The Old Village, Citrusdal, Western Cape

The historical Old Village, which predates the citrus-growing town of Citrusdal, is a great overnight stop.


Gandhi's Phoenix Settlement at Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal

The Phoenix Settlement, which overlooks the Kasturba Primary School (named in honour of Mahatma Gandhi’s wife, Kasturba), was originally established by Gandhi in 1904.


Durban’s Old Court House Museum

Durban's Old Court House Museum comprises two storeys of exhibition rooms that chronicle the city's early history and the people who carved out the future of the early Natal colony.


Rheenendal Ramble

The road that takes you on the Rheenendal Ramble, close to Knysna, is 24km long, but you can spend days experiencing what this area has to offer.


Wildebraam Berry Estate, Swellendam

At the Wildebraam Berry Estate outside Swellendam in the Western Cape you can pick your own berries in season or taste one of their 100 products on offer.


Zachary's restaurant

Zachary's, an intimate restaurant in Knysna, offers guests a choice between its à la carte menu and its menu gourmand, a seven-course tasting menu that serves up some of the Garden Route’s best seasonal cuisine.


Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

The city of Pietermaritzburg boasts a vast historical record, from architecture to monuments, museums, artwork and culture. It also hosts the Comrades Marathon and Dusi Canoe Marathon.


Chavonnes Battery, Cape Town

The ruins of the Chavonnes Battery can still be seen at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, laying bare a fascinating piece of Cape history.


Citizen science projects

Everybody who visits South Africa with a camera and has a passion for animals or plants can contribute to science.


Swellendam and surrounds, Western Cape

The town of Swellendam in the Western Cape, snuggled against the Langeberg mountains, is a great place to start your Garden Route adventure.


Top 10

Wildlife wonders in Mpumalanga

1The lions of central Kruger National Park

Your best chances of seeing a lion in Kruger are around the Satara Rest Camp. That's because there is plenty of lion prey, mainly antelope, in these nutritious grasslands. The more open areas allow for easier viewing too.

2Flamingoes of Lake Chrissie, Chrissiesmeer

Lake Chrissie is the largest natural freshwater lake in South Africa and is famous for its variety of aquatic birds, particularly flamingos.

3White Lion Project, Timbavati

The white lions are part of Timbavati’s myth and legend, endemic to the area. View these majestic cats in a controlled environment.

4Birding in Wakkerstroom

One of the most popular birding spots in Mpumalanga’s wetlands region, the reserve is on the outskirts of a small town near the Kwazulu-Natal border.

5Crane Breeding Project, Verlorenvlei

In Dullstroom, you'll find an unusual breeding programme for our national bird. The chicks are raised by a human crane mother dressed in a crane outfit!

6Blue Swallows of Kaapsche Hoop

The endangered blue swallow is still flourishing in the misty cliffs of Kaapsche Hoop, nesting in old mine shaft and caves.

7Chimpanzee Eden

Located near Nelspruit, Chimpanzee Eden, a tranquil sanctuary set on a nature reserve, is home to chimps seeking refuge and is sponsored by the Jane Goodall Institute

8Perry’s Bridge Reptile Park

You'll find Perry's Bridge Reptile Park in scenic Hazyview. Here, you can get up close and personal with venomous snakes, leguaans, crocodiles and other reptiles.

9Rhino Walking safari

Walk on foot with armed guides through the Kruger Park’s bush and have a good chance of spotting these ancient beasts

10The Elephant Sanctuary

This sanctuary in Hazyview offers you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to walk and talk with African elephants. Try their Trunk-In-Hand programme.