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

13 reasons you should never take your kids to Cape Town

by Elizabeth Totton

This video will get you stoked on wavesailing — the badass sister sport of windsurfing

by Rory Moulton

South Africa is telling some radio stations they need to play almost all local music

by PRI's The World

8 adventurous ways to explore Africa

by Hal Amen

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

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

by Ross Borden

How to catch a van-taxi in rural South Africa

by Elizabeth Atterberry

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

The stadiums will breathe again: Africa Cup of Nations 2013

by Dikson

Your top 20 bucket list trips

by Joshywashington

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

10 places to mix adventure with a beer/wine tour

by Hal Amen

Etiquette for ‘splitting the bill’ around the world

by Candice Walsh

Nights out in South Africa: 5 sexy Capetonian haunts

by ClaudioSilva
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