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The University of Cape Town

UCT is South Africa's oldest university and one of the country's leading institutions of higher learning.

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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.

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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.

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South Africa's eight seaports

South Africa has eight commercial seaports, all of which fall within the ambit of the Transnet National Ports Authority.

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Durban Harbour, KwaZulu-Natal

The port is the fourth-largest in the southern hemisphere and handles in excess of 30-million tons of cargo per annum thanks to a technically advanced tracking system.

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Safety on South African beaches

With close to 3 000km of magnificent beaches fringing the country’s coastline from the Cape West Coast to the East Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, sea-based activities are a popular option for tourists. Familiarise yourself with safety measures to ensure that your beach experience is as enjoyable as possible.

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Green Point Park, Cape Town

Green Point Park in Cape Town is a haven of indigenous plants with a natural lake and interesting play areas for children.

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Zoo Lake, Johannesburg

Zoo Lake's rolling green lawns and breezy lake attract visitors of every variety.

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The South African Jewish Museum, Cape Town

On the edge of the Company's Garden in Cape Town is the South African Jewish Museum, which pays tribute to the intimate relationship between South Africa's Jewish community and the history of this country.

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Lindfield Victorian House Museum, Johannesburg

The Lindfield Victorian House Museum, an original Herbert Baker home in Johannesburg, is living testament to Victorian life.

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Top 10

Routes in South Africa

1 Garden Route

The Garden Route, a coastal run up the N2 between Mossel Bay and Storms River, takes in some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Here you'll find indigenous forests, inland lakes and coastal lagoons, mountain hideaways and more. No wonder so many creative people are drawn to this magnificent stretch of coastline.

2 Panorama Route

So named for its stunning vistas, the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga, which lies roughly between the town of Graskop and the Three Rondavels in the Blyde River Canyon, is a scenic rush offering breathtaking over the Lowveld. The highlight is the many views over the world's third-largest canyon.

3 Namaqualand Daisy Route

At least once in your lifetime, make a resolution to experience a Namaqualand floral display in the Northern Cape when a parched and barren landscape literally springs to life with carpets of wild daisies and other flowering plants. Head for Springbok up the N7 out of Cape Town if you want to see this spectacle but be aware that nature works to its own timetable, so check first whether the daisies are in bloom yet

4 Midlands Meander

Starting around the KwaZulu-Natal city of Pietermaritzburg, the Midlands are often likened to England with its rolling green hills and fertile countryside where dairy cows and misty forests predominate. Explore this meandering route which offers delectable country treats in the form of comfortable B&Bs, farm-style food and rustic charm.

5 Route 62

Popular with roadtrippers, in particular motorcyclists, Route 62 traverses the semi-desert landscape of the Little Karoo, through vineyards that yield delicious fortified wines, spectacular mountain passes and the ostrich-farming country of Oudtshoorn.

6 Battlefields

There are several battlefields in South Africa, most famously in KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and the Northern Cape. Here history buffs can visit sites where a fierce war was waged between the British and Boers (the Anglo-Boer or South African War) at the start of the 20th century, and even earlier battle sites in the epic Anglo Zulu conflict of KwaZulu-Natal.

7 Waterberg Meander

In this malaria-free zone in Limpopo province, about three hours' drive northwest of Johannesburg, is a mountainous area where people, conservation and culture all merge. Here you'll find private game lodges, cultural villages, craft projects and a national park within what is known as the Waterberg Biosphere protects everyone’s well-being and livelihoods in this vast area. 

8 Green Kalahari

The Green Kalahari in the Northern Cape refers to the area around the might Gariep (Orange) River that is an oasis in the desert, providing life-giving water to the farms that cluster around the river where grapes and date palms are the order of the day. This area has a reputation for hospitality, outdoor adventure activities (particularly on the river) and the majestic Augrablies Falls in a national park of the same name.

9 Wild Coast

Renowned for its pristine beaches, the Wild Coast is a rugged stretch of largely undeveloped coastline which remains Xhosa tribal country. Roads down to the sea are far and few between, but those who wish to experience this untrammelled beauty should sign up for a Wild Coast hike or horse ride along the coast. Inland at Qunu, is the birth and resting place of former president Nelson Mandela, well worth a detour.

10 Maloti-Drakensberg Route

The eastern Free State is famed for its spectacular sandstone rock formations, part of the impressive Malto-Drakensberg mountains that form the border between South Africa and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. From the landscape painters of Clarens to the Basotho cultural villages and the vast network of rock art by the San in Lesotho, it's an unbeatable experience.