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SOUTH AFRICA

We have enjoyed numerous trips to South Africa over the years.  It's where we discovered Techniblock and Peaceful Sleep and has always been one of our favourite destinations.  You can do so many different things and enjoy a huge variety of experiences, from safaris to wine-tasting; ziplining to deep-sea fishing.  The people are warm and friendly, the weather is beautiful and the food is fabulous, from Kudu steaks to freshly caught dorado and shrimp.

No trip to South Africa is complete without a proper foray into the bush! Games lodges such as Kruger Park Lodge, Hippo Hollow and Ivory Tree to name a few, offer luxury accommodation and regular safaris at dawn and dusk.  You can spot hyenas circling a pack of wild dogs, giraffes grazing on spiky acacia trees and zebras bristling their mohawk hairdos.  Majestic elephants and prides of lion have all been seen in Kruger Park, which is the size of Wales, and Hippo Hollow is named for the hippos that emerge from the lake at night to graze on the grass.

Sun City in the Pillanesburg makes a good base for animal-spotting in the Pillanesburg Game Reserve by day and enjoying entertainment and casinos at night.  Try the amazing zip-wire that overlooks Sun City - whiz down the mountain for 2kms at speeds up to 75 mph, you'll feel like you're flying.

Cape Town

This cosmpolitan city is overlooked by the famous Table Mountain and you can visit the top via the Cape Town Cable Car for views that stretch for as far as the eye can see.  The busy harbour has boats heading for Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated which is now a living museum.  The V&A waterfront houses a mix of restaurants, shops, homes and an art museum.  Upmarket Camps Bay draws people for it's fine, white sands and great views of the Twelve Apostles mountains and Boulder's Beach is a delight for viewing the colony of penguins that reside there.  When we visited, many years ago, you could roam free amongst these surprisingly small birds, although nowadays visitors are restricted to a path but it's still possible to get up close and personal.

Durban

Affectionately known as "Durbs" by the locals, this coastal town has long, sweeping beaches with rolling waves.  The area has strong African, Indian and colonial influences so you can sample some tasty curries.

 

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