South Africa has put its past troubles behind it to emerge as a popular and valued travel destination. It features lively and lovely beaches, reliable weather, unique native culture and endless Savannah teeming with wildlife.
Table Mountain is the most famous icon in the ever popular Cape Town, and it offers good views from the top. The city center is a harmonious blend of old and new architectural styles dating back 300 years. The Victoria and Albert Waterfront is an exciting tourist draw card and a gateway to Robben Island, infamously once home to the incarcerated Nelson Mandela.
Camps Bay is chic, but good beaches are also found in Muizenburg and Blouberg. Chapman’s Peak Drive, which takes you out to the apex of the Cape Point Reserve, is one of the world’s most famous points; while day trips can be taken to the vineyards of Stellenbosch.
The Garden Route runs parallel to the coastline, 200 kilometers east of Cape Town and features picturesque lakes, mountains, tall indigenous forests, lazy rivers and golden beaches. The lagoon area of Knysna and glitz of Plettenburg Bay are popular among vacationing locals.
Further north, Durban is the entertainment hub of the east coast, boasting the Golden Mile of luxury hotels and apartments, with marvelous beaches and good surf in the many pleasant seaside towns along this coast. Kwazulu Natal province also includes the St Lucia lagoon wetlands (a World Heritage site), the dramatic Drakensburg Mountains and the legacy of the colorful and proud history of Shaka’s great Zulu nation.
Johannesburg is the commercial hub of the country. Tours to the township of Soweto are now popular, as is a look at the gold mining industry at the restored turn-of-the-century village of Gold Reef City. The sister city of Pretoria is the country’s capital featuring the grand Union Buildings and Voortrekker Monument. Kimberley is interesting purely because of its diamond industry on display at the remarkable big hole and turn of the century colonial village.