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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

Icamagu Institute, Eastern Cape

When you visit the Icamagu Institute in the Eastern Cape, prepare to meet a woman who is not only an academic but a diviner, an author and an African spiritualist as well. And be prepared to come away with an armful of coral trees and African medicinal plants. more

Karroo Theatrical Hotel, Steytlerville, Eastern Cape

Steytlerville in the Karoo used to be mainly famous for its superb mohair. Now there’s a revamped old hotel just outside the town that’s causing a stir and bringing in guests from all over the world with its weekend cabaret acts and general Art Deco mien. Welcome to the Karroo Theatrical Hotel! more

Honeymoons in the Northern Cape

The Northern Cape offers much to honeymooners. There’s the beauty and vastness of the Karoo, the intriguing arid landscape of the Richtersveld and the riveting eco-destination, the Augrabies Falls National Park, to explore, among many other options. more

Honeymoons in the North West province

A honeymoon in the North West province offers contrasting experiences. In game sanctuaries such as the Pilanesberg or Madikwe game reserves, nature’s marvels are the attraction. At the Hartbeespoort Dam and Sun City, the human propensity to entertain is seen in creative recreational amenities. Or combine the two for the best of both worlds. more

Honeymoons in the city

A city honeymoon in South Africa means top international hotels, world-class communications, easy access to sightseeing, and great shopping, dining and entertainment. It also gives you the chance to experience Africa in new ways, with its heady combination of culture and urban vibes. more

James Kitching: fossil hunter of the Karoo

Not only did James Kitching find thousands of important pre-dinosaur fossils from more than 250-million years ago, but he also helped prove the theory of continental drift: that southern Africa was once part of a much larger land mass that included Antarctica, parts of the Americas and Australia. more

Kirky the dinosaur

Kirky – officially named Nqwebausaurus thwazi – is one of the favourite dinosaur displays in the Stone Bones of the Ancient Karoo exhibition at Cape Town’s Iziko South African Museum. His fossilised remains were found in the Eastern Cape in 1996, and he is the first dinosaur to bear a Xhosa name. more