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From surfing and safaris to bright city lights, here are 10 reasons to visit South Africa
 When it comes to travel, Africa is one place on many people's must-visit list. Here are  10 reasons to get yourself to South Africa that you may not have even considered... To go on safari in search of the Big Five Going on your first African safari feels like being on a hushed film set waiting for the key cast members [read: the big five] to arrive. And when they do, it's with all the drama, tension and romance that is implicit on a game drive. What's surprising is how much the bit players – dik-diks, kudu, impalas – steal the spotlight as they scramble for survival. A crash course in astronomy Receiving a crash course in astronomy while standing under a night sky swirling with stars in the middle of the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve is to marvel at the magnificence of the universe. Astrotourism has become a popular safari ritual in South Africa and Ben Coley, of Celestial Events, has a seriously powerful telescope to enhance the experience. To caper up the Cape of Good Hope Geography lessons come to life at the Cape of Good Hope on the Cape Peninsula, a long spindly finger of land pointing south toward Antarctica. Climb to the top of the Old Cape Point Lighthouse where you can marvel up close at the rippling sandstone and swirling blue-green sea below. Be warned: baboons are everywhere so keep your car locked when you pose for that selfie near the Cape of Good Hope sign. Explore SA's largest art museum The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa – Zeitz MOCAA – is one of the world's most important exhibition spaces for contemporary African art. It's a great echoing cavern of steel and concrete and glass located inside a grain silo built on the waterfront in the 1920s. Huge sections of the building's interior have been carved out to create a complex warren of more than 100 gallery spaces. Visit the rainbow-bright neighbourhood of Bo Kaap [caption id="attachment_44236" align="alignnone" width="600"] You have to visit the stunning rainbow-bright neighbourhood of Bo Kaap when you visit South Africa.[/caption] The boxy buildings of Bo Kaap present like a bag of Liquorice Allsorts coloured everything from indigo and fuschia to tangerine and mint green and brightening up the Cape Malay community. Turn your back on the camera-toting crowds and head up the hill to Bo Kaap Kombuis, a restaurant serving traditional Cape Malay cuisine. Coo over the penguins at Boulders Beach The waddling African penguins are not the only reason to make a pilgrimage to Boulders Beach, as the area is strewn with rounded boulders looming like giant sculptures. As well as providing ideal nesting territory for the endangered species, the tumbled rock formations are every bit as photogenic as the resident penguins. Enjoy an African sunset Table Mountain is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and, if there's a defining landmark that shapes Cape Town's skyline it is this. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway has revolving floors so visitors get 360-degree views of the mountain and city from the top of the towering escarpment. Experience Steampunk at Truth Coffee, Capetown If you are a fan of steampunk, this is the cafe for you. Steampunk informs the philosophy behind Truth Coffee while paying homage to the movement with its centrepiece: a vintage espresso machine dubbed Professor Jones' Fabulous Coffee Bean Contraption. Truth is equal parts cafe and cult and the steampunk aesthetic filters down to the fashions favoured by the staff. truth.coffee To surf world-class waves [caption id="attachment_44237" align="alignnone" width="600"] Hit the beach for the ultimate surfing in South Africa.[/caption] Jeffrey's Bay is ranked as one of the best surfing destinations in the world. Located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, J-Bay offers rides of up to 800-metres long and includes breaks dubbed Salad Bowls, Coins, Tubes, Kitchen Windows and Impossibles. The best time to surf here is dawn, when the sky is indigo and the seas are stretched like blue denim over the curves of the coast. Yes, it's where Mick Fanning punched a great white during the J-Bay Open surf event, so BYO shark repellent. The grape and the good The Cape Town bar scene is cool and contemporary and includes a range of bars, some more dog-eared than others. The Outrage of Modesty serves cutting-edge cocktails in an old frame theatre with wacky wall art and tiered seating. Nearby, The Gin Bar is aimed squarely at gin geeks. The bar, which is hidden behind the Honest Chocolate Cafe in the CBD, has a charming sand-blasted courtyard and beautifully backlit drinks selection. GETTING THERE Africa Travel specialist Bench Africa has a 13-day Luxury Signature Safari Special that focuses on South Africa. Visit benchafrica.com   There is a SAA flight daily from Perth to Johannesburg operating an A340-300 and A340-600 (connecting with codeshare partner Virgin Australia from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.) Visit flysaa.com
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7 unique sleeps in the world’s best destinations
Expedia travel expert, Lisa Perkovic, passionately believes that where you stay can make or break your holiday. When she travels she seeks accommodation that offers something special to add to her overall experience, from hotels featuring a unique history to those that showcase innovative design. Here, she shares her top picks to add to your bucket list...   ***This article was created in conjunction with our sponsors Expedia*** The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore Once an old spice mill, this boutique hotel is still hot property. With only 37 rooms, it is perfect for a work trip, stopover or a longer break. Perched right on the Singapore River in Robertson Quay, it’s clear there is a focus on highlighting the industrial heritage and showcasing local talent in the form of artwork, furniture and cuisine. Singapore is known for its humidity, so the glass-sided rooftop infinity pool is an added bonus. [caption id="attachment_42015" align="alignleft" width="1000"] The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore[/caption] Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali Hidden away on limestone cliffs 100 metres above the Indian Ocean, the Alila Villas Uluwatu are Bali luxe at its best. Designed with locally sourced and sustainable materials, the minimalist villas all have their own plunge pools, private cabanas as well as indoor and outdoor showers – bliss! Make sure you join a morning yoga class in the Pavilion, with spectacular views to boot. [caption id="attachment_42017" align="alignleft" width="450"] Alila Hotel, Uluwatu, Bali[/caption] Pumphouse Point, Tasmania On the shores of Lake St Clair in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Pumphouse Point is another idyllic hotel with a rich history lovingly brought back to life. Built in the 1930s as a hydroelectricity station, the style is suitably understated – rooms are comfortably appointed so as not to detract from the view, and dinner is a shared affair each night in The Shorehouse. Mount Engadine Lodge, Alberta, Canada Regardless of the season, a stay at Mount Engadine Lodge will not disappoint. Tucked into the mountains in Spray Valley Provincial Park, the scenery year-round is simply jaw-dropping. There’s plenty to do during the day and the all-inclusive property kindly packs you a lunch to take on your adventures. After a day spent outdoors, guests can relax in the laid-back, homely vibe of the lodge. [caption id="attachment_42018" align="alignleft" width="450"] Mount Engadine Lodge, Alberta, Canada[/caption] The Ludlow, New York City, USA Smack bang in the middle of the hip and happening Lower East Side, The Ludlow is surrounded by trendy cafes and shops, and oozes style. Combining an industrial lofty vibe and simple, luxe furnishings, rooms range in size though all have large windows perfect for observing the bustling streets of New York below. Dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Dirty French, which is popular with locals, is a must, as is curling up and enjoying some wine in the cosy lobby bar. [caption id="attachment_42019" align="alignleft" width="868"] The Ludlow, New York City, USA[/caption] 54 On Bath, Johannesburg, South Africa Johannesburg is a major gateway to Africa and an essential stopover for many before they begin their Safari experience. If you’re after comfort and convenience, 54 On Bath is located in the cosmopolitan suburb of Rosebank and is attached to Rosebank Mall. [caption id="attachment_42020" align="alignleft" width="450"] 54 on Bath, Johannesburg, South Africa[/caption] The Mall is home to The Grillhouse, a well-known restaurant serving delicious and affordable steaks. Afternoons are best spent relaxing on the rooftop garden terrace by the lap pool with a gin and tonic. Six Senses Fiji, Malolo Island Recently opened on Malolo Island, part of the Mamanuca Islands, Six Senses Fiji is the island nation’s newest luxury resort. It’s safe to say that the property really ups the ante when it comes to the ‘fly and flop’ holiday Fiji has become synonymous with. The 100 per cent solar-powered resort has 24 private villas, each with their own pools plus options for families or larger groups. There are also three dining venues and a gourmet deli to indulge in. [caption id="attachment_42021" align="alignleft" width="765"] Six Senses Fiji, Malolo Island[/caption] To book one of these amazing hotels, visit Expedia.

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