From its position at the southern-most tip of Earth’s most epic continent, South Africa offers more opportunities for adventure and cultural refinement than one may consider possible in a single country.
Where else can you hike to the top of a mountain and discover a staggering array of plant and animal species, cage dive amid one of the world’s highest concentration of great white sharks, taste wine on horseback, have brunch on the beach, and watch lions roam freely in the wild? Start by visiting Cape Town during the buzzing summer season (December to March), where a vibrant day scene rival the pulse of the night. The Mother City radiates a consistent, palpable hum of cool year-round, however, thanks to local artists, stunning backdrops and the laid-back vibe of the Capetonians. When it’s time to wind down and reflect, take a scenic drive to the winelands at Stellenbosch and Franschhoek where you can visit world-renowned wineries, an eclectic motor collection, and the beautifully preserved Bablyonstoren Farm. For the finale: a safari in Kruger National Park and a stay at one of the luxurious, stylish resorts that are nestled right in the center of one of the world’s most extraordinary wild animal habitats.
Former South African president Nelson Mandela may have perfectly articulated South Africa’s ability to inspire and enrich when he said of it “There is no other place that I would rather be imprisoned for 26 years than on some island nearby.”