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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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The Most Beautiful Areas in the Eastern Cape

Last update on Sept. 5, 2013.

The Most Beautiful Areas in the Eastern Cape

Welcome to part two of our South African provinces series, where we are writing about some of our favourite areas in each region. Today, we're taking a look at what the beautiful Eastern Cape has to offer.

The Eastern Cape (and just a little further around) has fantastic variety and it’s next to impossible to be bored. The best part, you can have fun whilst taking in some of the most picturesque areas this part of South Africa has to offer!

Valley of Desolation

The valley of desolation, located just 14km out of Graaff-Reinet, suspends all who visit ...

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The Most Picturesque Areas in the Western Cape.

Last update on Sept. 3, 2013.

The Most Picturesque Areas in the Western Cape.

From vineyards to white sandy beaches, the Western Cape is one of the most beautiful places on earth – but where are the best places to visit for a scenic view?

Here at Travel Nation, we firmly believe that South Africa is one of the most naturally stunning countries on the globe. With so many different natural phenomenon to discover, from the majestic Drakensberg to the vast bushveld plains, it is country just waiting to be explored.

For this reason, we have decided to put together a series of blog posts that combine our local knowledge and some in-depth research (because ...

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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 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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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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City Breaks in South Africa: Where Are The Best Places To Go?

Last update on July 24, 2013.

City Breaks in South Africa: Where Are The Best Places To Go?

City breaks are a modern travel tradition that has exploded in recent years. It’s no surprise really; they are a great way of taking time out to explore what a country’s bustling cities have to offer and relaxing in the heart of spectacular metropolises. Whether you’re looking to discover stunning architecture or merge a beach holiday with city sightseeing, city breaks are brilliant for getting stuck into the local culture. City breaks in South Africa are becoming increasingly popular, particularly as tourists discover the plethora of quality restaurants, world-class shopping and the truly African urban culture.

South ...

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