Cultural experiences

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.

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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.


Map to help travellers 'walk in Mandela's footsteps'

Since Nelson Mandela was released from prison in February 1990, a number of world-class museums, monuments and precincts have been developed to bring his story to life. Now, a travel map featuring these and other attractions has been launched to help tourists "walk in Mandela's footsteps".


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.

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World heritage

Eight places of "outstanding value to humanity". >

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From cultural villages to state-of-the-art urban facilities. >

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A powerful visual heritage, an exciting contemporary scene. >

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Craftwork

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

Festivals

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

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The Rainbow Nation

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

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Architecture

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

Gallery: Rock art of South Africa

Rock art

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