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AA safari in the untouched wild, a breathtaking view, a sun-soaked beach, the pulse of a bustling city, a fascinating window into a vibrant culture, an unforgettable adventure through an outdoor playground – in South Africa you can have it all!

Wildlife safari

Sweet silence, solitude and space – Tankwa Karoo National Park

Sweet silence, solitude and space – Tankwa Karoo National Park

The Tankwa Karoo National Park in the Great Karoo is in a remote area that is perfect for birdwatching, star gazing and spotting semi-desert flora.

In the footsteps of forefathers – Taung Heritage Route, North West

In the footsteps of forefathers – Taung Heritage Route, North West

Taung Heritage Route is part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and includes the site where a 2.5-million-year-old fossilised skull of a hominid child was found.

Belly safari in the Kgalagadi – tracking with the Khomani San

Belly safari in the Kgalagadi – tracking with the Khomani San

Tracking with the Khomani San in the southern Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park means quietly concentrating on the world of small things.

Mighty, medicinal, marvellous – great trees of South Africa

Mighty, medicinal, marvellous – great trees of South Africa

The great trees of South Africa range from the mighty baobab, the medicinal marula and quirky sausage tree, to giant leadwoods and the green-trunked fever tree.

Turtle-tracking safaris, KwaZulu-Natal

Turtle-tracking safaris, KwaZulu-Natal

A turtle-tracking safari along Maputaland’s beaches in KwaZulu-Natal involves searching for marine leatherback and loggerhead turtles laying their eggs, or emerging hatchlings.

Faces only mothers could love – the Ugly 5

Faces only mothers could love – the Ugly 5

The Ugly 5 is a listing of animals that includes the hyena, marabou stork, vulture, warthog and wildebeest – a fun alternative when the Big 5 are proving difficult to see.

Walking trails in the Kruger National Park

Walking trails in the Kruger National Park

From rustic routes to 5-star luxury camps, there are a number of ways to experience the guided walking trails in the Greater Kruger National Park.

Desert footsteps – a Kalahari San guided trail

Desert footsteps – a Kalahari San guided trail

Visitors can experience the traditional Kalahari San way of life by going on a guided trail where San trackers share their stories, knowledge and skills.

Breathtaking scenery

Land of snow and stars – Sutherland, Northern Cape

Land of snow and stars – Sutherland, Northern Cape

Sutherland, Northern Cape, is home to the world-famous Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) – one of the best star-viewing destinations in the southern hemisphere.

Table Mountain’s cycling trails

Table Mountain’s cycling trails

Table Mountain in Cape Town offers a number of excellent cycling paths and biking trails that can be explored with a hired mountain bike or guided cycling tour.

Sweet silence, solitude and space – Tankwa Karoo National Park

Sweet silence, solitude and space – Tankwa Karoo National Park

The Tankwa Karoo National Park in the Great Karoo is in a remote area that is perfect for birdwatching, star gazing and spotting semi-desert flora.

The best views of Johannesburg – Top of Africa, Carlton Centre

The best views of Johannesburg – Top of Africa, Carlton Centre

The Top of Africa is a wrap-around viewing deck at the top of the 50-storey, 223m-high Carlton Centre in Johannesburg.

A demanding race along the coast – The Two Oceans Marathon

A demanding race along the coast – The Two Oceans Marathon

The Two Oceans Marathon route runs between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans down on the Cape Peninsula and offers ultramarathon and half-marathon options.

The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountains

The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountains

The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountain range is a World Heritage Site due to its diversity of plant life and the richest collection of San rock paintings in Africa.

Smithfield to Philippolis – the upper Gariep route

Smithfield to Philippolis – the upper Gariep route

A road trip from Smithfield to Philippolis offers visitors South African War history, friendly small towns, the Gariep Dam, ancient rock art and access to tigers.

Water bird wonderland – Mpumalanga’s water birds

Water bird wonderland – Mpumalanga’s water birds

Mpumalanga boasts several water bird destinations where birders can view Pel’s fishing owl, saddle-billed storks, white-winged flufftails, Cape wagtails and more along dams, rivers and streams.

The Kruger National Park – a safari destination that can’t be missed.

Not only can you catch a glimpse of the famous Big Five, but you'll find yourself surrounded by hundreds of species of birds, ancient trees, winding rivers, superb accommodation and adventure.

Sun-soaked coast

Tiger shark diving in South Africa

Tiger shark diving in South Africa

South Africa is one of the few countries in the world that offers cage-free diving tours with tiger sharks along the east coast, from KwaZulu-Natal to the Eastern Cape.

A demanding race along the coast – The Two Oceans Marathon

A demanding race along the coast – The Two Oceans Marathon

The Two Oceans Marathon route runs between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans down on the Cape Peninsula and offers ultramarathon and half-marathon options.

Chintsa, Eastern Cape: best chill-out hideaway on the Wild Coast (1)

Chintsa, Eastern Cape: best chill-out hideaway on the Wild Coast (1)

Once you can pronounce it, Chintsa on the Wild Coast could become your favourite Eastern Cape destination – it offers a magnificent beach, and the choice of utter relaxation or a host of activities.

The Whale Crier of Hermanus

The Whale Crier of Hermanus

The daily arrival of southern right whales in Hermanus is heralded by the world-famous whale crier, who sounds his horn to proclaim the good news.

An award-winning incentive destination – Western Cape incentives

An award-winning incentive destination – Western Cape incentives

The Western Cape offers a rich floral kingdom, pristine beaches, a globally renowned wine industry, award-winning restaurants and a unique history and heritage.

Western Cape highlights

Western Cape highlights

Western Cape highlights include Table Mountain, Robben Island, the West Coast and Whale Coast, the Cape winelands, the Karoo and the verdant Garden Route.

Watersports in South Africa

Watersports in South Africa

Watersports are a big part of South African outdoor culture, and adventurers are spoiled for choice.

Hartenbos Beach near Mossel Bay: Blue Flag seaside fun on Western Cape’s southern coast.

Hartenbos Beach near Mossel Bay: Blue Flag seaside fun on Western Cape’s southern coast.

Hartenbos Beach near Mossel Bay in Western Cape offers visitors Blue Flag-status safety, facilities and environmental management, family seaside attractions, water sports and whale- or bird-watching.

Bustling city life

The best views of Johannesburg – Top of Africa, Carlton Centre

The best views of Johannesburg – Top of Africa, Carlton Centre

The Top of Africa is a wrap-around viewing deck at the top of the 50-storey, 223m-high Carlton Centre in Johannesburg.

A showcase of African art – Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg

A showcase of African art – Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg

Wits Art Museum – part of the University of the Witwatersrand – houses an African art collection that was started in the 1920s and includes masks, photographs, paintings and more.

An award-winning incentive destination – Western Cape incentives

An award-winning incentive destination – Western Cape incentives

The Western Cape offers a rich floral kingdom, pristine beaches, a globally renowned wine industry, award-winning restaurants and a unique history and heritage.

Western Cape highlights

Western Cape highlights

Western Cape highlights include Table Mountain, Robben Island, the West Coast and Whale Coast, the Cape winelands, the Karoo and the verdant Garden Route.

Nobel Square, Cape Town: South African history makers on the waterfront in Western Cape

Nobel Square, Cape Town: South African history makers on the waterfront in Western Cape

Nobel Square at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront honours Nelson Mandela, FW de Klerk, Desmond Tutu and Alfred Luthuli – the 4 South Africans who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Greenside, Johannesburg: leafy, outdoorsy suburbia and great restaurants in Gauteng

Greenside, Johannesburg: leafy, outdoorsy suburbia and great restaurants in Gauteng

Leafy Greenside in Johannesburg looks spectacular in spring and offers excellent restaurants and bars, great shopping and nearby outdoor attractions like golf, water sports and botanical gardens.

SAB World of Beer, Johannesburg – celebrating the history of the amber elixir in Gauteng.

SAB World of Beer, Johannesburg – celebrating the history of the amber elixir in Gauteng.

South African Breweries’ World of Beer in Newtown Cultural Precinct, Johannesburg, presents a fascinating history of beer globally, and brewing in South Africa – with some welcome samples thrown in.

South African architectural tours: explore the urban design that built a nation

South African architectural tours: explore the urban design that built a nation

South African urban architectural design tours introduce visitors to the eclectic array of styles and influences behind the country’s most iconic buildings.

Add some adventure to your township tour at the Orlando Towers

The Orlando Towers bungee in Soweto adds a whole new dimension to sightseeing in this famous Johannesburg township.

Vibrant culture

Art of myth and legend – Venda art, Limpopo

Art of myth and legend – Venda art, Limpopo

Venda art encompasses a range of genres and media, with artists producing paintings, etchings, sculpture, woodcarvings, beadwork, pottery and textiles.

Sacred Venda traditions, Limpopo

Sacred Venda traditions, Limpopo

While revering ancestors, Venda beliefs include a white python and water sprites that need to be nurtured.

Ethical and responsible volunteering – tips for voluntourists to South Africa

Ethical and responsible volunteering – tips for voluntourists to South Africa

Responsible volunteering or voluntourism in South Africa requires a delicate balance between your expectations and your host’s, so here’s some advice to make it a success.

Desert footsteps – a Kalahari San guided trail

Desert footsteps – a Kalahari San guided trail

Visitors can experience the traditional Kalahari San way of life by going on a guided trail where San trackers share their stories, knowledge and skills.

Gemsbok antelope: spirit of the Kalahari Desert

Gemsbok antelope: spirit of the Kalahari Desert

The South African oryx – universally called gemsbok by the locals – embodies the spirit of the Kalahari Desert: magnificent to look at, adapted to the heat and aridity, and hard to conquer.

The Beer Tour in KwaZulu-Natal: raising a tankard to local brewers

The Beer Tour in KwaZulu-Natal: raising a tankard to local brewers

KwaZulu-Natal’s climate allows for some excellent beer making, and a tour up and down the coast, then inland to the Midlands, allows you to sample the wares of brewers large and small.

Colourful culture – Xhosa beadwork

Colourful culture – Xhosa beadwork

Xhosa beadwork carries special cultural significance and can be seen and purchased in several places around South Africa.

A showcase of African art – Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg

A showcase of African art – Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg

Wits Art Museum – part of the University of the Witwatersrand – houses an African art collection that was started in the 1920s and includes masks, photographs, paintings and more.

Active adventure

Table Mountain’s cycling trails

Table Mountain’s cycling trails

Table Mountain in Cape Town offers a number of excellent cycling paths and biking trails that can be explored with a hired mountain bike or guided cycling tour.

Tiger shark diving in South Africa

Tiger shark diving in South Africa

South Africa is one of the few countries in the world that offers cage-free diving tours with tiger sharks along the east coast, from KwaZulu-Natal to the Eastern Cape.

A demanding race along the coast – The Two Oceans Marathon

A demanding race along the coast – The Two Oceans Marathon

The Two Oceans Marathon route runs between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans down on the Cape Peninsula and offers ultramarathon and half-marathon options.

The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountains

The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountains

The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountain range is a World Heritage Site due to its diversity of plant life and the richest collection of San rock paintings in Africa.

Volleyball in South Africa

Volleyball in South Africa

South Africa offers both indoor- and beach-volleyball facilities, and anyone can start playing.

Walking trails in the Kruger National Park

Walking trails in the Kruger National Park

From rustic routes to 5-star luxury camps, there are a number of ways to experience the guided walking trails in the Greater Kruger National Park.

Desert footsteps – a Kalahari San guided trail

Desert footsteps – a Kalahari San guided trail

Visitors can experience the traditional Kalahari San way of life by going on a guided trail where San trackers share their stories, knowledge and skills.

The Waterberg Meander, Limpopo

The Waterberg Meander, Limpopo

The Waterberg Meander in Limpopo is a celebration of culture in an area that includes national parks, wilderness areas, private game reserves and tribal areas.

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