South Africa

South Africa is the first destination for many travelers in sub-saharan Africa.

From the Drakensberg mountains, home to the tiny nation of Lesotho, to the wide expanses of karoo semi-desert, the country is home to eleven languages, nine provinces, seven world heritage sites and a tangled social and political history.

Matador publishes stories of traveling and living in South Africa’s major (and some minor) cities, as well as recommending interesting places to see when you arrive. We’ve also publish photo essays and writing about experiences of South Africa underneath the polished tourism circuit – protests in the townships of the Eastern Cape, and the daily complexities of a nation coming to terms with its history.

South Africa Articles

4 Myths about Post-Apartheid South Africa that Most Foreigners Get Wrong

by Sian Ferguson
8

8 adventurous ways to explore Africa

by Hal Amen
139

The 22 craziest party hostels around the world

by Matt Kepnes

5 challenges of teaching English in South Africa (and 3 things that make it all worth it)

by Paige Smith

Singita: The best safari lodges in all of Africa

by Scott Sporleder
18

11 ways to absolutely crush Cape Town in 5 days [pics]

by Ross Borden
3

How to catch a van-taxi in rural South Africa

by Elizabeth Atterberry
5

A taxonomy of youth culture in Cape Town

by Mia Arderne

5 African festivals you have to go to (and 2 to look out for)

by Dikson
1

The stadiums will breathe again: Africa Cup of Nations 2013

by Dikson
10

Your top 20 bucket list trips

by Joshywashington
2

A musician’s guide to Cape Town’s indie-folk scene

by Nate Maingard

Check out the National Arts Festival in South Africa

by Richard Stupart
2

10 places to mix adventure with a beer/wine tour

by Hal Amen
51

Etiquette for ‘splitting the bill’ around the world

by Candice Walsh
3

Nights out in South Africa: 5 sexy Capetonian haunts

by ClaudioSilva
7

5 things to do in Durban, South Africa

by Jenna van Schoor
15

How to get started sandboarding

by Harriet Potter
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