Cape Town - There are many people, things and iconic figures that represent 'South African Heritage'.
From our natural heritage, the Big 5, Table Mountain and just being the very tip of the African continent, all these factors serve as proud markers.
Yes, SA is a bold and colourful country.
It's filled with the most diverse cultures and people on the planet. But even in our differences, there are some simple connecting factors.
Like lighting a fire and throwing a chop on the coals, something SA's favourite braaier Jan Braai knows all about.
Jan and his braaiers are currently on the annual SA braai tour, all in the name of SA Heritage.
We caught up with Jan just before they departed on the third national Braai Tour - Check it out here:
If you'd like to do as Jan does - braai - see where you should be stoking your heritage fires with this braai bucket list: Braai your way through #SAHeritage Day
But if braaiing is not the only thing you associate with Heritage Day, don't fret. We've got the entire Heritage Day insider guide to keep you well-entertained for the upcoming festivities.
Apart from being Heritage Day - aka Braai Day - on 24 September, the entire month is actually a dedicated Heritage Month. And this year it's all about making tourism accessible for all. But what does that mean exactly?
According to our minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, it's about opening up treasures those international travellers come halfway around the world to see, to local South Africans to explore. This means tourist attractions that are accessible - and especially, affordable - to all.
WATCH: Hanekom on #SAHeritage and why you should get excited about it
The Department of Tourism, and various individual tourists attractions in their own capacity has done well to open tourism to locals. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway - which allows South Africans to head up for free on their birthdays - is but one such example.
Speaking of Table Mountain and the other natural and cultural wonders in SA, our incredible living heritage is most clearly seen in the 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of South Africa. And if you haven't explored these significant places yet, use Heritage Month as an excuse to take an eye-opening sho't left.
If you'd like to combine your heritage explorations with some adrenaline-inducing activities, go treasure hunting for the rock art of old - see our top five spots to check out across SA here.
And if our Top Heritage month trips to enjoy or Heritage Day events fit for a Rainbow Nation isn't enough to keep you entertained, check out this heart-warming clip about why South Africans #LoveSA so very very much: WATCH: South Africans on why they #LoveSA
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