Cape Point Lighthouse, Western Cape

Even though it has long since been decommissioned for being built in the wrong place, the old Cape Point lighthouse is an important icon of the Cape Peninsula, and captures the imaginations of visitors who ascend to this craggy spot and look down at the rocky coastline and the ocean. more

Doring Bay Lighthouse, West Coast

Doring Bay used to be a forgotten little West Coast village with a lonely lighthouse and little else. Although the lighthouse is still the iconic local feature, these days visitors come here to see the whales and to enjoy the wine of the vineyards that stand less than 1km from the ocean. more

Danger Point lighthouse, Gansbaai

The rocky and treacherous coastline of the southern Cape is watched over by many lighthouses, including one at Danger Point near the spot where HMS Birkenhead went down in 1852. At least seven other vessels foundered in the area before the Danger Point lighthouse was built in 1895. more

Die Tuishuise, Cradock

Transforming a street of dilapidated old houses to their former Victorian glory wasn’t easy – and maintaining them even more of a challenge. Sandra Antrobus and her tuishuise ('town houses') in Cradock have become national treasures – and a prime stop-over in the Eastern Cape's Karoo. more

Robben Island, Western Cape

At times a leper colony, mental hospital and defence training base, the Robben Island World Heritage Site is more famed as the prison to which anti-apartheid activists, among them former president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, were banished. A ‘university of the struggle’, its graduates went on to lead South Africa into democracy. more

Cape Town’s historic waterfront

As waterfronts go, the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town’s Table Bay is a world-beater. Not only has it become South Africa’s premier tourist attraction, it also attracts Capetonians seeking to re-connect with their harbour, has become a sought-after residential address and still maintains its day-to-day commercial activities as Africa’s top port. more

Dullstroom Inn

Set just off the main street of the fishing town of Dullstroom in Mpumalanga, the historic Dullstroom Inn is a good base for visitors exploring the Barberton/Lydenburg region, chasing down a tasty trout at 1 of the available ponds, or simply wanting a relaxing few days away from the rat race. more

In search of South Africa's meteor impact sites

The most visible meteor impact site in South Africa today is the Tswaing Crater, 40km north of Pretoria. Surrounded by dense bush, it resembles a giant swimming pool when viewed from above. more

The Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

Famous for its afternoon tea, its wartime legends and its pink exterior, the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town has always kept its standards high. Opened months before the South African War erupted in 1899, the Mount Nelson was a refuge and a gathering point for the elite of the time. more

The Bushveld Carbineers

Limpopo province is full of myths, legends and rollicking adventure stories. One of these stories is about the hard-riding multi-national unit called the Bushveld Carbineers, formed during the South African War (also known as the Anglo-Boer War), and one of its officers who became an Australian folk hero: Lieutenant Harry ‘Breaker’ Morant. more

Mapungubwe World Heritage Site

About the time of the Dark Ages of Europe, the royal court at Mapungubwe in Limpopo welcomed traders and men of influence from Arabia and the Far East. Only in recent decades have the fascinating details of this ancient city been uncovered. more

Komatiland Forestry Museum, Sabie

The forestry museum in Sabie, in Mpumalanga province, records the history of South Africa’s timber industry in many interesting ways. It also maps the relationship between people and trees, the ecological value of forests and sustainable methods of running a timber industry. Above all, it’s a fun way to learn about wood. more

Church of St John the Baptist at 24 Rivers, Waterberg

The Church of St John the Baptist at 24 Rivers was designed by Sir Herbert Baker, the top architect of his time. This little place of worship in the Waterberg is still the spiritual hub of many Waterbergers, whose families settled here more than a century ago. more

CP Nel Museum, Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn was once the world centre of the ostrich-feather trade, which made some people millionaires. The CP Nel Museum, housed in the former Oudtshoorn Boys’ High School building, recreates the boom days that swept this Little Karoo town – and its totemic flightless bird – to world prominence. more

Blockhouses of the South African War

Not all of the 8000-odd blockhouses built during the South African War look the same. Some resemble large granaries, others modern-day electricity ‘sub-stations’, while others appear as fanciful little castles. But they were all intended to do the same job: keeping the ever-mobile Boers from accessing British supply lines. more