Montecasino Bird Gardens, Johannesburg

The Montecasino Bird Gardens, in Fourways just north of Johannesburg, provide great family entertainment.

Food markets in South Africa

Take the time to immerse yourself in South Africa's food culture – there's a wide variety of food markets that will enhance your experience of the country.

Eating out in Johannesburg

Feel like Italian, Chinese, traditional South African, African or township cuisine? There’s something for every culinary desire in Johannesburg.

The VegTable, Rheenendal

This vegetarian restaurant near Rheenendal offers a completely unique dining experience. Chef Brett Garvie is self-taught and grows, sources and forages for the food he prepares.

Johannesburg's Chinatown

Chinatowns can be found in major cities the world over, and Johannesburg is no different.

Mbombela to Hoedspruit via the Long Tom Pass

Driving from Mbombela to Hoedspruit? Why not make a day of it and travel via the town of Mashishing, taking in the sights, towns, restaurants and attractions along the way.

The Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town

The Irma Stern Museum is a house where Irma Stern, one of South Africa's most famous artists, once lived.

The University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town is South Africa's oldest university and one of the country's leading institutions of higher learning.

Japanese Gardens, Durban North

Since the early 1960s, the Japanese Gardens have attracted generations of families in search of a tranquil escape from the bustle of city life.

Phansi Museum, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

A showcase of the ethnic diversity and creativity of South African, Namibian and Kenyan crafters in a fully restored Victorian house.


Top 10

Wildlife wonders in the Free State

1Golden Gate Highlands National Park

This 11 600 hectare reserve situated in the Eastern Free State highlands supports thriving populations of wildebeest, eland, blesbok, oribi, springbok, Burchell’s zebra and many birds (notably the rare bearded vulture and bald ibis).

2Tussen Die Riviere Nature Reserve

In this scenic 22 000-hectare reserve, outside the rural town of Bethulie, you will come across many different types of antelope, zebra, and black and white rhino, among other species.

3The Franklin Game Reserve

The only reserve of its kind in the world which is completely surrounded by a city (Bloemfontein), the Franklin Game Reserve has zebra, blesbok, springbok and giraffe.

4Sterkfontein Dam

Located some 20km from Harrismith, the area around Sterkfontein Dam is characterised by rugged mountains and an abundance of water. Here you can view black wildebeest, plenty of antelope and a great variety of bird species including bearded and Cape vultures.

5Maria Moroka Game Reserve

Situated at the foot of the Thaba Nchu Mountain (close to the Thaba Nchu Sun Hotel and Casino), this reserve is home to a large variety of indigenous game and exquisite birdlife, including South Africa's national bird, the blue crane.

6Seekoevlei Nature Reserve

Seekoevlei Nature Reserve near Memel is known as 1 of the finest birdwatching spots in the country. The wetlands here attract a number of birds, including crowned and blue cranes, yellow-billed storks and wattled cranes. Hippos have also been introduced to the wetland.

7Willem Pretorius Game Reserve

Covering 12 005 hectares, at the Willem Pretorius Game Reserve you can see the 1 of world’s largest herds of black wildebeest, as well as springbok, blesbok, gemsbok, kudu, red hartebeest, eland, zebra and white rhino.

8Sandveld Nature Reserve

The Sandveld Nature Reserve is a top Free State birding spot, with one of the main attractions being the pygmy falcon. Here, you’ll also find sociable weavers, fawn-coloured larks, waxbills and white-backed vultures.

9Soetdoring Dam Nature Reserve

On the 7 500 hectare Soetdoring ('Sweet Thorn') Dam Nature Reserve you can find eland, gemsbok, springbok, blesbok, black wildebeest, zebra, impala, kudu, steenbok, duiker and mountain reedbuck.

10Rustfontein Dam Nature Reserve

A well-known area for angling, the Rustfontein Dam Nature Reserve also offers excellent birdwatching and game-viewing (you'll find a wide variety of antelope).