South Africa has over 1,600 miles of coast, from its border with Namibia in the west to its Indian Ocean border with Mozambique in the east. We pick out the best beaches en route.

A city guide to Johannesburg, South Africa's evolving cultural capital

Leafy Johannesburg's treasures extend well beyond its historic gold mines, from arts districts bedecked with murals to a rejuvenated inner-city park and exciting dining venues.

Meet the Black Mambas, South Africa’s all-female anti-poaching unit

Eight years on from the group’s creation, their work in Balule Nature Reserve — a vulnerable, outlying region near the Greater Kruger National Park — continues to serve as a valuable model for conservation and community engagement across the world. 

The ultimate hotel guide to Cape Town

A dramatic setting and vibrant arts scene might steal the show, but the South African city’s ever-growing choice of impressive hotels is reason enough to stay a little longer.
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South Africa: Chakalaka

Learn how to make South African favourite Chakalaka – inspired by Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted Series 2, which premieres on NatGeo on 16 September.

How to plan a culinary road trip around South Africa's Cape Whale Coast

Take an epicurean road trip in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Cape Whale Coast, sampling smooth wines and exploring Saturday markets.

The pioneer: chef Abigail Mbalo's culinary revolution in Cape Town

From her restaurant in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha — somewhere she’d sooner not refer to as a township — Abigail Mbalo produces sumptuous riffs on the cuisine of her hometown.
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Hitting the road in South Africa’s largest province: six driving routes around the Northern Cape

There’s much to see and do in the Northern Cape, land of big skies, desert dunes, wild beaches and quirky little towns that are rich in history and culture.

Durban: four hotels under £150

With direct flights from the UK, the South African city’s hotel scene is more accessible than ever.

Meet the changemakers: Ayanda Cuba and Buntu Matole from ABCD Travel

The young entrepreneurs started ABCD as a means of tackling community issues in Cape Town’s informal settlement of Khayelitsha through immersive running and cycling township tours.

A neighbourhood guide to Cape Town

The South African city’s dramatic location is well known, but its ongoing transformation into a modern, 21st-century city is just as remarkable as the scenery.

Cape Town: through the eyes of travel writers

For all its scene-stealing beauty, our contributors love Cape Town’s  vibrant townships and cultural heritage — not to mention its masala steak sandwiches.

South Africa: Welcome to the really Wild Coast

Stretching from East London in the Eastern Cape to the border of KwaZulu-Natal, the Wild Coast earns its name with deserted Indian Ocean beaches, pristine waterfalls and Xhosa communities, many of which still share a close bond with the land

The world's five best cities to visit, as voted for by 57 travel writers

Of all the cities in the world, which ones are truly special? Which ones are having a moment? And which keep true city lovers coming back for more? To find out, we asked our regular contributors to name their favourites — and to tell us why.

South Africa: The new urban cool of Durban

New direct flights from the UK have put Durban on the map as South Africa’s gateway city. But its host of new openings offer plenty of reason to stick around

Johannesburg: A tour of Soweto township

It’s impossible to understand Johannesburg — its chequered history and the dynamism of the present day — without visiting Soweto township.

The outback experience in Karoo, South Africa

Thanks to rewilding, this great inland desert is once again roamed by lions, but follow the Karoo’s gravel roads to find a scattering of atmospheric Dutch settler towns where culture and frontier country colourfully converge.

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