Cultural experiences

Western Cape plans Mandela heritage route

The route, falling under the province's Project Khulisa growth strategy, will take in Robben Island, Pollsmoor Prison, Drakenstein Correctional Centre, City Hall and Parliament. It is expected to increase the economic contribution of the tourism sector by about R10-billion.

Govt to 'make better use of consultants'

Follow the journey of Nelson Mandela

Madiba's Journey is a free to download app, available for Apple and Android devices, that features 27 tourist attractions and sites of memory inspired by his life. It also has audio so the user can be immersed in the story, as well as images, practical visitor details and rewards for checking in.

Exploring the culture that made Mandela

It was deep in the rural heartland of the Eastern Cape that Nelson Mandela learned the lessons that would help him to lead South Africa to freedom. Tour operator Ukubona Africa reveals his early life for visitors with a unique tour, Nelson's Transkei.

South African cultural experiences

Community tours will give you an authentic South African experience. Heritage sites such as the Apartheid Museum and Robben Island will give you a glimpse of the violence of South Africa's past - and the miracle of our reconciliation. And don't forget where it all began: the Cradle of Humankind.

Taking a Cape Town jazz safari

Cape jazz captures the story of the Mother City with its fusion of Cape carnival music and rhythms from Europe, Asia and Africa. Now, visitors can explore this unique sound through interactive "jazz safari" tours across the city.

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