and surrounding areas. As a result of this trading station South Africa now boasts a flourishing wine industry and colourful, multi-cultural nation...
A Wine Drenched Tour Along The Red Route of Paarl, South Africa   by Gregory Hudson
The wine tradition in Paarl is older than the roots of the aging Oak Trees that line its Cape Dutch streets. The first European settlers arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652, planting the seeds that solidified the Cape's reputation as a wine growing heaven....
Best Wines from the Paarl Valley - Cape Town   by Bronwen E. Roberts
Paarl is situated just over fifty km from Cape Town and the superb wines are so popular that Paarl Tourism is booming with international and local wine lovers...
Experience the beauty of the Stellenbosch Winelands   by Sarah Manners
Stellenbosch is home to the oldest and most acclaimed wineland regions in South Africa. Conveniently located 40km east of Cape Town it is the perfect destination for a day trip, a weekend break or a holiday getaway...
Winelands Travel Guide
Although there are a number of wine growing areas in South Africa, the bulk of our wine comes from the area we classically call 'the Winelands'  that includes Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. The production of wine has shaped the development of this area for over 300 years, and it has been proposed for consideration as a World Heritage Cultural Landscape...
West Coast
Cape West Coast Travel Guide
The West Coast is an acquired taste. The vegetation is subdued, the sky incredibly wide and the sea very often a dead calm expanse of cerulean blue. But sometimes, of course, it's an angry grey expanse of snarling and crashing breakers. But change is the only certainty. In spring, the somewhat monochromatic landscape explodes into a riot of colour. In small hollows between the dunes bright blue heliophilas nod on slender stalks as they turn towards the sun, and fields of orange, white, yellow and purple daisies shimmer in the heat as far as the eye can see....
Langebaan Travel Guide
Langebaan is a smallish town on the edge of the immense Langebaan Lagoon, about an hour’s drive north of Cape Town on the West Coast. The Lagoon is a water sports enthusiast’s paradise with wonderful kayaking, fun snorkelling and some of the best windsurfing and kitesurfing  in the world. In summer, migratory water birds arrive in their thousands from as far away as Russia....
Langebaan Holidays   by Wesley McConnachie
Langebaan is situated 120 km north of Cape Town, just off the R27. It was founded in 1922 and used as a whaling station until the 1960's. The white Caribbean like beaches surrounding the crystal clear waters of the Langebaan Lagoon are one of the main attractions of Langebaan...
Paternoster, heart of the West Coast   by Kobus van der Merwe
Barely an hour's drive from Cape Town on the rugged West Coast, in a tranquil bay embroidered with scattered rocks, is the beautiful fishing village of Paternoster.  With it's picturesque white washed houses, green-grey veld and turquoise water, you'd be forgiven for thinking you've ended up in a remote hamlet somewhere on the Mediterranean coast....

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