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SSouth Africa’s sun-soaked coast lies ready, all-year round, to share its secrets, adventures and lazy days with you. With golden beaches and unspoiled nature, it’s more than just the place where the cool Atlantic and warm Indian Oceans meet. It’s 2500km of pure wanderlust.

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Knysna Oyster Festival

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Knysna Oyster Festival

The Knysna Oyster Festival is the perfect combination of sport, food and family time. It consists of fun sports challenges, live entertainment, food and wine stalls. The festival offers a diverse programme of sport, gourmet offerings and family activities, and attracts more than 50 000 visitors to Knysna every year. The varied programme caters for all ages and interests. The BIG5 Sport Challenge is most certainly one of South Africa’s most scenic multi-disciplinary competitions, and it includes cycling, running, trail running, swimming and paddling. The Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour, as well as the Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon and Half Marathon are two of the most popular events on the cycle and running calendars. Combine these with the iconic Featherbed Trail Run, the Momentum Health Oatwell, as well as a multiple events featuring oysters, wine and great food, and this is definitely one of the best options for your midyear break.

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Hibiscus Coast - the coast of many colours

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Hibiscus Coast - the coast of many colours

The subtropical paradise of the Hibiscus Coast offers a myriad of delights.

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Seven secret coastal towns in South Africa

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Seven secret coastal towns in South Africa

Everyone loves a little beach time and it’s even better if you don’t have to share it with a crowd.

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Durban - fun, sun, and LGBTQ+ friendly

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Durban - fun, sun, and LGBTQ+ friendly

You’re guaranteed a warm welcome when you visit any of Durban’s welcoming establishments which are open to the LGBTQ+ community. Durban has a thriving gay community and there are many establishments dotted around this popular seaside holiday city that actively welcome gay clientele.

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Durban's promenade - a golden mile of sun, sea, restaurants and entertainment

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Durban's promenade - a golden mile of sun, sea, restaurants and entertainment

Whether you start in the north or south, prefer the morning salty breeze to the evening’s gentle sunset, walk, run, amble, stand or sit, Durban’s beachfront promenade has a golden mile of options.

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Muizenberg Beach - surf’s up

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Muizenberg Beach - surf’s up

Ever dreamt of taking to the waves and feeling the exhilarating thrill of carving through water, wind in your hair?

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The Sunshine Coast - bursting with adventure

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The Sunshine Coast - bursting with adventure

The Sunshine Coast is where you will find adventure, beautiful forests and quaint seaside hamlets – there’s something for everyone!

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Bask in the sun at these top 10 beaches in KwaZulu-Natal

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Bask in the sun at these top 10 beaches in KwaZulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal is home to pristine, perfect beaches.

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South Africa’s Blue Flag beaches

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South Africa’s Blue Flag beaches

Whether you are a surfer or a sunbather, South Africa is home to the perfect beach for you!

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Top 10 beaches in the Western Cape - the best places to spend a sunny day

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Top 10 beaches in the Western Cape - the best places to spend a sunny day

Soak up the sun at one of the Western Cape’s most pristine beaches.

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Get your hook, line and sinker ready for some coastal fishing

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Get your hook, line and sinker ready for some coastal fishing

Regionally this rugged, mountainous wilderness is known as the Cederberg, and incorporates the West Coast, Clanwilliam and the Cedarberg Mountains.

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The Sunshine Coast, Durban

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The Sunshine Coast, Durban

Durban is South Africa’s self-styled “playground” where year-round warm weather welcomes everyone to make the most of the area’s natural outdoor lifestyle.

National Geographic Through the Lens with Thomas Peschak

Thomas Peschak is an assignment photographer for National Geographic and the Director of Conservation for the Save our Seas Foundation (SOSF). He is a senior fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and has been named as one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world.

Originally trained as a marine biologist, he retired from science fieldwork in 2004. He became an environmental photojournalist after realizing that he could have a greater conservation impact with photographs than statistics. Yet he remains rooted in marine science through his roles as Director of Conservation for SOSF and Founding/Associate Director of the Manta Trust. He strives to merge photojournalism and cutting edge science to create powerful media projects that tackle some of the most critical marine conservation issues of our time.

Thomas has written and photographed five books and he is a multiple winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. In 2011 and 2013 he received World Press Photo Awards for his work.

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