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Pretoria East

pretoriaEvery city has its dividing line. Normally it’s south and north of a river or railway line that becomes the distinction between the eligibility of any given suburb. In Pretoria, it’s more a case of a line of division between east and west.

East of Pretoria lie a collection of suburbs that include some of the city’s more upmarket communities like Waterkloof, Garsfontein, Faerie Glen and Lynnwood. For holiday-makers, finding accommodation in Pretoria (PTA) in one of these suburbs is recommended as they are close to all the “Jacaranda City” has to offer. Most of the more elite suburbs lie in a curve that forms a semi-circle around the centre of Pretoria moving out, and, whilst some of these have been abandoned by Pretoria city-dwellers for the more recent security estates Continue Reading

Santos Express Train Lodge

Spending time on train in Mossel Bay doesn’t sound like much fun, does it? I regularly take public transport and spending time being jostled by loud and overzealous commuters is possibly the exact antithesis of relaxation.

So when it was suggested that I check out the Santos Express Train Lodge for accommodations in Garden Route, my expectations weren’t high. Thankfully I was pleasantly surprised.

Santos ExpressMossel Bay is beautiful. It’s one of those places that doesn’t get much advertising, so it has remained unspoilt and untouched. A quiet seaside village where you can just sit back and relax in the sunshine, Mossel Bay turned out to be a dream come true. It seems the sun is permanently shining, the water is crystal clear and the beaches stretch for miles, golden sand glistening in the heat. Emerald and lilac in the distance are the Outeniqua Mountains, imposing and rugged. Mossel Bay is the perfect place to be on a hot summer’s day, with no worries and no fuss. Continue Reading