A Shy Five safari

  • AdventureWildlife & Nature
This is a story about the animals you’d be lucky to see. The Shy Five, as they’re called, are very elusive, masters in the art…
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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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Adventures in and around Rustenburg

  • AdventureSportWildlife & NatureNorth West
A great introduction to the attractions of the South Africa countryside surrounding Rustenburg is by taking a trip up the Harties cableway. The view from…
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Adventures in and around Bloemfontein

  • AdventureWildlife & NatureFree State
Bloemfontein residents love their sport. Rugby is as popular as football, and hockey enjoys good support, while cricket lures the crowds during the summer months.…
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African Ivory Route

  • Routes & TrailsWildlife & NatureLimpopo
Thousands of years ago, elephant migratory routes criss-crossed the paths of ivory, gold and slave merchants in the northernmost parts of South Africa. This wild…
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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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African wild cats

  • Wildlife & Nature
It’s dark and in the Landrover’s spotlight you glimpse something small and striped. Then a moment of anticlimax as you realise it’s a cat. What…
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Agulhas National Park

  • Wildlife & NatureWestern Cape
Most people drive through the Agulhas National Park on their way to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa. There’s a glamour, an explorer’s thrill,…
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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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Amani Spa, Thornybush Game Lodge

  • Leisure & LifestyleWildlife & NatureLimpopo
The Amani Spa at Thornybush Game Lodge in the Thornybush Game Reserve is an intimate spa experience that fully embraces its natural surroundings. There’s nothing…
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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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Amphitheatre Heritage Trail, KwaZulu-Natal

  • AdventureRoutes & TrailsWildlife & NatureKwaZulu-Natal
While guided tours and porters now make it possible for those of average fitness to tackle the Amphitheatre Heritage Trail, you’ll still need plenty of…
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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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Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, North West

  • Wildlife & Nature
In the last few decades the De Wildt Cheetah Sanctuary near Pretoria has played a crucial role in the survival of the magnificent cheetah and…
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Ant's Nest horseback safaris

  • AccommodationAdventureWildlife & NatureLimpopo
Ant’s Nest is a luxury game lodge in Limpopo’s Waterberg Wilderness region that is famed for its wild and wonderful horseback safaris. Set in a…
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Camdeboo National Park

  • AccommodationWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
When you stand at the Valley of Desolation in the Camdeboo National Park surrounded by precariously balanced dolerite pillars rising to heights of 120m, you…
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Haenertsburg, Limpopo

  • ArtsLeisure & LifestyleWildlife & NatureLimpopo
Take a rural ramble around Haenertsburg, the charming hamlet at the heart of Limpopo’s Magoebaskloof Mountains. It’s a high mist and rainfall area with thick…
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Langjan Nature Reserve

  • Wildlife & NatureLimpopo
The Langjan Nature Reserve, near the small town of Alldays, is characterised by striking red sand dunes and scrub acacia bush. It’s as if a…
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Shark diving at Two Oceans Aquarium

  • AdventureWildlife & NatureWestern Cape
At the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, qualified scuba divers can go diving with sharks, without a cage. Shark sightings at the aquarium’s predator…
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The Dlinza Forest

  • Routes & TrailsWildlife & NatureKwaZulu-Natal
The Dlinza Forest is famous for its tree-top aerial boardwalk, incredible birdlife and vast array of insects. Lying just outside the town of Eshowe, Dlinza…
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uKhahlamba-Drakensberg

  • AdventureFood & WineWildlife & NatureKwaZulu-Natal
South Africa features many mountain ranges, none more impressive than KwaZulu-Natal’s 200km-long uKhahlamba-Drakensberg escarpment. With peaks that exceed 3 000m, the Berg – as it’s…
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Arabella Country Club

  • SportWildlife & NatureWestern Cape
Arabella Country Club in Overberg has played host to some of the world’s greatest golfers. The golf course, located within the Kolberg mountain range and…
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Kgaswane Mountain Nature Reserve, North West

  • Routes & TrailsWildlife & NatureNorth West
Just an hour and a half from either Johannesburg or Pretoria is the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve. It used to be called the Rustenburg Nature Reserve,…
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Mafikeng Private Game Reserve, North West

  • Wildlife & NatureNorth West
The Mafikeng Game Reserve is a popular recreational reserve that is home to approximately 2 000 head of plains game. The landscape of this private…
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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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African black oystercatchers

  • Wildlife & Nature
An odd thing about African black oystercatchers, apart from their somewhat bizarre appearance, is the fact that they almost never eat oysters. They hunt for…
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Amani Spa at Earth Lodge

  • Leisure & LifestyleWildlife & NatureMpumalanga
The healing hand of Africa works in wonderful ways at Amani Spa at Earth Lodge (at Sabi Sabi), in the famous Sabi Sand Reserve game…
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Animal sanctuaries

  • Wildlife & Nature
Animal sanctuaries in South Africa play a crucial role in the treatment and rehabilitation of injured or orphaned mammals, reptiles and birds.Some breeding centres have…
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Aquariums and zoos

  • Wildlife & Nature
South Africa has such an abundance of wildlife in its natural habitat that one wonders why aquariums and zoos are even necessary. The answer is…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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