Spiritualism & mysticism underpin the various cultural groupings in South Africa, who embrace a plethora of different religions, beliefs and convictions. The Christian faiths are well represented, and African spiritualism, seeded in the belief in ancestral guidance, manifests in the colourful sangomas who give counsel to millions. Judaism, Islam and Hinduism are also widely followed.

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The San bushmen believed that their dead became stars. They didn't participate in ancestor worship and kept their distance from the spirits of the dead.

South Africa is a vibrantly multi-cultural country when it comes to spiritualism and mysticism, where African shamans are accessed to bring emotional and psychological clarity, along with God, Allah, Hindu deities and all manner of holistic healing and eclectic pursuit.

You can consult a trained sangoma for advice or feel the energy of the country's ley lines. Whatever your soul's desires, South Africa has a warm abundance of it.

The KwaZulu-Natal province is ideal for experiencing African spiritualism and exploring sacred Zulu sites, while the Transkei in the Eastern Cape is wonderfully endowed with Xhosa mysticism, steeped in its hills and valleys.

In the Cape there are many spiritually significant places to visit, including Table Mountain and McGregor in the Breede River Valley, considered to be a sacred sites thanks to the natural energy of its ley lines.

The Ring of Islam surrounds Cape Town in the form of a protective ring of kramats, the burial sites of holy men or Auliyah. The circle starts at Signal Hill, goes on to Oudekraal, through Constantia to the kramat of Sheikh Yusuf at Faure on the Cape Flats. The tomb of Tuan Matarah on Robben Island, where political activists were jailed, completes the ring.

The Eastern Cape, especially around Grahamstown, is the place to gain more knowledge about the South African ancestors of the 1820 British settlers, beautifully elucidated in numerous historic churches, while towns like Stellenbosch boast graceful Dutch Reformed churches.

Jewish synagogues are also prolific in South Africa, many of them in prime city locations, while a clutch of the world's most inspired mosques and Hindu temples can be found in Durban and cities north of it.

If you're into a more esoteric experience, a hot stone massage might be the answer. Or another type of natural healing, such as Reiki or aromatherapy. South Africans are fully up to date with more contemporary ways of finding peace of mind and body.