Culture & History

Land of the Venda

The land of the Venda is a beautiful landscape of forests, waterfalls, lakes and rivers, each with its own story of intricately blended history and myth. The Venda people called their home Dzata or “the Good Place”. Exploring this “promised land” will leave you with only the best memories. more

A Soweto Township Tour

Soweto township tours are the best way for the first time visitor to immerse themselves in the urban vibe of the place that was at the heart of the freedom struggle. A tour of Soweto not only includes national heritage sites, but vibrant restaurants and clubs. more

The Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg

The Apartheid Museum, close to downtown Johannesburg, focuses on the notorious system of racial discrimination that became synonymous with South Africa from 1948 (when the white-minority National Party was voted into power) until 1994, the year in which the country held its first fully democratic elections.

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Cape Point Lighthouse, Western Cape

Even though it has long since been decommissioned for being built in the wrong place, the old Cape Point lighthouse is an important icon of the Cape Peninsula, and captures the imaginations of visitors who ascend to this craggy spot and look down at the rocky coastline and the ocean. more

Kimberley, Northern Cape

Kimberley, thanks to the fevered diamond rush of the 1870s, has a glittering past and present. Take a guided tour of a once-operational diamond mine, which descends a staggering 840m below the earth. For those who prefer being above ground, visit the city's glittering choice of jewellery stores. more

Visit a sangoma

Over 80% of the population of South Africa visits a sangoma more than 3 times a year. These mystical healers exert huge influence over the people of this country, but views of their sangoma rituals, trance states and ancestor worship are only afforded to a fortunate few. more

!Khwa ttu San culture and education centre

At !Khwa ttu modern man can learn much from the San people, who lived in harmony with nature and practised an ancient ubuntu. Be transported into the past on a moving journey that will leave you with a renewed appreciation of their legacy. more

Robben Island Prison Museum

Robben Island’s place in South Africa’s conflicted past begins with the very start of colonialism as the first Dutch settler, Jan van Riebeeck, clashed with local Khoekhoe leader, Autshumato. Today its lessons are a heritage that belongs to all mankind. They can be learned at the Robben Island Prison Museum. more

Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind in South Africa holds the deeply buried secrets of the origins of our species. Now a high-tech visitor centre traces our evolutionary path from distant past to future. Couple this attraction with a visit to an excavation site and make the most of this intriguing World Heritage Site. more

Community tourism projects

Community tourism projects in South Africa are inspired by Nelson Mandela's legacy of moral fortitude and offer a way for the local and international traveller to acquire a little of his glow and change the southern tip of Africa for the better in some small or large way. more