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  • North West

    Mafikeng

    As the capital city of the North West Province of South Africa, Mafikeng is not only politically significant, but is a treasure trove of South African history, as well as having abundant wildlife, rich culture and scenic terrain. The town was originally named Mahikeng (place among rocks) by Barolong chiefs in 1852 – a reference to the volcanic rocks which provided shelter for the earliest ...

  • Gauteng

    Alberton

    The town of Alberton, located on the banks of the Natalspruit River near Johannesburg in South Africa’s Gauteng Province, is primarily a residential area with an excellent infrastructure providing all essential services to its residents. Having celebrated its centenary in 2005, Alberton started off as a small trading center and has spread to incorporate fourteen suburbs. The town has ...

  • Mpumalanga

    Lydenburg

    Located at the base of the Long Tom Pass on the banks of the Sterkspruit River in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa, the charming town of Lydenburg is in the heart of some of the regions most beautiful scenery. Explore the hiking trails in the Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve just outside the town, enjoying the typical escarpment flora and fauna along the way. Take a drive along Long ...

  • Mpumalanga

    Ermelo

    The extensive pine plantations, endless rows of cedars, acorn trees and wattles, and rolling green landscapes make it easy to see why Ermelo is known as the garden town of the Mpumalanga Province. The many dams and small freshwater lakes that once attracted the first settlers to this area now provide the extensive agricultural projects of Ermelo with water and venues for water sports ...

  • Free State

    Ladybrand

    Walking through the charming town of Ladybrand, in the Free State Province, it is hard to believe that war of any kind could have taken place in this picturesque destination near Lesotho. Named after the mother of the then president of the Free State, President Brand, the town was established in 1867, and has remained a breathtaking agricultural region, with the spectacular Maluti Mountains ...

  • North West

    Groot Marico

    Located in the North West Province of South Africa, the rustic town of Groot Marico (Big Marico) is set in beautiful African bushveld and is steeped in history. This is the land where early pioneers set down roots following their long and grueling journey from the coast. Here is where many an Anglo-Boer altercation took place. This is the rugged bushveld in which renowned South African ...

  • Museums

    The Three Lichtenburg Museums

    Located on route to Mmabatho, west of Johannesburg, lies the small town of Lichtenburg. This town was first established in 1873. Indeed, with its sunny days, natural water resources and open spaces, Commandant HA Greeff, founder of Lichtenburg, was charmed by this little oasis amidst the arid land. Lichtenburg’s history mostly centers on the life of General De La Rey, who was Assistant ...

  • Day Trips

    Battlefields

    There are many ways to explore the Anglo Boer War Battlefields of Kwazulu Natal. Brochures and maps are available from tourist information centers and visitors can embark on their own journey of discovery and exploration. Alternatively, visitors can explore the Kwazulu Natal Battlefields by joining a coach tour, or hiring a professional battlefield guide for the day. For an exciting day ...

  • Museums

    South African National Museum of Military History Museum

    "...We are gathered here today to open what may not unfairly be looked upon as a memorial to the greatest united effort our country has ever been called upon to produce. Memorials, of course, have more than one use. They serve to remind us of what is past, of great deeds of heroism and sacrifice; they also serve as a pointer, and sometimes as a warning to the future. It is in these senses ...

  • Activities

    Day Trips

    South Africa is not only a beautiful place to go but it also offers many great attractions that will enrich your holiday and make it more enjoyable. Many of these attractions can be strung together to make a day filled with interesting and diverse activities but there are a few which take more than a few hours to enjoy and will keep you busy and entertained for the whole day. These day trips ...