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Tanzania
Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world's greatest natural spectacles, its magical setting and abundant wildlife never failing to enthrall you. However the crater is just a small part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which offers a whole range of...
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Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
As easy as it would be to spend an entire trip to Zanzibar lazing around on soft-sand beaches, it’s well worth skipping an hour or two of sunbathing to see Stone Town, the ancient district of Zanzibar. With its narrow cobblestoned streets,...
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Zanzibar, Tanzania
Each evening as the sun sets, Stone Town’s Forodhani Gardens park transforms into an open-air food market. Skip the fish kebabs and head straight to the vendors selling urojo, a thick mango-and-tamarind soup served alongside chickpea...
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Tanzania
A short drive outside of Ngorongoro Crater is The Crater Forest Tented Lodge. Because this lodge is higher up in elevation (1800M), there are not the concerns with mosquitos that you have at lower elevations, at least when we went in January. The...
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Tanzania
the tarangire treehouse lodge is beautiful set in the trees above Tanzania wildlife. you feel you are immersed in the animal life of Africa. about 150 km from ngorogoro crater. lost in Africa!
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Unnamed Rd Tanzania -5.735170, 39.291704, Nungwi, Zanzibar Island 25522, Tanzania
I just returned from several days relaxing on the beach in Zanzibar after a safari. What a completely unique island! You feel like you are in the Middle East, however you really are still in Africa! The colors of the water were amazing and I have...
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32 Camps Bay Dr, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
If Gatsby was South African, I'm certain his summer home would have been located in the Cape Town neighborhood of Camps Bay. This small, affluent suburb is just a short distance from the city center and can easily be explored in half a day. Table...
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Noordhoek, Cape Town, 7979, South Africa
Noordhoek beach is located on the Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula and, like most beaches in Cape Town, best enjoyed at sunset. Along the road to the beach you'll find several guesthouses, making it a great weekend getaway destination for Cape...
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Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa
Muizenberg is a fresh air escape. Locaed on Metrorail's Southern Suburbs line, the train journey there cuts through residential suburbs and wetlands. Eventually, you arrive at your destination - the False Bay side of the Cape and the heart of...
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14 Hope St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
The City Bowl Market on Hope Street is not as glitzy or popular as some of the other amazing markets in the Cape Town area, but it was one of my favorite places to spend Saturdays while studying abroad. Local venders eagerly serve up a variety of...
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71 Wale St, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Although English is widely spoken throughout South Africa, so is Afrikaans and it has certainly made its way into everyday language. Afrikaans is a daughter language of Dutch, but the influence of other languages and accents transformed it into a...
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111 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
The Obamas were in Cape Town on a whirlwind 24-hour trip whose highlight was a major speech by POTUS at University of Cape Town. But on a previous visit to Cape Town in 2011, Michelle made quite an impression at a local eatery in the Woodstock...
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76 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
On a street that looks a lot like one in the French Quarter of New Orleans sits one of the best markets on the planet. The Pan African Market is three stories of small shops filled with collectibles from all over Africa. My favorite section was on...
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B102, The Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
Woodstock is the creative heart of Cape Town, filled with galleries, studios, street art, and artsy types galore. The Woodstock Exchange is a hub for the design set, home to a rotating legion of furniture shops, coffee shops, and furniture shops...
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264 Fox St & Berea Road, Maboneng, Johannesburg, 2094, South Africa
When in Jo'burg definitely come to Arts on Main, a hub for the city's creative community to come together and share ideas, beverages, and each other's company. Every Sunday from 10am-3pm they hold a market where you can buy everything from ice...
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2 Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa
Next door to (and associated with) the Everard Read Gallery (probably the oldest in Joburg) is this beautiful gallery. You definitely want to stop by to check out the art and the architecture. If you are lucky, you might even get to meet Mark...
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Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Rd, Ormonde, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
"To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." -Nelson Mandela, June 1999 Opened in 2001, the Apartheid Museum is a powerful and extensive museum documenting the rise and...
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73 Juta St, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa
This semi-outdoor market on Juta Street in Joburg's Braamfontein neighbourhood is fun fun fun. Eat oysters from Namibia, drink craft beer from South Africa, and devour paella, gelato, cheeses, chocolate...a food lover's paradise! Open on...
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Ny 115, Guguletu, Cape Town, 7751, South Africa
Mzoli’s began life in 2003 as a humble butchery serving the community of Gugs (as Gugulethu is affectionately known) where it’s owner, Mr Mzoli Ngcawuzele himself, was born and raised. Mzoli prides himself on his choice cuts, so it wasn’t long...
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Kalk Bay, Peninsula, South Africa, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, 7975, South Africa
Kalk Bay is a working harbor. There is no better example of this than the scene you'll witness when you walk down by the Harbour House restaurant area. The catwalk leading to the lighthouse provides a great view (and photo op) of the entire...
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9 York Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7950, South Africa
Don't let the small number of tables and pared down atmosphere of Carla's in Muizenberg throw you off - locals know they serve some of the best prawns and Mozambican food available in Cape Town. This restaurant is the best choice for a unique and...
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Kalk Bay, Cape Town, 7990, South Africa
There is a paved walkway that hugs the water and extends from Muizenburg Beach to Kalk Bay Harbour. Along the way, you pass St. James, which features a tiny little beach, a sheltered cove, and brightly-coloured changing rooms. While parking can be...
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Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Long Street, in the centre of Cape Town, is one of the main attractions of the downtown area and theres always something going on, both during the day and at night. Local fashion boutiques mix with shops selling "Africana" and memorabilia... there...
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Cape Point, Cape Peninsula, Cape Town, South Africa
Mother Nature likes to show off her power in South Africa, and Cape Point is no exception. Watch the Indian and Atlantic oceans crash into each other several feet below the point as the wind rips through your hair. The drive to get there from Cape...
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Cape Peninsula, Cape Town, South Africa
The Cape Point Ostrich Farm is one of those places you might drive past and wonder if it's worth the stop. It is. Even if it's just to hop out and get your photograph taken with an ostrich (safely corralled behind a fence) before entering Cape...
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Helderberg Nature Reserve, Cape Town, 7130, South Africa
On the slopes of Helderberg Mountain (Afrikaans, meaning "Clear Mountain") lies the Helderberg Nature Reserve, a tranquil escape only an hour's drive outside of Cape Town. With the higher elevation, you can view the False Bay coastline while you...
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70 Main Rd, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, 7990, South Africa
Whatnot and China Town is a hoarders dream. If you can't stand chaos, maybe it's best you wait outside. This antique shop is located just up from Main Road in Kalk Bay. Follow the yellow brick road painted on the sidewalk to the front porch, which...
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2 Wale St & Pentz St Bo-Kaap, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Cape Malay is a fusion of Indian, Malaysian, and a touch of other Southeast Asian cusine. It is an effect of the slaves from the 17th century. The food is often considered to be working class fare and it is a mixture of sweet and spicy. Bishmillah...
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Sidmouth Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa
Walking barefoot into a restaurant with your surfboard in tow wouldn't be frowned upon in this casual beach town. Tiger's Milk is bar and restaurant in the redeveloped Muizenberg beachfront. Strange name aside, this upstairs restaurant is a...
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219 Bree St, Cape Town CBD, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
With a collection of over 100 kinds of gin from around the world, Mother's Ruin is destined to have a gin to suit everyone's palate. If you're a fan of the gin & tonic, a traditional sundowner drink, I recommend chatting with the bartenders to see...
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V & A Waterfront, 17 Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
With more than 150 stalls, the cavernous market is made for omnivorous art lovers. Look for Simple Intrigue, where artist Keri Muller displays her whimsical book sculptures. —by Sarah Khan This appeared in the March/April 2017 issue.
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70, 72 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Located on trendy Bree Street, Youngblood is an art gallery and cultural event space. It's the best place in Cape Town to view emerging artist's work. The Youngblood Arts & Culture Development Foundation was created to help organize funding and...
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210 Loop St, City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Euro Haus is at the bottom of a nondescript office building and the type of place you might pass by without thinking twice about stopping inside. It's located on Loop Street, wedged between trendy Bree Street and touristy Long Street. The bakery...
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V&A Food Market, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Unlike the smaller venues which typically host markets once or twice a week, the V&A Market on the Wharf is open daily. If you are staying at accommodation in the V&A Waterfront or Greenpoint area, the is a great market to grab a drink and snacks...
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37 Klein Constantia Rd, Nova Constantia, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
Klein Constantia is one of the oldest vineyards on the Cape. It was established in 1685 by then Governor Simon van der Stel, whom is known as the father of the wine industry on the Cape. He was the first to realize the great potential the soil and...
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Katutura, Windhoek, Namibia
Kamaya Restaurant (adjacent to Catakombe Bar in Windhoek's former Apartheid township of Katutura), is a great place for some truly authentic local Namibian cuisine. You can dine on local delicacies like porridge and soup made from cornmeal, millet...
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Tauben Glen, Windhoek, Namibia
Check out the 'real' Windhoek with a game of pool and a Windhoek lager beer or brandy and Coke at Phat Boys Pub in Tauben Glen.
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Farm Frauenstein 277, East of Windhoek, Transkalahari Highway, Namibia, Namibia
Traveling with researchers from the N/a’an ku se Foundation, we visited the Solitaire Guest Farm Desert Ranch where they have stationed the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre. Cheetahs, like the fierce female you see here, as well as leopards are...