1 Port Elizabeth township tour

Several guides run very accessible tours into the African areas of the province’s largest city.

2 Addo Elephant National Park

See pachyderms and the rest of the Big Five in the best public game reserve in the malaria-free southern half of the country.

3 Grahamstown Festival

Africa’s largest arts festival wakes up this pretty colonial university town.

4 Nelson Mandela’s birthplace, Qunu

Follow the footsteps of South Africa’s greatest hero to the village where he was born, attended school and learned from his elders, just outside Mthatha.

5 The Tuishuise

The historic frontier town of Cradock offers accommodation in a street of beautifully restored and furnished Victorian houses.

6 Karoo farmstays

Experience the sharp light and panoramic landscape of the Karoo semi-desert that sweeps across South Africa’s interior.

7 Bulungula Backpacker Lodge

In a remote Wild Coast village, this brilliant base offers a vivid experience of Xhosa life and culture.

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