In 2010, South Africa wasn't just a country, it was a sporting dream: but there is so much more to discover in the rainbow nation
Kaapse Klopse Minstrel Festival, Cape Town
Lace up your dancing shoes – musicians dressed as minstrels get Cape Town’s toes tapping as their traditional banjo-driven tunes provide the soundtrack.
Madikwe Game Reserve, North-West ProvinceStart the new year with an adventure – head to one of South Africa’s finest reserves, a malaria-free, lion-packed delight where the Big Five await.
Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal
Hire an experienced guide to explore the battlefields and bring to life the clash at Rorke’s Drift (January 1879), famously recreated by Michael Caine and co in Zulu.
Every summer, the amphibious denizens around Chrissiesmeer create a ribbiting spectacle – countless frogs sing their croaking song. Get involved on a frogging safari: catch, count and identify scores of species.
Protea Banks, KwaZulu-Natal
The warm Indian Ocean waters are alive with marine predators – and January marks the start of the best time to dive with tiger sharks, as well as bull, hammerhead and striking giant guitar sharks.