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Celebrating NYE and NYD in South Africa

New Year’s is an event celebrated around the world. South Africans celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day similar to Australians. Both countries celebrate the last day of the year with parties and fireworks and New Year’s Day is generally spent outdoors.

If you’re spending New Year’s Eve in Cape Town you can ring in the New Year on top of Table Mountain. Pack a picnic and grab some friends and you can party until 12:30 a.m. This vantage point gives an unobstructed view of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront fireworks. The party continues on January 1, with thousands heading to local beaches.

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Image source: A luxury travel blog- Table Mountain Sunset

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Image source: A luxury travel blog – V&A Waterfront

There are many popular nightclubs and areas to watch fireworks in Durban, Johannesburg and Victoria Falls to bring in the New Year.

South Africans love a good ‘jol’ and New Year’s Day is a public holiday in South Africa, making it the perfect opportunity to celebrate the beginning of 2015 and recover from the festivities the night before.

New Year’s Day occurs during the balmy African summer and is often enjoyed outdoors. The many beaches of the Eastern Cape and Western Cape are buzzing with locals and international visitors who want to start the year off with a dip in the ocean and relaxing with friends and family on the sand. This can lead to delays in finding a parking spot or getting a bite to eat along the coast.

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Many South Africans spend New Year’s Day having a braai (barbecuing) with friends and families in the gardens, parks and beaches of the country (where permitted). The warm, sunny summers of the country make it a perfect way to celebrate the first day of the New Year.

Braaing-on-the-plains
Image source: Yuppie Chef

Whatever you end up doing on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, South Africa Tourism Australia and New Zealand wish you a happy holiday season.

Celebrating NYE and NYD in South Africa

New Year’s is an event celebrated around the world. South Africans celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day similar to Australians. Both countries celebrate the last day of the year with parties and fireworks and New Year’s Day is generally spent outdoors.

If you’re spending New Year’s Eve in Cape Town you can ring in the New Year on top of Table Mountain. Pack a picnic and grab some friends and you can party until 12:30 a.m. This vantage point gives an unobstructed view of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront fireworks. The party continues on January 1, with thousands heading to local beaches.

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Image source: A luxury travel blog- Table Mountain Sunset

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Image source: A luxury travel blog – V&A Waterfront

There are many popular nightclubs and areas to watch fireworks in Durban, Johannesburg and Victoria Falls to bring in the New Year.

South Africans love a good ‘jol’ and New Year’s Day is a public holiday in South Africa, making it the perfect opportunity to celebrate the beginning of 2015 and recover from the festivities the night before.

New Year’s Day occurs during the balmy African summer and is often enjoyed outdoors. The many beaches of the Eastern Cape and Western Cape are buzzing with locals and international visitors who want to start the year off with a dip in the ocean and relaxing with friends and family on the sand. This can lead to delays in finding a parking spot or getting a bite to eat along the coast.

2417710541_16e5f8eda0_o (1)Image source: Hobie Beach – Port Elizabeth

Many South Africans spend New Year’s Day having a braai (barbecuing) with friends and families in the gardens, parks and beaches of the country (where permitted). The warm, sunny summers of the country make it a perfect way to celebrate the first day of the New Year.

Braaing-on-the-plains
Image source: Yuppie Chef

Whatever you end up doing on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, South Africa Tourism Australia and New Zealand wish you a happy holiday season.

Coastal accommodation in South Africa

The coastlines of South Africa are some of the most beautiful in the world. This week we’ve narrowed down the best South African coastal hotels where the beach is in reach!

You’ll find all types of accommodation along to the coast ranging from five-star luxury hotels and resorts to more humble seaside B&Bs which offer hearty breakfasts, personalised service and a warm family atmosphere.

Morgan’s Bay located in the Eastern Cape is a popular spot amongst locals and tourists. Morgan’s Bay is known for its sea cliffs, lagoon and long white beach. When visiting, The Morgan Bay Hotel, established in 1946 is a great place to stay. Located right on the beach and boasting views of the Indian Ocean, this boutique hotel is designed to make you feel at home.

Standard double rooms start from R1310 ($136 AUD) per night.

Morgan's Bay Hotel

Image source: The Morgan Bay Hotel

Morgan's Bay

Image source: The Morgan Bay Hotel

Hout Bay, located just outside of Cape Town is one of the busiest harbours in the Western Cape. A working fishing village, Hout Bay is popular with tourists because of its variety of fine restaurants, picturesque scenery and great shopping. In addition to this, Hout Bay is home to “Dungeons” – one of the sixteen recognised big wave spots around the globe and surfers travel from far and wide to challenge themselves.

The scenery, friendly people and the laid-back ambience will make visitors feel right at home in Hout Bay. The Hout Bay Manor is a 5 star hotel which originally opened in 1871 and which has had a recent 18 month refurbishment, reopening in 2007. There are 16 rooms at the Hout Bay Manor, all beautifully decorated starting from R3905 ($400 AUD) per night. The hotel is also home to Pure Restaurant and Inzolo Spa, so there is no reason to leave!

There are many B&Bs and self-catering accommodation options in the area as well. Makuti Lodge offers 5 charming, self-catering cottages with prices starting from R700 ($72 AUD). The Makuti Lodge offers all the comforts of home including a private garden, patio and fully-equipped kitchens in a cottage setting.

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Image source: Hout Bay Manor

Makuti Lodge

Makuti Lodge

Image source: Makuti Lodge

If you’re looking to splash some serious cash on your summer holiday – you can’t look past the Birkenhead House, which is also located in the Western Cape. Set on a cliff’s edge,with stunning views over the beach, Birkenhead House is a special place to watch the waves and surfers come in. Between June and November, the view includes whales, which swim right in front of the hotel. There are 11 luxury suites in the hotel with double rooms starting from R12,200 ($1,285 AUD) per night with rates including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Birkenhead House

Image source: Mr & Mrs Smith; Birkenhead House

The Suncoast Towers in Durban is a stone’s throw away from Suncoast beach and is at the start of the Durban golden mile. Suncoast Towers offers exclusive, spacious, beautifully decorated rooms with attractions for every interest and standard rooms start from R1700 ($160 AUD) per night. The Suncoast Towers accommodation aims to provide a tranquil oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Image source: The Suncoast Towers

Cape View Clifton perched high on a cliff above the trendy suburb of Clifton opened its doors in 2012. This is a truly spectacular, ultra-chic hotel located above Clifton’s 4 beaches, with spectacular views of Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles. There are 7 suites in the hotel (2 self-catering). This is an ideal spot for beach lovers and a good base for exploring the region’s national parks. It’s a short hop to the famous Camps Bay and Cape Town central is a 20-minute drive. The Junior Suite (3 bedroom) from Dec-Feb starts from R4620 ($485 AUD) per night. The large, luxurious suites with uninterrupted sea views from private terraces, in our opinion offer priceless views!

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Cape View Clifton

Image source: i-escape; Cape View Clifton

For more summer inspiration and the latest news and tools to plan your perfect South African summer holiday, join the conversation on our Australian or New Zealand Facebook page.

Coastal accommodation in South Africa

The coastlines of South Africa are some of the most beautiful in the world. This week we’ve narrowed down the best South African coastal hotels where the beach is in reach!

You’ll find all types of accommodation along to the coast ranging from five-star luxury hotels and resorts to more humble seaside B&Bs which offer hearty breakfasts, personalised service and a warm family atmosphere.

Morgan’s Bay located in the Eastern Cape is a popular spot amongst locals and tourists. Morgan’s Bay is known for its sea cliffs, lagoon and long white beach. When visiting, The Morgan Bay Hotel, established in 1946 is a great place to stay. Located right on the beach and boasting views of the Indian Ocean, this boutique hotel is designed to make you feel at home.

Standard double rooms start from R1310 ($136 AUD) per night.

Morgan's Bay Hotel

Image source: The Morgan Bay Hotel

Morgan's Bay

Image source: The Morgan Bay Hotel

Hout Bay, located just outside of Cape Town is one of the busiest harbours in the Western Cape. A working fishing village, Hout Bay is popular with tourists because of its variety of fine restaurants, picturesque scenery and great shopping. In addition to this, Hout Bay is home to “Dungeons” – one of the sixteen recognised big wave spots around the globe and surfers travel from far and wide to challenge themselves.

The scenery, friendly people and the laid-back ambience will make visitors feel right at home in Hout Bay. The Hout Bay Manor is a 5 star hotel which originally opened in 1871 and which has had a recent 18 month refurbishment, reopening in 2007. There are 16 rooms at the Hout Bay Manor, all beautifully decorated starting from R3905 ($400 AUD) per night. The hotel is also home to Pure Restaurant and Inzolo Spa, so there is no reason to leave!

There are many B&Bs and self-catering accommodation options in the area as well. Makuti Lodge offers 5 charming, self-catering cottages with prices starting from R700 ($72 AUD). The Makuti Lodge offers all the comforts of home including a private garden, patio and fully-equipped kitchens in a cottage setting.

Hout Bay Manor - 2

Image source: Hout Bay Manor

Makuti Lodge

Makuti Lodge

Image source: Makuti Lodge

If you’re looking to splash some serious cash on your summer holiday – you can’t look past the Birkenhead House, which is also located in the Western Cape. Set on a cliff’s edge,with stunning views over the beach, Birkenhead House is a special place to watch the waves and surfers come in. Between June and November, the view includes whales, which swim right in front of the hotel. There are 11 luxury suites in the hotel with double rooms starting from R12,200 ($1,285 AUD) per night with rates including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Birkenhead House - Cliff

Birkenhead House

Image source: Mr & Mrs Smith; Birkenhead House

The Suncoast Towers in Durban is a stone’s throw away from Suncoast beach and is at the start of the Durban golden mile. Suncoast Towers offers exclusive, spacious, beautifully decorated rooms with attractions for every interest and standard rooms start from R1700 ($160 AUD) per night. The Suncoast Towers accommodation aims to provide a tranquil oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Image source: The Suncoast Towers

Cape View Clifton perched high on a cliff above the trendy suburb of Clifton opened its doors in 2012. This is a truly spectacular, ultra-chic hotel located above Clifton’s 4 beaches, with spectacular views of Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles. There are 7 suites in the hotel (2 self-catering). This is an ideal spot for beach lovers and a good base for exploring the region’s national parks. It’s a short hop to the famous Camps Bay and Cape Town central is a 20-minute drive. The Junior Suite (3 bedroom) from Dec-Feb starts from R4620 ($485 AUD) per night. The large, luxurious suites with uninterrupted sea views from private terraces, in our opinion offer priceless views!

Cape View Clifton - Dining

Cape View Clifton

Image source: i-escape; Cape View Clifton

For more summer inspiration and the latest news and tools to plan your perfect South African summer holiday, join the conversation on our Australian or New Zealand Facebook page.

Affordable Adventure in South Africa

South Africa is a paradise for those travellers with a thirst for adventure! There are plenty of outdoor activities in South Africa which will get the heart racing, but won’t break the bank. You can hike a mountain, surf a wave, dive with sharks, take on South African mountain bike trails or even jump off the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban at The Big Rush.

When visiting South Africa there is no excuse not to take a good long walk. No matter where you are staying there is ample opportunity to get out there and get moving. In Mpumalanga, some of the best hiking on offer is in and around the scenic Blyde River Canyon and along the Panorama Route (which offers lots of great adventure activities too). The Free State is another great place for hiking and there are several world class trails on offer in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. If you’re in the Western Cape then hot-footing it up Table Mountain is always an option – with a cable car offering amazing views of Cape Town you could always treat yourself on the way down! Another great hiking option is the Garden Route’s Dolphin Trail with its gorgeous views of the coastline and mountain ranges.

Mpumalanga Trail

Image source: SA-Venues

Surfing is an integral part of South African culture. From the colder Cape waters to the tropical warmth of the Indian Ocean, young and old mingle at popular surf spots from early morning until sundown with a single goal – to pick the best wave of the day and ride it all the way to the beach. Big wave surfers should try their skills at extreme surf spots such as Kalk Bay Reef on False Bay and Dungeons in Hout Bay. Such sections of water should, however, only be attempted by those who know what they are doing.

For the beginners, South Africa offers a choice of surf schools that will have you out there in the breakers, learning to surf and making new friends in no time at all! If you’re a beginner looking to catch your first wave in Durban, don’t look past Addlington Beach for small, consistent waves guaranteed to ignite your passion for surfing.

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Image source: TNT Magazine

The Big Rush Rope Swing asks adventurous travellers to take a leap of faith by stepping off the roof of the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The Big Rush is listed in the Guinness World Records as the tallest swing in the world! Those brave enough to take the leap will face a 60 metre free-fall at a speed of over 120kph. If you’re travelling with people who don’t share your taste for adventure, they can watch your jump from the comfort of the Base café in the Big Rush Stadium Shop – so don’t forget to smile for the cameras! The stadium jump will set you back $74 (AUD) and takes place daily from 9am – 5pm, weather permitting.

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime and go shark cage diving on the Great White Trail. Great White sharks are seasonal animals so get yourself to the Cape in June, July or August where you’ll not only have an excellent chance of seeing them, but also to watch them breach and hunt. SharkExplorers in Cape Town offer a range of cage diving experiences. The White Shark adventures take place in False Bay, which is a 30-minute drive from Cape Town and is a Great White Shark hotspot. The tour starts out before dawn and as well as getting close and personal with these sharks in their natural habitat you’ll be able to witness the power of the Great White Sharks as they launch themselves out of the water to catch their prey safely from the SharkExplorers boat. Prices start from $158 (AUD).

Great White Shark Diving

In South Africa, mountain biking has become a tremendously popular sport, and there are new trails opening up all the time. There are some timeless classics though, in glorious surroundings. The Cederberg Mountains and the Drakensberg within sight of whales at De Hoop or in the forests of Knysna. Mountain biking in South Africa offers options for all skill and fitness levels. Some trails and tracks are as short as 10km, while others, like the magnificent Cederberg Mountain Bike Trail in Clanwilliam, can take you over 170 km of the most dramatic rocky terrain you could wish for!

These affordable adventure activities are bound to make your South African trip a memorable one.

Affordable Adventure in South Africa

South Africa is a paradise for those travellers with a thirst for adventure! There are plenty of outdoor activities in South Africa which will get the heart racing, but won’t break the bank. You can hike a mountain, surf a wave, dive with sharks, take on South African mountain bike trails or even jump off the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban at The Big Rush.

When visiting South Africa there is no excuse not to take a good long walk. No matter where you are staying there is ample opportunity to get out there and get moving. In Mpumalanga, some of the best hiking on offer is in and around the scenic Blyde River Canyon and along the Panorama Route (which offers lots of great adventure activities too). The Free State is another great place for hiking and there are several world class trails on offer in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. If you’re in the Western Cape then hot-footing it up Table Mountain is always an option – with a cable car offering amazing views of Cape Town you could always treat yourself on the way down! Another great hiking option is the Garden Route’s Dolphin Trail with its gorgeous views of the coastline and mountain ranges.

Mpumalanga Trail

Image source: SA-Venues

Surfing is an integral part of South African culture. From the colder Cape waters to the tropical warmth of the Indian Ocean, young and old mingle at popular surf spots from early morning until sundown with a single goal – to pick the best wave of the day and ride it all the way to the beach. Big wave surfers should try their skills at extreme surf spots such as Kalk Bay Reef on False Bay and Dungeons in Hout Bay. Such sections of water should, however, only be attempted by those who know what they are doing.

For the beginners, South Africa offers a choice of surf schools that will have you out there in the breakers, learning to surf and making new friends in no time at all! If you’re a beginner looking to catch your first wave in Durban, don’t look past Addlington Beach for small, consistent waves guaranteed to ignite your passion for surfing.

south-africa-surfing

Image source: TNT Magazine

The Big Rush Rope Swing asks adventurous travellers to take a leap of faith by stepping off the roof of the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The Big Rush is listed in the Guinness World Records as the tallest swing in the world! Those brave enough to take the leap will face a 60 metre free-fall at a speed of over 120kph. If you’re travelling with people who don’t share your taste for adventure, they can watch your jump from the comfort of the Base café in the Big Rush Stadium Shop – so don’t forget to smile for the cameras! The stadium jump will set you back $74 (AUD) and takes place daily from 9am – 5pm, weather permitting.

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime and go shark cage diving on the Great White Trail. Great White sharks are seasonal animals so get yourself to the Cape in June, July or August where you’ll not only have an excellent chance of seeing them, but also to watch them breach and hunt. SharkExplorers in Cape Town offer a range of cage diving experiences. The White Shark adventures take place in False Bay, which is a 30-minute drive from Cape Town and is a Great White Shark hotspot. The tour starts out before dawn and as well as getting close and personal with these sharks in their natural habitat you’ll be able to witness the power of the Great White Sharks as they launch themselves out of the water to catch their prey safely from the SharkExplorers boat. Prices start from $158 (AUD).

Great White Shark Diving

In South Africa, mountain biking has become a tremendously popular sport, and there are new trails opening up all the time. There are some timeless classics though, in glorious surroundings. The Cederberg Mountains and the Drakensberg within sight of whales at De Hoop or in the forests of Knysna. Mountain biking in South Africa offers options for all skill and fitness levels. Some trails and tracks are as short as 10km, while others, like the magnificent Cederberg Mountain Bike Trail in Clanwilliam, can take you over 170 km of the most dramatic rocky terrain you could wish for!

These affordable adventure activities are bound to make your South African trip a memorable one.

South Africa for thrill seekers

South Africa is a Mecca of adventure activities and the following activities are bound to get your pulse racing.

Abseiling in South Africa
Where: Table Mountain in Cape Town
Scare factor: World’s highest commercial abseil

Table Mountain in Cape Town is located 1000m above sea level. Scaling down this 260 million year old natural wonder of the world will get your heart racing, boasting its status as the highest commercial abseil in the world – you’ll definitely earn some bragging rights as an extreme thrill seeker!

The activity operates on a daily basis weather permitting and the total activity takes 45 minutes to an hour. This includes demonstration of the abseil, putting on the equipment, abseil and short hike to get back on top of the mountain.

If you’re a thrill seeker or looking to try something new and different, the 112m vertical descent offers breathtaking aerial views of the city of Cape Town and the surrounding beaches; definitely an activity to tick off the bucket list!

Book your abseiling adventure here.

Abseiling on Table Mountain

White River Rafting
Where: Doring River in the Western Cape
Scare factor: Not for the faint hearted

South Africa offers white water rafting expeditions involve a mix of navigating through rapids at high speed and enjoying the scenery along the calmer sections of water in-between. As you enter each powerful section of white water you’ll feel your pulse racing and sense of balance tested. Then it’s out of the power zone with a sense of accomplishment as you drift into flat water again. If you do happen to take a tumble, be happy in the knowledge that your white water tales will have more of an edge.
If you are after challenging rapids to test your skills, look no further than the Doring River, located in the Western Cape or expeditions along the Blyde River which is known for its intensity.

South Africa gets the majority of its rain during the summer months between October and April, making these months premium white water rafting periods (outside of the Western Cape, which experiences winter rain).

Book your white water rafting adventure here.

White Water Rafting

Bloukrans Bungee Bridge
Where: Tsitsikamma, Eastern Cape
Scare factor: World’s highest commercial bungee bridge

One, two, bungee! Leaping off the Bloukrans Bridge, you plunge 216 metres into the gorge below. As far as adrenalin rushes go, you don’t get much better than a Bloukrans bungee jump, which also happens to be located in one of the most scenic corners of the country.

Established in 1990, Face Adrenalin has been operating for 24 years with a 100% safety record. The 216-metre Bloukrans Bridge is the highest commercial bungee jump from a bridge in the world and attracts adventure-seekers from all over the globe. The bridge is found along the scenic Garden Route and has to count as one of the most spectacular bungee jumps in South Africa, if not the world.

If you think this activity maybe too extreme for you, in April 2010, Mohr Keet set a Guinness World Record as the oldest person to bungee jump by taking the plunge off the Bloukrans Bridge at 96 years old!

Book your bungee jump here.

South Africa for thrill seekers

South Africa is a Mecca of adventure activities and the following activities are bound to get your pulse racing.

Abseiling in South Africa
Where: Table Mountain in Cape Town
Scare factor: World’s highest commercial abseil

Table Mountain in Cape Town is located 1000m above sea level. Scaling down this 260 million year old natural wonder of the world will get your heart racing, boasting its status as the highest commercial abseil in the world – you’ll definitely earn some bragging rights as an extreme thrill seeker!

The activity operates on a daily basis weather permitting and the total activity takes 45 minutes to an hour. This includes demonstration of the abseil, putting on the equipment, abseil and short hike to get back on top of the mountain.

If you’re a thrill seeker or looking to try something new and different, the 112m vertical descent offers breathtaking aerial views of the city of Cape Town and the surrounding beaches; definitely an activity to tick off the bucket list!

Book your abseiling adventure here.

Abseiling on Table Mountain

White River Rafting
Where: Doring River in the Western Cape
Scare factor: Not for the faint hearted

South Africa offers white water rafting expeditions involve a mix of navigating through rapids at high speed and enjoying the scenery along the calmer sections of water in-between. As you enter each powerful section of white water you’ll feel your pulse racing and sense of balance tested. Then it’s out of the power zone with a sense of accomplishment as you drift into flat water again. If you do happen to take a tumble, be happy in the knowledge that your white water tales will have more of an edge.
If you are after challenging rapids to test your skills, look no further than the Doring River, located in the Western Cape or expeditions along the Blyde River which is known for its intensity.

South Africa gets the majority of its rain during the summer months between October and April, making these months premium white water rafting periods (outside of the Western Cape, which experiences winter rain).

Book your white water rafting adventure here.

White Water Rafting

Bloukrans Bungee Bridge
Where: Tsitsikamma, Eastern Cape
Scare factor: World’s highest commercial bungee bridge

One, two, bungee! Leaping off the Bloukrans Bridge, you plunge 216 metres into the gorge below. As far as adrenalin rushes go, you don’t get much better than a Bloukrans bungee jump, which also happens to be located in one of the most scenic corners of the country.

Established in 1990, Face Adrenalin has been operating for 24 years with a 100% safety record. The 216-metre Bloukrans Bridge is the highest commercial bungee jump from a bridge in the world and attracts adventure-seekers from all over the globe. The bridge is found along the scenic Garden Route and has to count as one of the most spectacular bungee jumps in South Africa, if not the world.

If you think this activity maybe too extreme for you, in April 2010, Mohr Keet set a Guinness World Record as the oldest person to bungee jump by taking the plunge off the Bloukrans Bridge at 96 years old!

Book your bungee jump here.

Hit a six in Cape Town once the cricket wraps up

If you’ve spent an hour or two checking out the international series in South Africa, you’d know it’s been a pretty exciting tour – finely balanced after two Tests, with the Aussies hoping to finish the tour on a high with a win in Cape Town.  And if you’re looking to follow the team’s footsteps, and make sure you hit Cape Town for a six, we’ve lined up some of the top things for you to do while in the Mother City.
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Hit a six in Cape Town once the cricket wraps up

If you’ve spent an hour or two checking out the international series in South Africa, you’d know it’s been a pretty exciting tour – finely balanced after two Tests, with the Aussies hoping to finish the tour on a high with a win in Cape Town.  And if you’re looking to follow the team’s footsteps, and make sure you hit Cape Town for a six, we’ve lined up some of the top things for you to do while in the Mother City.
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Top 5 Best Places to visit in South Africa

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5. Hermanus

A popular seaside down situated two hours from Cape Town on the Western Cape, Hermanus is most famous for being a whale watchers dream. Between August and November, whales can be seen every day along the coastal area of the town. If whale watching is too serene for your tastes, try your hand at cage diving with Great White Sharks on the nearby Dyer Island!

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4. Garden Route

One of the most beautiful scenic routes in South Africa, the Garden Route is located on the south-eastern coast between Mossel Bay and Storms River. The route is home to ten different nature reserves that house almost 300 species of birds as well as seals, dolphins and whales. The best way to experience the trip is to hire a car, although you could also catch a ride on Africa’s last remaining passenger steam train, the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe.

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3. Kruger National Park

Kruger is Africa’s oldest wildlife park, established in 1898. If you’re after a classic safari tour, the park boasts the highest variety of wildlife in Africa including hippos, giraffes, cheetah, crocodiles and more. If you’re after a camping experience, there are plenty of camp sites and bushveld camps to set up at or if you’re looking for more civilized accommodation, a chalet or cottage could be your ticket.

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2. Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch was established in 1679, making it the second oldest town in South Africa. One of the main reasons it made this list was due to the incredible wine route it contains – 44 cellars can be found in what has been dubbed ‘Cabernet country’. If you’re a fan of wine, be sure to stop by some of the cellars to experience tastings and fine dining within the beautiful gardens.

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1. Swartland

Tucked away within a secluded stretch on the Western Cape, Swartland houses one of the most extensive and pristine beaches in South Africa. The area is also well known for its vast vineyards and the sparse fields that burst into wild flowers during the spring, which have become something of a tourist attraction.

Top 5 Best Places to visit in South Africa

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5. Hermanus

A popular seaside down situated two hours from Cape Town on the Western Cape, Hermanus is most famous for being a whale watchers dream. Between August and November, whales can be seen every day along the coastal area of the town. If whale watching is too serene for your tastes, try your hand at cage diving with Great White Sharks on the nearby Dyer Island!

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4. Garden Route

One of the most beautiful scenic routes in South Africa, the Garden Route is located on the south-eastern coast between Mossel Bay and Storms River. The route is home to ten different nature reserves that house almost 300 species of birds as well as seals, dolphins and whales. The best way to experience the trip is to hire a car, although you could also catch a ride on Africa’s last remaining passenger steam train, the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe.

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3. Kruger National Park

Kruger is Africa’s oldest wildlife park, established in 1898. If you’re after a classic safari tour, the park boasts the highest variety of wildlife in Africa including hippos, giraffes, cheetah, crocodiles and more. If you’re after a camping experience, there are plenty of camp sites and bushveld camps to set up at or if you’re looking for more civilized accommodation, a chalet or cottage could be your ticket.

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2. Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch was established in 1679, making it the second oldest town in South Africa. One of the main reasons it made this list was due to the incredible wine route it contains – 44 cellars can be found in what has been dubbed ‘Cabernet country’. If you’re a fan of wine, be sure to stop by some of the cellars to experience tastings and fine dining within the beautiful gardens.

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1. Swartland

Tucked away within a secluded stretch on the Western Cape, Swartland houses one of the most extensive and pristine beaches in South Africa. The area is also well known for its vast vineyards and the sparse fields that burst into wild flowers during the spring, which have become something of a tourist attraction.

New Year’s Eve is almost here!

Photo courtesy bigbluemeanie
Ring in the New Year in true Cape Town style by sharing a few laughs, some bubbly and a mind-blowing fireworks display with the locals at any of the highly anticipated New Year’s Eve parties in and around the Mother City.
Here are some parties to consider:

 

Table Mountain
There is no better way to celebrate the New Year in Cape Town than getting an uninterrupted view of the Mother City in all of her natural beauty from the top of Table Mountain.

Time: 18h00 to 01h00
Price: R90 for a return trip
Contact: +27(0)21 424 0015

Amarula New Year’s Eve Concert at Kirstenbosch
Set the tone for the year to come with a picnic on the lawn in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden with special friends or family. The headline act, our own blockbuster entertainer, Johnny Clegg, is set to rock you into a brand new year.

Time: 20h30
Price: R240
Contact: +27(0)21 799 8783/8620

Lost on Long Party at the Grand Daddy Hotel
Fruity drinks, great food and music that will have you swaying to its beat … This and more is what you can expect from the Lost on Long Party, which takes place at the Grand Daddy Hotel in Long Street.

Time: 19h00 till late
Price: R150 per person
Contact:+27 (0)21 424 7247

For more information visit Cape Town Tourism

New Year’s Eve is almost here!

Photo courtesy bigbluemeanie
Ring in the New Year in true Cape Town style by sharing a few laughs, some bubbly and a mind-blowing fireworks display with the locals at any of the highly anticipated New Year’s Eve parties in and around the Mother City.
Here are some parties to consider:

 

Table Mountain
There is no better way to celebrate the New Year in Cape Town than getting an uninterrupted view of the Mother City in all of her natural beauty from the top of Table Mountain.

Time: 18h00 to 01h00
Price: R90 for a return trip
Contact: +27(0)21 424 0015

Amarula New Year’s Eve Concert at Kirstenbosch
Set the tone for the year to come with a picnic on the lawn in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden with special friends or family. The headline act, our own blockbuster entertainer, Johnny Clegg, is set to rock you into a brand new year.

Time: 20h30
Price: R240
Contact: +27(0)21 799 8783/8620

Lost on Long Party at the Grand Daddy Hotel
Fruity drinks, great food and music that will have you swaying to its beat … This and more is what you can expect from the Lost on Long Party, which takes place at the Grand Daddy Hotel in Long Street.

Time: 19h00 till late
Price: R150 per person
Contact:+27 (0)21 424 7247

For more information visit Cape Town Tourism

Vote for Table Mountain to become one of the 7 Wonders of Nature

The New 7 Wonders (N7W) Foundation, based in Switzerland, aims to establish and “foster global exchange and intercultural appreciation”. Following from the New Seven Wonders of the World, the N7W of Nature campaign seeks to establish via a worldwide vote, the 7 wonders of nature. This follows on from the original list of the 7 Ancient Wonders which included the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Ancient Pyramids of Giza and the Collosus of Rhodes. A list that every school child learns by rote!

In December 2008, four South African sites were nominated as contenders for the prestigious title of the New 7 Wonders of Nature namely; Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain, Kruger National Park and the Vredefort Crater. On 7 January 2009, Table Mountain was selected as the official nominee to represent South Africa in the N7W global campaign. The campaign is divided in 3 phases:

Phase 1 Official nomination – January 2009;
Phase 2 Selection by public vote January – July 2009
Phase 3 Final voting – 21 July 2009 to 2011

New 7 Wonders of Nature to be announced in 2011.

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On 21 July 2009 it was announced that Table Mountain has made it into the final round of the New 7 Wonders of Nature contest beating the Atacama Desert in Chile, Azure Window in Malta and the Rock of Aphrodite in Cyprus for a spot on the shortlist.

Table Mountain must now compete for a place among the top 7 wonders of nature to be announced in 2011.

Table Mountain is the one of only two African sites to have made the prestigious list, along with Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The much-loved landmark beat fellow contender Sossusvlei in Namiba in round three of the international competition.

Candidates in the Official New7 Wonders of Nature campaign are clearly defined natural sites that have neither been created by nor significantly altered by humans for aesthetic reasons.

Voting for the New 7 Wonders of Nature, as chosen by popular vote from the 28 finalists will now resume and continue throughout 2010 and into 2011 when the Official New 7 Wonders of Nature will be announced.

The New 7 Wonders of Nature campaign aims to raise awareness of the incredible variety and beauty of nature around us. The Foundations slogan says, “If we want to save anything, we first need to truly appreciate it!”. The awareness and tourism income means that these natural treasures can be better preserved or future generations.

To vote for Table Mountain visit www.votefortablemountain.com

Vote for Table Mountain to become one of the 7 Wonders of Nature

The New 7 Wonders (N7W) Foundation, based in Switzerland, aims to establish and “foster global exchange and intercultural appreciation”. Following from the New Seven Wonders of the World, the N7W of Nature campaign seeks to establish via a worldwide vote, the 7 wonders of nature. This follows on from the original list of the 7 Ancient Wonders which included the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Ancient Pyramids of Giza and the Collosus of Rhodes. A list that every school child learns by rote!

In December 2008, four South African sites were nominated as contenders for the prestigious title of the New 7 Wonders of Nature namely; Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain, Kruger National Park and the Vredefort Crater. On 7 January 2009, Table Mountain was selected as the official nominee to represent South Africa in the N7W global campaign. The campaign is divided in 3 phases:

Phase 1 Official nomination – January 2009;
Phase 2 Selection by public vote January – July 2009
Phase 3 Final voting – 21 July 2009 to 2011

New 7 Wonders of Nature to be announced in 2011.

Table Mountain Table Mountain Table Mountain
Table Mountain
Table Mountain
Table Mountain
Table Mountain
Table Mountain
Table Mountain
Table Mountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 21 July 2009 it was announced that Table Mountain has made it into the final round of the New 7 Wonders of Nature contest beating the Atacama Desert in Chile, Azure Window in Malta and the Rock of Aphrodite in Cyprus for a spot on the shortlist.

Table Mountain must now compete for a place among the top 7 wonders of nature to be announced in 2011.

Table Mountain is the one of only two African sites to have made the prestigious list, along with Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The much-loved landmark beat fellow contender Sossusvlei in Namiba in round three of the international competition.

Candidates in the Official New7 Wonders of Nature campaign are clearly defined natural sites that have neither been created by nor significantly altered by humans for aesthetic reasons.

Voting for the New 7 Wonders of Nature, as chosen by popular vote from the 28 finalists will now resume and continue throughout 2010 and into 2011 when the Official New 7 Wonders of Nature will be announced.

The New 7 Wonders of Nature campaign aims to raise awareness of the incredible variety and beauty of nature around us. The Foundations slogan says, “If we want to save anything, we first need to truly appreciate it!”. The awareness and tourism income means that these natural treasures can be better preserved or future generations.

To vote for Table Mountain visit www.votefortablemountain.com