Nelson Mandela Museum

To give a true overview of Nelson Mandela in all phases of his life, from his youth in Qunu to his role as statesman, the museum built in his honour comprises three separate structures: Bhunga building in Mthatha, the Qunu component and an open-air museum at Mvezo, where the great humanitarian was born.  more

Hot-air ballooning

Peaceful and serene, hot-air ballooning is a wonderful adventure. From the thrill of watching the balloon inflate, and the imperceptible lift-off, to the gentle descents with the pilot skimming the treetops one moment then sending you soaring heavenwards the next. And the sensational views are unforgettable! more

White water rafting

White water rafting in South Africa is as good as anywhere else in the world, with powerful rivers cutting through stunning scenery. A number of established tour operators around the country offer expeditions during months in which water levels are high enough. Generally no experience is needed. more

Hiking in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Free State

There are opportunities for everyone on Golden Gate Highlands National Park hiking trails. Whether it’s an hour-long day walk that children or the less-fit can do or an overnight trail for the hardy adventurer, expect dramatic mountain views and many opportunities to spot game and dozens of birds. more

Fair Trade Tourism

Fair Trade Tourism was established in 2003 (originally as Fair Trade Tourism in South Africa) and the organisation has now certified dozens of responsible tourism destinations and activities. It guarantees that members pay good wages, recruit local staff, buy local goods, adhere to environmental stewardship principles, and generally operate on an ethical basis. more

Green Leaf Environmental Standard

The Green Leaf is the iconic symbol of the Wilderness Foundation, which initiated the Green Leaf Environmental Standard. The standard seeks to recognise environmental consciousness in the South African tourism industry. more

The Heritage Environmental Management Company

The Heritage Programme is recognised by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation as a leader in Africa in providing those in the service industry with a globally recognised, professional standard for rating their business's environmental and sustainability practices. 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

Extreme golf

Morgan Freeman has played Nelson Mandela, God and the president of the United States in his film career. He has also carded a par on the extreme golf 19th hole at Legend Golf and Safari Resort, the world's longest par-3 hole. What would you score? more