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Herbert Baker architecture

The architecture of Herbert Baker can be found in the most affluent and historic areas of South Africa’s major cities. While not all his buildings are open to the public, a passing view is a visual treat, offering a glimpse into the style of one of the leading architects in South Africa. more

Adventures in and around Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein is fairly flat and boasts excellent weather, so it’s no wonder thrill-seekers make the most of its adventure activities. Whether you’re into hiking, skydiving, watersports or 4x4 trails, there’s an itinerary for you. more

Sanccob Eastern Cape, Cape St Francis

Sanccob Eastern Cape, located in the delightful seaside town of Cape St Francis, is a rescue facility for seabirds. Here birds that have been oiled, stranded or injured are nursed back to health. The work done here is critical, as the African penguin population has recently nosedived. more

Ostriches in the wild

Wild ostriches? Aren’t they just farmed? In fact, no. You’ll often see these gigantic Karoo birds striding about game reserves, and their habits are well worth observing. Males swan about with a number of drab females and they have cunning ways of safeguarding their massive and protein-rich eggs. more

The Indaba Tree at Pretoriuskop, Kruger National Park

The Indaba Tree at Pretoriuskop is a typical example of its type – many traditional villages in Africa have an 'indaba tree', where the community congregates to discuss important matters. Indaba means 'meeting' or 'meeting place'. One such tree is this historic Natal mahogany in the Kruger Park’s Pretoriuskop Camp. more

Hout Bay, Western Cape

Hout Bay is one of the busiest harbours in the Western Cape, with a well-established tuna, snoek and crayfish industry. Visitors will be taken aback by the scenery, the friendly people and the laid-back ambience. more

Art walks in Johannesburg

Johannesburg’s character is captured in its many public artworks. These are dotted around the city and range from mosaic walls to statues of historical figures. Take a leisurely walk on a professionally led tour to discover Jo'burg's art treasures. more

Wreck of the Grosvenor

The wreck of the Grosvenor is one of South Africa’s most famous maritime events. The East Indiaman sank in 1782. But the real story is that of the survivors, who tried to make their way south along the Wild Coast. more

Mrs Ples

Mrs Ples' skull, found at the Sterkfontein Caves in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, provides an intriguing window into our collective past and is among the most important early hominid fossil finds ever. more

Little Foot

Little Foot’s skeleton is amongst the most exciting of South African fossil finds. Discovered in the fossil-rich Sterkfontein Caves, the almost-complete early hominid skeleton provides scientists with important insights into human evolution. more

Little Five safari

If you go on a Little Five safari, you probably won’t see any kills and none of the beasts will charge you. But you will learn that it’s not only the Big Five that are fascinating. It’s also leopard tortoise, buffalo weaver, rhino beetle, elephant shrew and ant lion. more

Steam trains at Sandstone Estates, Free State

The Sandstone Estates’ steam trains make up a collection of locomotives that have been restored for the enjoyment of many steam lovers from all over the world. One of the aims of the restoration project is to establish South Africa as one of the world’s top steam train tourism destinations. more

Sandgrouse

Sandgrouse are desert birds, well adapted to life in the desert. But because they eat dry seeds, they desperately need regular access to fresh water. The chicks are particularly vulnerable. However, male sandgrouse have a solution - bringing back water every day in their belly feathers. more

Kori bustards

Kori bustards are said to be the largest flying birds in the world. You’ll often see them in the Kalahari or the Karoo – they prefer semi-arid areas (though you may well see them in places like the Kruger National Park too). So large are they that smaller birds sometimes ride on their backs. more

Kimberley Africana Library

The Kimberley Africana Library houses one of the finest collections of Africana in South Africa. It specialises in the history of the diamond fields from the early 1870s, the history of Kimberley and the Northern Cape and the South African War, also known as the Anglo-Boer War. more