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Destination Cape Town

Perched between the ocean and the mountain, and with a national park as its heart, Cape Town is wild and wonderful. Among its attractions are climbing, surfing and diving along with vibrant nightlife, excellent wine and endless shopping.

South Africa welcomes another world heritage site

Unesco's World Heritage Committee has included South Africa's ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape on its list of world heritage sites. Priya Pitamber South Africa's ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape in...

The Cape Floral Region

The Cape Floral Region, one of South Africa's eight World Heritage sites, comprises eight protected areas stretching from the Cape Peninsula to the Eastern Cape, cutting across spectacular mountain and ocean scenery and containing some of the richest plant biodiversity in the world.

Kirstenbosch wins again at Chelsea

Despite delivery problems that meant the feature plants for the exhibit never arrived in London, the South African National Biodiversity Institute Kirstenbosch team collected a Silver Gilt award at the annual international flower show. Once again, the display shows South Africa's beauty.

Kirstenbosch is world’s Garden of the Year

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, which offers visitors many unusual experiences and showcases the diverse Cape Floral kingdom in a very accessible way, has been named as Garden of the Year at the 2015 International Garden Tourism awards.

Visitors flock to Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch

More than a million people visited Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in 2014. Tourism is crucial to the survival of South Africa's conservation and biodiversity assets, as the income generated from visitors helps to manage protected areas. They also raise awareness of conservation issues.

Cape Town viewed from a treetop walkway

A 130-metre treetop canopy walkway, winding through the forest canopy on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and offering spectacular 360-degree views of the city and mountainside, has opened at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town.

Fashion week leads the pack

Some of the country's top designers took their spring/summer 2014 collections to South African Fashion Week. It set the tone for the next season in bright colours and natural fabrics, and featured a first-time partnership with Universal Music South Africa.

Tourists with disabilities

South Africa is constantly improving its facilities for disabled tourists, and many places of interest have specially adapted accommodation and wheelchair-friendly facilities and walks.

A map fit for a king

In the late 18th century, Francois le Vaillant travelled through South Africa, recording all that he saw. On his return to France, he created a huge map of the land and its inhabitants for his king. For the first time, that map is on public display.
Art infects the Mother City