The Atlas Obscura Guide To South Africa
66 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in South Africa
Updated May 18, 2023
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Stories About South Africa
Near Cape Town, the São José Shipwreck Is a Unique Symbol of A Painful Legacy
More than 200 enslaved people perished when the Portuguese ship sank in 1794.
by Sam Jones
South Africa's Penguins May Beat the Heat With New Ceramic Nests
The artificial nests could shield the endangered seabirds from rising temperatures.
by Ryan Truscott
The Genre-Bending World of Amapiano, South Africa’s Township House Music
You can’t not dance when amapiano comes on.
by Selema Masekela
How to Connect With Nature Like a South African Wilderness Guide
Tragedy set Sicelo Mbatha on a course to understand, and make peace with, the wild on its own terms.
by Gemma Tarlach
Can We Track Elephants With Earthquake Detectors?
Low-cost seismometers could give rural communities an alert system, or begin to decipher elephant communication.
by Robin George Andrews
The Archaeologists Recreating the Sounds of the Stone Age
Researchers are working to uncover whether ancient objects in South Africa were once used to make noise or music.
by Sarah Wild
Under Pandemic Prohibition, South Africans Resort to Pineapples
A strict lockdown has meant a spike in homebrewing.
by Nick Dall