“I believe that South Africa is the most beautiful place on earth… we have been blessed with a truly wonderful land.”
~ Nelson Mandela
Soaring mountains, stunning beaches and a colorful history that harks back to the very dawn of humankind… this is South Africa, one of the most spellbinding spots on the planet. It’s also one of the most affordable, where the dollar can stretch as far as the views from God’s Window.
The extraordinary diversity of tribes, creeds and even cuisine that characterizes South Africa inspired Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu to call it, “The Rainbow Nation.” He couldn’t have chosen a more fitting name. Roughly twice the size of Texas, South Africa is a fully-integrated society more than 50 million strong. Even though it has 11 official languages, the common language is English.
People who have never been to Africa often think of it as a homogenous whole, similar to the United States. But nothing could be further from truth. The continent of Africa, which is the size of China, India, the United States, and most of Europe combined, is made up of 54 very different and separate countries.
It is important to note, that while Africa is regarded as a third-world continent, South Africa is a first-world country – as well as a top-rated travel destination. The New York Times named Cape Town number one of “52 Places to go in 2014;” National Geographic Traveler voted it one of “2014 Places of a Lifetime,” and Travel+Leisure proclaimed Cape Town as one of “The Best Places to Travel in 2014.” Conde Naste Traveler, Trip Advisor and other industry authorities continue to bestow upon South Africa numerous, prestigious awards.
Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest city and carries the distinguished title of The Mother City. Some would say that, with her rugged beauty, she is indeed the mother of all cities. Among her countless charms is the renowned Table Mountain, offering a panoramic view of the city; Robben Island, the once isolated Alcatraz of South Africa’s political prisoners—including Nelson Mandela— and The V&A Waterfront, a magnificent jumble of preserved historical buildings housing galleries, dining and shopping venues, perched at the harbor’s edge.
Have you ever sipped wine from the land where the grape was grown? The Stellenbosch region is the longest contiguous wine route in the world. Other must-do’s include visiting the adorable African Penguins at Boulders Beach; watching whales from the rocky shores of Hermanus, and witnessing the kaleidoscope of sights and fragrances found in The Cape Floral Kingdom.
South Africa’s animal kingdom, however, is a horse of different color. Picture this. After an early morning wake-up and some freshly brewed coffee, you embark on a game drive with a ranger and tracker before the heat of the day kicks in.
You spot not just one elephant, but a dozen – from a playful baby to a two-story bull – and a regal gemsbok, with its slender, scimitar-like horns that may have inspired tales of the fabled unicorn. The roar of a lion, just yards away, leaves you nearly breathless.
This is Greater Kruger National Park. Home to the Big 5 (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros), it is also known for its luxurious safari camps with optional sleep-outs under the stars and blazing boma fires. Don’t miss Dullstroom, famous for fly-fishing; the dramatic Blyde River Canyon; cascading Mac Mac Falls or sleepy Pilgrims Rest, a town that pays homage to the Gold Rush era, all accessible en route to or from your safari camp.
Whether city or bushveld-bound, South Africa is on most people’s wish list. There’s a reason. Come, discover your own.
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