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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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Durban’s Old Court House Museum

Durban's Old Court House Museum comprises two storeys of exhibition rooms that chronicle the city's early history and the people who carved out the future of the early Natal colony.

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Rheenendal Ramble

The road that takes you on the Rheenendal Ramble, close to Knysna, is 24km long, but you can spend days experiencing what this area has to offer.

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Wildebraam Berry Estate, Swellendam

At the Wildebraam Berry Estate outside Swellendam in the Western Cape you can pick your own berries in season or taste one of their 100 products on offer.

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Zachary's restaurant

Zachary's, an intimate restaurant in Knysna, offers guests a choice between its à la carte menu and its menu gourmand, a seven-course tasting menu that serves up some of the Garden Route’s best seasonal cuisine.

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Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

The city of Pietermaritzburg boasts a vast historical record, from architecture to monuments, museums, artwork and culture. It also hosts the Comrades Marathon and Dusi Canoe Marathon.

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Chavonnes Battery, Cape Town

The ruins of the Chavonnes Battery can still be seen at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, laying bare a fascinating piece of Cape history.

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Citizen science projects

Everybody who visits South Africa with a camera and has a passion for animals or plants can contribute to science.

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Swellendam and surrounds, Western Cape

The town of Swellendam in the Western Cape, snuggled against the Langeberg mountains, is a great place to start your Garden Route adventure.

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Top 10

Urban experiences in the Free State

1Loch Logan Waterfront

Cattle used to graze on the land that is now the cosmpolitan Loch Logan Waterfront shopping and entertainment area. Shop up a storm and then enjoy a chocolate-inspired meal at Coco C’s or one of the other great restaurants.

2Mystic Boer Pub

You’ve got to hang out at the famous Mystic Boer Pub, it’s an institution in Bloemfontein! A lively nightspot that has you saying to yourself… ‘only in South Africa’.

3Picnic at Naval Hill

Pack biltong and bubbly and head off for Naval Hill and enjoy the views of the city and Franklin Game Reserve.

4Jazz Clubs

Several clubs in Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu are well known for their African Jazz. Make an evening of it.

5Observatory Theatre, Bloemfontein

Head off to the Obervatory theatre for some live entertainment – one-man shows, cabaret, alternative drama and South African music.

6Mangaung township Tours

Township tours will give you some kind of insight into Mangaung’s thriving nightlife – make sure you taste the local beer.

7Bloemfontein's City Hall

Grab your camera and head off to Bloemfontein’s City Hall – a stately sandstone building designed by the renowned Sir Gordon Leith and surrounded by over 1000 rose bushes.

8The Oliewenhuis Art Gallery

This outstanding gallery is based in a Cape Dutch mansion that looks out over the city. Top South African exhibitions take place here and the art collection is staggering.

9Choet Visser Rugby Museum

Only in the sports-loving Free State will you find a bona fide rugby museum! The Choet Visser Rugby Museum is the largest museum of its kind in the world and has more than 200 jerseys and blazers on display.

10Bloemfontein Plaza

Shop up a storm at the Bloem Plaza, where there are loads of speciality and chain stores and fantastic street trading stores to the East of the Plaza.