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

Barberton's wild days

The social lives of the gold miners of Barberton - and the opportunists who preyed on them – were colourful and wild. And while the amateur dramatics groups and temperance societies flourished, Barberton also had its wild side. Historians are still trying to work out when they had time to sleep... more

South Africa's winelands

South Africa’s winelands produced the first local wines in 1659. Since then the industry has gone from strength to strength; and it’s not hard to see why. The climate, cooling winds, soil and expertise are the perfect ingredients for creating wine. more

South Africa's Pre- and Ancient History

The ancient history of South Africa allows one to climb the most ancient rocks on earth, walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs, and discover the very emergence of humankind. more