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Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve

Many of South Africa’s birds obligingly occur in some of the country’s most scenic regions. I was reminded of this again on a recent visit to the Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve in the Wolkberg mountains.

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Fun things to do in Plett (and surrounds)

Situated along the scenic Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay is one of South Africa’s prime tourist destinations, and both in season and out of season there are plenty of fun activities to do – from animal sanctuaries and organic markets to water sports and more on one of its many gorgeous beaches ...

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An impromptu cow safari

We didn’t go there for the cattle, but there was just something so attractive about them that I couldn’t resist joining farmer Pieter de Jager for a tour of his Nguni herd.

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Piggly Wiggly Country Village, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

Piggly Wiggly is the new kid on the block in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander, but already has more than 20 very different shops, as well as a fabulous coffee shop.

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Get your mojo back at Brookdale Health Hydro, KwaZulu-Natal

I recently took myself off to arguably South Africa’s classiest and loveliest health hydro − the Brookdale Health Hydro in the rolling green hills of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

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Cycling in De Hoop Nature Reserve

Cycle past eland and bontebok, pause and scour the vlei for rare waterbirds, and enjoy the feel and smell of the sea- and fynbos-scented wind on one of De Hoop’s many mountain-bike trails.

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The Hinterveld Mill Tour

The softness and warmth typical of mohair products is at odds with the grimy mechanics of their manufacture, but the combination of the two makes for a fascinating experience, as I discovered on a recent tour of Hinterveld mohair weavers.

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Dear Me Food World

Dear Me Food World is an all-day eatery, pantry and event space situated in Cape Town’s Longmarket Street. It’s a combination of all things beautiful on three levels ...

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Indulge your senses at The Orient

When I was first told of it, I cringed. A hotel built in the style of an exotic oriental palace in the middle of a nature reserve outside of Pretoria? I expected bling in the bush, or at best a poor lookalike. I couldn’t have been more wrong ...

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Shipwrecks and Shiraz

Hidden Valley recently released its new Shipwreck Shiraz 2009, and it’s definitely a wine with a story behind it.

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