Where to Stay - South Africa
 

Longing for an escape from the rat race? We take a look at some wonderful places to stay in South Africa where you can just kick back and relax.

Forest Creek Lodge & Spa

As locations go this is definitely going to inspire you whether you are staying in the Winter or Summer months. This luxurious lodge with both suites in the mian lodge and lovely self-catering cottages close by is situated in a gorge at one end of the Drakensberg Mountain Range. If you need pampering then treat yourself to an hour or two in their Forest Spa. Read more……

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Forest Creek Lodge & Spa

 

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by Dalene Ingham-Brown

If you’ve never been to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony – you’re going to love it! It’s the magical bay where you’ll find crushed-shell sand, sheltering rocks and one of the last places to observe the waddle of our endangered African Penguin in one of Africa’s best cities – Cape Town. A true sign of a gem-of-an-attraction is if a healthy dose of locals are found among the tourists. At Boulders, that’s exactly what you’ll find.

Visit the penguins at Boulders Beach

Penguins up for viewing along Willis Walk

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South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced that the ninth annual South African National Parks Week will be from 8 to 12 September 2014.

SANParks started this local initiative in 2006 to promote a sense of pride and to encourage a culture of protecting our national parks across all South African citizens.

During the four days, South African day visitors will have free access to most of the 21 national parks in the country. The only exceptions are Namaqua National Park and the Boulders section of the Table Mountain National Park. It should be noted that free access to parks does not in include free access to accommodation facilities and other tourist activities. The excluded Parks will apply normal entry tariffs, as they have been declared non-participants in the free access scheme, due to the seasonality of their product offering.

Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape

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The chances of the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe Steam Train running again seem as remote now as they did in August 2006 when severe floods destroyed most of the tracks. Transnet have recently put forward the idea that the rolling stock may even be put for sale and have not responded to calls from the Western Cape Finance Economic Development and Tourism Minister, Alan Winde, to work out a formula that would enable the last remaining passenger steam train in South Africa to run again.
Steam Train along the Garden Route of South Africa
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Powervan to the top of the Outeniqua MountainsThe age of steam might have faded but we can’t help but be fascinated by those amazing steam trains that used to grace our railway lines years ago. Nowadays we are restricted to admiring these amazing machines in museums like the Outeniqua Transport Museum in George. A trip to this museum, located in 2 Mission Street, is like a trip down memory lane. Whether you are old enough to remember the sight of steam pumping from these engines, as they travelled across South Africa or not, you will still enjoy the beautiful collection of engines and coaches on display in the museum. They even have a display of old vintage cars, fire-engines and buses in the museum as well.

The museum is all under cover so it’s a trip that you can do with the whole family whatever the weather maybe. It’s an ideal and inexpensive morning or afternoon outing and something different do to from the normal Garden Route attractions. READ MORE