South Africa

South Africa Travel Guide

Housed inside the Old Biscuit Mill, a red brick building dating from the 19th century, this ceramics shop is the showroom of Clementina van der Walt, a local artist whose designs are inspired by the various landscapes of Africa.

You’ll want to defend your espresso from the sudden swipe of a passing baguette at this thriving Saturday morning community market (open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) in the easterly district of Woodstock.

The complex, in Milpark, has the area’s best shopping, thanks to its many boutiques that showcase creative young talent.

A drive along the westerly, warmer-watered side of the peninsula brings you through quaint villages and laid-back surfer communities.

For an otherwordly experience, there's nothing like a game drive in the African wild. The 185,000-acre Madikwe Game Reserve, in the northwestern corner of South Africa, is part Kalahari desert, part bush country.

The area known simply as District Six was a vibrant, multiracial, working-class neighborhood on the city’s eastern fringe until 1966, when the apartheid government declared it a whites-only area.

You’ll likely hear this store before you see it. Celebrating the African continent’s vibrant voices, the CDs here—in heavy rotation as well as for sale—include Freshly Ground, Johnny Clegg, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Xhosa pop singer Simphiwe Dana.

The gallery features local contemporary work.

Having a cocktail in the hollow trunk of a huge 6,000-year-old baobab tree is a surreal and elemental experience. The cavity of the tree is cool—a natural respite from the oppressive heat of South Africa’s Limpopo province—and has likely provided shelter for many wanderers over time.

Behind the red-brick façade of a Bo-Kaap office building, the bright yellow showroom of Monkeybiz is packed with colorful beaded objects made by craftswomen in some of South Africa’s most disadvantaged communities.