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A brief history of mining in South Africa

Beneath the surface of South Africa’s incredibly varied landscape lies the richest mineral treasure trove to have ever been discovered in a confined region.

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The Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town

The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, Cape Town, is arguably the source of the urban renewal this trendy neighbourhood has experienced.

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Hoedspruit's restaurants, Limpopo

In Hoedspruit, you can enjoy sushi, authentic Italian dishes, Portuguese cooking, south Indian curries or distinctly South Africa cuisine at one of the town’s many restaurants.

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Walking trails in the Kruger National Park

Discovering the Kruger National Park on foot involves all your senses; it exposes you to the fine detail, the grandeur of the landscape, and the thrill of encountering wildlife from a new and vulnerable perspective.

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The Springbok Experience

The Springbok Experience is a museum devoted to the history of one of South Africa's favourite sports: rugby

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Explore the Cape with Bikes 'n Wines

What better way to enjoy a beautiful day out in the Cape Winelands than on a bicycle?

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Zulu cultural ceremonies

You can visit Eshowe in Zululand in KwaZulu-Natal for a unique cultural experience.

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The Old Village, Citrusdal, Western Cape

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

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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.

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Top 10

Beaches in the Eastern Cape

1Hobie Beach, Nelson Mandela Bay Precinct

A recognised Blue Flag beach that hosts sailing and boating events. Also popular with swimmers and surfers and those who love some fun in the sun.

2Humewood Beach, Nelson Mandela Bay Precinct

A Blue Flag beach that is a focal part of city life in Port Elizabeth. Great for tanning, swimming, surfing and... socialising.

3Well’s Estate, Nelson Mandela Bay Precinct

Paddling pools, water slides and a long pier built over the dunes, are the major attractions at this popular Blue Flag Beach.

4King’s Beach, Nelson Mandela Bay Precinct

Thanks to its 1.6 kilometres of Blue Flag beach, King's Beach attracts bathers, surfers, beachcombers and children, in particular, thanks to its kiddie-friendly facilities.

5Kelly’s Beach, Port Alfred

This coastal town is blessed with a number of beaches, but Kelly’s is the Blue Flag favourite. Perfect for safe swimming, beach ball games, tanning and walking.

6Dolphin Beach, Jeffrey’s Bay

The main swimming beach in a town known for its Super Tubes and surfers, it’s an alcohol-free zone popular with families.

7Kariega Beach, Kenton-on-Sea

Once voted the best beach in South Africa, Kariega Beach offers up the best of bucket-and-spade country. Great for swimming, and it’s child-friendly too.

8Coffee Bay, Wild Coast

Coffee Bay lies at the mouth of the Nenga river and is protected by high cliffs and rolling hills. Very popular for hikes and horse-safaris. Eight kilometres from Coffee Bay is the famous ‘Hole in the Wall’ rock formation.

9Morgan’s Bay, north of Haga-Haga

A heavenly stretch of unspoilt, white sandy beach that is a haven of peace and quiet. Great for families over the school holidays when it offers up the ultimate summer playground.

10Kidd’s Beach, East London

About 25 kilometres south of the city (toward Port Elizabeth) you’ll find Kidd’s Beach. It is a favourite hangout of surfers as its conditions allow almost year-round surfing.