Entry into the town of Colesberg may not look like much with the run-of-the-mill motel-style accommodations saluting you as you venture inwards but do not be fooled, as the soul of the town lies further within.
The Town is quiet and peaceful but even from its earliest days Colesberg has been a major resting and [...]
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Franschhoek meaning ‘French Corner’ in Dutch, came about when a community of French Huguenots were granted land in this valley in 1688 by the Dutch government of the Cape, after fleeing their homeland when Protestantism was outlawed [...]
Winter is the time for comfort, good food, wine and stories beside a campfire or fireplace. That does not necessarily mean you are limited in new experiences and having fun though. At Discover South Africa, we have utilised our expertise to recommend five “must do” activities that you can experience in this magnificent country throughout [...]
Indaba is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar. It is also one of the top three “‘must visit” events of its kind on the global calendar. This event showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism products and attracts international visitors and media from across the World. For two [...]
The Karoo has many beautiful places and as I travel I find it hard to choose one over the other as all the places have a quality unique to its personality and sense of place. However I was very fortunate to meet the owners of Quaggasfontein Guest Farm on one of my visits to Colesberg. [...]
Cape to Namibia – We all need a special place in our lives that inspire us and allow us to restore our mind, body and soul, and so become the defining essence of our wellbeing. For some it may be the cities with its pulsating nightlife which make them feel alive. Others find that the [...]
Imagine a lush green forest with mystical animals lurking around in the greenery. Promises of fairies in each dew drop and beady eyes searching from a top, this part of the Garden route and Knysna has a magical attraction to it.
When the city of Knysna comes to mind, I not only envision the lush [...]
Richmond, The Northern Cape were recently proclaimed South Africa’s first Book Town, the quiet village of Richmond is the ideal destination for booklovers. As a Book Town, Richmond promises a variety of interesting second hand bookstores and antiquated book dealers to attract bibliophile tourists. In addition to offering culture, coffee and collectables, the town also [...]
Clanwilliam, Western Cape is not only one of the ten oldest towns in South Africa, but perhaps also one of the prettiest ones. With its collection of white Cape Dutch homesteads set against a background of orchards, vineyards and the breath-taking Sederberg Mountains, Clanwilliam is definitely a place to see for oneself. To get a [...]
Worcester is popularly known as the “Capital of the Breede River Valley”, an exquisitely beautiful area renowned for its vineyards and fruit orchards. Surrounded by picturesque mountains, the town, which lies nestled in the valley below, is an architectural work of art. Visitors should, however, not let the old-world charm of its gable-roofed buildings fool [...]
Victoria West, Northern Cape which was established in 1843, prides itself in South African hospitality, tradition and a long and well-preserved history. As such, tourists will not only find a wealth of beautiful Victorian houses, but also the last remaining Art Deco Cinema in South Africa and one of only three regional museums.
Characterised by the silhouettes of crayfish trawlers and tankers dredging up diamonds from the ocean floor, Port Nolloth is a small fishing village on South Africa’s “diamond coast”. Because most of this diamond-rich western shoreline is off limits to the public, Port Nolloth is one of the only places where holidaymakers can still access and [...]
Montagu is as noteworthy for its architecture as it is for its sweet Muscatel wines and its hot springs. In Long Street alone visitors will find 14 national monuments (two of which are now museums), making it “from an architectural point of view“ one of the most significant streets in South Africa.
Upington is considered the commercial and agricultural centre of Gordonia, a remote district in the Northern Cape that stretches from the Orange River up to the border of Botswana. Formerly known as Korannaland, this far-flung corner of the Cape Colony was a wild and uncontrolled borderland in the mid-19th century. The customary mission station was, [...]
Visitors to the charming and quaint little village of Matjiesfontein will not find it difficult to understand why it was declared a National Historic Monument after its restoration in 1970. The iconic town, which was built to be a health-resort in 1883, boasts one of South Africa’s most impressive collections of Victorian buildings and a [...]
Fittingly called the “Capital of the Karoo”, Beaufort West was established in 1818, making it the very first town to take root in the dust of the Central Karoo. As such a historic landmark, Beaufort West showcases the beautiful architecture of bygone eras and quite a few of its picturesque old buildings have been proclaimed [...]
Originally an unruly frontier town known for its freebooters and smugglers, Colesberg dates back from the 1830′s when it was established at the very northern border of what was then the Cape Colony. Today the much quieter town offers visitors beautiful examples of early Karoo architecture and the only evidence of its unsavoury past can [...]
The name De Aar, which literally translates as the Artery, refers to the strong current of water that flowed beneath the farm on which the town was originally built. Nowadays De Aar is, however, marked by a flow of a different kind as farmers from all over the Karoo annually stream to what is the [...]
If you were thinking that I was referring to a member of the big five, you’re mistaken. I’m talking about the mountain in Cape Town, named by the Dutch Settlers. Signal hill (next to Lion’s head) was called the Lion’s tail; together these two resembled a crouching feline. If you were wondering why I would [...]
Hear the rivers flow, Birds singing in the tree, Like the sea breeze blow, Set you mind and soul free, Take a walk on the sand, Feel the wind through your hair, Take your lovers hand, Know that love is in the air….
Travelling into Kimberley I had mixed feelings, feelings of awe at the hustle and bustle of the city and one of immense feeling of loss for a bygone era, as the great days of Kimberley have long since passed. The few Diamonds left are either too deep to recover out of the volcanic pipes , [...]
One of the most interesting places I have visited in Mpumalanga South Africa is surely Pilgrim’s rest. The town has a unique antique feeling to it. It is easy to imagine the gold panners and prospectors going about their business in the village. Some would be visiting the canteen after a long day of panning [...]
In Africa we share, we share the beauty of the landscape, we share the difference in culture, and we share the joy of each experience. Africa has a heart that pulses and beats to a different rhythm and if you are not listening you will miss the sound which is meant to resonate in your [...]
If you would find yourself in the colourful Cape Town for any given reason, make a note in your itinerary: Follow Wale Street until you get to vibrantly painted Georgian terraces. You are in the Bo-Kaap. Venture further into this bright, vivacious suburb, by following the narrow cobbled streets. The brightly coloured houses date mostly [...]
We all know the strife and political unrest which is part of South Africa’s history and sadly forms part of our focus, so much so that we no longer focus on the positive changes in the political arena neither the rich cultural heritage. However, in saying this, we at Discover South Africa, pride ourselves in [...]
One approaches the journeys end. But the end is a goal, not a catastrophe. Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived. ~ Jean Luc [...]
Many a weary traveller has found respite in the shade of the Swartberg Mountains that tower over the small village of De Rust. As the idyllic-sounding name suggests, the small village came into being in 1899 on a spot that served as an important rest stop for farmers about to brave the breathtaking Meiringpoort on [...]
It is not often that one is lucky enough escape from urban madness and experience the tranquillity and splendour of the African wilderness. Yet, at the atmospheric Mopane Bush Lodge, located on a private game reserve in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, that is exactly what tourists can look forward to. With its African [...]
We are, all of us, a little crazy at times. But it seems my family has, whether it be by blood or by marriage, produced a whole different kind of nut… the kind that considers “taking on nature” to be a team sport. Imagine six different manifestations of Bear Grylls, two of them with breasts, [...]
When one hears “seven” and “wonders” in the same sentence, one might think of the Seven Wonders of the World. But here in the Southern part of Africa, we are very fortunate to have such unique and diverse wonders right on our doorstep. Often, we as South Africans, tend to overlook all that this land [...]
It is early morning, and quite dark still as Cape Town people head for their various destinations all wrapped in coats and scarves against the cold, heaters on in the cars, and it seemed none too happy to have to bear the cold. I too am on my way to my first destination, Riebeek Kasteel, [...]
Being of an age where most of our friends are tying the knot, we have been seeing quite a few romantic snapshots of honeymoons in Thailand, Mauritius and the Maldives. Unfortunately, two equally non-trigger-happy personalities and constantly either dead or dying batteries meant that my husband and I didn’t have much to show our fellow [...]
I’ve got news for those of you who might have thought that the Free State is just a blob on the map, the necessary “middle” of our country. This province boasts with a few well known jewels. One of these being a town called Clarens. Clarens is known for its spectacular sandstone mountains and wonderful [...]
Thanks to a recent visit by the first lady of America, South Africans have once again been made aware of our country’s many attractions. As is so often the case with what is local and readily available, it took Mrs. Obama’s disappointment at not being able to visit Robben Island, to remind many of us [...]
It was with great anticipation that our team set off for the Durban Tourism Indaba, not quite knowing what to expect as it was the first year that Discover South Africa participated. The stand was completed and we were ready for all the visitors, or so we thought. The four days passed as if in [...]
On a disappointingly overcast December afternoon in Knysna, two tired newlyweds found themselves watching a skipper video in a tiny reception room. I was the less impressed of the two. You see, as part of a combined effort to plan a honeymoon that both my sporty husband and his materialistic wife could enjoy, we had [...]
As a final attempt at retirement, my parents are moving to the very aptly named Stillbay. I say it is aptly named because nothing much seems to happen in this quiet little coastal town. Except, that is, in December, when it is invaded by enough bikini-clad holiday goers to cause actual, real-life traffic jams – [...]
Robertson was founded in 1853 and named after the Scottish Dutch Reformed Church Minister, Dr William Robertson. Situated in the fertile Robertson valley, the region is known as the valley of wine and roses. This town is famous for many of its facets, one being the longest wine route in the world, stretching from Cape [...]
About 400km from Cape Town, in the north-western part of our country and at the foot of the Hantam Mountains, lays Calvinia. Hantam, being a Khoi word meaning “where the red bulbs grow“, owing to the fact that this region is totally transformed into a luscious flower carpet, in the spring time. This town was [...]
Once a year, the quiet town of Richmond in the central Karoo is invaded by writers, readers, bibliophiles and literati of all creeds and colours. The reason for such an influx of often bookish and frequently extravagant literates is of cause the Boekbedonnerd Festival, an annual celebration of Richmond’s status as South Africa’s first Booktown.
Far from the beaten track, hidden between the towering peaks of the Swartberg Mountains, lies a remote valley. Those who wish to travel to this fabled vale have to leave the comforts of tar roads behind and endure the dusty hair-bend turns of the seemingly endless dirt road that meanders river-like down the mountains. It [...]
It is that time of the year again when it seems that the whole tourism industry is in the same mode, “rev up and go”. In our office it is no different and I long for the peace and quiet my travels afford me, away from phones and the general hub of the city.
Most of you might not have heard of this gorgeous little village, 15km from Knysna in the heart of the Garden Route. Buffelsbaai is neatly tucked away in the Goukamma Marine Reserve on a grassy peninsula.
Buffelsbaai is a real holiday destination, with predominantly holiday homes it can get real busy over holiday periods. It [...]
On route from Bloemfontein to Cape Town I decided to make Three Sisters my stop-over destination. However as I did not want to stay at the usual accommodation along the N1 mostly frequented by travellers, I opted rather for the peace and tranquillity of the Three Sisters Guest Farm which is owned by by Johan [...]
The Garden Route is a spectacular and picturesque tourist region in the Southern Cape and Tsitsikamma lies in the heart of it.
Tsitsikamma is a mountainous region with secluded valleys meaning “place of much water”. It lies between the sea and the Tsitsikamma Mountains and stretches from the Bloukrans River in the west to the [...]
The Cape Namibia Route stretches from the lovely mother city in the south to the outstretched planes of Namibia further north. This route has a unique combination of activities, found nowhere else and guarantees to involve young and old.
Cape Town, also known as the mother city, is the place where two of the world’s [...]
In 1884, young immigrant Scot, James Logan, purchased land at “a place calledMatjesfontein“, an insignificant railway halt in the depths of the Karoo. Today also known as Matjiesfontein Village. The Cape Government Railways had, by then, reached the Kimberley diamond fields, and – following Cecil Rhodes’ vision of the “road to the North”, his dream [...]