Cultural experiences

'Vapour trails' of time rise

South Africa's rich rock art heritage provides not just a reminder of the past, but a glimpse into the future. Sites that are thousands of years old are providing present-day communities with the chance to make a living out of history. Barbara Ludman travels to two of the country's newest sites.

A feast of South African festivals

Festivals, festivals, festivals ... SA has a celebration for every event, art form, food, drink and agricultural commodity. There's the Cherry Festival, the Arts Festival, countless mud-and-dust music festivals, the Whale Festival and more. See our guide to some of SA's best excuses for a party.

African art museum for V&A Waterfront

The historic Grain Silos at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront are to be transformed into South Africa's first museum of contemporary African art. The museum will be a partnership between German art collector Jochen Zeitz and the V&A Waterfront, which has committed R500-million to the development.

An ubuntu Buddhist in Ixopo

Barbara Ludman (re)learns how to live in the moment at South Africa's home of "ubuntu Buddhism", and one of the most beautiful spots on the planet: the laid back, but not disengaged, Buddhist Retreat Centre near the town of Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal.

Beautiful Things from SA

South Africa's flourishing craft market is providing tourists with spectacular and original artefacts to take home from their travels. And in the process, poverty is being alleviated in a truly sustainable manner.

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Using every medium to produce a remarkable range of work. >


Celebrating every art, food, drink and farm commodity! >

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South Africa is a culturally diverse country, one nation made up of many peoples. >

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From mud and daub to glass and steel, from Diamond Building to Owl House ... >

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The richest concentration of rock art in Africa and among the finest in the world. >