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Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve Braille Trail, Western Cape

South African nature reserves keep on working to improve access for nature lovers with visual impairments. Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve in the Western Cape has added an informative Braille Trail to its facilities. Running along the existing Heron Trail, the feature has become an immediate hit with visually impaired visitors. more

South Africa's cheese-makers

Nothing beats a gorgeous cheese washed down with an equally gorgeous wine, and if you're visiting South Africa you can enjoy both – made with pride, the South African way. The local cheese-making industry has grown considerably over the years, and these days an award-winning South African cheese is not difficult to find. There are numerous cheese shops and farm stalls around the country. more

The Prince Albert Saturday Market

The roots of the Prince Albert Saturday Market go back more than 150 years. And although its range of delicious goods is truly 21st century, it hasn’t lost its historical charm. Pop in for organic produce, artisanal breads and tasty home-made treats. The market is pretty informal (as with most things in the Karoo) and what you see is what you get. more

Rixile Culture to Kruger Route – an Open Africa route

The Rixile Culture to Kruger Route takes you to the eastern part of South Africa, from the wilds of the Kruger National Park, through the mining town of Phalaborwa with its own wildlife and ancient history, to the very laid-back town of Giyani. more

The Athenæum, Port Elizabeth

The Athenæum in Port Elizabeth, which has been a home for the arts and the creative industry in the city for over a century, has maintained its function but re-forged its identity. Its modern revamp means it now accommodates a theatre, shows, art exhibitions, concerts and cabaret, along with conferences, weddings, workshops, media launches and even yoga classes. more

Curiocity Backpackers, Johannesburg

Curiocity Backpackers offers accommodation for those travellers seeking an authentic Johannesburg experience. Central to this are volunteer projects and inner-city walking tours. more

Legend Golf & Safari Resort

The Legend Golf & Safari Resort is famous for its unusual golf course, which boasts a 19th hole that players can only access via helicopter. Situated in the gorgeous Entabeni Safari Conservancy in Limpopo province, the combination of wildlife, bushveld and award-winning golf is an attractive option for those searching for something extraordinary. more

Chef Benny Masekwameng

In 2012, Chef Benny Masekwameng’s became a familiar face on TV as a MasterChef South Africa judge – a far cry from his township upbringing, when his mother ran an informal catering kitchen. But he cut his cooking teeth there, and never looked back. Today he’s a household name and executive chef. more

Bientang’s Cave Restaurant & Wine Bar, Hermanus

Bientang's Cave Restaurant & Wine Bar is situated in Hermanus, the Southern Cape coastal town with the best land-based whale viewing in the world. The restaurant, partly set in a sea cave, has two-tier outdoor seating that – weather permitting – gives diners all-encompassing views of Walker Bay, and the region’s famous seasonal migrants: the southern right whales. more

John van de Ruit, author

Durban-born John van de Ruit is the author of the Spud series of books that follow the life and times of school-goer John 'Spud' Milton (based loosely on Van de Ruit's own school days). His books sold up an absolute storm and led to two Spud movies – starring none other than John Cleese – doing exceptionally well at the box office. more

Open Africa routes

Open Africa routes offer travellers the option of self-guided adventures. You pick the theme: mission stations; Karoo peace; kayaking; rock art; blue cranes; or fynbos, among many others. Open Africa creates enticing routes and showcases attractions, places to stay and people to contact. more

Fabulous farm stalls

In South Africa, a visit to a farm stall ('padstal' in Afrikaans) on the side of the road is part of any good journey – it's a great opportunity to stretch the legs and buy the best of local produce. From small, makeshift wooden shops to larger buildings (boasting on-site eateries), the farm stall is part of the South African landscape and definitely worth stopping the car to investigate further. more

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, North West province

Only two hours by road from Johannesburg, the multi-award-winning Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge guarantees excellent accommodation, great food and superb game – including the Big Five. Go on game drives, take a guided bush walk, chill by the pool, or go glitzy at nearby Sun City. more

Mossel Bay Braille Trail

South Africa is famous for its fynbos, and the Garden Route offers fynbos in spades. In Mossel Bay you can touch, feel and smell the Cape Floral Kingdom. For the visually impaired, a special Braille Trail in this coastal town offers access to this natural marvel. more

Melkbosstrand, Western Cape

Melkbosstrand, the first town out of Cape Town on your way north along the coast, has a magnificent 7km stretch of beach that has become famous as a water-sports destination. Most visitors to the village find, however, that Melkbosstrand is also a great base for day trips and adventures into Cape Town and the nearby Winelands. more