1820 Settlers Monument

  • ArtsCulture & HistoryEastern Cape
The 1820 Settlers Monument, opened on 13 July 1974, was built to acknowledge the role of English settlers in the history of the Eastern Cape…
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A brief history of mining in South Africa

  • Culture & History
The exploitation of the region’s mineral resource base dates back to at least about 41 250 BC when late Stone Age populations began quarrying the…
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Aberdeen, Eastern Cape

  • Culture & HistoryEastern Cape
The village of Aberdeen lies within sight of the Camdeboo Mountains, 50km south of Graaff-Reinet in the Great Karoo. This small Eastern Cape settlement has…
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African ancestors and Amadlozi

  • Culture & HistoryKwaZulu-Natal
The AmaZulu, meaning ‘people of heaven’, are the largest ethnic group in South Africa and Zulu culture draws on a strong heritage of pre-Christian traditions…
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African mythology

  • Culture & History
Though African mythology is seeded in the esoteric realm, it also links into practical day to day life, helping to adapt human behaviour to the…
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Afrikaans Language Museum

  • Culture & HistoryWestern Cape
The emergence of new languages in modern times is unusual, but one that has come into being in recent history is Afrikaans, somewhat of a…
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Albany Museum, Grahamstown

  • Culture & HistoryEastern Cape
The Albany Museum complex, established in 1855, is the second-oldest museum in South Africa. It is a true ‘living’ museum, with a wide range of…
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Albert Luthuli

  • Culture & HistoryPeopleKwaZulu-Natal
The fight against the apartheid regime produced many heroes and claimed many lives. Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli was one such humanitarian hero who devoted his…
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Amandelboom, Williston

  • Culture & HistoryEventsNorthern Cape
Should you ever find yourself on a Sunday stroll around Amandelboom, the so-called coloured township of Williston village in the Upper Karoo, best you not…
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Amathole Mountains, Eastern Cape

  • Culture & HistoryWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
A Victorian-era British general once called the Amathole Mountains of the Eastern Cape a ‘peculiar geographical accident of country’. The Xhosa called them ‘The Calves’,…
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Amathole Museum

  • Culture & HistoryEastern Cape
In days gone by, the King William’s Town Museum (renamed Amathole Museum) had a tradition of adventurous curators in the Hemingway tradition. Old-time museums were…
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AmaZink township theatre, Kayamandi, Stellenbosch

  • ArtsCulture & HistoryFood & WineWestern Cape
The AmaZink Live performance showcases local talent in a setting that recreates the vibrancy of township street life, featuring township food and a crafter’s market…
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Ancient footprints, Fraserburg

  • Culture & HistoryNorthern Cape
On a certain day in 1968, a Karoo farmer by the name of Nic van Gass was stalking across the veld on his property, Gansfontein,…
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Ancient Karoo rock engravings

  • Culture & HistoryResponsible TourismNorthern Cape
Should you ever find yourself driving through the parched desert-scape of the northern Karoo at the bookend of a day, take a closer look in…
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Andulela Tours, Cape Town

  • Culture & HistoryResponsible TourismWestern Cape
If you’re interested in getting under the skin of Cape Town and surrounds, Andulela Tours, accredited with Fair Trade Tourism, offers some unusual day trips.…
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Anglo-Boer War Museum, Bloemfontein

  • Culture & HistoryFree State
South Africa began the 20th century in a state of war. The Boers had established two independent republics, namely the Orange Free State and the…
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Arend Dieperink Museum

  • Culture & HistoryLimpopo
Mokopane’s Arend Dieperink Museum showcases the history of the area, from over three million years ago to the recent past. The Arend Dieperink Museum is…
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Art Karoo

  • ArtsCulture & HistoryWestern Cape
The Karoo, a semi-arid area that covers over 400 000 square kilometres, is an endless source of inspiration for writers, poets and painters. The small…
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Mahikeng, North West

  • Culture & HistoryNorth West
Mahikeng – ‘the place among rocks’ – is the capital of the North West province and a predominantly rural region comprising hundreds of small villages…
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South African style Indian eats

  • Culture & HistoryFood & WineKwaZulu-Natal
South African Indian diaspora cuisine is deliciously distinct from that found in India itself. South Africans of Indian origin are generally descended either from South…
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Steytlerville, Eastern Cape

  • Culture & HistoryLeisure & LifestyleEastern Cape
The 1st thing you should learn when you visit the Karoo – South Africa’s dry heartland – is the time-honoured art of ‘stoep-sitting’ (sitting on…
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Herman Charles Bosman

  • ArtsCulture & HistoryPeopleNorth West
The bushveld characters he met while teaching in Groot Marico inspired some of his best-known work, the Oom Schalk Lourens series. In this series, an…
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Joseph Albert Mokoena

  • Culture & HistoryPeople
Joseph Albert Mokoena was born in Johannesburg in 1919. A passionate mathematician, Joseph Albert Mokoena had a natural aptitude for maths, which he displayed from…
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Adelaide, Eastern Cape

  • Culture & HistoryRoutes & TrailsEastern Cape
If you ever find yourself in the local doctor’s waiting room in Adelaide in the Eastern Cape, chances are you’ll see a sign that reads:…
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Adler Museum of Medicine, Johannesburg

  • Culture & HistoryGauteng
Find out about Victorian ear trumpets, early bleeding and cupping instruments, cranial crushers, notorious ‘iron lungs’ from the 20th century polio epidemics, the first ECG…
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Alexandra Township

  • Culture & HistoryLeisure & LifestyleGauteng
Abuzz with vivid social culture, you’ll find it’s impossible not to get caught up in the tumult that is Alexandra township life. It couldn’t be…
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Alfred Nzo

  • Culture & HistoryPeople
Born 1925 in Benoni, Alfred Nzo was shipped off to the Eastern Cape to attend a missionary school. By 1945 he was attending the politically…
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N12 Battlefields Route, Northern Cape

  • Culture & HistoryRoutes & TrailsNorthern Cape
The N12 Battlefields Route in the Northern Cape speaks of a history-changing war in South Africa. Both the British and the Boers claimed the right…
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Arniston, Western Cape

  • Culture & HistoryWildlife & NatureWestern Cape
For over 200 years the tiny town of Arniston on the Western Cape’s Indian Ocean seaboard was a fully functioning fishing village. Today, depleted fish…
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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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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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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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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, 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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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 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 Malay Doopmal ceremony

  • Culture & HistoryFood & WineWestern Cape
Cape Malay people are the descendants of 17th and 18th century exiled dissidents and slaves brought to the Cape from the Dutch East Indies. In…
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Cape Malay heritage tours

  • Culture & HistoryFood & WineRoutes & TrailsWestern Cape
Cape Malay heritage tours are a rewarding way to explore the interwoven histories of the Cape’s culturally diverse communities, and enjoy some sightseeing en-route. Arguably,…
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Cape Malay Merang ceremony

  • Culture & HistoryFood & WineWestern Cape
The Cape Malay Merang ceremony is an edible manifestation of South African history. Both sweet and sour memories are infused into the ritual and recipes…
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Cape Point Lighthouse, Western Cape

  • Culture & HistoryWestern Cape
On a clear day up at the old, decommissioned Cape Point lighthouse, it feels like you can see all the way down to Antarctica. And…
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Cape Recife Lighthouse, Port Elizabeth

  • Culture & HistoryEastern Cape
As you drive up to the Cape Recife lighthouse on the southern tip of Algoa Bay in Port Elizabeth, you might well find yourself in…
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Cape St Blaize lighthouse, Mossel Bay

  • Culture & HistoryWestern Cape
Cape St Blaize is a rocky promontory that juts out to sea and is part of the Mossel Bay town structure. There’s a huge cave…
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Cape Town City Hall

  • Culture & HistoryWestern Cape
It’s a balmy evening along the Grand Parade in central Cape Town as people dressed in everything from tuxedos to blue jeans arrive at the…
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Cape Town Holocaust Centre

  • Culture & HistoryWestern Cape
Among the darkest passages in the journey of humankind was the Holocaust, a supreme example of genocide and blind prejudice, in which six million Jews…
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Cape Town's Iziko Museums

  • Culture & HistoryWestern Cape
Cape Town’s Iziko Museums are a collection of African museums that aim to and inspire South Africa’s people (and her visitors) to celebrate the diverse…
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