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TTo be in South Africa is to be part of a story that goes back to the start of all humanity. Today, South Africa has evolved into an amazing mix of modern cultures, inspiring history and incredible heroes. It really is a melting pot with roots that run deeper than you think.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Breathtaking scenery

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

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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.

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Xhosa cuisine: a delicious blend of ancient and modern

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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.

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Xhosa traditions: discover Eastern Cape’s indigenous culture

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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.

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The Sotho people: cowboys of South Africa

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The Sotho people: cowboys of South Africa

Around 10-million Sotho people – including the Tswana and Pedi – live in South Africa and Lesotho; explore the culture and traditions of our second-largest ethnic group when you visit.

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Tour Soweto in Gauteng: experience vibrant township life and the spirit not even apartheid could crush in the south of Johannesburg

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Tour Soweto in Gauteng: experience vibrant township life and the spirit not even apartheid could crush in the south of Johannesburg

Take a tour of Soweto, Johannesburg’s vibrant city-within-a-city – apart from learning the history of the struggle against apartheid, you can immerse yourself in a modern urban vibe with lots to do.

Active adventure

Soweto Bicycle Tours: see the famed suburbs on two wheels

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Soweto Bicycle Tours: see the famed suburbs on two wheels

Soweto Bicycle Tours let you explore South Africa’s most famous township’s streets with a qualified guide, taking in historical sites like the former homes of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Tutu.

Bustling city life

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

Bustling city life
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.

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South African cultural museums: rich traditions and history all over

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South African cultural museums: rich traditions and history all over

South Africans are a diverse mix of peoples from Africa, Europe, Asia and elsewhere, and the many museums scattered around the country preserve rich histories, heritages and cultural traditions.

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Cata Cultural Village, Eastern Cape: a small Xhosa community with a big heart

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Cata Cultural Village, Eastern Cape: a small Xhosa community with a big heart

Cata Cultural Village is a traditional Xhosa community that allows visitors to learn all about the local people and their heritage while enjoying the attractions of Eastern Cape province.

Wildlife safari

Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown/Makhanda: drive ‘the Wildlife Route’ through frontier history

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Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown/Makhanda: drive ‘the Wildlife Route’ through frontier history

The ‘Wildlife Route’ from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown/Makhanda in Eastern Cape offers a journey through European/Xhosa frontier history, exquisite birds, elephants and scenery, and delicious food.

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Netflix Local Content helps revive South African Tourism

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Netflix Local Content helps revive South African Tourism

A cultural affinity survey showed that audiences abroad are 3.1 times more likely to travel to South Africa after watching content on Netflix that featured South Africa proving that content as a creative solution, drives tourism into the country. The viewers were especially attracted to the landmarks and monuments explored by co-stars of one of the many NetflixSA shows, Sne Mbatha and Noxolo Dlamini, in this YouTube video, where they walk through the rich-in-culture city of Durban, one of South Africa’s warmest and most humid cities.

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Meet some of the local content and talent responsible for reviving South Africa's Tourism Industry

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Meet some of the local content and talent responsible for reviving South Africa's Tourism Industry

A cultural affinity survey showed that audiences abroad are 3.1 times more likely to travel to South Africa after watching the collection highlights – proving the content as a creative solution to drive tourism into the country. Viewers of Blood and Water, were especially attracted to the landmarks and monuments depicted in the show. Attractions that were explored by co-stars of the hit show, Dillon Windvogel and Ama Qamata, in this YouTube video where they walk through the stunning city of Cape Town. South Africa’s oldest town. The Mother City.

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South African Tourism - Heritage Day

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South African Tourism - Heritage Day

Feast your eyes, feed your soul and be inspired by South Africa in full bloom… South Africa is unique. It is one country in the world where one can weave a vibrant tapestry of culture and heritage from the many and varied attractions, experiences and influences that permeate daily living.

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Celebrate Women's month with Netflix JIVA

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Celebrate Women's month with Netflix JIVA

Celebrate Women's Month with Netflix JIVA and South African Tourism Explore the diversity and beauty of South Africa. Discover amazing landscapes that feature everything from breathtaking peaks to serene wide-open desert lands. This Women's month, South African Tourism together with global on-demand video streaming service, Netflix, creators of the SA pop culture hit show, Jiva. are showcasing perfect girl getaways across South Africa's nine provinces. Whether you're a vlog-it-girl or just simply itching to go out and explore, pack a bag with mom, daughter, sister, partner, or friend and enjoy Mzansi. There's plenty to see and do.

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

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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.

Vibrant culture

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

Vibrant culture
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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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