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SSouth Africa’s sun-soaked coast lies ready, all-year round, to share its secrets, adventures and lazy days with you. With golden beaches and unspoiled nature, it’s more than just the place where the cool Atlantic and warm Indian Oceans meet. It’s 2500km of pure wanderlust.

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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!

Surfing in South Africa: hot weather; cool waves

Surfing in South Africa: hot weather; cool waves

South Africa is a surfer’s paradise, and whether you’re a novice or an old pro, the different conditions of the West Coast, Garden Route, Wild Coast and KwaZulu-Natal offers something for everyone.

South Africa to Mozambique: ready for a trans-border adventure?

South Africa to Mozambique: ready for a trans-border adventure?

A trans-border adventure from South Africa to Mozambique will take you from game viewing in the bush to idyllic Indian Ocean playgrounds, via the urban delights of Maputo: ‘the Havana of Africa’.

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.

Sea kayaking in Western Cape: ocean views like no other

Sea kayaking in Western Cape: ocean views like no other

Sea kayaking off the coast of Western Cape province is superb exercise, a great way to see some stunning coastline and a chance to soothe your soul in South Africa’s diverse marine environment.

National Geographic Through the Lens with Thomas Peschak

Thomas Peschak is an assignment photographer for National Geographic and the Director of Conservation for the Save our Seas Foundation (SOSF). He is a senior fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and has been named as one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world.

Originally trained as a marine biologist, he retired from science fieldwork in 2004. He became an environmental photojournalist after realizing that he could have a greater conservation impact with photographs than statistics. Yet he remains rooted in marine science through his roles as Director of Conservation for SOSF and Founding/Associate Director of the Manta Trust. He strives to merge photojournalism and cutting edge science to create powerful media projects that tackle some of the most critical marine conservation issues of our time.

Thomas has written and photographed five books and he is a multiple winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. In 2011 and 2013 he received World Press Photo Awards for his work.

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