1V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Every aspect of South African urban culture meets at South Africa’s top attraction – food, shopping, entertainment, heritage and recreation.
2Township tours, countrywide
Soweto outside Johannesburg is the best-known township tour, but you can find guided township tours in every corner of the country, each with their own history, identity and stories to tell.
3Eating out, countrywide
Like a complex stock, South African cuisine is a reduction of a myriad influences – Indian, Asian, Afro-Portuguese, Cantonese and more recently, East and West African; and you’ll relish this fascinating confluence of flavours when you dine out in South Africa.
4Gold Reef City, Johannesburg
Step back into the early, heady days of the City of Gold when fortune seekers in search of their share of newly discovered gold descended on a dusty tent town.
Located around Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown is a magnet for artists, musicians, and performers, with a trendy, cutting-edge vibe and the same avant garde attitude that made it a hot-bed of artistic resistance under apartheid.
6Oriental Walkabout, Durban
Durban is host to one of the largest Indian populations outside of Asia. On a walking tour, visit the Jumma Musjid Mosque, the historic Grey Street business precinct and the famous Victoria Street Market to see how this community of former indentured labour has spiced up the city.
7Art galleries, countrywide
From Pierneef to Picasso, there are exciting art collections to view throughout our major urban centres.
8African Arts and Crafts, countrywide
There are countless curio shops, roadside markets and upmarket malls where you can buy African arts and crafts. Look out for Rosebank’s African Craft Market in Johannesburg, as well as Cape Town’s Pan African Market in Long Street and Greenmarket Square.
9Arts and Music Festivals, countrywide
From the traditional celebrations of the Cape Minstrel Carnival at New Year
to OppiKoppi in Limpopo – South Africa’s answer to Glastonbury; and our equivalent of the Edinburgh International Festival - the National Arts Festival or the Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees, get a taste of South Africa’s creative expression through our nationwide arts and music festivals.
Night owls and party animals in search of a good time can live it up in our urban centres, where everything from casino action to night clubs, bars, pubs, theatres, live music gigs and concerts is on offer. Head for our townships for some of the hottest after hours action.