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5 ‘Secret’ Beaches in South Africa

 

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With all the hustle and bustle that summer brings to the beautiful coasts of South Africa, many yearn for the calm tranquillity of a holiday on a scenic beachfront. However with South Africa being a top tourist destination, calm, quiet beaches become less frequent. But, if you are looking for beautiful beach days without to many prying eyes, we have compiled a list of 5 “secret” (or lesser known)  beaches to visit in South Africa.

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Top 7 Swimming Spots in the Western Cape

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With the heat of summer brewing and School Holidays looming, this is the perfect time to check out the Best Swimming Spots around the Western Cape. Not a fan of ocean swimming? Don’t worry! We have compiled a list of a variety of places to cool off. We have focused on fun swimming spots that don’t involve swimming freely in the ocean, but rather dams, rivers, tidal and rock pools around the Western Cape.
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15 of the Most Beautiful Destinations in the World

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Although travelling overseas is difficult for most South Africans at the moment, it is never too late to start saving every penny and turn those dreams into reality. Our world is full of extraordinary places and we’ve chosen a few of our favourites to give you some inspiration.

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5 Exquisite Destinations for a Winter Holiday

Cape_3With Winter fast approaching, most of us are already pulling out our thick jackets and Winter wellies, and stocking up on red wine and entire seasons of our favourite TV series. Instead of hiberating indoors, why not pack the car and explore some of South Africa’s most beautiful destinations. We’ve picked 5 fabulous spots to get you started!

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Road Trip Down The Cape Route 62

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Route 62, known to wine connoisseurs and lovers of the road-less-travelled, is often overlooked by the typical motorist en route to other parts of the country. For the fortunate few who take the time to explore; a treasure trove of rich, cultural experiences, majestic scenery, food and of course, world-acclaimed varietals of wine can be found right at your fingertips.

Named after the iconic US Route 66, the Cape Route 66 will take you along the longest wine route in the Western Cape, and some may contend the world. It may come as no surprise to the reader, then, that some of South Africa’s leading wine producers can be found in the region.

If you’re planning an off-the-beaten-track weekend getaway, we have made your lives a little easier by providing you with a comprehensive guide on what you can do, where you can eat, stay, and, of course, the best restaurants and wineries to sip on smooth reds and dry white wines in Barrydale, Robertson, Bonnievale and Oudtshoorn.

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Beaufort West: not just a Klein Karoo Dorp

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Envision this scenario, you’re travelling on the N1 en route to Cape Town from Bloemfontein and you encounter a sign that welcomes you to the town of Beaufort West. You ignore it as you normally would, having dubbed it as a town not worth exploring, or if you do make a pit stop here, it’s to stock up on padkos and refuel at the petrol station. What most people don’t realise is that this is no ordinary Karoo Dorpie, but what is harboured in this quaint town are rich, historical findings, a thriving eco-tourism sector, an abundance of activity and incomparable scenic beauty.

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Weekend Getaway in Paternoster

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Being the oldest and last-standing fishermen’s village on the West Coast means that a visit to Paternoster is certainly something special.  Situated 120kms away from the heart of Cape Town, it is a tranquil breakaway for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Mother City. Here, residents live simply, where trails on the beach are encouraged and the only sounds you’ll hear are fishermen chattering after a day out on the sea and thunderous waves crashing on the shoreline.
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Stanford: The gem of the Overberg

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If you’re one of the few Cape Tonians who hasn’t yet escaped to the Stanford countryside for a retreat, then you’ve certainly missed out.  This quaint town considered the ‘gem of the Overberg, is the go-to weekend getaway for urbanites looking to get away from their frenetic city living.

From beautifully-preserved Victorian cottages lining the streets to off-the-beaten-track footpaths and scenic views of mountains, rivers and valleys – Stanford boasts it all. While a visit here encourages one to explore and wander, it is also a community-driven town known for its local produce, fine wines and quality dining experiences.

If you’re planning a trip to Stanford, take a look at this comprehensive itinerary of where you should eat, stay and the myriad of activities to take part in.

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Family Friendly Holiday Destinations in South Africa

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Family-friendly holidays can be quite hard to come by – it’s tricky catering to the needs of your kids who ‘just want to have fun’ while you’re looking to laze around a sparkling pool. To save you from a getaway where utterances of ‘I’m bored’ are plentiful, we have compiled a list of South African resorts, farms and guest houses that will keep your kids busy so that you can have a blissful break.

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The best Beaches in the Western Cape

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It’s summertime and almost the start of the school holidays, meaning your local beaches are soon to be overcrowded with holidaymakers. While we all like to bask in the sun or frolic in the waves, it’s never fun having to compete for limited spaces on the beach or have people bumping into you while you’re trying to swim in the sea. To save you from these frustrations, we have compiled a list of beaches that are considered to be some of Western Cape’s pristine, ‘hidden gems’.
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