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Exploring South Africa in Winter

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Here in Africa's southernmost country, a winter visit can score you major lodging discounts and fewer crowds in cities like Cape Town, where it won't be beach weather, but plenty still awaits at the waterfront. Should you need some sun, though, the Wild Coast and Durban beaches stay warm year-round, as do cities like Johannesburg. This is also the best time for a South African safari, as it's easier to spot animals during the winter months (June-August) when they must trek to holes for water.
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V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
The Victoria and ALFRED waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa has seen virtually every tourist who sets foot in Cape Town. It is a hub of dining and shopping venues on the waterfront of the most beautiful city in the world. A fabulous view of...
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Diepkloof Zone 6, Diepkloof, 1862, South Africa
A great dining experience can be found at the foot of the iconic Orlando Towers in Soweto in the form of Chaf-Pozi. Chaf-Pozi, is a traditional Shisa nyama. Shisa nyama is a Zulu phrase literally meaning "hot meat". It is a term used to describe...
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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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Portion 4, Shaws Gate, shaws gate, Kruger, 1350, South Africa
Amplify your safari experience at Londolozi Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand. Hear a cheetah sharpening its claws on a sausage tree or listen to a cape buffalo swallowing as it drinks from a water hole. Londolozi’s enhanced sound equipment at Pioneer...
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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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Franschhoek Pass Road, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
Just outside of Cape Town, there are several wine-producing areas set among beautiful mountains and greenery. In Franschhoek we stopped to eat at Le Petit Ferme (the photo is from the terrace in front of the restaurant). We sampled the Snoek pâté...
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17 Pepper St, Ferreira Town, Jeffreys Bay, 6330, South Africa
This is the view from our balcony at African Perfection in J-Bay. We awoke to perfect waves, well-designed rooms, and a laid-back atmosphere right on the point. With the kids snuggled in bed, I was able to snap a few shots each morning from our...
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Durban Beach, Durban, 4001, South Africa
Though Durban is often overshadowed by Johannesburg and Cape Town, this city has its own unique charms — and easily some of the best beaches in South Africa, with warm Indian Ocean waters (Cape Town's Atlantic Ocean beaches are great for pictures,...