South Africa Off The Beaten Path

  • Chasing giraffes
    Chasing giraffes
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  • The National Memorial Monument
    The National Memorial Monument
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  • 大 伯 公  Dai Bak Gung - First Chinese Tombstone
    大 伯 公 Dai Bak Gung...
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South Africa Off The Beaten Path

  • Cape Point / Cape Aghulus

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    Cape Agulhas the REAL end of Africa!! Most people mistake Cape Point just a short drive from Cape Town for the southern most point of Africa. Heard same rubbish being told by touristguides. A glance at the atlas should clarify that once n for all. Cape Agulhas about a three-hour drive southeast of Cape Town. Follow the N2 from Cape Town to CALEDON,...

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  • Game Reserves

    Johannesburg Off The Beaten Path

    Pilanesberg Park is only two hours from Johannesburg, and I had my guide drive me around the huge reserve for about fours hours (starting at noontime). But all I saw were deers, birds and a few wild pigs...I guess the big animals were still asleep... However, despite my experience, the Pilanesberg Game Reserve is considered one of the most...

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  • camps

    Kruger National Park Off The Beaten Path

    THIS CAMP IS SMALL COMPARED TO THE OTHERS BUT STILL A NICE CAMP, THEY HAVE A GAME VIEWING HIDAWAY THAT ONE CAN SEE THE GAME FROM , ALL THE CHALETS ARE FULLY SERVICED DAILY, AND THEY HAVE GAME DRIVES DAY AND NIGHT ...........................

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  • West Coast

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    You could be forgiven for not envisaging that you would ever be tempted to visit a disused mine site on your trip to South Africa, but perhaps the West Coast Fossil Park will make you change your mind! The fossil park is located approximately 150 km north of Cape Town (a 1.5-2 hour drive) on the site of the old Chemfos mine which mined phosphate...

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  • Randburg Waterfront

    Johannesburg Off The Beaten Path

    One my my frustrations about the Johannesburg VT page is that the editing categories are confusingly inappropriate, and at least one of those categories (the 'Randburg Waterfront') doesn't exist anymore! The 'Randburg Waterfront' was redeveloped in the mid 'noughties' and rebranded as 'Brightwater Commons'. The complex consists of shops (including...

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  • landmarks

    Kruger National Park Off The Beaten Path

    About 25 kms south of Satara on the H1-3 is the southern most baobab in the park. It is quite large and worth seeing especially if you do not plan on heading to the northern part of the park where baobabs are more prevalent. The side road to the baobab is interesting as it crosses the N’waswitsontso river bed. This is not accessible during the wet...

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  • Beaches

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    Bloubergstrand is located about 25km North of Cape Town and it's the place to go for great fotos of the town with Table Mountain in the background (see my intro pic). The Beach is fantastic aswell and there were some surfers in the water (way too cold for my liking). Unfortunately there's been quite a bit of construction going on and highrise...

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  • walking safari

    Kruger National Park Off The Beaten Path

    This is probably the best way to get in touch with Africa... with the earth and animals. You will have to go on an organised tour with a guide. He will have a gun, and hopefully not have to use it! Rememebr, you are in the wild here, and you are NOT the top of the food chain in this territory! Remember to bring the following: Light coloured...

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  • Hermanus

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    Driving to Hermanus, which is 122kms from Cape Town, on the coast- is a wonderful days outing. As well as passing charming old fishing villages (now very 'in vogue') you will pass a few nature reserves, which include many bird species and hippo. Stop anywhere along the way at one of the gorgeous beaches, and you may see whales, which frolic between...

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  • Kirstenbosch Gardens

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is worth a day on anyone's itinerary. While not a big fan of botanical gardens in general, Kirstenbosch is one of my favorite places on earth. It's impossible to describe in words why this place is so incredible. My advice is, just go there and find out for yourself. www.nbi.ac.za/frames/kirstfram.htm

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  • Penguins

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    The penguins at Boulders Beach in Simon's Town, about 45 minutes drive out of Cape Town are such an established part of the tourist landscape that most people don't realise that the colony was only established in 1962 when two breeding pairs decided that this was the ideal place to call home. Since then, the numbers have increased markedly to the...

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  • Wine Region

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    The language monument reminds the people to the official status of the African language. This monument exist out of grained granite that is made into concrete. The small columns remind that the Dutch, English and several African languages are the source for the African language. For more information and photos see my page: Paarl You can find...

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  • Signal Hill

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    We wanted to go up to Signal Hill to get a nice view of the city. We were not aware of the fact that you could actually drive to the very top and check it out. So we parked the car where you normally get of to get to the Cable Way (to Table Mountain). So we got a pretty nice walk up to the Signal Hill. But it was a nice sunny day and we had a great...

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  • African Markets

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    From the coastal road market, here's the picture of the 12 Feet Giraff! If I'm not mistaken, that giraff cost like US$150.00, but I was wondering how to lug that thing back home.. :)

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  • Lions Head

    Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

    If you are going in a group you can climb up lions head. It is a fairly easy hike with the last bit being aided by chains. We always used to take champagne & nibbles & watch the most amazing sunsets Don't go on your own!!

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  • Cederburg Wilderness Area

    Perhaps this isn't off the beaten path for the locals. Tourists who love hiking and rock climbing are also likely to have this on their radar.The Cederberg Wilderness Area is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is around 200 kms or 2 hours of driving north of Cape Town. The Cederberg region is served by two main towns being Citrusdal in the...

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  • Unusual Blogs on SA

    about Jon/Joewhich led me to Soweto's SS Poppis 'n Poppiand Collector's treasury in Joeysphoto url

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  • A visit to a township

    When visiting South Africa, I felt it was a MUST DO for myself to not only visit the absolutely bright sides of this country, but also find out a little bit about the social and cultural difficulties. When browsing the internet I found quite a few companies that offered "Township Tours" in or near Cape Town. But the idea of sitting in a bus and...

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  • A kiss could cost a life

    John Kani is one of South Africa's great actors.Born in New Brighton, a black township in Port Elizabeth, in 1943, he used the stage as a platform for political activism. In 1985 this nearly cost him his life. New Brighton is off the beaten path for tourists. Even Port Elizabeth tends to be off the beaten path for tourists, yet many great political...

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  • Standard Bank Young Artists 2012

    These are deserving performing and visual artists who are under forty years old. They are given a boost by Standard Bank, which, amongst other things, commissions work from them for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in July each year. Keep your eyes open on local arts pages (a good one is www.artslink.co.za) for these young...

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  • The reigning Miss South Africa

    Claudia Henkel was crowned Miss South Africa for 2004.The Miss South Africa Pagent will take place later this year. She will also be part-taking in the Miss World Competition later this year.Well if you wanna get a glimpse of the Babes from South Africa take a look at the website :0)

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  • Wilderness National Park, Restful and...

    Wilderness National Park is an beautiful estuary system that combines, wetlands, rivers, ocean, waterfalls, and hills. The park includes a strech from the Touw River mouth which opens to the Indian ocean a gorgous beaches to the Swartvlei estuary and beyond. It is rich in birdlife with over 250 species of birds recorded with the Knysna lourie and...

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  • where i originated from

    APARTHEIDa dreaded word - means Legislated Racial Discriminationespecially for those who experienced it from the wrong sidein it's various intensities.a sweet sour aspect of South Africa 1652-19942004 ten years after SuidAfrika's Uhurumemories linger,too many have left,but their hearts remain in their Fatherlandbraais, wyn, putu, mampoer, maheu and...

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  • Drakensberg Mountain's

    I didn't take the time to hike these mountains but the friends of mine who did really enjoyed it. We did drive through the area and took some lovely photo's like the one I've attached. We stopped and had brunch at a little hotel in the area called Little Switzerland and soaked in the view. I have a restaurant tip for it if you'd like to find the...

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  • MOUNT REST LODGE

    GREAT PLACE JUST OUTSIDE PRETORIA , HORSE RIDING , CONFERENCE ROOMS GREAT TO JUST GET AWAY WITH THE COMPANY, RELAX TO YUOR HEARTS CONTENT......................

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  • Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

    It's this beautiful place with crazy rocks jutting out over nothing and waterfalls, and abseiling. Many of my friends did the jump. It looked awesome though! On the drive around the gorge, Ron threw on the brakes and jumped out to watch a Puff Adder slither across the road. It was rather small, but they're supposed to be very poisonous. I couldn't...

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  • MKUZEFALLS GAME RESERVE

    BEAUTIFULL GAME RESERVE RATHER EXPENSIVE FOR THE SOUTH AFRICANS BUT NOT TO BAD FOR OUR POUND FRIENDS

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  • Vicky's B&B

    We visited this tiny B&B (self-described as the smallest hotel in Africa) in the township of Khayelitsha but I didn't believe it when she told me that Vicky's B&B was in the Lonely Planet so I looked it up and Vicky Ntozini deserves the dynamic review they gave her. It's definitely not going to be found on any luxury tour but I highly recommend a...

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  • BO-KAAP MUSEUM

    The Bo-Kaap district is located west of Long Street - the main avenue is De Waal Straat. It's a muslim neighbourhood inhabited by the descendants of Malay slaves from today's Indonesia who were brought here by the Dutch colonists. They have retained their colourful Asian culture giving Kaapstad this Oriental flavour ( they are also the ones who...

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  • Full of Off The Beaten Path places.

    For me almost every place I visited here was Off The Beaten Path! I did not care less for any city or shopping mall, not even any interesting piece of architecture, but I was here for off the beaten places, even if crowded, those were all new for me, the forest, the savannah, the sea and the mountains. But if I have to name one place is it surely...

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  • More Cango Caves.

    I would highly recommend this tour of the caves. The caves are situated near the Swartzberg Mountains about 30 km from Oudtschoorn.The cost is:Adults........R 52.00Children.....R28.00I think this is an amazing site that I hope anyone going to Oudschoorn would take the time to visit.

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  • Exploring nature

    There is something for everyone in South Africa, and wherever you are, you are never too far from nature. Lakes, rivers, mountains, caves, beaches, winelands etc. South Africa has an abundant and rich vegetation and exploration always brings one into contact with something new, even if you've done that route before.

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  • Caves in South Africa!

    There are some superb caves in South Africa - from easy access caves to adventure caves, where you are in deep tunnels, which may be partially filled with water etc. ALWAYS have a guide when caving. Accidents happen so easily. My own brother in law had a bad caving accident in 2008 (where he smashed his camera, but he got off lightly as his foot...

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  • Hiking trails

    Guided Hikes are normally available on a daily basis from most hotels, resorts and Natal Nature Conservation Services camps throughout South Africa. Hikes will always vary from easy strolls of about an hour to visit local attractions to more strenuous all day climbs. You can go on unguided hikes, even unguided overnight hikes, and stay overnight in...

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  • Private wild parks

    Apart from the big parks, there are also smaller parks with plenty of wildlife, where the landowners cares for the wildlife.

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  • Game Viewing at its best

    If looking at somewhere to stay to view the Big 5, I would recommend you look at http://timbavati.krugerpark.co.za The Timbavati game reserve borders onto the kruger, and until abou 12 years ago there was a fence between them. This fence was removed and the animals now move freely between the areas. These lodges have some cheaper options than Sabi...

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  • Mpumalanga county

    The Mpumalanga county is (as I see it) mainly large forest areas and deserted farmlands with cattle and farm animals. I came to South-Africa with minibus from Swasiland. We drove without a singel stop through Mpumalanga county to Gauiteng county.

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  • A dream garden in South Africa

    Hi all,Globally watched by around 5-million people (merely Dutch) via BVN-TV Saturday 22 November 2008: http://blogs.rnw.nl/staat/2008/11/21/soekershof-een-droomtuin-in-zuid-afrika (Partly in Dutch).Dearly recommended. Great hospitality and not targetting mass tourism.Situated between Cape Town and Garden Route. Excellent stop for leg stretching.

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  • A dream garden in South Africa

    Hi all,Globally watched by around 5-million people (merely Dutch) via BVN-TV Saturday 22 November 2008: http://blogs.rnw.nl/staat/2008/11/21/soekershof-een-droomtuin-in-zuid-afrika (Partly in Dutch).Dearly recommended. Great hospitality and not targetting mass tourism.Situated between Cape Town and Garden Route. Excellent stop for leg stretching.

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  • Feel like your part of your surroundings

    At 08.00 the gates to Sani Pass were opened and having had our passports stamped we set off to climb Sani Pass into Lesotho, only 4x4s are allowed and the reasons behind this only became apparent when we started climbing the gravel road to the top of the pass, the road is only wide enough for one vehicle and has no roadside guards to stop you from...

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  • Fly or drive from Cape Town to Windhoek?

    It is a long drive and you need to allot enough time for it... there are some beautiful areas along the way, like Namaqualand during the flower season. The terrain is vastly different to the Cape's... far less green and mountainous etc. I would fly from the Cape to Windhoek. It would be a shame to *fly* through the West Coast of South Africa in a...

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  • GPS travel is the only way to go!

    I have a Garmin Nuvi 650 with South Africa loaded on to it. and it made our trip perfect. We drove ourselves everywhere we went, and it was so great to never get lost, and just turn up a road you wanted to see, and not worry about where you needed to go to get to your destination later. It allowed us to see villiages, and school, and culture we...

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  • Those great South African wines

    Do go on a "tour" of the many wineries in the surrounding areas of Capetown. Usually you can arrange a private tour with a local company. On many occasions, it will be you, any traveling partners and a driver. This is great because you get a local view on many topics discussed while you are driving between wineries. There are several wineries from...

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  • Up close and personal with some BIG guys

    This is probably conventional for anybody who has done this but time spent on a game preserve was beyond my expectations. This is a must-do for anyone who can appreciate nature's wild creatures.

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  • Zul Warriors

    You have just got to see this so proud race of people. A fierce warrior race who once beat the British at Roukes Drift

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