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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town

On the comparatively  verdant, eastern facing slopes of Table Mountain lies one of South Africa’s most under rated, but nonetheless superb attractions. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a world renowned destination, covering five of South Africa’s six biomes, and underwritten by a commitment to the preservation of the natural plant heritage of South Africa, but […]

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Vergelegen Estate, Somerset West

Rating: Vergelegen Estate in Somerset West, just outside Cape Town in the Western Cape, is among the premier infield wine destinations accessible from Cape Town. Somerset West is a little bit of a bedroom community for the Cape, and on the surface has a slightly industrial flavor, with the main freeway running through towards Cape […]

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Kariega Game Reserve, Private Conservation With a Difference

Rating: One thing that South Africa does very well is private conservancies equipped with luxury bush camps and lodges. There are a good number of these out there, some with iconic names, others small, specialized and obscure. It is these establishments that help place South Africa very much on the front line of African wildlife […]

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Tenahead Lodge – A little too remote for comfort

Rating: Separating the South African Eastern Cape settlements of Rhodes and Maclear is a three thousand meter plus escarpment falling away from the southern rump of Lesotho, and the Southern Drakensberg. A road exists between the two settlements, mounting the escarpment at a point known as Naude’s Pass at an altitude slightly higher than 3000m. […]

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Giants Castle, Drakensberg uKhahlamba Park

The Drakensberg uKhahlamba National Park comprises a number of individual conservation areas that collectively embrace the Drakensberg Escarpment under state protection as areas of supreme natural beauty, a fact which also exists under the purview of the United Nations as an International Heritage site. Giant’s Castle is not regarded as the most outstanding of the […]

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Amazian River Lodge, Underberg

Rating: The Umzimkulu River begins its journey in the highlands of the Drakensberg, reaching the ocean near Port Shepstone. In between it meanders through the hills and foothills of the Berg, a soft landscape of picturesque farms, grass clad hills and occasional copses of woodland. In the distance the ramparts of the Drakensberg Escarpment diminish […]

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