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EEvery day in scenic South Africa ends with a horizon to look out on. No matter which province you’re in, you’re always right around corner from something breathtaking… something that will leave you incapable of saying anything other than “wow”.

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Ficksburg Cherry Festival

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Ficksburg Cherry Festival

The first Cherry Festival was held in 1968 and is the longest-running festival in South Africa. You can indulge on fresh, succulent cherries – harvested from October to December. The festival stretches over three days and attracts up to 30 000 people. The festival offers quality family shows and activities such as the herding of sheep, horse rides, camel rides, helicopter flips, steam train rides at Sandstone Estate, and tours through the town to see the beautiful sandstone buildings and architecture. Ficksburg is situated on the scenic landscape of the eastern Free State, nestled between the foot of the Imperani Mountain and the banks of the Caledon River. It is known as the cherry capital of the world, and to celebrate this fact, the town hosts the annual cherry festival. It is the largest cherry-producing area in South Africa, and the first successful cherry trees were planted in this area in 1905.

As the Royals head to South Africa…here are the best family experiences in Cape Town and beyond

As the Royals head to South Africa…here are the best family experiences in Cape Town and beyond

With no jetlag, a great year-round climate (particularly during school holidays), the strength of the pound against the South African Rand giving families fantastic value for money and an incredible abundance of nature and wildlife, South Africa is an ideal destination for families. To mark the royal visit, here are some of the top family activities in Cape Town and beyond.

The delight and complexity of South African architecture

The delight and complexity of South African architecture

If calamity were to strike humanity, and archaeologists of a distant future were to enquire about how we lived, they would draw upon our architecture to paint a picture of who we were.

Must-visit places in the Cape Winelands

Must-visit places in the Cape Winelands

Must-visit places in the Cape Winelands.

Drakensberg Mountains - the barrier of spears

Drakensberg Mountains - the barrier of spears

A haven for adventurous travellers. From the simple pleasure of walking one of many trails, to exploring the rugged mountain peaks the Zulus call uKhahlamba—“the barrier of spears”—the Drakensberg experience offers you adventure, nature, culture and angelic hymns.

The fascination of South African cave adventures (1)

The fascination of South African cave adventures (1)

South Africa offers a variety of caves for you to explore, from hominid fossil sites and ancient San cave paintings.

Paternoster - a definitive Cape West Coast fishing village

Paternoster - a definitive Cape West Coast fishing village

Paternoster is a peaceful town lined with fishermen’s cottages, where great seafood and the local lifestyle become all-consuming pastimes.

Echo Caves - an underground wonderland

Echo Caves - an underground wonderland

Visit the Echo Caves in Limpopo, and enjoy its well-lit walkways showcasing the beautiful dripstone formations, and the beautiful Crystal Palace and Madonna Room caves. You will appreciate why these caves are described as an underground wonderland.

Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve - endemic treasures

Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve - endemic treasures

Take a walk along a series of boardwalks—see and smell red, white and black mangroves flourishing alongside wading birds, mudskippers and crabs, and finish with a breathtaking view of Durban.

The fascination of South African cave adventures

The fascination of South African cave adventures

South Africa offers a variety of caves for you to explore, from hominid fossil sites and ancient San cave paintings.

There’s so much to do in Franschhoek

There’s so much to do in Franschhoek

Let’s be honest, you are probably here to drink wine. Whether you’re at a wedding, on a family outing, a friends’ get together or a romantic weekend away, it’s most likely that you will land up at one of the amazing wine farms in the area.

Put a spring back in your step – Riemvasmaak Hot Springs

Put a spring back in your step – Riemvasmaak Hot Springs

Dating back millions of years, Riemvasmaak is a place of haunting beauty.

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