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South Africa Cheat Sheet

From the wildlife of Shamwari, to the beautiful views of the Winelands, South Africa has scenery to please everyone. If you prefer city hopping and discovering culture and art, Johannesburg and Cape Town will fill your urban desires. Interested? Here’s a few useful tips to help plan your adventure.

When to visit

May to September (South Africa’s Winter) 

You’ll be able to spot wildlife easier on safaris because there’s less rainfall, so animals can be found gathering around waterholes and rivers. You’ll find the parks will be less crowded due to it being South Africa’s low season. There’s also less mosquitos too! However, it will be cold at night and in the mornings.

October to April (South Africa’s Summer)

The temperature gets VERY hot! So if you’re not a fan of the sun, visit during the winter instead. Wildlife viewing can be more difficult due to the bushes being thicker. It will rain but mostly during the afternoons in short bursts of showers.
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10 reasons why it’s time you went to South Africa

South Africa is diverse in more ways than on. The ‘Rainbow Nation’ is a land of opportunity when it comes to unique travel experiences. Incredible views, beaches, unforgettable safaris and PENGUINS! We countdown the top 10 reasons why it’s time you went to South Africa, you best go buy yourself a safari hat…

The Views

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Cool off in Dubai

So you are heading to Dubai? Or maybe you are looking for a good reason to stop over in this rapidly growing desert city. Here is one solid (and very fun) reason – the water parks are INSANE. What better way to conquer the heat than to cool off by relaxing on a lazy river or plummeting down an extreme water slide? Take a look at Dubai’s top two water parks and see where you could be making a splash…

Aquaventure Waterpark

Wild Wadi Tantrum Alley

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Food trucks, avocado and grilled cheese: The best places to eat in Dubai

Hipsters, hold onto your beard trimmers, because Dubai is the new stopover destination for foodies! Knowing and loving Dubai’s fine dining and streetside shawarma reputation as we do, we were similarly surprised (delighted) by rumours of cereal killers, shipping containers and bottomless brunches. So we investigated, and discovered that Dubai has some of the best breakfasts, baristas and beards this side of Brick Lane, Brooklyn, Berlin and Brunswick Street (the four official coordinates of global hipsterdom, look it up).


image: www.facebook.com/DubaiFoodFest

Don’t believe us, read on. And grab a napkin for the drool.

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A South African Safari in Kruger National Park!

When you’re looking right ahead at a pride of 12 lions resting after a kill, it’s easy to forget there’s no television screen separating you.. This weeks blog comes from Gwen Jones a lucky STA employee who got to head to South Africa on a once in a lifetime Safari.

Kruger National Park

Zebra Kruger National Park
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