The Best of South Africa

Everyone is talking about South Africa. The continent’s southernmost country seems to have it all. Enormous national parks and fascinating animals. Interesting historical sites and emerging wine regions. Cool cities and gorgeous beaches. Still not convinced? You’ll definitely be ready to book a flight to see these four locations.

Photo: Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel
Photo: Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

Paternoster: Drive to an old fishing village to find jagged cliffs, white boulders, white-washed cottages, colorful fishing boats, and one of the most beautiful beaches on the Western Cape.

Photo: Ricci Mariagrazia (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Ricci Mariagrazia (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Umhlanga: Find a resort town, lighthouses, sharks, gardens and nature reserves, a waterfront promenade, long beaches, and small hotels just outside of Durban.

Photo: N. Preseault
Photo: N. Preseault

Franschhoek: Enjoy a perfect morning with bright sunshine, dewy grass, chirping birds, and postcard-worthy views of plum trees, grape vines, and ragged mountains outside of Cape Town.

Photo: vivekchugh via stock.xchng
Photo: vivekchugh via stock.xchng

Cape Town: Claim your new favorite city after checking in at a perfect hotel to overcome jet lag, riding a cable car to the top of a mountain for stunning views of the coastline and the sea, visiting an island that was once a prison, strolling through botanical gardens and art galleries, and sipping sundowners in the Mother City of South Africa.

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