South Africa

29 Signs you have been to South Africa

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I have just returned from South Africa where I combined a press trip for Thomas Cook in Durban with a visit to my old home, Cape Town. Even though I was traveling in the middle of South African winter I was beyond stoked to have an opportunity to see my friends and family, eat some of my favorite grub, and just to see the South African sky again. As soo[...]

8 Amazing Festivals in South Africa that are Worth the Trip

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South Africa is more than just another African safari destination - it’s home to some of the biggest music festivals on the continent. Over the last twenty years, local festivals have attracted some of the biggest names in the music industry, racked up a few international awards along the way and are only getting bigger and better. It’s one of the best ways [...]

The Travelettes Guide to a weekend in Stellenbosch, South Africa

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You've probably heard by now that South Africa is one of those must-do's on everybody's to-do list, when it comes to amazing destinations. We love it for the weather, the people, the stunning nature, the food... the list really is endless. While all corners of the country have spectacular places to visit, it is no coincidence that most visitors flock to Cape[...]

A Travelette Takes Off - Cape Town Experience(s)

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Considering that I have lived in Cape Town for almost seven years, it is pretty hard to get me excited about activities in the city. Don't get me wrong, I do things all the time but they usually revolve around meetings with friends, dinners, going to the beach, doing yoga - regular stuff you do when you live somewhere. While I like the concept of a staycatio[...]

A South African Safari: Can you get TOO close to nature?

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“C’mon, Mum!” - The rhino baby, just four months old, shoulders his mother, just like my nephew does when he wants to go and play. She doesn’t move. He nudges her again and then does a little dance in front of her. Sitting in our Land Rover with our safari guide, we are charmed. Such a cute mother-son moment! So anthropomorphically like exhausted human mo[...]

The 8 Best Beaches of Cape Town

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Cape Town is world-famous for its beautiful beaches, and for good reason – with huge stretches of soft, white sand, critter-filled rock pools perfect for exploring, swimming in the azure ocean, fantastic surfing beaches, and many spots to soak up the sun, you really can’t ask for much more! So, here are the 8 Best Cape Town Beaches, as chosen by a terrib[...]

Is Cape Town Safe for a Solo Female Traveller?

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I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous. Sure, I had travelled alone a lot in the past, and sure I’d been to Tanzania the year before to volunteer for a few months in communities that were less than touristy. But this was South Africa, and the barrage of travel advisories and my nervous father were not convinced of my safety there, nor did they [...]

A Travelettes Guide to Cape Town

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Recently I got asked to provide Cape Town insider tips on the topics of yoga and wine. Apparently I am an expert on these two. But insider tips? Phew… I think travellers have a love/hate relationship with the phrase. If an insider tip gets printed or published can it still be considered an insider tip? Also, just because something is printed in a guide book [...]

Hotels we love: La Grenadine Petit Hotel in Cape Town

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I love Cape Town city. And by city I mean the actual inner city part, the part the locals call City Bowl. It’s not only a mecca for the best shops, bars, and restaurants, but also the central point from where you can easily reach it all: beaches, mountains, vineyards and of course unless you are a complete city slicker like me this is what you came for. With[...]

A Travelette joins the Treevolution

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I must admit that I am only somewhat environmentally conscious. Sure I turn the tap off when I brush my teeth and my Dad installed in me an innate reaction that always makes me switch of the light when I leave a room. Also when travelling I re-use my towels and I will even complain if the hotel doesn't adhere to its own policy. I have always disliked air-con[...]