Cape Town City Hall

If you’re in Cape Town looking for an inspiring evening of classical music, the stirring Scottish reel sounds of massed bagpipes or a singing soloist with an angel voice, check out the City Hall at the Grand Parade. This historic venue is the home-base of the world-famous Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. more

Cape Recife Lighthouse, Port Elizabeth

Lying within the bounds of the Cape Recife Nature Reserve on the southern boundary of Port Elizabeth is an active lighthouse that has been warning sea captains off Thunderbolt Reef since 1851. The area is particularly prone to fog, and the lighthouse is an essential guide to passing sea traffic. more

Cape Columbine Lighthouse, West Coast

Standing guard over idyllic West Coast Peninsula fishing villages and holiday destinations like Paternoster, Saldanha, Langebaan and Stompneus Bay, the Cape Columbine lighthouse still has a dedicated light-keeper and is the prime visual icon of the area. It is also popular with travellers looking for a picnic spot with romantic history. more

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

Buysdorp

The founding father of Buysdorp, a tiny community in the Soutpansberg area of Limpopo province, was the renegade Huguenot, Coenraad de Buys. He was over 2m tall, had a presence to match and was a thorn in the side of authority wherever he and his family of followers wandered. 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

Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

Johannesburg’s Constitution Hill remembers the horrors of the past, and yet embraces the promises of the future, marrying them with the reality of the present. It is home to the Constitutional Court, the birthplace of our democracy and protector of our human rights. more