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Abundant butterflies

Somewhere along the 5km Blue Route, one of the short hikes at Franklyn Park near Kampersrus, we stopped at the edge of a stream to cool down and enjoy the scenery. We weren’t alone – there were dozens of butterflies flitting over the water, alighting on plants and resting on cool patches of damp soil.

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Pay 'peanuts' for room service in Cape Town

Some might argue that there’s no reason to stay indoors in Cape Town, but there are times when room service comes in handy. The good news is that Cape Town is second only to Tunis as the most affordable popular destination for room service in the world, according to TripAdvisor.

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Fynbos, flowers, ferns and forests

South Africa is so much more than the Big Five, Cape Town and the Garden Route. There are other treasures besides lions and elephants, Table Mountain’s cable car, and glorious beaches. Keep your eyes open for another unique attraction – our gorgeous flora.

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Snapshots of Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga is one of the most interesting parts of South Africa to visit. There’s plenty to see and do. Here are just a few suggestions ...

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Wakkerstroom – it's for the birds

A pair of grey crowned cranes flew low over the road in front of us; flocks of Amur falcons perched on the power lines; and parties of enigmatic pied starlings gathered on roof tops. This was our welcome to the little town of Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga, an essential stop for anyone serious (or even not so serious) about birdwatching in South Africa.

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Discovering the Sudwala Caves

The Sudwala Caves in Mpumalanga are some of the oldest in Africa. The caves are home to some amazing stalactite and stalagmite formations, but it is the history of the caves that makes them such a fascinating place to visit.

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A fascinating proposal in KwaZulu-Natal

For some the practice of marriage proposal involves going down on one knee and presenting a diamond ring. For others it’s a flash mob or a knock on the door. In some cultures the bride and groom are not involved in the engagement process at all.

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Klein Karoo – ostrich palaces, mountain passes and quaint villages

I’ve just fulfilled one of the very few items left on my bucket list: I stayed in an ostrich palace outside the little Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn.

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​The little secrets of the African bushveld

Granted, spotting a leopard on a game drive is always a massive thrill. And getting up close and personal with an elephant will take your breath away, every time. But the African bushveld has many fascinating little secrets that exist alongside the Big Five, which can make any game drive interesting, even if you don’t spot a fresh kill.

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Madiba's Journey

An interactive map featuring Nelson Mandela’s 95-year life journey through South Africa was recently launched at the last place he lived before he was set free after 27 years of imprisonment. Those who attended had a behind-the-scenes tour.

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