10 incredible dive spots in South Africa: beginner to pro

Forget about lazing on the beach; rather strap on your scuba diving tank to see what South Africa’s gorgeous coastline offers beneath the waves.

Need a place to start? Try Aliwal Shoal off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Regularly rated as one of the top 10 dive sites on the planet, this remarkable spot has something for everyone, from The Pinnacles (at just 15 metres) for the novice to the wreck of The Nebo in a more challenging 30 metres of water.

Speaking of challenging: Protea Banks is one for advanced divers looking for excitement. Plunging down to 40 metres, this site is famous for its sharks: expect to find Zambezi, Tiger, Hammerhead, Dusky, Ragged Tooth and Black Tip sharks hunting on the Banks. If you’re lucky you may spot manta rays and whales cruising past. It’s a deep dive with a strong current, so it’s for experienced adventure divers only.

Sodwana Bay is more forgiving, and home to the southernmost coral reefs in the world. The pristine coral teems with a huge variety of marine life and, if you’re lucky, you could spot turtles, dolphins or even a whale shark.

Sharks of a different sort are the drawcard at Gansbaai, just two hours’ drive from Cape Town. Billed as the Great White Shark capital of the world, the 60 000 seals resident on Dyer Island and Geyser Rock just offshore from Gansbaai draw in these impressive Apex Predators. There are a number of cage-dive operators in Gansbaai, but White Shark Projects is one of the best. In False Bay, closer to Cape Town, Apex Predators offers responsible cage-diving excursions.

If you’re feeling brave, you can leave the cage behind and roll into the warm(ish) False Bay waters in just a wetsuit. Experienced divers should hop on a charter boat and head for the wrecks of Smitswinkel Bay. The five ships scuttled here were sunk in the 1970s to form an artificial reef, and are today covered with marine life.

Not far from “Smits”, A-Frame and Windmill beach are great options for novice divers. Easy shore entries and shallow waters allow you to relax and search for the resident dogfish and pyjama sharks. Close by, the dives with seven-gill cow sharks are also memorable.

If you’re feeling brave Whittle Rock in the middle of False Bay is an outstanding site, but is also popular with great white sharks so a quick descent is essential!

In the summer months you’ll want to dive on the icy Atlantic side of Cape Town, where the prevailing south-easterly wind ensures crystal-clear waters. Add a dash of glamour to a day of diving by suiting up at Justin’s Caves, an underwater playground of jumbled granite. The 12 Apostles Hotel across the road is perfect for an after-dive drink.

5 emergency numbers to put on your phone today

Whether it’s climbing a mountain or surfing the waves, these are the five numbers you need to programme into your phone today for worry-free adventures in Cape Town.

Cape Town is a city of adventures but you never know when you may need help out of a sticky situation. We’ve got you covered with this go-to list of emergency numbers.

1. I have an emergency

Call the general emergency hotline on 021 480 7700 107 (Toll-free from landlines including payphones). Use this for a quick go-to, to be transferred to the relevant connection for ambulance, fire, police or traffic service.

2. I need to report a fire

Call the Cape Town Fire Control Centre on 021 590 1900 – this centre manages fire emergencies throughout Cape Town and surrounds.

3. I’m stuck on a mountain

Call Mountain Rescue on 021 948 9900 if you need help within the Western Cape. Or join the mountain rescue whatsapp group before you go – read how here

4. Someone is drowning

Call the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) on 112 or 021 449 3500. These rescue experts are the first port of call for any type of sea-related emergency.

5. My child has consumed something poisonous

Call the Red Cross Children’s’ Hospital Poison Line on  021 689 5227. Use this as a direct line to the experts for advice or an ambulance to the hospital.

5 Hollywood Blockbusters you (probably) didn’t know were shot in South Africa

Amazing locations, good infrastructure and a world-class film industry…it’s no wonder South Africa, has become a firm favourite for Hollywood producers looking to get the most bang for their buck. In fact, the country does such a good job doubling for other locations around the world (and in the future) that you wouldn’t be blamed for not knowing these five films were shot on the tip of Africa.

1. The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

The Marvel Comics’ sequel smashed the box-office in 2015 with a reported gross net of just under US$1.5 billion. The locations are almost as varied as the characters, with the director taking a Bond-like approach to shooting scenes at multiple cities around the world.

Through some dodgy plot mechanics, the Avengers head for the fictitious African country of Wakanda (we kid you not), to an unnamed city on the coast which becomes the setting for a mega-brawl between the Hulk and Iron Man (wearing a “Hulkbuster” suit, no less). As any self-respecting Vaalie will tell you, the city is actually Johannesburg, hundreds of kilometres away from the sea, but that doesn’t stop Iron Man and the Hulk from wreaking CGI havoc on downtown Jozi.

“Johannesburg has a very particular look and style to its architecture that I really liked,” director Joss Whedon told Media Club South Africa. “It is very different from the other locations we shot. You know immediately you’re not in North America.” No, you’re in Wakanda.

2. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

While Namibia stole the limelight as the primary location for Mad Max: Fury Road, a good chunk of the film was also shot at Cape Town Film Studios.

The more obvious South African connection was Charlize Theron, who has come a long way from her days growing up in Benoni. Theron plays Imperator Furiosa, a warrior who forges an alliance with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a loner and former captive of the evil warlord they spend most of the film escaping from. It’s basically a non-stop post apocalypse car chase through the desert that turns gender stereotypes on the their head, except the cars are more like armoured tanks. With spikes.

Mad Max: Fury Road went on to gross over US$376 million at the box office and scooped six Oscars at the 2016 Academy Awards (Best Costume Design, Production Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Film Editing, Sound Mixing and Editing), thanks to its relentless action, superb cinematography and epic Namibian setting. The latter may not have happened if it wasn’t for the weather. The film was originally slated to be shot near Broken Hill in Australia until heavy rains turned the usually desolate landscape into a carpet of grass and pretty flowers – a major no-no for end-of-the-world car chases.

3. Dredd* (2012)

Karl Urban stars as cult-comic hero Judge Dredd in this 2012 remake of the 2000 AD comic strip. With the help of some spectacular CGI animation, Cape Town and Johannesburg are transformed into the post-apocalypse Mega-City One, where Dredd “is the law”, along with his Lawmaker – a rather large handgun that he uses to blow apart baddies on a regular basis in startling 3D.

Along with Urban’s impressive chin, the dark humour and sinister setting won the film much acclaim from critics and die-hard 2000 AD fans. But like it’s predecessor Judge Dredd (released in 1995 starring Sylvester Stallone), Dredd belly-flopped at the box office. Unlike its predecessor, Dredd still earned excellent reviews and a cult following on its DVD release. Stallone, on the other hand, earned a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor.

(*Dredd was actually a British film production, not Hollywood, but it was too good not to include on this list.)

4. 10 000 BC (2008)

Loosely based on the Indian mythological epic Ramayana, 10 000 BC revolves around mammoth hunter D’Leh (Steven Strait) whose stone age beau Evolet (played by Camilla Belle) gets kidnapped by a gang of raiders on horseback. D’Leh saddles up with his spear and sets out on a dangerous trek to rescue her.

The cinematography and special effects are dazzling, with wooly mammoths, giant sabre tooth tigers and ancient civilisations dotting the plains of the South African landscape where the film was shot (along with Namibia and New Zealand). But like the fat kid who was too slow for the sabre tooth tiger, 10 000 BC got ripped apart by critics. Paul Arendt of the BBC described it as “Cheesier than a four-cheese pizza and marginally more (historically) accurate than the Flintstones”. And that was one of the nicer reviews. This didn’t stop the film from grossing over US$300 million at the box office. Go figure.

5. Lord of War (2004)

This crime drama, featuring Nicholas Cage as a morally flawed but likeable arms dealer, tracks the rise of Yuri Orlov from small-time hustler in New York to global arms trafficker. The film was based on several real-life arms dealers and includes Jared Leto and Ethan Hawke in supporting roles.

But the most impressive star is Cape Town, which appeared as 57 different settings in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Bolivia and Sierra Leone amongst others. As for accuracy, the filmmakers obviously did something right: Amnesty International officially endorsed Lord of War for highlighting the deadly ramifications of illegal arms trafficking.

5 inventions you didn’t know were South African

Name five things that are proudly South African. Go on, admit it, you probably went for food items: biltong, rooibos tea, Mrs Balls Chutney, Ouma Rusks, Grapetiser. But South Africa can also claim a few more serious inventions. How many of these did you know about?

1. Dolosse

If you visit the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, you might notice strangely shaped concrete blocks that protect the harbour walls. The invention of these wave-breaking monstrosities is generally attributed to East London harbour engineer Eric Merrifield, although his draughtsman Aubrey Kruger insists it was he who invented the interlocking blocks in 1966. Named after a sheep’s knuckle bone – proof, really, that it’s a South African invention – dolosse now fortify harbours around the world.

2. Pratley Putty

Invented by Krugersdorp engineer George Prately in the 1960s, Pratley Putty hasn’t just made its way around the world… This strong adhesive has travelled to the moon – Pratley Putty was used to hold parts of the Apollo 11 mission’s Eagle landing craft together.

3. Kreepy Krauly

While this much-feared pool cleaner wasn’t technically invented by a South African, it was invented in sunny South Africa. Hydraulics engineer Ferdinand Chauvier, who was born in Belgian Congo, had already been living in South Africa for 23 years when he invented the first Kreepy Krauly in 1974, so we’re claiming it!

4. CAT scan

You’ve probably heard of the Computed Axial Tomography (CAT) scan, which is used to detect tumours or damaged tissue using a series of two-dimensional x-rays taken around a single axis of rotation. What you might not know is that it was invented by South African physicist Allan Cormack and Godfrey Houndsfield (who was British) of EMI Laboratories. They won the Nobel Prize in Physiology for the invention in 1979.

5. SharkPOD

Imagine how much more comfortable you’d be in the ocean if you had a device that repelled sharks… The National Sharks Board did just that and came up with the SharkPOD in 1996. This electrical shark repellent, which was made for Scuba divers, creates an electrical field around the diver that repels sharks. Fret not, the electrical field isn’t harmful – it just temporarily affects the shark’s sensory and neuromuscular systems.

5 of the Cape’s best camping spots

Whether you’re freeloading off nature or going five-star in the wild, Cape Town offers an incredible array of camping options on its doorstep. Here are five of the best, in no particular order.

1. Kogel Bay

Tucked away along the R44, Kogel Bay is a long, sandy slice of heaven where fynbos covered mountains tumble straight into the ocean. Nothing else much happens here besides waves crashing along the shore, which makes it the perfect getaway to pitch a tent right on the beach at the Kogel Bay Resort, which has over 200 non-electrified campsites.

There’s good surfing on the western end of the beach and safer swimming on the eastern side but be cautious – rip currents can be strong. If mountains are more your thing, you’re in luck. The Kogelberg Nature Reserve provides excellent hiking and trail riding amongst a staggering array of flora covering more than 18 000 hectares of biosphere reserve. Or you can just kick back in your tent and take in the epic vistas across False Bay.

Getting there: Kogel Bay lies a mere 70 kilometres from the Cape Town CBD. Simply follow the N2 east and then turn right on to Sir Lowry’s Pass Road. At the T-junction in Gordon’s Bay, turn left on to the R44. From Gordon’s Bay it’s 14 kilometres along the spectacular coastal road to the Kogel Bay Resort.

2. Beaverlac

The last stretch of road to Beaverlac makes for a steep, bumpy ride as it twists down into the valley below, but it’s worth every spine-shuddering pothole.

Beaverlac falls within a natural heritage site deep in the Cederberg Mountains and is famous for its series of spectacular pools and waterfalls, which start a few minutes trot from your tent. Main Pool is the closest and gets the busiest, but there are plenty of other pools to have a quiet dip if you’re prepared to walk further, like Flat Rock and Secret Pool.

The well-run campsite makes “roughing it” pretty easy and as such, Beaverlac is a favourite with families. You can even bring your canine children along. Be warned though: it can get incredibly hot in summer and equally cold in winter. Pack accordingly.

Getting there: It takes about two hours to get to Beaverlac. Take the N7 from Cape Town to Piketberg, where you take a right and head to Porterville. At Porterville, turn left onto the dirt road to Cardouw. You then take a right turn up the pass to Groot Winterhoek. Follow the sign down to Beaverlac.

3. Orange Kloof, Hout Bay

If messing around with tent pegs and sleeping on the ground isn’t quite your thing, the Orange Kloof Tented Camp provides a luxurious alternative.

Located within the Table Mountain National Park on the outskirts of Hout Bay, the camp is made up of five permanent tents with comfy beds, a communal kitchen and roaring outside fireplace. The eco-friendly camp is nestled amongst dense Afromontane forest and its stunning location belies the fact that it’s barely 20 minutes away from the city centre.

The big draw card is hiking, with overnight trails stretching across the National Park to Silvermine (15,5km) and to Table Mountain (9.5km). SANParks also run the excellent Slangkop Tented Camp in Kommetjie if you’re after a bit of sea and sand with your lux camping.

Getting there: Follow the M43 from Hout Bay up Contantia Nek. Follow the Orange Kloof turn off to the left just before you reach the top of the Nek.

4. Titiesbaai

Despite its titillating name, Tittiesbaai is a decidedly family affair that offers a small but stunning crescent-shaped bay up the West Coast, where you can literally camp on the water’s edge. The protected waters make for excellent swimming and snorkelling – if you can handle the frigid west coast waters.

Camping comes without any frills here. Besides a few basic ablutions, there are no creature comforts at Titiesbaai – only the wild, beautiful shoreline of the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve. The beach site gets crowded but you can often find some room to move along the rocks that bookmark either end of the bay. Wherever you pitch your tent, make sure you have sturdy poles to withstand the southeast wind when it blows – seasoned campers don’t call Tietiesbaai the “tent killer” for nothing.

Getting there: Less than two hours away from Cape Town. Take the R27 north to Velddrift. Turn left at the Vredenburg turn-off, then follow the Vredenburg Main Road towards Paternoster. Continue through Paternoster to the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve.

5. Namaqua Flower Beach Camp, Namaqualand

If you don’t mind splashing out on an unforgettable camping experience, it’s hard to beat the Namaqua Flower Beach Camp.

Located along the remote coastline of the Namaqualand National, this mobile luxury camp is only set up during the peak flower season in August and September, when the landscape explodes in a riot of colour as the world-famous flowers come into bloom.

The camp offers two options, either dome tents with two single beds, or family tents with one double bed and two singles. Although the setting is wild, you’re not exactly going to be roughing it: warm water bucket showers and electric blankets come standard, along with gourmet west coast meals that are inclusive in the price.

Getting there: It’s a long haul to this special slice of coastline no matter where in South Africa you are, but Cape Town is the most convenient big city to set out from. Take the N7 north to Garies (430km). At Garies, turn left to Groen River. Follow the gravel road to Groen river (73km), where you will enter the Namaqua National Park. From the park office it is 1km along the coast to the Namaqua Flowers Beach Camp.

5 proudly South African meals you won’t find anywhere else in the world

South African cuisine is much like its people – a melting pot of different cultures and unique flavours. Taste your way through these five South African favourites…

1. Bobotie

What you’re eating: minced meat flavoured with fruit, onion, sultanas and spices, baked with a golden egg-based topping.

The origin of Bobotie (pronounced ba-boor-tee) goes back hundreds of years, to when the Dutch seafarers first arrived in the Cape. It’s believed the Dutch got the idea for their baked dish from the Indonesian bobotok, which consisted of meat with a custard topping that was cooked in a pan of water until the egg mixture set.

Regardless of who invented it first, the Cape Malay community adopted the recipe and perfected it, adding their own distinct flavour of fruit and spices to make the unique meal known today as Bobotie. Since then celebrity chefs like Nigella have claimed their undying love for Bobotie, but you’ll still find it best served in Cape Town.

2. Bunny Chow

What you’re eating: bean, mutton or chicken curry stuffed into a hollowed out quarter loaf of white bread.

A meal that would make even the most ardent banting devotee weak at the knees, bunny chows are famous for their no-frills deliciousness and unique Durban-curry flavour, best tackled with bare hands.

The name has nothing to do with cooking little rabbits though. Rather, the bunny was created in Durban during the early 1900s by the Banyas, a caste of Indian merchants. The idea was to provide a cheap, easy meal that could be eaten by Indian labourers on the go. “Banyas” became “bunnies” and the rest is culinary history.

3. Potjiekos

What you’re eating: A thick stew containing meat, venison or seafood, typically cooked with vegetables and spices.

A proper potjiekos (pronounced poy-kie-caw-ss) is as much about the pot you’re cooking it in as the stew you’re eating. These three-legged, round-bellied pots made of cast iron have been around since the 16th century and were designed for slow cooking on an open fire, making them the crockery of choice for early pioneers.

It’s no surprise then that Potjiekos (literally translated as “small pot food”) evolved with the Afrikaans Voortrekkers who migrated from the Cape 2 000 kilometres inland during the 1800s. They used the pots to make stew, adding the meat of game they shot day to day. The pot would be placed over a fire to simmer once their convoy of wagons stopped to make camp and any new meat was added, including a few bones, which helped thicken the stew. This slow cooking technique and a strict no-stirring rule infused the stew with mouth-watering flavour. The technique remains little changed today.

4. Shisa Nyama

What you’re eating: slabs of meat grilled over an open fire or “braai”, served with pap and chakalaka.

A vegetarian’s worst nightmare and a meat lover’s delight, Shisa Nyama was born in South Africa’s townships when enterprising butchers realised they could attract more business on the weekend if they provided a service where customers could get their freshly purchased meat grilled or “braaied” outside over an open fire. The idea quickly evolved into a social get-together, where friends and family would choose chunks of meat, get it grilled and then let the good times roll as they gathered round to share a meal.

The isiZulu phrase literally means “burn meat” but the tender and tasty fare is anything but burnt. Added to this are mounds of “pap”, a traditional maize porridge, and a spicy vegetable relish called chakalaka.

And for dessert…

5. Malva pudding

Another Cape/Dutch collaboration, Malva pudding is a spongy tart that originated in Holland but got its distinct flavour from the South African tradition of adding apricot jam to the egg mixture, as well as a dollop of brandy to the caramelised sauce. Serve it hot with ice-cream or cream and you’ll taste why it’s South Africa’s most ubiquitous dessert.

Cape Town leads the way on great white shark conservation

South Africa, and Cape Town in particular, is a leading location for great great white white shark research – and this research is key to informing the global conservation of great white sharks.

Great white sharks are large, powerful creatures, second only to killer whales (also called orcas) when it comes to the ocean’s biggest predators. They play a vital role in the marine ecosystem as an apex predator, keeping vital checks and balances in place.

If you remove great white sharks from the food chain, other species – like seals, for example – will thrive, and can have a significant impact on the ocean’s biodiversity. Seals love munching down on fish and a runaway population of seals would spell disaster for certain fish stocks.

This is just one example of the knock-on effect that removing an apex predator can have. Researchers and conservationists say they still need more data to accurately predict what the impact on ecosystems would be, but most agree that it’s vital to conserve great white sharks.

Unlike other shark species that are mainly caught and killed for their fins, great white fins are relatively worthless. Instead it’s their jaws that make prized trophies – and can fetch up to $50 000 a piece.

South Africa was the first country to declare great white sharks a protected species in 1991. Australia, the USA, Israel, Namibia and Malta have since followed suit, but there are still loopholes and a black market exists globally for great white jaws.

In Cape Town and Gansbaai (the fishing village about two hours drive east of Cape Town, where great whites thrive) a number of researchers, conservationists and scientists work closely with cage diving operators to gather data on great white sharks. Some operators also invest directly in shark conservation by funding shark conservation programmes.

In 1998 a bill was tabled to re-open great white sharks to commercial fishing but the government decided to dismiss the application and collect revenue from cage diving instead.

J&B Met: More than just a day at the races

The J&B Met is, without a doubt, one of the highlights of Cape Town’s summer social calendar. The beautiful people, flamboyant fashion and the prospect of winning big are almost as intoxicating as that rare blend of J&B whisky. Oh, and horses. There are also horses. This is how it all started…

For thousands of people — those who know little about betting and even less about horses — the J&B Met is not really about the horses. It’s about seeing and been seen. It’s about getting dressed up and socialising and posting it all on Instagram. It’s about the glitz and the glamour and that awesome after-party.

Don’t get me wrong; it is also about the horses. It’s about the thrill of placing a bet and cheering like a maniac when the horse you picked gallops down the home straight… but if your horse loses, you’ll shrug it off, grab another drink, and stalk your celeb crush.

For most, the J&B Met is just one of Cape Town’s top fun, social events… and this is a good thing. It is what draws tens of thousands of people to Kenilworth Racecourse year after year. It is what makes this event so successful and guarantees its longevity. But there was a time when the Met’s status as one of South Africa’s big three in horseracing wasn’t certain.

The first recorded winner of the Metropolitan Mile (as the Met was once known) was Sir Hercules, in 1883. The race was originally run on the Green Point Common: the competitors were English soldiers attached to the Cape Garrison; the spectators, ladies of the Cape. In the late 19th century the race was moved to the Kenilworth Racecourse and it became the South African Turf Club’s feature event each summer.

Over the decades, the event lost some of its sparkle and although it had been firmly established as one of the country’s top three races by the 1960s (alongside the Durban July and the Summer Cup in Gauteng), the general public — and even those in the industry — began to lose interest.

Then, in 1978, which was (not-so coincidentally) a mere year after Justerini & Brooks began sponsoring the event, a magnificent chestnut called Politician entered the race. The stake was R50 000 and Politician had an outstanding reputation. The crowds flocked to the racecourse and Politician, with “Big Race” Bertie Hayden in the irons, did not disappoint.

Trainer Syd Laird returned with Politician the following year, drawing an even bigger crowd, and Politician achieved something unprecedented by winning the Met two years in a row. Politician’s impressive feat was only matched — and then beaten — by the legendary Pocket Power, the horse that won the J&B Met in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Since J&B began sponsoring the event 39 years ago, it has grown tremendously and evolved into something quite spectacular. With a stake of R2.5 million, the J&B Met is now the largest outdoor annual horeracing event in Cape Town. In 2002, for example, more than 50 000 spectators pitched up at the Kenilworth Racecourse on the day, forcing event organisers to close the gates and put up “house full” signs half way through the afternoon!

The horses may once have drawn modest crowds to the Kenilworth Racecourse, but it is the grand spectacle, the opportunity to rub shoulders with the country’s rich and famous, and the promise of a day packed full of entertainment that bring tens of thousands of South Africans back to the J&B Met each year.

New tech tracks mysterious great whites

The great white sharks of Cape Town are mysterious creatures, but new research and tracking technology is creating awareness about their movements and habits.

Imagine a GPS tracking device like the one you have in your car. Except, instead of highways and back roads, it shows you the route travelled by a great white shark as it traverses the ocean.

That’s exactly what research organisation Ocearch have done by tagging great white sharks around the world, including at False Bay in Cape Town and further east in Gansbaai.

Sharks are attracted to the boat by using chum (bait, consisting of fish parts, bone and blood) they are then hoisted onto a platform aboard the Ocearch vessel using a powerful lifting mechanism. Once on board the platform they are sedated. Scientists and researchers then have 15 minutes to take samples, conduct studies and install the satellite tracking system before the shark is released back into the water.

Every time the shark surfaces after that, it sends a “ping” to a satellite tracking system that allows researchers to plot the position and route of individual sharks, which is displayed on an interactive map on the Ocearch website.

Opinion is divided on Ocearch’s research methods, but according to founder Chris Fischer, this gives scientists and researchers access to the sharks that would otherwise be impossible.

“The technologies and methods (are) the least invasive means of obtaining the data necessary to fill knowledge gaps regarding mature shark,” he says. “The majority of studies conducted on each shark could not be conducted on a free-swimming shark…This enables leading researchers and institutions to generate previously unattainable data on the movement, biology and health of sharks to protect their future while enhancing public safety and education.”

“Philip” was one of the sharks tagged in South Africa by Ocearch. He was tagged in Gansbaai in 2012 and has since been cavorting around the coastline, heading up to Mozambique in 2013 before making an abrupt u-turn. He was then tracked deep in the southern ocean late in 2014 after stopping by the West Coast of South Africa.

Follow the sharks on www.ocearch.org or download the tracking app to your phone.

See the top of Table Mountain – without even leaving home

There’s no better way of seeing Cape Town than the views you get from the top of Table Mountain. And now you don’t even need to leave your desk to see what it’s like on the peak of our most famous landmark…

We’ve all done it – logged onto Google’s Street View to check out where we live now, where we grew up, where our ex lives… Well, now you can “experience” some of South Africa’s tourist highlights without even stepping away from your computer screen.

The internet giant, in collaboration with SANParks, has just added a whole new portfolio of Street View panoramas called the Mzansi Experience. And, yep, our very own Table Mountain is right up there with the likes of Kruger National Park.

Other Cape must-sees are there too: Cape of Good Hope, West Coast National Park, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and Clifton (plus a few more).

Go on! Take a tour of the Mother City – and be sure to check out Table Mountain first!

Find out find about the full Mzansi Experience