Aardwolves

  • AccommodationResponsible TourismWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
Aardwolves, at first glance, look a little like hyenas, except much smaller and with a striped pelt. Not surprisingly, they are part of the same…
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African Angels of the Karoo

  • Leisure & LifestyleResponsible TourismEastern Cape
At first glance, the little Karoo town of Cradock seems an unlikely place to start a beauty therapy school called African Angels. Why here, in…
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African penguins on Dyer Island

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & NatureWestern Cape
For centuries, Dyer Island off Gansbaai was home to world’s greatest concentration of African penguins. It literally teemed with penguins and another seabirds, and as…
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Aliwal Shoal, KwaZulu-Natal

  • AdventureResponsible TourismWildlife & NatureKwaZulu-Natal
Ask a local diver what his or her favourite marine protected area is, and the answer is very likely to be Aliwal Shoal. The Aliwal…
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Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
Five of South Africa’s seven plant biomes are found in the Eastern Cape. Here the botany is almost as compelling as the Big Five attractions.…
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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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Animal conservation in South Africa

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & Nature
South Africa’s animal conservation safeguards much of the world’s charismatic megafauna, large beasts that need plenty of space to live and breathe free. Six-ton elephants…
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Art Versatile, East London

  • ArtsResponsible TourismEastern Cape
Litha Ncokazi is a young artist based in East London, a coastal town in the Eastern Cape province. As the owner of a little company…
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Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & NatureNorthern Cape
The /Ai /Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park is a cross-border conservation initiative between South Africa and Namibia. It brings together the Richtersveld National Park, managed jointly by…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Cape vultures

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & Nature
Ask any rehabilitator of injured raptors about their favourite birds, and they will confide that it is not the noble eagle, but instead the vulture…
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Caracals

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & Nature
The caracal, the closest African equivalent to a lynx, is the largest of the ‘small cats’ found in South Africa. With its black, tasselled ears,…
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Cata Cultural Village, Eastern Cape

  • AccommodationArtsCulture & HistoryResponsible TourismWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
Experience life in a traditional Xhosa cultural village when the people of Cata Cultural Village in the Eastern Cape warmly welcome you into their homes…
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Chrissiesmeer, Mpumalanga

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & NatureMpumalanga
Chrissiesmeer, in Mpumalanga’s lake district, was once an important staging post for transport wagons making their way to and from the interior to Maputo in…
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Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project

  • Culture & HistoryResponsible TourismWestern Cape
The Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project is conceived around the idea of the Cederberg landscape as a time machine, that visitors can ‘travel’ through using the…
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Coastal dune conservation

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & Nature
When South Africa banned vehicles from driving on beaches in 2001, there was a massive outcry, not least from the 4x4 fraternity. But in 2004…
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Cradock, Eastern Cape

  • Culture & HistoryResponsible TourismWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
The Great Fish River cuts through the little Karoo town of Cradock on its way to the Indian Ocean off the Eastern Cape coast. Since…
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Dolphin spotting in South Africa

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & Nature
There are nearly 10 dolphin species off the South African coast (and even more whale species – some of which are confusingly similar to dolphins).…
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Dyer Island Cruises

  • AdventureResponsible TourismWildlife & NatureWestern Cape
Two hours east of Cape Town lies the fishing port of Gansbaai. And as the staff of Dyer Island Cruises can attest, this is the…
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Eksteenfontein in the Richtersveld

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & NatureNorthern Cape
Eksteenfontein, perched on the very edge of the Richtersveld World Heritage Site, has one of the most interesting histories of any South African town. Most…
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Eland antelope

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & Nature
The first thing you notice about a full-grown eland is its sheer bulk. Richard D Estes, author of The Safari Companion, one of the most…
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Endangered Wildlife Trust

  • Responsible Tourism
Giant bullfrogs, wild dogs, wattled cranes, oribi antelope, humpback dolphins, riverine rabbits, blue swallows, yellow-billed oxpeckers, honeybadgers, rhinos, grasslands, river systems ... if there’s a…
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Flowering aloes

  • Responsible TourismRoutes & TrailsWildlife & Nature
In the middle of winter, in the coldest, bleakest time, flowers a plant that warms the view. The Aloe ferox (also known as the red…
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Forests

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & Nature
Many forests of South Africa are confined to the coastal provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Eastern Cape, although hundreds of smaller forests are tucked…
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Gemsbok antelope

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & Nature
As they stand proud on a red Kalahari dune, gemsbok antelope look like members of an immaculately clad presidential guard. Their rapier horns, striking face…
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Grassland wildflowers

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & NatureMpumalanga
Have you missed out on the great sweeps of spring daisies in Namaqualand and the glorious fynbos flowers in the Western Cape in September and…
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Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & Nature
The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park brings together some of the richest and most established wildlife areas in Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe, including South Africa’s…
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Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & NatureLimpopo
It seems quite fitting that the statesman who gave the world ‘holism’ and founded what would become the United Nations, first championed what is now…
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Green grading

  • Responsible Tourism
South African tourism grading started off, as most countries did, with a star system. One star ensured the basics, five stars secured you true luxury.…
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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & NatureWestern Cape
When Michael Lutzeyer bought a farm near Hermanus in 1991, he had no plans for it to become the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. He also…
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Hantam Botanical Gardens

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & NatureNorthern Cape
Your life will be enriched if you take the drive from Cape Town up the West Coast to the 6 200ha Hantam Botanical Gardens, situated…
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Hartenbos Beach, Mossel Bay

  • AccommodationLeisure & LifestyleResponsible TourismWildlife & NatureWestern Cape
Hartenbos Beach, a Blue Flag beach, promises visitors ‘everything under the sun’. This beach earned its prestigious Blue Flag status for its strict control of…
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Hawston Beach, Hermanus

  • Leisure & LifestyleResponsible TourismWildlife & NatureWestern Cape
Hawston Beach is found along a stretch of coastline to the west of Cape Town renowned for its whale and dolphin spotting opportunities. The little…
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HIV/AIDS Volunteering

  • Responsible Tourism
HIV/AIDS volunteering can be tremendously uplifting and rewarding for you and the patient. But it is not for everyone. Volunteers need to be aware that…
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Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden, Mpumalanga

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & NatureMpumalanga
The day starts with the balding Joao, well over 60 years old, doing a handstand. Claudine, a new arrival, greets Cozy. Martha plucks up her…
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