Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden, Mpumalanga

The Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden, set in a forested reserve between Nelspruit and Barberton, has brought hope, peace and some degree of normality to dozens of traumatised chimpanzees from all over Africa. Visiting the sanctuary is a moving and uplifting experience. more

Blue duikers

Blue duikers, with their otherworldly little Javanese faces and secretive ways, are among the smallest antelope in the world. Hardly larger than a scrub hare, they live a secretive life in forests and thickets. But there is a place where you’re practically assured of a sighting. 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

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

Caracals

Caracals, which are very similar to the lynx cats found in the Northern Hemisphere, live secretive lives, mostly emerging in the early dusk to hunt. They are fearless and athletic, their well-developed hindquarters aiding their jumping and climbing abilities. These cats think nothing of bringing down prey far larger than themselves. more

Bushbabies

Bushbabies, also known as galagos, are sweet, furry prosimians that are more closely related to Madagascan lemurs than normal monkeys. With their oversized eyes they hunt for food at night – mostly insects, leaves and tree gum. But it’s by their eerie wails at night that resemble a ghostly crying baby that you’ll first encounter them. more

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was declared in 2000, formalising an ecological entity that was already there. Tourists loved it, but this inspiring wilderness has given rise to something more. Now there are ideas of linking this gigantic conservation areas to others nearby. Desert ecology and tourism will be the winners. more

Eksteenfontein in the Richtersveld

The little town of Eksteenfontein in the Richtersveld World Heritage Site has a fascinating history. Those who ended up here were victims of racism and Apartheid rules. In the 1990s, fortunes changed as the people of the Richtersveld realised how valuable and sensitive the local plant life was. more

Sustainable seafood

Sustainable seafood is only a text message away. If you find yourself in a seafood restaurant and want to make an eco-smart choice by ordering something sustainably harvested, all you have to do is consult the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative – and it’s at your fingertips. more

St Lucia Arts & Crafts

The difference a craft project has made in people's lives in northern Kwazulu-Natal is nothing short of spectacular. The crafters now have access to goods like solar panels, cellphones and school uniforms for their children. Their incomes have increased tenfold  –  as has their families' quality of life. more

Biodiversity in South Africa

South Africa’s biodiversity springs from the wealth of its ecosystems. An incredibly long coastline, craggy mountains, species-rich deserts, elephant-friendly thickets, montane forests, treed savannahs along with the incomparable Cape Floral Kingdom makes this one of the world's naturally richest countries. more