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  • 1 War Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    ZA - Bloemfontein

    A comprehensive picture of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), which claimed over 70 000 lives, including those of 20 000 Africans who were long ignored by the official statistics. The informative layout allows visitors to follow events up to the Boer su..

  • 2 The Kalahari Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Pella

    In South Africa, the Kalahari desert begins to the north of the Orange River. This vast expanse of contrasting landscapes has arid wild red dunes as well as cultivated areas. Like a green lung, its river banks can support farming, and date palms and ..

  • 3 The Roman Catholic Mission Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    ZA - Pella

    This traditionally Salesian mission is a special ecclesiastical territory within the diocese of Keimoes. Its resident historian, Father Mallory, can recount the story of his ordination in Pella in 1951. For over half a century he has lived among the ..

  • 4 Pella Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    ZA - Pella

    At the centre of a sandy esplanade, the yellow and white cathedral surprises by its exotic eclecticism. Built in 1895, the building exudes the joy of the faithful, against a backdrop of blue sky and palm trees. Its clock and bell tower were funded by..

  • 5 Klein Pella Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    ZA - Pella

    The largest date plantation in the southern hemisphere, this farm owned by Karsten produces 450t per year of the giant date variety Medjhul. Grapes are also grown here: the harvest is in November-December, some four months earlier than elsewhere in t..

  • 6 Witsand Nature Reserve Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Volop

    In the middle of a huge plain dominated by the Langberg Mountains rise curious dunes, protected by this 3 300ha reserve. Between 30 and 60m high, these yellow, brown and white dunes are redolent of mystery. When the temperature and humidity are right..

  • 7 South African Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    25 Queen Victoria Street 25 ZA - Cape Town

    The South African Museum, a museum of natural history and ethnography, contains interesting documents and some fine pieces for gaining an understanding of the Khoi and San cultures and lifestyles. It also boasts magnificent rock paintings and several..

  • 8 South African National Gallery Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Government Avenue ZA - Cape Town

    The South African National Gallery collection features a wide range of African, French, English and Flemish works of art. Since 1990 the gallery has acquired a fine collection of contemporary South African art, to which it adds on a regular basis.

  • 9 Castle Quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grand Parade ZA - Cape Town

    The castle quarter was once on the ocean, but has gradually been assimilated into the city as the sea has encroached on the land. The Castle of Good Hope and Grand Parade stand in the centre of the quarter. This was where Nelson Mandela gave his famo..

  • 10 Castle of Good Hope Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Darling Street ZA - Cape Town

    Considered the oldest colonial building in South Africa, the Castle of Good Hope was built by the Dutch East Indies Company in the late 17C according to a star plan inspired by Vauban's constructions. The fortress, where the Western Cape command post..

  • 11 Two Oceans Aquarium Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Waterfront ZA - Cape Town

    If you don't get a chance to observe the aquatic fauna while diving along the Atlantic or Indian Coasts, this aquarium is an excellent alternative. The live specimens here represent a fine sample of local marine life. Braver individuals, with diving ..

  • 12 Signal Hill and Lion's Head Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Cape Town

    Lion's Head, rising up to 669m, and Lion's Rump, now known as Signal Hill, evoke the shape of a wildcat lying amongst the buildings of Cape Town. An island of greenery in the city, the hillside overlooks the Malay Quarter to the south, where the Noon..

  • 13 Kirstenbosch Gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Rhodes Drive ZA - Cape Town

    Kirstenbosch Gardens is located on the former estate of Cecil John Rhodes, on the eastern slope of Table Mountain. The greater part of the 528 ha estate is occupied by a park where the plants grow in the wild, while some 36 ha have been reserved as a..

  • 14 Boulders Beach Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Simon's Town

    After swimming in the transparent waters at Boulders Beach, near Foxy Beach, you can observe the large colony of Cape penguins. They move around undisturbed here on the sand dotted with large round boulders.

  • 15 Diaz Beach Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Simon's Town

    The water at Diaz Beach, between the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, is cooled by currents from Antarctica, so this is not a place where people come to swim. What makes this beach unforgettable are the colours of its cliffs, sand and sea, the setti..

  • 16 Village museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    37 Ryneveld Street 37 ZA - Stellenbosch

    To find out more about the diverse architectural styles in Stellenbosch, visit the different homes that make up the Village Museum. Their interiors illustrate various periods.

  • 17 Sasol Art Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    52 Ryneveld Street 52 ZA - Stellenbosch

    This interesting museum contains a fine collection of paintings by local artists, as well as artwork and various objects from different places on the African continent.

  • 18 Hellshoogte Pass Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Route entre Stellebosch et Franschhoek ZA - Stellebosch

    From Hellshoogte Pass there is a fine view over the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek Valleys.

  • 19 Memorial Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    ZA - Franschhoek

    The Memorial Museum recounts the story of the Huguenot emigrants who settled in the valley and founded Franschhoek in the 17C. It also explains the political events in France at the time that triggered their departure to a new land. A genealogy centr..

  • 20 Overberg Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Swellendam

    The Overberg is an isolated area "over the (Hottentots Holland) mountains" east of the Cape at the southern tip of Africa. It features the very interesting De Hoop Nature & Marine Reserve, which protects terrestrial and marine fauna. The ro..

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