Unforgettable experiences

Heritage and culture

Explore South Africa's tribal cultures and traditions by visiting a cultural village or sampling traditional African cuisine in a township shebeen. Savour our award-winning wines on a Cape wine routes tour.

Unforgettable experiences

South Africa offers an enriching voyage of discovery, unforgettable leisure experiences, cultural diversity and accommodation that rivals the best in the world.

Food and wine

In South Africa, superb cuisine is paired with award-winning wines in the most incredible natural and urban surroundings.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Ancient kingdoms, diverse eco-systems, an invasion from space and a modern-day freedom struggle – all these are celebrated at South African World Heritage Sites.


Top 10

Historical sites in the Eastern Cape

1The Nelson Mandela Museum

The displays highlight Nelson Mandela’s personal and political journey and include 3 sites in Mthatha, Mveso and Qunu. The Mthatha site is closed for renovation and is expected to open late in 2013. Meanwhile, the Mandela exhibition from the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha will be moved to the Qunu site.


This quintessential Karoo town is officially the 4th-oldest town in South Africa and boasts and impressive collection of historical buildings. It is also the birthplace of famous freedom fighter, Robert Sobukwe.

3The Red Location Museum, Port Elizabeth

Located in the Red Location shack settlement, this museum is a monument to South Africa’s struggle against apartheid and an interactive endeavour that serves the surrounding community.

4Voting Line Statue, Donkin Reserve, Port Elizabeth

Celebrating our first democratic elections in 1994, this metal cut-out statue also pays tribute to Nelson Mandela, first president and father of the New South Africa.

5Saartjie Baartman in Hankey

Saartjie Baartman, a Khoi woman who was paraded and died in Europe in the 1800s and whose remains were flown back to rest on a hill above Hankey, is the icon of the area.

6Amathole Museum, King William's Town

Visit the famous hippo called Huberta who travelled long distances, see the Xhosa cultural displays and 1820 Settler memorabilia.

7Olive Schreiner Museum, Cradock

This famous author who wrote ‘The Story of an African Farm’ lived here in 1 of the oldest buildings in town, which has since been turned into a museum.

8East London Museum

The East London Museum is home of 'Old Four Legs' - the strange, prehistoric coelacanth - and to relics of the many ships wrecked along the Wild Coast.

9Cradock 4 Memorial Gardens

The history of the Cradock 4 is part of the anti-apartheid struggle legend. And a walk through Lingelihle township in Cradock reveals a new and uplifting spirit of ubuntu.

10Albany Museum Complex, Grahamstown

This museum complex consists of 5 museums including the Natural Science Museum, the Observatory Museum, Provost Prison and Fort Selwyn.