Arniston, Western Cape

You'll find photographs of the picturesque fishing village of Arniston adorning many travel posters and brochures. Situated on the Western Cape’s Indian Ocean coast, its incredibly brilliant blue seas and long stretches of white dunes are irresistible to local and international holiday makers. more

Chrissiesmeer, Mpumalanga

Chrissiesmeer, in the heart of Mpumalanga's’s lake district, is surrounded by 270 lakes and pans brimming with birds, butterflies and frogs. There’s even an annual frogging festival which keeps everyone on their toes. It’s full of history too, from Anglo-Boer War battles to poignant graves of lost lovers. 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

The giant quiver trees of Namaqualand

Giant quiver trees (called Aloe pillansiiuntil they were recently designated a subspecies of Aloe dichotoma) are critically endangered. Victims of plant collectors, goats and climate change, these magnificent specimens can be seen in northern Namaqualand and the Richtersveld, in South Africa's far north-western corner. They are distinctly different from their shorter cousins. more

Flowering aloes

The Aloe ferox – also known as the red or bitter aloe – is a blessing in winter. With its crimson flowers, it brightens the scenery of the dry inland areas of the Eastern Cape. The medicinally potent sap is sustainably harvested to produce a wide range of cosmetics and health products. more

Wolhuterskop Game & Nature Reserve, Free State

There are few wild places close to towns where you can view animals and birds and explore the landscape by hiking, on horse trails or on mountain bikes. The 1 200-hectare Wolhuterskop Game and Nature Reserve offers this in the eastern Free State's grasslands. 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

Nature reserves

Imagine stunning scenery, rare plants and animals, and activities ranging from diving and whale watching to game drives and hiking. Stay in simple self-catering accommodation, welcoming B&Bs or an upmarket luxury lodge. You'll find accommodation to suit all pockets. more

Knersvlakte

The Knersvlakte, about a three-hour drive north of Cape Town, is a particularly fascinating portion of that well-known biodiversity hotspot, the Succulent Karoo. Sprawling roughly between the towns of Vanrhynsdorp and Bitterfontein, the Knersvlakte’s characteristic white quartzite gravel conceals plants with an indomitable instinct for survival. more

The Sudwala Caves

No special skills are needed for caving at the Sudwala Caves. Take the hour-long guided tour on foot into its biggest cavern and marvel at the amazing rock formations in the oldest caves in the world, or be more adventurous and occasionally take to hands and knees on the 5-hour Crystal Tour. more

The Breede River, Western Cape

Angling, swimming, paddling, wine tasting, river rafting....these are just some of the pleasures you can enjoy when you follow the course of the Breede River from source to the sea. more

Gariep Dam

For visitors driving through South Africa’s arid Karoo, a delightful new tourism route running around the Gariep Dam reveals more than ‘big water’: historical sites, eccentric country types, a plush hotel, waterside herds of antelope and wide-angle landscapes to thrill the eye. more

The Klein Karoo

The Klein Karoo may initially appear bleak, but it not only supports the biggest variety of succulent plants in the world, it also produces some of the best wines. This fascinating part of South Africa is where you'll find the Cango Caves, a truly spectacular natural wonder. more

Clifton's beaches

The four Clifton Beaches in Cape Town are regarded as being among the most beautiful in the world and are home to some of the most sought after property in the southern hemisphere. The white sands and blue waters have been the subject of countless travel photos over the years. more

Limpopo's mountains

The mountains of Limpopo have for centuries been a haven for both people and animals. Today they form part of a flourishing tourism region that offers a number of activities and tourism routes through which to explore their exciting history and uncover their many secrets. more