Zachary's restaurant

The executive chef at Zachary's restaurant in Knysna, Geoffrey Murray, has spent years getting to know producers and suppliers along the Garden Route so as to ensure that only the best-quality seasonal produce finds its way into his kitchen and on to the plates of diners. more

Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

The capital of KwaZulu-Natal province, Pietermaritzburg has preserved its Victorian architectural heritage and museums, created a massive shopping mall, hosts some of the country's premier sporting events – including the world-famous Comrades Marathon and the Dusi Canoe Marathon – is close to wildlife reserves, and has many parks and gardens. more

Chavonnes Battery, Cape Town

At the V&A Waterfront, visitors can view the ruins of the Chavonnes Battery, which has a remarkable story to tell about the early occupation of the Cape by the Dutch East India Company. But the battery also has much more to offer the visitor ... more

Citizen science projects

Are you back from a safari and not sure what animal you photographed? Did you take a nice snapshot of a frog or a butterfly or an unidentified creepy-crawly? Did you see a bird displaying interesting behaviour or an animal in an unusual location? If you answered yes to any of these questions then it's time to become a citizen scientist! more

Swellendam and surrounds, Western Cape

With a beautiful mountain backdrop and the languid Breede River on its doorstep, Swellendam is a nature and adventure lover's paradise. And that's not to mention what it has to offer foodies, too. more

Canopy walkway, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Built to commemorate the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden's 100th anniversary in 2013, the 'Boomslang' is a 130m canopy walkway discreetly located in the tree tops of this famous garden's arboretum. It offers striking views of the garden, the mountain and beyond, and should not be missed. more

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Johannesburg

The world-class Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg, supports maths, science and technology education. It also encourages dynamic learning experiences that contribute to building science, engineering and technology capacity in South Africa. more

Oudtshoorn and surrounds, Western Cape

Inland from the Cape’s famous Garden Route, over breathtakingly beautiful mountain passes, magnificent red rocks and the wide open spaces of the Klein Karoo, you’ll find Oudtshoorn – once known internationally as the ostrich capital of the world. Royalty, potentates, maharajahs and high society once adorned themselves with the world’s finest feathers. more

Chef Peter Tempelhoff

Chef Peter Tempelhoff is an award-winning South African chef, a Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef and undoubtedly one of the most talented stars to emerge from the industry in recent years. Global by design but wholly South African in influence, his conceptual approach to cuisine is refreshing, different and very exciting. more

Pete Goffe-Wood – celebrity chef

Celebrity chef Pete Goffe-Wood, South Africa’s 'Kitchen Cowboy', is one of the country’s most acclaimed chefs. Straight talking but fuelled by passion, his food is edgy and inspired. He’s also one tough food critic, which made him the perfect choice as judge on MasterChef South Africa. more

David Tlale

Fashion designer David Tlale is best known for bringing a touch of drama to both his designs and his runway shows. Unashamedly theatrical, his garments challenge mediocrity and break the mould of conventional design. This has earned him a reputation of being one of the country’s more unpredictable designers. more

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