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

The Panorama Route, Mpumalanga

On the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga, with its breathtaking vistas around every mountain corner, waterfalls plunging down faces of sheer rock, memories of the gold rush following you as you meander down an endless river canyon, and eagles hovering above your head – you can't help walking with your head in the clouds. 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

Rouxville to Fouriesburg – a western Maluti Mountains route

The road trip from Rouxville to Fouriesburg exposes you to some of the best visual and historic elements of the eastern Free State, from driving around its vast sandstone cliffs, to visiting its cherry harvests, and to the nostalgic experience of riding in an old steam locomotive. more

Kimberley to Upington – the 'missionary route'

Visit the area that once belonged to the original Griquas and famous missionaries that included Robert Moffat, John Campbell and David Livingstone, who later become one of the colonial era’s top explorers through Africa. Included on this route is the exotically named stop of Putsonderwater ('well without water'). 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 Graaff-Reinet – the Back-Roads Route

If you like back roads with their pleasant surprises around each corner, such as dusty little pubs in the middle of nowhere, friendly encounters with elephants, elegant guest houses and funky ‘theatrical’ hotels in the middle of the Karoo Heartland, then take the ‘back-roads route’ between Port Elizabeth and Graaff-Reinet. 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

Leliefontein to Kleinzee – the 'shipwreck and daisies route'

Some little towns in the mountains appear out of thick mist, other long-forgotten seaports give up their shipwrecks, while in the flower season everything takes on bright colours – that’s the essence of this Namaqua back-roads route, with a surprise and a local delight around every corner. 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 Caracal Eco Route, Northern Cape

Those who have experienced the coastal section of the Caracal Eco Route say it is a firm rival experience to the legendary spring flowers that may pave your way (depending on the time of year). In or out of flower season, this 4x4 mountain-to-ocean route in Namaqualand is well worth doing if you enjoy adventure. 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