South Africa

Photo: Joshua Earle


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.

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South Africa Articles

What the rest of the world can learn from Cape Town’s water crisis

5 amazing South African women challenging stereotypes

This is how Cape Town may have averted the biggest water crisis of its history

Road tripping South Africa’s incredible West Coast

The 10 best Airbnbs in Cape Town

The 10 road trips you have to experience before you die

Inside the Otter Trail: is this the world’s best 5 day hike?

8 of the best outdoor adventures in Cape Town

Cooler than the City Bowl: 3 of Cape Town’s hottest up-and-coming areas

Where to stay, eat, and party in Gardens, Cape Town

25 places we’re dying to explore right now

8 adventurous ways to explore Africa

The 22 craziest party hostels around the world

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

Singita: The best safari lodges in all of Africa

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

How to catch a van-taxi in rural South Africa

A taxonomy of youth culture in Cape Town

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