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

Land art in South Africa

Site-specific land art is different to anything you’ll find in a gallery in South Africa. Created by artists at locations around the country, it is inspired by South Africa’s beautiful and diverse environments. In most cases, the art is made using materials from nature. It is not always permanent and is designed to interact with the landscape and the people who experience it. more

Culinary cool

South African culinary cool is found in the most arresting of settings. Imaginative restaurant owners are bringing colour to the dining scene, matching extraordinary locations with themed décor and artistic food combinations. As for the chefs, they are becoming rock stars in their own right. more

Smithfield to Philippolis – the 'upper Gariep route'

With the magnificent Gariep Dam as its centre spot, this road trip through the southern Free State takes you back in time to the days of early human habitation and the violent era of the South African War (also known as the Anglo-Boer War), and to quiet little villages that have hardly been touched by the hands of time. more

Port Elizabeth to Nature’s Valley – the Tsitsikamma route

There are few places in the world where, in the space of a few days, you can visit a lighthouse, catch a break wave, bungee jump, slide through the forest on a canopy tour, and hike to your heart’s content. The Port Elizabeth to Nature’s Valley route allows you to do this. more

Molteno to Aliwal North – the Stormberg route

If you want to visit the coldest town in South Africa (which doubles as the ‘home of the rusk'), wander into the southern Drakensberg on a cave-art expedition, take to the ski slopes, or simply chill out in the mountains, then the Stormberg route is your kind of road trip. more

Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown – the 'wildlife route'

Come with us on a slow ride through Frontier Country in the heart of the Eastern Cape, from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown, where we travel from exquisite dune fields to a sunset gathering of elephants to a feast in an olive grove outside an old Victorian-era railway village. more

Nieuwoudtville to Springbok – the Namaqua Flower Route

From the bulb extravaganza of Nieuwoudtville to the flower fields of the Namaqua National Park, from the village blooms of Loeriesfontein to the succulent delights of Goegap Nature Reserve around Springbok and the historic copper sites in the district, this is a road trip to delight the senses. more

The Hay Bale Route, Free State

Spend some time enjoying the offerings of Bloemfontein, the Free State capital, before looping off onto the N5 and visiting the sandstone settlements from Winburg all the way east to the mountain village of Clarens, regarded by many as the jewel in the provincial tourism crown. more

Bot River Wine Route

Visitors are welcomed to the Bot River Wine Route as an extension of one big happy wine-loving family. It’s not uncommon to be invited on an impromptu cellar tour, or encouraged to partake in grape treading, barrel rolling, or other communal Bot River activities. more

Bethulie War Trail

What was it like on commando as a Boer soldier during the South African War of 1899 to 1902? What was it like to stand up to the well-equipped soldiers of the British Empire? What happened in the concentration camps where Boer women and children were incarcerated? Follow the Bethulie War Trail to find out. more

Wild Flower Route

On the Northern Cape's Wild Flower Route, you can literally see flowering plants from horizon to horizon when weather conditions are right. From spreads of the legendary Namaqualand daisies to thousands of other floral species in every shape and colour, you need to experience this at least once in your lifetime. more

Wine Routes of South Africa

The wine routes of South Africa trace not only the history and development of our country’s 350-year-old wine-making tradition, but South Africa’s maturation into a full-bodied, flavourful democracy. The Cape winelands, and beyond, offer a multitude of wine routes to explore, along with brandy routes, wine biodiversity routes, and the world’s longest wine route. more

Bulembu Pass, Mpumalanga

The R40 from Barberton over the Bulembu Pass is one of South Africa’s best-kept secrets. As you twist and turn your way over this scenic mountain pass you will see some of the oldest rock formations on Earth and be granted magnificent views of Mpumalanga's beautiful valleys. more

Karoo Highlands Tombstone Route

The Tombstone Route, which starts in Williston in the Northern Cape, teaches you about the life and work of a master stone-cutter called Cornelius de Waal, but also reveals the customs, legends and lifestyles of the early rural settlers who had to survive in a semi-desert. more