Saatchi Gallery, London

If you’re into contemporary art, the Saatchi Gallery at London is for you. Located at Chelsea close to the Sloane Square station it offers rather small exhibitions in a beautiful building; some free of charge, some ticketed. It was opened by art collector Charles Saatchi in 1985 to make his own collection accessible to the public. The building itself is the former headquarter of the Duke of York. Artists exhibited here are British ones like Damien Hirst; but you can also find works of some German artists like Jörg Immendorff.

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Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens, London

We all know the famous Hyde Park at London and when looking on a map you’ll see one big green rectangle between Paddington and South Kensington – but in fact the West Carriage Drive going from North to South in the center of it divides the Hyde Park in the East from the Kensington Gardens in the West. The latter is named after the Kensington Palace that was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built in 1689 for William of Orange to cure his asthma.

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Battersea Park, London

Well, Battersea is just a city quarter of London at the river Thames, but it has two important highlights that first time London visitors might not drop by. The first is the Battersea Park, a vast garden opened in 1858. It is great for a walk, for doing some sports like jogging, or playing tennis. But it also has a large lake on which you can ride a paddleboat, the Peace Pagoda and good bars to sit outside and enjoy nice weather (if there is some).

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Gerald‘s Gift

Gerld's Gift Guesthouse, South River Valley

It was probably the most lovely place I stayed at in South Africa, but I was really happy that satellite-based navigation was already invented when I had to find it. Gerald’s Gift Guest House is perfect if you want to sleep close to the Addo Elephant Park and it is located in the center of a large farm producing citrus fruits. It has the most wonderful garden a hotel can have around its rooms and as it is somehow in no-man’s-land there is also a restaurant just for the guests.

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At the woods

At the Woods Guest House, Stormsriver

Having booked the At the Woods Guesthouse at Storms River brings you to a very special place, a village surrounded by forests of the Tsitsikamma National Park. Clearly designed for tourists, but having its special atmosphere. The At the Woods is a simple but good guesthouse with very nice owners. The rooms have a balcony or access to a terrace, but you need to make sure to hide your food as sometimes baboons get there – which sounds more funny than it is.

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Ocean Watch

Ocean Watch Guest House, Plettenberg Bay

On a hill above Plettenberg Bay you can find the Ocean Watch Guesthouse and nomen est omen – from its terrace you’ve got amazing views on the beach and can enjoy sunrise as well as sunset. I was even so fortunate that I had this panoramic view from my bed. The guesthouse has just five rooms spread across two levels and a vast amount of shared space: living rooms on both levels and a small pool on the ground level.

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Fairy Knowe

Fairy Knowe Hotel, Wilderness

It is not only the Fairy Knowe Hotel at Wilderness, it is the Legendary Fairy Knowe Hotel because it is already one hundred years old. You can find this place a little bit outside of the city at the Touwsrivier river and if you’re lucky you’ll get a room with a good view on the water. Watching out of your window or sitting on a bench close to the river you’ll might spot some beautiful birds including the kingfisher.

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Swartberg Pass, Prince Albert

The Swartberg pass near Oudtshoorn is the most absurd road I’ve ever taken. Stunning views, steep ascents, interesting rock formations and a tiny little bit dangerous. The still unpaved road was created from 1884 to 1888 by Thomas Bain or better said by 200 convicts. It connects the small and the large karoo; the peak of the Swartberg is 1585 meters high. Road conditions are poor but you don’t need to have a four-wheel drive – I did it with a manual-shift VW Polo.

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De Zeekoe, Oudtshoorn

A bit outside of Oudtshoorn you can find the De Zeekoe Guest Farm, a lovely guest house on farm grounds. It is one of these places I enjoy very much with well-designed rooms, balconies to look out on the surrounding landscape and a nice restaurant and bar. What makes them special is on the one hand that they’re trying to hire locals and use local produce wherever possible.

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The Stellenbosch Hotel

The Stellenbosch Hotel, Stellenbosch

Sleeping at the Stellenbosch Hotel means being at the center of action as it is located on Andringa street of Stellenbosch which is filled with good bars and restaurants. On evenings everybody in the small city seems to gather in this street to unwind by having a good glass of wine. The hotel itself has a long-standing history and what I liked about it very much is that you’re directly at the city center but the hotel is an inner courtyard that gives you the chance for some quiet time as well.

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