Trade

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Citizen science projects

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

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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.

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Canopy walkway, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Named the ‘Boomslang’ after the arboreal snake indigenous to South Africa, this 130m canopy walkway in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town is its newest, and most striking, attraction.

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Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Johannesburg

The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newton, Johannesburg, will wow just about anyone with its world-class science displays.

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Oudtshoorn and surrounds, Western Cape

The town of Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo is a tourist centre for a variety of reasons that include ostriches, mountain passes, historic buildings and the famous Cango Caves.

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Chef Peter Tempelhoff

Chef Peter Tempelhoff might have world-class credentials, but his culinary inspirations are firmly rooted in the rich and rewarding flavours of South African cuisine.

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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.

2Graaff-Reinet

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.