John van de Ruit, author

Durban-born John van de Ruit is the author of the Spud series of books that follow the life and times of school-goer John 'Spud' Milton (based loosely on Van de Ruit's own school days). His books sold up an absolute storm and led to two Spud movies – starring none other than John Cleese – doing exceptionally well at the box office. more

Open Africa routes

Open Africa routes offer travellers the option of self-guided adventures. You pick the theme: mission stations; Karoo peace; kayaking; rock art; blue cranes; or fynbos, among many others. Open Africa creates enticing routes and showcases attractions, places to stay and people to contact. more

Fabulous farm stalls

In South Africa, a visit to a farm stall ('padstal' in Afrikaans) on the side of the road is part of any good journey – it's a great opportunity to stretch the legs and buy the best of local produce. From small, makeshift wooden shops to larger buildings (boasting on-site eateries), the farm stall is part of the South African landscape and definitely worth stopping the car to investigate further. more

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, North West province

Only two hours by road from Johannesburg, the multi-award-winning Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge guarantees excellent accommodation, great food and superb game – including the Big Five. Go on game drives, take a guided bush walk, chill by the pool, or go glitzy at nearby Sun City. more

Mossel Bay Braille Trail

South Africa is famous for its fynbos, and the Garden Route offers fynbos in spades. In Mossel Bay you can touch, feel and smell the Cape Floral Kingdom. For the visually impaired, a special Braille Trail in this coastal town offers access to this natural marvel. more

Melkbosstrand, Western Cape

Melkbosstrand, the first town out of Cape Town on your way north along the coast, has a magnificent 7km stretch of beach that has become famous as a water-sports destination. Most visitors to the village find, however, that Melkbosstrand is also a great base for day trips and adventures into Cape Town and the nearby Winelands. more

Umhlali Country Club golf course

Respected golf-course designer Peter Matkovich has used the natural setting of this 18-hole course to best advantage, with indigenous flora attracting birdlife and small mammals. A number of holes on the popular parkland course feature water hazards. more

Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg

South Africa is home to many excellent art galleries in all nine provinces, but the award-winning new kid on the block in downtown Johannesburg is the Wits Art Museum, the leading museum of African art on the African continent. Don’t miss it. more

Om Die Dam ultra-marathon

The Om die Dam ultra-marathon literally means 'around the dam'. The route takes runners through a tunnel, over the Hartbeespoort Dam wall and up a few challenging hills. The scenery here is really beautiful, so make the most of the setting while enjoying your run. more

Trail running in South Africa

Trail running in South Africa is extremely popular, and a growing sport. And why wouldn’t it be, with such a vast variety of natural terrain to conquer? Whether you’re a competitor or a recreational runner, come and see what it’s all about. more

Saldanha, Western Cape

South African seaports each have their own special identity, and Saldanha on the West Coast is no exception. This little town, with a very deep harbour, plays host to a large fishing community and a thriving tourism business that enjoys the atmosphere of boats, blue skies and deep seas. more

Bourke's Luck Potholes, Mpumalanga

Water’s power to shape a landscape is spectacularly displayed at Bourke’s Luck Potholes in Mpumalanga, where centuries of river activity have carved out a dramatic and intricate series of natural rock formations and pools. more

Bridge Street Brewery, Port Elizabeth

The Bridge Street Brewery in Port Elizabeth, the latest venture of South Africa's famous brew master, Lex Mitchell, combines a trendy location with a firm commitment to the finest of beer-making traditions. more

Queenstown, Eastern Cape

For those travellers who like to see historic British Colonial buildings – especially those built at the height of Queen Victoria’s reign – the Eastern Cape centre of Queenstown is an architectural treasure house. Its churches, administrative buildings and schools echo a past of wealth and stylish elegance that made Queenstown the gem in the crown of the old Eastern Cape. more

Just Nuisance statue, Jubilee Square, Simon's Town

Around the world there are many stories of extraordinary dogs that have left their footprints in the places they once lived. Just such an animal is Just Nuisance, a Great Dane that once kept the Royal Navy's sailors company during the years of World War II. more