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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

Vervet monkeys: the mischievous primates with long tails are plentiful in many South African habitats

Vervet monkeys: the mischievous primates with long tails are plentiful in many South African habitats

Vervet monkeys are playful, mischievous primates that can be found all over eastern South Africa and are hugely entertaining to watch – as long as you keep the kitchen windows closed.

The Upper Karoo Route: meander through Northern Cape from Victoria West to Calvinia

The Upper Karoo Route: meander through Northern Cape from Victoria West to Calvinia

The Upper Karoo Route from Victoria West to Calvinia via Carnarvon offers the beautiful landscape of Northern Cape (strewn with daisies in spring), rare wildlife and a thriving, hospitable culture.

Weddings in Northern Cape: lush riverside farms and dramatic desert landscapes

Weddings in Northern Cape: lush riverside farms and dramatic desert landscapes

Northern Cape is a vast arid province bisected by the Orange River – a superb wedding destination, whether among lush vineyard greenery, spring wildflowers, or the stark dry beauty of the Kalahari.

Weddings in South Africa: unsurpassed natural beauty and warm hospitality guaranteed

Weddings in South Africa: unsurpassed natural beauty and warm hospitality guaranteed

The elegance of the Cape Winelands, the grandeur of the mountains, scenic views on lonely beaches, or surrounded by bushveld wildlife – plan a wedding in South Africa, and you’re spoilt for choice.

Zebras in South Africa: excellent places to spot Africa’s striped wild horse

Zebras in South Africa: excellent places to spot Africa’s striped wild horse

Almost every South African game reserve has Burchell’s zebras, a plains zebra subspecies, to delight visitors – and a few select parks are home to the rarer Cape mountain zebra.

The Klein Karoo, Western Cape: beneath the arid exterior, hidden jewels, aeons old

The Klein Karoo, Western Cape: beneath the arid exterior, hidden jewels, aeons old

The Klein Karoo in Western Cape might be dry, but it offers unique plants, enthralling nature reserves, magnificent mountain vistas, its own wine route, ostrich farms and the world-famous Cango Caves.

Thakadu River Camp in Madikwe Game Reserve: conservation uplifting local communities in North West and Limpopo.

Thakadu River Camp in Madikwe Game Reserve: conservation uplifting local communities in North West and Limpopo.

Thakadu River Camp is a Fair Trade Tourism-certified, 5-star lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve, a malaria-free park that brings social and financial benefits to the local Tlokwa community that owns it.

The South African savanna – spotting the teeming life in bushveld grasslands

The South African savanna – spotting the teeming life in bushveld grasslands

The Big 5 and a bewildering array of life can be found on South Africa’s savanna – regions rich in plant, bird, insect and animal diversity protected in parks like Hluhluwe-Imfolozi and Kruger.

Breathtaking scenery

This Women's Month take a girl's adventure to celebrate

This Women's Month take a girl's adventure to celebrate

August is Women’s Month in South Africa. What better time to start thinking of a girls’ trip or a solo getaway in and around South Africa?

Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal: idyllic town in the foothills of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg

Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal: idyllic town in the foothills of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg

Underberg offers visitors a bustling farm-town welcome in the foothills of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg – a great base from which to explore this part of KwaZulu-Natal’s many outdoor attractions.

The Upper Karoo Route: meander through Northern Cape from Victoria West to Calvinia

The Upper Karoo Route: meander through Northern Cape from Victoria West to Calvinia

The Upper Karoo Route from Victoria West to Calvinia via Carnarvon offers the beautiful landscape of Northern Cape (strewn with daisies in spring), rare wildlife and a thriving, hospitable culture.

The Tsitsikamma Woodcutters’ Journey: explore a beautiful indigenous forest

The Tsitsikamma Woodcutters’ Journey: explore a beautiful indigenous forest

The Tsitsikamma Woodcutters’ Journey on the Garden Route in Western Cape takes you through pristine indigenous forests in one of South Africa’s most beautiful national parks.

Weddings in Northern Cape: lush riverside farms and dramatic desert landscapes

Weddings in Northern Cape: lush riverside farms and dramatic desert landscapes

Northern Cape is a vast arid province bisected by the Orange River – a superb wedding destination, whether among lush vineyard greenery, spring wildflowers, or the stark dry beauty of the Kalahari.

Weddings in South Africa: unsurpassed natural beauty and warm hospitality guaranteed

Weddings in South Africa: unsurpassed natural beauty and warm hospitality guaranteed

The elegance of the Cape Winelands, the grandeur of the mountains, scenic views on lonely beaches, or surrounded by bushveld wildlife – plan a wedding in South Africa, and you’re spoilt for choice.

Northern Cape: wide-open spaces filled with wildflowers, diamonds and wildlife

Northern Cape: wide-open spaces filled with wildflowers, diamonds and wildlife

Northern Cape is South Africa’s driest province, where the arid Karoo merges with the true desert of the Kalahari – but it offers wildlife aplenty, a mighty life-giving river and spectacular scenery.

The Wild Flower Route through Northern Cape: feast your eyes and soul on the pride of Namaqualand

The Wild Flower Route through Northern Cape: feast your eyes and soul on the pride of Namaqualand

The Wild Flower Route through Northern Cape province is a wonderland in spring, featuring legendary Namaqualand daisies and thousands more species, and again in autumn when the amaryllis bloom.

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

Two Oceans Aquarium: the wonders of both the Indian and Atlantic oceans under one Cape Town roof

Two Oceans Aquarium: the wonders of both the Indian and Atlantic oceans under one Cape Town roof

The Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town houses vivid and educational displays of marvellous life from beneath the waters of the Indian and the Atlantic oceans, both of which wash Western Cape shores.

Weddings in South Africa: unsurpassed natural beauty and warm hospitality guaranteed

Weddings in South Africa: unsurpassed natural beauty and warm hospitality guaranteed

The elegance of the Cape Winelands, the grandeur of the mountains, scenic views on lonely beaches, or surrounded by bushveld wildlife – plan a wedding in South Africa, and you’re spoilt for choice.

Western Cape: fun in the sun, from the mountains to the sea

Western Cape: fun in the sun, from the mountains to the sea

Western Cape is South Africa’s premier province for fun in the sun: Cape Town is surrounded by world-class wine routes, stunning scenery and unique West Coast and Garden Route flora and fauna.

Witsand Beach, Western Cape: get away from it all on pristine white sands

Witsand Beach, Western Cape: get away from it all on pristine white sands

Witsand Beach in Western Cape province offers pristine white Blue Flag beaches, superb land-based whale watching, a wide variety of water sports and magnificent plants, birds and animals to view.

The wreck of the Arniston, Western Cape: a town renamed after a tragedy at sea

The wreck of the Arniston, Western Cape: a town renamed after a tragedy at sea

Arniston, Western Cape, originally called Waenhuiskrans, received an informal name change after a tragic shipwreck in 1815 – under either name, it’s an idyllic resort village on the Agulhas coast.

The Hunter-Gatherer Trail along the Garden Route: hike through the landscape of an ancient human heritage

The Hunter-Gatherer Trail along the Garden Route: hike through the landscape of an ancient human heritage

Hike the Hunter-Gatherer Trail in Western Cape along the Garden Route to experience the landscape as humans did for tens of thousands of years, and you’ll know you’re in the Cradle of Human Culture.

The Freedom Trail: coast to coast on a mountain bike

The Freedom Trail: coast to coast on a mountain bike

The Freedom Trail is an exhilarating mountain-bike route from East Coast to West Coast in South Africa that runs through some of the most spectacular natural beauty the country has to offer.

The Diamond Coast, Northern Cape: shipwrecks, diamonds and romance await

The Diamond Coast, Northern Cape: shipwrecks, diamonds and romance await

Northern Cape’s Diamond Coast – from Port Nolloth to Alexander Bay – is perfect for romantic getaways featuring shipwrecks, glorious scenery and spring flowers… and sparkly gems!

Bustling city life

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.

Self-catering accommodation in South Africa: enjoy privacy, space, and that home-away-from-home feeling

Self-catering accommodation in South Africa: enjoy privacy, space, and that home-away-from-home feeling

Self-catering accommodation is available at several levels throughout South Africa, from basic to luxury, so it’s a handy option for business travellers, families and those stretching a tight budget.

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.

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.

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.

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

South Africa’s Eastern Cape, Nelson Mandela’s home province

South Africa’s Eastern Cape, Nelson Mandela’s home province

Home to glorious stretches of beaches, mountainous terrains, jaw-dropping rock formations, a rich catalogue of plant and wildlife which includes the Big 7 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, Southern Right whales and Great White sharks), South Africa’s Eastern Cape province is also the birth place of the late global icon and humanitarian - Nelson Mandela. The acclaimed leader, whose birthday is celebrated globally through acts of kindness on 18 July, was born and raised amongst this province’s lush valleys and winding rivers.

Celebrate Nelson Mandela’s birthday by exploring South Africa’s historical attractions and sites

Celebrate Nelson Mandela’s birthday by exploring South Africa’s historical attractions and sites

If your idea of an ultimate getaway involves exploring a destination rich with history — complete with refreshing outdoors that promise total relaxation — then South Africa is the place for you. Home to global icon, late former President Nelson Mandela whose humanitarian efforts continue to be celebrated annually on 18 July, South Africa is the ultimate place to experience humanity in its truest sense.

Don’t wait - join in on South Africa’s Youth Day Celebrations

Don’t wait - join in on South Africa’s Youth Day Celebrations

South Africa has a rich history of art, music and culture and is home to a burgeoning youth culture that is redefining the country’s social landscape. Celebrated on the 16th of June each year, Youth Day honours the anniversary of the 1976 Soweto youth uprising and recognises the role played by the youth in the liberation of the country.

Valley of a Thousand Hills, KwaZulu-Natal: picturesque gateway to the Midlands

Valley of a Thousand Hills, KwaZulu-Natal: picturesque gateway to the Midlands

The Valley of a Thousand Hills between Durban and Pietermaritzburg is the gateway to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, rich in history, culture, scenic beauty, outdoor adventures and tourist attractions.

The Upper Karoo Route: meander through Northern Cape from Victoria West to Calvinia

The Upper Karoo Route: meander through Northern Cape from Victoria West to Calvinia

The Upper Karoo Route from Victoria West to Calvinia via Carnarvon offers the beautiful landscape of Northern Cape (strewn with daisies in spring), rare wildlife and a thriving, hospitable culture.

Volunteer teaching in South Africa: learning to make a difference

Volunteer teaching in South Africa: learning to make a difference

As ‘voluntourism’ continues to be a trend, volunteer teaching options around South Africa are an excellent way to pass on literacy, numeracy and other skills to disadvantaged children and adults.

Xhosa cuisine: a delicious blend of ancient and modern

Xhosa cuisine: a delicious blend of ancient and modern

Visitors to South Africa should make sure they try Xhosa cuisine, whether in its Eastern Cape heartland or anywhere else that offers umngqusho, amasi, ikhowa and other delicacies.

Xhosa traditions: discover Eastern Cape’s indigenous culture

Xhosa traditions: discover Eastern Cape’s indigenous culture

Cultural villages and museums in South Africa are great places to learn more about Xhosa traditions and how these express the culture and beliefs of this ancient Eastern Cape people.

Active adventure

uKhahlamba adventures, KwaZulu-Natal: mountains of fun in the Drakensberg

uKhahlamba adventures, KwaZulu-Natal: mountains of fun in the Drakensberg

The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg region offers breath-taking mountain views and adventures of note: hiking, rock-climbing, paragliding, mountain-biking, abseiling, ice-climbing, horse-riding and more.

Trail running in South Africa: off the beaten track… into Eden

Trail running in South Africa: off the beaten track… into Eden

South Africa has amazing trail-running terrain for visiting athletes, including mountains, forests, bushveld, beaches, savannahs and deserts – as well as some competitive runs to consider.

The Tsitsikamma Woodcutters’ Journey: explore a beautiful indigenous forest

The Tsitsikamma Woodcutters’ Journey: explore a beautiful indigenous forest

The Tsitsikamma Woodcutters’ Journey on the Garden Route in Western Cape takes you through pristine indigenous forests in one of South Africa’s most beautiful national parks.

Zipline in the Sabie River Valley: a fast and furious adventure in Mpumalanga province

Zipline in the Sabie River Valley: a fast and furious adventure in Mpumalanga province

Zipline through breath-taking Mpumalanga scenery with Induna Adventures in the Sabie River Valley on the Panorama Route – one of several exhilarating zip slide experiences on offer in South Africa.

The Overberg on horseback: exploring Western Cape from the saddle

The Overberg on horseback: exploring Western Cape from the saddle

South Africa’s Overberg region, where mountains, fynbos and strandveld descend spectacularly to the sea on the Whale Coast of Western Cape province, is a great spot to explore on horseback.

The Klein Karoo, Western Cape: beneath the arid exterior, hidden jewels, aeons old

The Klein Karoo, Western Cape: beneath the arid exterior, hidden jewels, aeons old

The Klein Karoo in Western Cape might be dry, but it offers unique plants, enthralling nature reserves, magnificent mountain vistas, its own wine route, ostrich farms and the world-famous Cango Caves.

The Hunter-Gatherer Trail along the Garden Route: hike through the landscape of an ancient human heritage

The Hunter-Gatherer Trail along the Garden Route: hike through the landscape of an ancient human heritage

Hike the Hunter-Gatherer Trail in Western Cape along the Garden Route to experience the landscape as humans did for tens of thousands of years, and you’ll know you’re in the Cradle of Human Culture.

The Freedom Trail: coast to coast on a mountain bike

The Freedom Trail: coast to coast on a mountain bike

The Freedom Trail is an exhilarating mountain-bike route from East Coast to West Coast in South Africa that runs through some of the most spectacular natural beauty the country has to offer.

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