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Explore the Ancient African Ivory Route

Named for the majestic animals that have occupied the area for thousands of years, the African Ivory Route stretches over fifty-four nature reserves, crossing mountains and wide open plains, and incorporating the ancient Mapungubwe archaeological site. The African Ivory Route links to the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Project, which promotes the idea that wildlife should be free to follow age-old migratory routes between South Africa and neighboring Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Certainly, the route offers travelers with an adventurous spirit the opportunity to explore some of South Africa's finest bushveld, with the option of including aspects of the region's fascinating history, archeology and culture, to the wealth of bird and wildlife found throughout the route.

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Tussen Die Riviere Game Reserve

Covering about 22 000 hectares of land, the Tussen Die Riviere Game Reserve is located in the Free State Province of South Africa. Translated to 'Between the Rivers', the game reserve is situated between the mighty Orange and Caledon Rivers. Offering hunting from May to August, and delightful hiking trails the rest of the year, Tussen Die Riviere is well worth a visit.

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Leshiba Wilderness Nature Reserve

Covering an area of around 90,000 hectares, the Soutpansberg Conservancy was established to protect the natural treasures of this beautiful part of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Included in the Soutpansberg Conservancy is the Leshiba Wilderness nature reserve, with its mixed terrain of spectacular gorges, gushing waterfalls, indigenous forests and wide open plains, offering visitors a wide variety of picture-perfect scenery. Hikers will enjoy the challenge of exploring the sandstone mountains, the cultural experience of visiting sites featuring ancient rock art and the thrill of walking among the resident wildlife. Birding enthusiasts are assured of spotting a number of bird species, and a sundowner game drive through the Leshiba Wilderness is the perfect way to end a day of reconnecting with nature.

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Explore the Hanglip Hiking Trail

Forming part of the Soutpansberg mountain range in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, the Hanglip mountain peak stands out as a prominent landmark which is visible from the N1 national road and the nearby town of Makhado. The Soutpansberg/Hanglip Hiking Trail winds its way through the beautiful indigenous forest, pine plantations and bushveld fauna of the Hanglip Reserve and State Forest, offering hikers some stunning scenery and the opportunity to spot majestic crowned eagles that breed in the area.

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A Blend of Nature, History and Culture at King's Grant

Located in the picturesque region of Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal, King's Grant is a haven of nature, history and culture, offering visitors a tranquil retreat from the frantic pace of modern life. Surrounded by fertile farmlands, water-filled dams, wetlands and bushveld, the varied habitats of King's Grant are home to a host of diverse birdlife, while its historical buildings lend an old-world charm.

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Verloren Valei Nature Reserve

Near to the town of Dullstroom, in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa, the Verloren Valei Nature Reserve is a vital ecological area that was declared a Ramsar wetland site in 2003. Not only does the reserve encompass over thirty wetlands but it also provides a habitat for three endangered crane species. Conservation of the region is of vital importance, and visitors to the area will certainly not want to miss out on exploring this place of natural beauty.

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Tour the National Museum Bloemfontein

Officially opened on 20 May 1878, the National Museum Bloemfontein is a fascinating attraction that allows visitors to delve into art, cultural history and natural history. The museum aims to be the best heritage center in Africa by means of top research, education, conservation and exhibitions. It offers fascinating information and enjoyable experiences that will appeal to all ages. At present, the National Museum Bloemfontein consists of a library, thirteen research departments, an Education Department, administration, technical departments and an Art Museum. Satellite museums connected to the main museum include Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Freshford House Museum, the Wagon Museum, First Raadsaal Museum and the Florisbad Quaternary Research Department.

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Explore Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

Just outside the picturesque town of Stellenbosch, which is located in the Western Cape, is the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve that covers an area of more than fourteen thousand hectares and is nestled at the base of the Hottentots-Holland Mountains. The smaller Assegaaibos Nature Reserve is located within the borders of the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve. It is the ideal attraction for visitors who are avid nature lovers as it is also encompasses the Jonkershoek Valley through which the Eerste River flows, as well as the Jonkershoek Mountains, offering a wide range of animal and bird species a diverse habitat to call home.

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