In the Valley of Desolation in the Camdeboo region of the Eastern Cape, a global online crowdfunded project with huge ambitions is set to transform a community where four of every 10 people don't have jobs. This is South Africa's Giant Flag, a development project so big it will be visible from space.
South Africa punches well above its weight in international luxury travel, according to year's prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards: the country garnered the top spot in the best 100 hotels and resorts, and Cape Town was voted fourth out of the world's 25 must-see cities.
The 37-year-old Cape Argus Tour is billed "the world's largest timed cycle race". In its first year, 525 entrants rode the route. Now, it attracts 35 000 ardent cyclists, including big Tour de France names.
The prized rooibos, indigenous to the south-western reaches of South Africa, has long been used by the Khoi and San as a refreshing drink and a medicinal herb. Today it is enjoyed around the world. Its following has grown so vast that a pair of enterprising sisters in a small rural town has set up the Rooibos Route.
Eight days, 800 kilometres and some seriously steep ravines – this is the Absa Cape Epic, one of the most extreme things a person can do with a bicycle. The hors catégorie event is the most televised mountain bike stage race in the world. Each year a new route is chosen, as difficult and as beautiful as the last.