Some 220 000 years ago a meteorite half a soccer field in diameter, travelling at 4 000 kilometres per hour, struck north-east South Africa and exploded with the impact of 100 atomic bombs. The result was the Tswaing Meteorite Crater, just over one kilometre in diameter, now a spectacular natural wonder.
• Visitors marvel at South Africa's natural wonder
In 2013 the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town celebrates its 100th anniversary. A beautiful coffee table book, written by acclaimed South African ecologist Professor Brian Huntley, has been published in honour of the garden’s centenary.
• Floral wealth in caring hands
South Africa hosted the International Dairy Federation’s annual summit for the first time. This year’s event took place during the first week of November under the theme A World in One Country, an indication of the country’s diversity.
• SA dairy body takes top accolade
South Africa was the first country in the world to adapt the principles of fair trade to its tourism industry and on World Tourism Day, celebrated on 27 September, businesses in the sector were encouraged to apply for certification.
• Responsible tourism at Buffalo Ridge