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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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Everything to know about cannabis in South Africa

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Rhino poachers eaten by lions in a South African wildlife reserve

Shark diving isn’t as scary as you think — but it is really gross

Biking is the best way to explore South Africa’s Western Cape

You can bungee jump off of Johannesburg’s iconic, 33-story Orlando Towers

I went to see a bushman healer to salve my wounds. Here’s what happened.

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

Road tripping South Africa’s incredible West Coast

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