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The Best Shopping Malls in South Africa

Last update on Sept. 16, 2013.

The Best Shopping Malls in South Africa

South Africa is undoubtedly a nation of shopping lovers; whether its large flea markets, local boutiques or big department stores, many of us can be found indulging in some retail therapy over the weekends or in the evenings. The best shopping fix for most of us, however, can usually be found in one of South Africa’s many shopping malls. With several in each big city and plenty on the outskirts, our shopping centres are in a league of their own when it comes to size, variety and entertainment.

Here is our pick of the best malls, wherever you are ...

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Where to Eat in Port Elizabeth

Last update on Aug. 30, 2013.

Where to Eat in Port Elizabeth

Known as the ‘Friendly City’, Port Elizabeth (or ‘PE’ as the locals call it) is a top destination for tourists and South Africans alike. The laidback vibe makes it the ideal place for a relaxing trip, and while visiting you will need to know where is best to grab a bite to eat. We’ve used our own local knowledge and asked our followers on Twitter to recommend their favourite places too, to give you a comprehensive run down of the best places to eat in Port Elizabeth.

If you head down the beachfront then there are lots of places ...

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The 3 Best Boutique Hotels in Johannesburg

Last update on Aug. 21, 2013.

The 3 Best Boutique Hotels in Johannesburg

If you want the comfort and amenities of a luxury hotel but hate the uniformity of big chains, then a boutique hotel could be the perfect choice of accommodation for you. Boutique hotels aim to be stylish and accommodating to your needs, but within an atmosphere of intimacy and individuality. When staying in Johannesburg, you have a great choice of boutique hotels at your disposal. All can offer you the very best in service, food and comfort - but on a small scale that will make you feel valued as a guest. Here are a few of our favourites:

The Residence ...

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What to Take on a Long Haul Flight to South Africa

Last update on Aug. 12, 2013.

What to Take on a Long Haul Flight to South Africa

Depending on where you are flying from, getting to South African can often involve a heavy day of travelling. The average flight time from London to Johanasberg, for example, is 10 hours and 55 minutes; while from London to Cape Town it’s an even longer 11 hours and 30 minutes. Often, travelling to South Africa will also involve catching connecting flights, either from other countries en route, or from within South Africa on a domestic airline.

Travelling for this amount of time can be extremely tedious. Even if you’re lucky enough to have an overnight flight where you ...

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Top 3 Places to Eat in Cape Town

Last update on Aug. 5, 2013.

Top 3 Places to Eat in Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the most exciting, vibrant cities that you will ever visit during your lifetime. As well as amazing cultural attractions, sightseeing opportunities and shopping, one of the best things about the city is its vast array of dining opportunities. Whatever your tastebuds are craving, you’ll find more than enough to choose from amongst the bars, restaurants and cafes in the city. Here is our selection of our 3 favorite places to enjoy a meal in Cape Town.

The Roundhouse

For those who want a fine dining experience in a building steeped in history and with ...

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The Best Mountains to Hike in South Africa

Last update on Aug. 2, 2013.

The Best Mountains to Hike in South Africa

Table Mountain

If during your time in South Africa, you have chance to visit Cape Town, then the hike up Table Mountain is a must on your to do list. Table Mountain is part of the world’s floral kingdom, and the cape floristic region adds to the beauty and adventure of a hike up this mountain. Treks vary from one day treks to overnight trails. The most popular trail that tourists take is Platteklip Gorge. The hike takes around two hours, and is very straight forward and well sign posted. Once at the top of the mountain you can ...

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South African Languages: The Basics

Last update on Aug. 2, 2013.

South African Languages: The Basics

When planning to visit another country, a lot of people like to familiarise themselves with the native language. Using at least the basics, such as ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’, ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, is seen as a respectful way of acknowledging the country that you’re visiting. Although English is understood throughout most of the tourist areas of South Africa, it is still a nice touch if you can utilise a few of the words during your stay. The country has a very complex system of languages and dialects, so it’s also a good idea to have a basic understanding of ...

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The 3 Most Breathtaking Views in South Africa

Last update on July 30, 2013.

The 3 Most Breathtaking Views in South Africa

Chapman’s Peak Drive

Chapman’s Peak Drive is a spectacular sight and an absolute must-see during your time in South Africa. It curves around into the mountainside between Noordhoek and Hout Bay, with many photographic opportunities and spots for those that enjoy hiking or mountain bike riding. This marine pass is a popular tourist location to whale watch and, with views of the Atlantic Ocean, it’s one that cannot be missed. Chapman’s Peak Drive is also perfect to see the scenery of South Africa’s Cape Town, with the Atlantic Ocean just below and the surrounding mountains ...

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The 5 Most Luxurious Hotels in South Africa

Last update on July 30, 2013.

The 5 Most Luxurious Hotels in South Africa

If money is no object and luxury is what you’re looking for then no look no further. We have handpicked five of the most luxurious and beautiful hotels in South Africa.

Angsana Spa Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town

Set in the heart of the picturesque Cape Town, the Angsana Spa Vineyard Hotel is a must visit. The Vineyard Hotel has won awards in the World Luxury Spa Awards for 2013, 2012 and 2011. It’s not surprising due to its prime location surrounded by the glorious Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and Liesbeeck River. In total the hotel hosts ...

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South Africa’s Best Beaches

Last update on July 30, 2013.

South Africa’s Best Beaches

South Africa is famed for having some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world; and the beaches in particular are a tourist must-see. The range of different beaches on the coast is astounding – whether you want white sands, rock beaches, stunning views, a quite place to swim or an exciting beach to surf on – then you will definitely find something to suit your needs in South Africa. 

The Eastern Cape

For a selection of beautiful beaches, thousands of tourists flock to the Eastern Cape. Port Elizabeth is famed for its wonderful swimming opportunities and is also a favourite ...

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