South Africa is one of the most awe-inspiring and diverse countries on earth. We have collaborated with South African Tourism to take a journey across this amazing country through the lens of ten exceptional creators.

Explore below to discover the jazz clubs of Johannesburg, coastal restaurants of Cape Town, historic vineyards of Stellenbosch, perfect waves of Jeffreys Bay, game reserves of Gauteng and much more. Each creator shares their Travel Playbook of trusted personal recommendations to visit and experience. Welcome to Exceptional South Africa.


Production: Exceptional ALIEN (Creative Studio); Tarryn Morris (Talent Management); Dare Content (Production Company); Chris Coetsee (EP); Matt Bouch (Producer); Jared Paisley and Elliott Deem (DOP); Gulshan Khan, Andile Buka and Hugh Stewart (Photographer); Jabu Msomi, Deon Knipe, Damon Sheridan and Mandla Mdletshe (Sound Recording). Post-production: The Editors; Nicolette Rousianos (EP); Liv Reddy (Head of Production); Matt Edwards (Online); Corey-Jay Walker (Online Assist); Shannon Michaelas (Main Offline Editor); Grace Eyre and Grace O’Connell (Offline Editors); Matt Fezz (Colourist); Shukry Adams (Stills Clean & Grade); Bonsta (Sound Design).

All images by Gulshan Khan

'Soweto is talented — if you look at all the amazing music and culture, it comes from this place. From this place that was once darkness, out rose the beautiful.'

— Ndaba Mandela

First and third image by Gulshan Khan Second image by Ana Nielsen

'South Africa and especially the Western Cape has so much to offer when it comes to adventure and outdoor activities. I think its landscape, its people, and the places you can visit make it one of the most unique places in the world.'

— Tanika Hoffman

First image by Ana Nielsen Second and third images by Gulshan Khan.

‘Without wildlife conservation, we're doomed. Without wild spaces and natural resources, we're not going to be here.’

— Kevin Richardson

All images by Gulshan Khan

'The food options in Cape Town are endless. I mean, you can eat cuisine from anywhere in the world and find it in Cape Town.'

— Zola Nene

First and third image by Ryan Miller Second image courtesy of Shamwari Private Game Lodge

‘There’s no place like it. The people are so energetic yet so friendly, and have always got big smiles on their faces, but then there's wild things everywhere around.'

— Mick Fanning

All images by Gulshan Khan

‘South Africa has been making wine for more than 300 years. We fall under the Old World wines, but when you taste our wines and styles, we also fall into New World Wines…having the best of both worlds is our unique point of difference as a country.'

— Ntsiki Biyela

All images by Gulshan Khan

'Johannesburg is the best place to be in South Africa, because you can always make things happen.'

— Loyiso Gola

All images by Gulshan Khan

'South Africa has a culture that’s really pushed by the youth. Whatever it is, whatever you can do, it’s embraced.'

— Uncle Waffles

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‘Travelling all over South Africa, you get different places from the bush to the ocean. And the beauty that you see in the scenery is second to none. I truly believe that South Africa is the best-placed country on earth.’

— Tendai Mtawarira

First image by Andile Buka Second image by Gulshan Khan Third image by Ana Nielsen

'Johannesburg has many galleries – but I really love it when artists put up work in the streets.'

— Gulshan Khan

Exceptional South Africa



‘Everywhere you look, the mountains, the beaches, the animals — everything just moves majestically.'