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Cape Town: World Design Capital 2014

From ancient to contemporary design, Cape Town has it all. See stone tools and African beadwork at the Iziko South African Museum, and a wide variety of local and international art and sculpture displayed at the many art galleries scattered throughout Cape Town, including South Africa's national art gallery. more

Nirox Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind

The Nirox Sculpture Park, the first of its kind near Johannesburg, offers a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy an art form not ordinarily enjoyed by the general public. A single visit to the park could very well turn you into a lifelong lover of art, and more specifically, of sculptures. more

Camping in South Africa

There’s nothing quite like sitting around an open fire under the stars listening to the night sounds in the African bush. For those who don’t mind roughing it, there are many beautiful places to set up a tent in South Africa. It's easier than it looks and well worth the effort. more

Turbine Hall, Johannesburg

What started out in the late 1920s as a power station has been transformed into a contemporary function venue known as Turbine Hall, run by the Forum Company. Located in Johannesburg’s Newtown Cultural Precinct, the building’s refurbishment included equipping it with modern conveniences while preserving its historical architecture. more

The Blue Butterfly Retreat Centre

The Blue Butterfly Retreat Centre in Tulbagh in the Western Cape runs a number of retreats aimed at rejuvenation and the restoration of energy levels on both a physical and mental level. Rustic accommodation and the great outdoors are part of life at Blue Butterfly. more

Kai Thai Spas

Kai Thai Spas offer the perfect Thai massage. The treatment menu has a range of therapies designed to de-stress and rejuvenate. There are quicker massage options for those who have limited time, while relaxing half-day packages are available those in need of a more serious mind/body/soul workout. more

The Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is renowned not only for its diversity of wildlife, but also for its conservation record. You can see the famed Big Five, but you'll also be dazzled by hundreds of birds, ancient trees, mighty rivers and much, much more. more

AmaZink township theatre, Kayamandi, Stellenbosch

AmaZink is a township dinner/theatre experience that takes place in Kayamandi, on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, every Friday night between October and March (in 2013/14 it was celebrating its third season). more

Explore the Diamond Route

Owned by companies traditionally associated with diamond mining – namely De Beers, E Oppenheimer & Son and Ponahalo Holdings – the Diamond Route refers to a series of properties that have been set aside for conservation and tourism. Many have accommodation, ranging from luxurious lodges to camping, and offer a range of wildlife and outdoor activities. more

Mandela Capture Site, KwaZulu-Natal

On 5 August 1962, police waved down a car on a lonely country road in KwaZulu-Natal. At the wheel was Nelson Mandela, posing as a chauffeur, and his arrest was the catalyst for a series of trials, culminating in the Rivonia Treason Trial that would ultimately see him spend 27 years in prison. Today this site is marked by an impressive sculpture in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. more

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Western Cape

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has established itself as the Western Cape’s premier wildlife destination. It is home to the Big Five, plains game and the highly endangered riverine rabbit, plus more than 200 bird species. But maybe you’ll be even more astounded by the stark, awe-inspiring beauty of this immense landscape. more

Scenic trail runs in South Africa

Not much can compare to the enormous sense of achievement you’ll experience when you complete one of South Africa’s scenic trail runs. With options in every province, you can join a growing community of runners who find connecting with nature and testing their limits an addictive combination. more

Langalibalele Pass, KwaZulu-Natal

For nature lovers, the Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve in the Drakensberg has always been a special destination. Once the realm of the San (also known as Bushmen), who left their mark in the form of delicate cave art, it was also the site of major colonial friction between the British and the amaHlubi, once led by Chief Langalibalele. more

Marathons in South Africa

Running, swimming or canoeing a marathon in South Africa gets you up close and personal with the exquisite landscape, and puts you among world-class competitors. And when the race is done, there are plenty of other options – adventures, wildlife and new friends. more

Kimberley's vintage trams

It was a wild and crazy time. People from all over the world descended on diamond-rush Kimberley in the hope of making a fast fortune from the glittering gems. It was the first town in Africa to have electrical streetlights and the Kimberley tram made its first journey in 1887. more