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South Africa’s fabulous baker boys

Desserts are the edible status symbols of the century. And who are the people behind these picture-perfect creations, the makers of SA’s most delicate pastries, tarts and cream petits fours? As Jane Broughton discovers, a bunch of blokes. Beards, tattoos and all

Secret Johannesburg

Any city holds secrets. Grand interiors hide behind unassuming exteriors; crumbling façades disguise neglected glory. Jo’burg, a city built on empty veld thanks to the lottery win of a gold rush, is full of unseen marvels – as revealed in the new book Hidden Johannesburg. As author Paul Duncan says, buildings are more than just the sum of the materials used to construct them. Go on then. Look up. Explore

Wrapped up: the history of Lesotho’s Basotho blankets

Wearable blankets have hit the world’s catwalks lately, but in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho – now celebrating 50 years of independence – blankets have been stylish for over 150 years. More than that, they’re part of everyday life, as shown in Thom Pierce’s series ‘The Horsemen of Semonkong’. As these images go on exhibition this month, Ufrieda Ho unwraps the history of Basotho blankets

Pantsula: South Africa’s new dance craze

It means ‘waddle like a duck’ in Zulu – but pantsula is a marvel of fancy footwork. 
Born on township streets, the dance has been a staple of South African youth culture 
for decades. Now, though, it’s making waves for a new generation. Daniela Goeller reports. Photography by Chris Saunders

An (almost) A-Z guide to African food in South Africa

In recent years, there has been a steady influx of epicurean entrepreneurs and talented chefs from north of South Africa’s borders, bringing with them different spices, produce, culinary styles and tastes. Here is an ‘A–Z’ of exotic, authentic dishes from all around the continent

50 curious places to visit in southern Africa

To mark High Life South Africa’s 50th issue, the team asked experts from a variety of fields to give their tips on making the most of southern Africa

Kruger tales: Celebrating 90 years of South Africa’s Kruger National Park

This month, one of Africa’s largest game reserves, the Kruger National Park, officially turns 90. That’s 90 years of thrilling wildlife sightings and encounters – some that push the boundaries of credulity. Here are five incredible tales from ordinary visitors, as collated by Jeff Gordon in his book, 101 Kruger Tales

13 ways to not watch the Rugby Cup Final in South Africa

For some, watching rugby on 31 October will be too awful. What’s more, it’s Halloween (scary! Did they plan it this way?). Here are other thrills to be had

Video: British Airways flies lion cubs and baby rhinos from South Africa to the USA

BA and IAG Cargo took two baby rhinos and two lion cubs on an epic journey from Johannesburg to their new home in Miami as a part of a global conversation effort

South Africa safari: meet the girl guides

It’s a thrilling, dangerous and envy-inducing job, being a game ranger in Africa. But what if you don’t fit the macho mould? A few of our top safari guides talk to Jane Broughton about life on the wild side

It’s boom time: the rise of South African opera

South African opera is in the midst of a revolution, with local composers daring to make this ‘eurocentric’ art form their own. Keith Bain reports

What’s up, Jo’burg?

Long obsessed with what lies beneath the ground, the ‘place of gold’ has turned its gaze skywards. The rooftop revolution is well underway. Jozi addict Ufrieda Ho gives the view from the top two thumbs up

Justin Rose’s hole in one hit list

The first English player to win the US Open in four decades, even 
for Justin Rose it’s not all about bunkers, birdies and bogeys; his favourite courses feature mountains, distant islands and greens reached only by helicopter. He exclusively reveals to Tim Hulse his top places to tee off

Johannesburg’s best food markets

Markets have always been central to Johannesburg. Founded in 1886 on one of the richest gold reefs in history, the city quickly attracted mineworkers and labourers from around the world who needed to be fed. Today, food markets are equally important, but their artisanal wares are a far cry from the bush meat and maize beer of the 19th century. Nick Savage picks five of the best

South Africa’s best brunch spots

Haven’t you heard? Post-mortems for the meal midway between breakfast and lunch are echoing around the globe, including a story in the Guardian calling it ‘a potent symbol of urban decay’. Fortunately no one told South Africans, who are still brunching up a storm. Book now before local foodie fashionistas catch up and kill it

A playlist for Johannesburg

Ian Birrell shares the six songs that make up his playlist for sounds of South Africa

South African house music: Meet Spoek Mathambo

As 'kwaito', the house music genre created in South Africa, becomes more globally popular, Ian Birrell meets its biggest star, Spoek Mathambo, and discovers a music scene that's pushing boundaries

Johannesburg's best bookshops

Johannesburg has more than 900 rare and second-hand bookstores. Zane Henry picks three of the best

Five of the best day trips from Johannesburg

Staying in South Africa's largest city? Venture further afield for a taste of Johannesburg's surrounding wilderness and urban neighbours, says Katie Gatens

City hot spots: Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg

Sleep in an art installation or shop for local fashion in Johannesburg's creative urban village

12 of the best city news tweeters across the globe

A new group of Twitter users are chronicling the latest events from the world's most exciting cities — in 140 characters or less. Lucy Thackray follows some of the best

South Africa's Little Ten: the best small wildlife to spot in South Africa

Aside from the Big Five, there's another story at the end of the zoom lens. As naturalist Chris Packham and writer Emily Payne discover, sometimes it's not the size that matters — meet South Africa's Little 10

Four of South Africa's best new bars

The best watering holes for wine, cocktails or craft beers in Cape Town and Johannesburg

Five of the best South African restaurants

The best restaurants for contemporary, experimental, sophisticated or authentic cuisine in South Africa

The topsy-turvy travel planner: art in Johannesburg

Travel from a different angle. This month, journey to Johannesburg in South Africa for a spot of gallery-hopping

Meeting Mandela – John Simpson's first time meeting Nelson Mandela

He’s the father of modern South Africa, practically a living saint with a long line of presidents, royalty and supermodels waiting to meet him. John Simpson has been granted an audience more than most and here reveals the man behind the myth

The World Cup guide to Jo'burg

As South Africa gears up to host the World Cup and welcome thousands of visitors, Rosie Millard offers an insider’s guide to the best sights and bites in Jo'burg