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Lions get a little too close at Schotia Private Game Reserve in South Africa

South Africa – 10 things you MUST do!

[ 0 ] November 7, 2011

South Africa is full of amazing things to do – from diving with Great White Sharks to spotting lions on safari.

Read on to see which things you absolutely MUST do before you leave this incredible places. And don’t forget to click for more details…

1. Go diving with Great White Sharks

2. Spot lions at Schotia Game Reserve

3. Learn to surf in Jeffreys Bay

4. Hike through the Magical Forest in Nature’s Valley

5.Brave the world’s highest bungee jump

6. Go diving in Sodwana Bay

7. Help local communities

8. Climb Table Mountain and abseil back down

9. Hire a car and explore the north coast

10. Wriggle through the claustrophobic Cango Caves

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PICTURE Antelope knocks down mountain biker in South Africa

SHOCK VIDEO! Antelope crashes into cyclist in South Africa

[ 0 ] October 11, 2011

Mountain biker Evan van der Spuy got the shock of his life when an antelope crashed into him during a race in South Africa.

The cyclist was competing in the Time Freight MTB Express at Albert Falls Dam when a red hartebeest charged across the plain and knocked him to the ground.

PICTURE Antelope knocks down mountain biker in South Africa

PICTURE Antelope knocks down mountain biker in South Africa

Footage of the incident was caught on camera by fellow cyclist Travis Walker, who was recording the race for a marketing company sponsoring the event.

Fortunately, Evan, 17, didn’t suffer any serious injuries apart from mild concussion and whiplash. He was treated in hospital and released the next day. SEE VIDEO HERE

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Travelling to South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

Is South Africa safe? Tips for travellers

[ 0 ] October 7, 2011

South Africa has a reputation for being dangerous – but it’s important to have an open mind and remember that the majority of visitors have no trouble at all.

Robberies happen in every city, you just need to be sensible and air on the side of caution. Read on for our top tips and advice on staying safe. Chances are you’ll love every minute. We did!

Staying safe in South Africa - Travelling to South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

Travelling to South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

* Use the Baz Bus

Worried about travelling alone? The Baz Bus is a great way to get around as it’s door-to-door. No need to wait around in bus shelters late at night – simply book the bus and it will pick you up at your hostel.

* Don’t walk around at night

The divide between rich and poor is vast – yet they live in such close proximity to each other. One minute you’re walking past penthouse apartments and luxury villas, the next you’re in a township where kids run after you begging for food.

* Be careful at ATMs

You’re at your most vulnerable when withdrawing cash. Don’t let anyone ‘help’ you use ATMs (it’s normally a scam) or stand too close. Put your cash in a money belt under your clothes and head straight to your hostel.

* Girls, use your bra!

Just withdrawn lots of money? Discreetly tuck it into your bra. It may sound a little extreme but if someone’s robbing you, it’s the perfect hiding place. TOP TIP Always keep some cash on your person in case they’ve seen you at the ATM.

* Don’t give homeless kids money

Sadly there are many homeless children on the streets – but it’s important not to give them cash. If you want to help, buy them food or ask if there’s anything you can do for them. Lots of hostels encourage travellers to donate clothes so do as much as you can to help.

* Walk with purpose

Don’t stand in the street holding a map or wander round aimlessly taking photos. Do your best to fit in, walk with purpose and be firm if anyone tries to hassle you.

* Buy first-class train tickets

First-class train tickets are nothing like the ones in the UK but it’s worth spending a little extra to sit in a quieter cabin. You’ll still be hassled by plenty of interesting characters trying to sell you anything from blocks of cheese to DVDs.

* Don’t flaunt your camera/jewellery

Keep anything of value out of sight and don’t flaunt expensive jewellery and handbags. This attracts opportunists and you could be putting yourself at risk.

* Remember to have fun!

South Africans are some of the friendliest people we’ve come across so go with an open mind, soak up the culture and enjoy every minute. You’ll come away smiling.

Looking for the best places to visit in South Africa? Go diving with Great White sharks and spot lions at Scotchia Game Reserve.

View from the top of Table Mountain, South Africa

Best places to visit in South Africa

[ 1 ] September 10, 2011

Looking for the best places to visit in South Africa? Whether you want to surf your way along the Garden Route, drive along the Wild Coast or go as far north as Sodwana Bay, we’ve come up with a list of must-see places.

1. Cape Town

Cape Town is an essential stop for all backpackers visiting South Africa. Hike up Table Mountain, visit the infamous prison on Robbin Island, go cage diving with Great White sharks or dance ’til dawn on Long Street. Whatever you fancy, Cape Town is sure to deliver.

View from the top of Table Mountain, South Africa - Pictures Table Moutain South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

View from the top of Table Mountain, South Africa

2. Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn is often overlooked by travellers as it’s slightly off the beaten track. However it’s easily accessible by car and the Baz Bus organises transfers from George. Watch meerkats wake up in the wild and explore the jaw-dropping Cango Caves.

3. Nature’s Valley

Get ready for breathtaking views, fabulous hiking trails and one of the prettiest hostels we’ve seen in South Africa. Trust us, this place is likely to capture your heart so get ready to extend your stay.

4. Victoria Bay

Victoria Bay is a heaven for nature lovers. Whether you want to hit the surf, try your hand at fishing or camp up on the clifftops, this little cove is well worth a visit.
Surfing in Victoria Bay, South Africa - Pictures of Victoria Bay, South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

Pictures of Victoria Bay, South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

5. Knysna

Think crashing waves, rugged cliffs and endless reams of blue sky. Hike up to The Heads, take a sunset boat cruise or stroll down to the harbour. If you’re lucky you might even see a whale!

6. Jeffreys Bay

If surfing’s your thing then you can’t miss Jeffreys Bay! The supertubes are legendary, the surf schools are intense and the atmosphere couldn’t get more laid back. Try and get there for the Billabong Surf Competition held every July.

7. Port Elizabeth

Okay, so there’s not a great deal to see here BUT it is where you can book cheap safaris to Scotchia Game Reserve and Addo Elephant Park.  Amazing.

Lioness and her cubs at Schotia safaris - Safaris in South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

Lioness and her cubs at Schotia safaris - Safaris in South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

8. Coffee Bay

The Wild Coast throws up all sorts of gems and Coffee Bay is one you can’t miss. Hike to the Hole in the Wall, grab a 2-hour surf lesson or enjoy sundowners on the cliffs. Need somewhere to stay? We have two words for you: Coffee Shack.

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PICTURES Wild Spirit Lodge, Nature’s Valley

PICTURES Wild Spirit Lodge, Nature’s Valley

[ 0 ] September 5, 2011

Wild Spirit Lodge is one of the prettiest hostels we’ve seen in South Africa.

Surrounded by indigenous forests and the beautiful Tsitsikamma mountains, this farm is a great base for exploring the countryside. Check out our photo gallery to see why we fell in love with it…

PICTURES Wild Spirit hostel, Nature's Valley

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