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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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Giba Gorge MTB Park, KwaZulu-Natal

Giba Gorge MTB Park offers a picnic area, restaurant and BMX track, while single-track trails lead off in various directions, taking bikers across 300ha of challenging terrain.

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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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Top 10

Getaways in the North West

1Sun City and the Palace of the Lost City

With its Valley of the Waves water theme park, video-game arcades, world-class casino, Superbowl entertainment complex, crocodile pool and world-famous Gary Player golf course, this is a peerless one-stop entertainment complex.

2Magaliesberg Meander

You'll need to include an overnight stay to adequately explore the scenic Magaliesberg area which lies an hour from Pretoria and Johannesburg. With a host of outdoor adventure activities and spa experiences on offer, combined with a selection of superb country hotels, what more could you want?

3The Madikwe Game Reserve

This massive expanse of semi-desert has been transformed from poor farmland into a malaria-free wilderness area that supports a healthy wildlife population including the Big 5. Birding is equally enjoyable at Madikwe and the reserve is dotted with many top-notch bush lodges.

4The Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Situated in an ancient volcanic crater, this well-stocked reserve offers visitors the full safari experience with game drives, local guides, elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard, rhino, wild dog, brown hyena and sable antelope.

5Hot-air ballooning

Explore the sights around the Hartbeespoort Dam before checking into your luxury lodge for dinner. Awaken before dawn to take to the skies in a hot-air balloon and soar over the majestic Magaliesberg, taking in the animals and scenery from a silent and unique vantage point.

6Mountain Sanctuary Park Nature Reserve

You'll be hard pressed to find such a variety of adventure opportunities in one place. This is a great spot for hiking, mountain biking, swimming in natural rock pools, bird watching, rock climbing, abseiling, exploring, walking and braaing (barbequing) under the stars. Plan to spend the weekend camping or stay in a rustic log cabin.

7Groot Marico

A farming area whose old-world village is worth exploring for its arts, crafts, eccentric artists and mampoer (peach brandy), particularly in October when it hosts the Bosman Festival, honouring author Herman Charles Bosman.

8Hartbeespoort Dam

Hartbeespoort Dam is a welcome oasis in the hotter, drier northwestern part of the country. This massive inland 'sea' offers water sports, golfing, wildlife viewing, adventure sports, fishing, natural history, shopping, and a choice of dining and overnight options.

9Mount Grace Country House and Spa

This elegant country hotel in the Magaliesberg, an hour’s drive from either Pretoria or Johannesburg, promises a holistic country experience with its lush gardens, well-appointed rooms and gracious service. Be sure to book a couple of treatments at the hotel’s award-winning spa.

10Orient Boutique Hotel, outside Brits

A 40-minute drive from Pretoria/Johannesburg brings visitors to a palatial Middle Eastern style oasis in the bush where antelope and zebra graze freely. Enjoy its award-winning fine dining and exotic interiors that take their cue from Moroccan and Indian decor style.