Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in The Midlands

Nelson Mandela Capture Site

On 5 August 1962, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was captured by apartheid police on the R103 outside of Howick. This would mark the start of his 27 years of incarceration. In 2012 a monument was installed here in the fo…
Top Choice Historic Site in Greyton

Genadendal Mission Station

Some 5km west of Greyton is Genadendal, the oldest mission station in South Africa, founded in 1738 and for a brief time the largest settlement in the colony after Cape Town. It now has a population of around 5000. …
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Langebaan

West Coast Fossil Park

The first bear discovered south of the Sahara, lion-size sabre-toothed cats, three-toed horses and short-necked giraffes are all on display at this excellent fossil park on Rte 45 about 16km outside Langebaan. Fasci…
Archaeological Site in Kimberley

Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre

On a site owned by the !Xun and Khwe San people, who were relocated from Angola and Namibia in 1990, this small sacred hill has 400-plus rock engravings dating back millennia. Visits start with a video detailing the…
Archaeological Site in Gauteng

Cradle of Humankind

The area to the west of Jo’burg is one of the world’s most important palaeontological zones, focused around the Sterkfontein hominid fossil fields. The area is part of the 470 sq km Cradle of Humankind, a Unesco Wor…
Historic Building in Nieu Bethesda

Owl House

The idiosyncratic vision that inspired artist Helen Martins (1897–1976) to turn her home and studio into a singular work of outsider art is the bedrock of Bethesda's bohemian identity. Martins and her assistant Koos…
Historic Site in Isandlwana & Rorke’s Drift

Rorke’s Drift Battlefield

Rorke’s Drift Orientation Centre, on the site of the original mission station, is excellent. The Zulu know this site as Shiyane, their name for the hill at the back of the village. The Rorke’s Drift–Shiyane Self-Gui…
Historic Site in Paarl

Drakenstein Prison

On 11 February 1990, when Nelson Mandela walked free from incarceration for the first time in over 27 years, the jail he left was not on Robben Island, but here. Then called the Victor Verster, this was where Mandel…
Historic Site in Giant’s Castle

Main Cave

The Giant’s Castle area is rich in San rock art. It's thought that the last San lived here at the beginning of the 20th century. To see some of these paintings, you can visit Main Cave, 2.3km south of Giant’s Camp. …
Historic Site in Kimberley

Magersfontein

This was the site of an important battle in the Second Anglo-Boer War. There's a small museum, as well as a decent audio-visual exhibit that shows what life in the trenches was like in 1899. It's 30km southwest of t…