Art Deco architecture

  • ArtsCulture & History
The 1930s was boom time in South Africa. The international demand for gold was high and we had it to burn. Buildings were going up…
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Art galleries and museums

  • ArtsCulture & History
South African museums and art galleries are found throughout the country, from Cape Town to Musina and, everywhere in between. The country’s 300 plus museums…
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Art Route 67, Port Elizabeth

  • ArtsCulture & HistoryEastern Cape
Art Route 67 in the Central area of Port Elizabeth is one of the most exciting South African inner-city developments of recent times. Visual arts,…
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Baboons

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & Nature
Looking like a cross between a dog and a monkey, baboons are unmistakable. They are also startlingly intelligent. In addition, according to Richard D Estes,…
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Bathurst, Eastern Cape

  • EventsFood & WineLeisure & LifestyleEastern Cape
Driving from Grahamstown into the decidedly English-looking town of Bathurst in the Eastern Cape, one of the first signs you encounter is: ‘There’s no thirst…
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Battlefields of South Africa

  • Culture & History
South African history is a litany of conflicts and rivalries between the many groups that lived or had interests in the region. The most important…
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Bela-Bela, Limpopo

  • Leisure & LifestyleWildlife & NatureLimpopo
Bela-Bela means ‘boiling boiling’ in the Tswana language, which refers to the hot springs that are this town’s main attraction. Set in the foothills of…
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Ben McDhui Mountain

  • AdventureWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
Ben McDhui in the Eastern Cape Highlands is a majestic mountain that lies next to the small village of Rhodes. The area offers a wealth…
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Bethelsdorp, Eastern Cape

  • Culture & HistoryPeopleResponsible TourismEastern Cape
Back in 1802, the establishment of a missionary village on a deserted farm near Algoa Bay (now Port Elizabeth) became a thorn in the side…
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Bethulie War Trail

  • Culture & HistoryRoutes & TrailsFree State
The Bethulie War Trail in the Free State came to life several years back after trail guide Anthony Hocking bought the Royal Hotel in the…
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Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris

  • AdventureNorth West
There are several ways to explore the Magaliesberg region, but a hot-air balloon safari is surely the most scenic and relaxing method. Bill Harrop’s Original…
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Birding in Rustenburg

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & NatureNorth West
Mention the name of Rustenburg to locals and they’ll think of Sun City, platinum mining and farming. They probably won’t think of birdwatching in Rustenburg.…
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Blockhouses of the South African War

  • Culture & History
On a road trip through South Africa you’ll often come across what looks like someone’s personal castle, standing in a field, or on the outskirts…
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Bloemfontein's surrounding areas

  • Food & WineRoutes & TrailsWildlife & NatureFree State
Bloemfontein’s surrounding areas offer an exciting mix of experiences for the intrepid tourist. There are adventure activities, heritage routes, arty towns, cultural villages and a…
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Bloemfontein, Free State

  • Culture & HistoryEventsWildlife & NatureFree State
Bloemfontein, the judicial capital of South Africa, lies in the centre of the country, in the Free State province, where The Lord of the Rings…
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Blood River heritage site

  • Culture & HistoryKwaZulu-Natal
The most interesting feature of the Blood River heritage site near Dundee in KwaZulu-Natal is that it tells the story of the Battle of Blood…
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Bloubergstrand

  • Food & WineWildlife & NatureWestern Cape
Kitesurfing at Bloubergstrand near Cape Town becomes increasingly popular every year, attracting professionals and enthusiasts from countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and the United…
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Blubird Wholefood Market, Johannesburg

  • Food & WineLeisure & LifestyleGauteng
The Blubird Wholefood Market features an intimate gathering of vendors outside the ground-floor shops of the Blubird Shopping Centre in the suburb of Birnam, north…
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Blue duikers

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & Nature
One of Africa’s smallest antelope, not much taller than a child’s ruler, lives in South Africa’s southern forests. The tiny blue duiker can be spotted…
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Blue Flag Beaches in South Africa

  • Responsible Tourism
Blue Flag beaches in South Africa are a very real feather in our tourism cap. To date, there are 41 beaches that have been awarded…
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Blyde Canyon Adventure Centre, Mpumalanga

  • AdventureWildlife & NatureMpumalanga
Mpumalanga’s precipitous Blyde River Canyon, at 26km long and 762m deep Africa’s second largest canyon and the world’s third, is famed for its spectacular scenery,…
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Board sports

  • AdventureSport
South African board sports began on the waves, down in Jeffreys Bay, land of the endless summer and the green room – that place where…
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Body work therapy

  • Leisure & Lifestyle
Body work therapies are used in complimentary and alternative healing, making use of some form of touching or physical manipulation of the body. Massage therapy…
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Bokpoort Horseback Adventures

  • AdventureRoutes & TrailsFree State
Just outside the Free State town of Clarens lies Bokpoort Horseback Adventures & Holiday Farm, which has offered horseback safaris in the region for nearly…
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Bontebok and blesbok

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & Nature
The bontebok has a rather special place in South African conservation. Firstly, it is found nowhere else in the world, being endemic to South Africa’s…
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Bontebok National Park

  • AccommodationAdventureWildlife & NatureWestern Cape
The Bontebok National Park is one of the best of the historic town of Swellendam’s attractions, and is worth a visit to the area in…
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Bookshops

  • ArtsLeisure & Lifestyle
South African bookshops range from well-resourced chain stores to small speciality or second-hand shops where you’ll find all kinds of interesting reading materials, including antique…
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Boondocks Mountain Lodge

  • AccommodationLeisure & LifestyleMpumalanga
Boondocks Mountain Lodge offers up a wonderful escape for those who want to spend more time in nature, and contemplate all things spiritual. There are…
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Boston Bulwer Beat

  • AdventureRoutes & TrailsTownsWildlife & NatureKwaZulu-Natal
The Boston Bulwer Beat encompasses the villages of Boston, Bulwer and upper Dargle, which beckon to travellers from the forested foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains.…
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Bot River Wine Route

  • Food & WineRoutes & TrailsWestern Cape
The Bot River Wine Route comprises a handful of wineries that make up the Bot River Vineyard Association. Clustered at the foot of the Houwhoek…
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Boulders Beach penguins

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & NatureWestern Cape
Each year, around 60 000 visitors flock to Simonstown to photograph and watch the the famous Boulders Beach penguins. Few visitors though, realise that for…
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Brookdale Health Hydro

  • AccommodationLeisure & LifestyleKwaZulu-Natal
Brookdale Health Hydro is based in the picturesque village of Nottingham Road in the scenic KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, just under five hours from Johannesburg and a…
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Bryanston Organic Market, Johannesburg

  • Leisure & LifestyleGauteng
Over three decades ago, a group of parents from the Michael Mount Waldorf School in Bryanston, Johannesburg, started selling organic produce to one another from…
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Bulembu Pass, Mpumalanga

  • Routes & TrailsWildlife & NatureMpumalanga
You may have heard of Mpumalanga’s historic little town of Barberton, once the bustling hub of the 1880s gold rush, but few visitors are aware…
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Bulungula Lodge

  • AccommodationResponsible TourismEastern Cape
Bulungula Lodge on the aptly named Wild Coast of South Africa has been rated one of the country’s top ethical and eco-friendly experiences. It was…
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Burgersdorp, Eastern Cape

  • Routes & TrailsEastern Cape
Burgersdorp, the little village tucked into a hillside in the northern reaches of the Eastern Cape, is the perfect getaway for hikers, fishermen, museum nuts…
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Bush etiquette

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & Nature
That would be the person talking loudly on a cellphone while a lioness is suckling her cubs; the one that shouts at an animal to…
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Bush spas

  • Leisure & Lifestyle
In South Africa, bush spas now form an essential part of the luxury game lodge experience. Just a few years ago, the idea of combining…
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Bush Walking

  • AdventureRoutes & TrailsWildlife & Nature
If you go on a bush walking or wildlife trail, you’ll get to experience wildlife at first hand. You’ll learn about the ecology, the birds,…
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Bushbabies

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & Nature
The first sign of a bushbaby might be a haunting wail that sounds uncannily like a human infant. That’s probably how these small nocturnal primates…
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Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary, North West

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & NatureNorth West
Being primates ourselves, we have a fascination with monkeys. And such fascination sometimes leads to people keeping monkeys as pets – often a recipe for…
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Calabash Tours

  • Culture & HistoryResponsible TourismEastern Cape
People sometimes ask Paul and Thandi Miedema, who founded Calabash Tours in Port Elizabeth, whether township tours aren’t perhaps a little voyeuristic. Paul’s response is…
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Cape Agulhas lighthouse

  • Culture & HistoryWildlife & NatureWestern Cape
The Cape Agulhas lighthouse, built in the classic Egyptian Pharos style, presides over the southernmost tip of Africa – a coastline that was once a…
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Cape Care Route

  • Routes & TrailsWestern Cape
Cape Town is, they say, the loveliest city in the world. And who can argue, sitting on a Camps Bay terrace with a sundowner and…
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Cape Columbine Lighthouse, West Coast

  • Culture & HistoryWestern Cape
Before the Cape Columbine lighthouse was built in 1936, the West Coast of South Africa, from Saldanha to Stompneus Bay, was infamous for shipwrecks. The…
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Cape Dutch architecture

  • Culture & HistoryWestern Cape
The Cape Dutch architecture style has its roots in medieval Holland and Germany with strong French and Indonesian influences. The early houses were single-storey, usually…
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Cape fur seals

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & NatureWestern Cape
Go out to sea along South Africa’s west or southern coastline, and there’s an excellent chance of sighting a sinuous and curious seal. Seals are…
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Cape gannets

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & NatureWestern Cape
In flight, a Cape gannet is surely among the most graceful of birds. Also, when it turns on the wing to dive into the sea…
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Cape Malay cooking safari, Cape Town

  • Food & WineResponsible TourismWestern Cape
Cardamom, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, garlic, chillies. Take a deep sniff as you walk through Cape Town’s technicolour Bo-Kaap area and these are the…
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