Rocktail Camp: an outdoor lover’s dream

Have you been to Maputaland? Do you know where it is? If you answered no to these questions, we have all the info you need - including exactly when to stay when you visit this amazing part of South Africa.

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.


Top 10

Wildlife wonders in the Western Cape

1Whale Watching

A major highlight on any trip to the Western Cape is seeing the southern right and humpback whales. Whale season runs from May to early November.

2Boulders Beach

The beautiful beach at Boulders is famous not only for its turquoise tidal pools and giant granite boulders, but for its colony of more than 3000 African penguins.

3Great White Sharks

The Western Cape is renowned for sightings of great white sharks, particularly in areas like Gansbaai and False Bay, where the past-time of cage diving with sharks has become extremely popular.

4Seal Island

A land mass located off False Bay known as Seal Island is home to a huge number of Cape fur seals and a wealth of bird life. Because of the dense population of seals, Seal Island also attracts predators - most notably great white sharks.

5Bird Island Nature Reserve

About 100 metres offshore from Lambert’s Bay is Bird Island - one of only 6 sites world-wide where Cape Gannets breed. It is also the only breeding site easily accessible to the public.

6Karoo National Park

In 2010, the Karoo National Park introduced 8 lions to the reserve, which is also home to various species of antelope, around 20 pairs of black eagle and 5 different tortoises (the highest density of species per equivalent area in the world) as well as Cape mountain zebra.

7Cederberg Wilderness Area

Rugged mountainous terrain covering 71 000 hectares, The Cederberg Wilderness Area is renowned for the spectacular landscapes and rocky outcrops. The local mammal population includes leopard, baboon, grey rehbok, dassie, duiker and honey badger.

8Goukamma Nature and Marine Reserve

This nature reserve is situated across 14 kilometres of coastline, covering 2 500 hectares in total. View Southern right whales and dolphins and sight land creatures such as grysbok, bushbuck, bushpig. Goukamma has more than 220 species of birds.

9De Hoop Nature Reserve

At De Hoop you’ll find the rare bontebok, eland, baboon and occasional leopard. Marine mammals such as seals, dolphins, and southern right whales are plentiful. In fact, this is a favoured spot for whales to give birth to their calves.


Situated in Plettenberg Bay this eco-tourism sanctuary is the world’s first multi-species free-roaming sanctuary. All the monkeys have been born in captivity and now leap around this large indigenous forest.