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.


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Historical sites in the North West

1Vredefort Dome

The location of a meteor impact some 2-million-years ago, the Vredefort Dome is a World Heritage Site that attracts visitors who enjoy hiking, history and outdoor adventure.


A satellite location of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, Taung gained international fame when the Taung Skull, said to be a crucial link in tracing the development of man, was found there in 1924.

3Mafikeng Museum

Exhibitions at the museum focus on the famous Siege of Mafikeng and the history and culture of the area, as well as one of the North West's most famous residents - Sol Plaatje. The Mafikeng cemetery is also worth a visit.

4Boekenhoutfontein Farm

From 1862 – 1903 the farm was the property of State President Paul Kruger and is now a historical landmark in the province.

5Historic dwellings, Potchefstroom

There are some fine examples of late-Victorian/early Edwardian homes in Potchefstroom, some of which date back to the early 1900s. The Dutch Reformed Church is another major architectural highlight.

6Groot Marico

Discover a town frozen in time, where mampoer (peach brandy) is brewed by locals, tobacco fields bake in the sun, a manual telephone exchange still operates, one of the country's most famous authors is celebrated annually and nearby dolomite caves share their fossil secrets.

7Tswaing Crater

Formed by a meteorite impact some 220 000 years ago, the Tswaing Crater its visitor centre includes a museum, exhibition space and educational centre.

8The Lost City of Mogale

Visit the ancestral home of Chief Mogale (1810 - 1869) and his Ba-Po people. Here the remains of Tswana/Sotho and Ndebele Iron Age settlements may be seen. Other interesting objets d'art include a granite fault, ceremonial cairns and monoliths.

9The Klerksdorp Museum

Housed in a former prison, the Kerksdorp Museum's sandstone building dates back to the 1880s and houses exhibitions that deal with social history and heritage of this far-flung corner of South Africa.


The town of Schweizer-Reneke is home to the first Dutch Reformed Church to be built in the former Transvaal Republic. It is also famous for Bushman paintings that date back 20 000 years which lie 2km from the town centre. You'll also find a Voortrekker Monument erected in 1938, a World War 2 memorial library and a republic monument.