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WWith nine provinces to explore, each with a soul of their own, you’ll never run out of memories to make.
South Africa’s third-smallest province, KwaZulu-Natal has a wealth of scenic and cultural attractions.
Mpumalanga means ‘the land of the rising sun’ in the local siSwati and Zulu languages, a name it derives from lying on the eastern border of the country.
The Free State is essentially an agricultural province and its appeal lies in its scenic beauty, rural tranquillity and natural attractions.
The scenic splendour of the Western Cape has long been a drawcard in South Africa.
The Northern Cape is the largest of South Africa’s provinces but has the smallest population, making it one of the more remote areas of the country.
Small town charm
With varying habitats along the way, you can expect to see a plethora of birdlife on the Free State birding route. The Free State is also one of the most scenic parts of South Africa, making it a must-see for birders and keen photographers.
The Franschhoek Wine Route offers an array of innovative food and wine pairings. The town of Franschhoek has a rich Gallic heritage dating back to 1688 and refers to itself as ‘South Africa’s gourmet capital’.
The West Coast Wine Route follows the N7 North and has a surprisingly large selection and quality of award winning wines to chose from. It includes boutique and garagiste producers, along with some of the largest wineries in the country.
Eastern Cape province is the heartland of South African English culture, as the site of the first mass settlement of British settlers around the city they called Grahamstown – now renamed Makhanda.
South Africa’s Shipwreck and Daisies Route from Leliefontein to Kleinzee in Northern Cape combines astounding natural beauty with Namaqualand hospitality and a side-order of history and culture.
The Maritime Museum in Mossel Bay, which offers visitors a glimpse of 15th-Century seafaring life, is a great starting point to explore this historic Western Cape town.
Long Tom Pass in Mpumalanga province takes its name from South Africa’s war-ravaged past, but it’s the road to a region of astonishing natural beauty and some of the country’s quirkier history.
In the Tooley family since 1904, Kings Walden Garden is a treasure of fountains, paths and flowers reminiscent of colonial style estates set against the backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains.