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MAGNIFICENT SOUTH AFRICA
Dramatic vistas, historic sites and
adventure await you
Located at the southernmost point of the African continent, South Africa is a dramatically
diverse country with attractions such as Cape Town, one of the world’s top 10 travel
destinations*; the Cape of Good Hope, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans converge;
Robben Island, one of the sites of Nelson Mandela’s incarceration; Kruger National Park,
the world’s oldest and largest wildlife sanctuary and a popular spot for safaris; and the
centuries-old town of Stellenbosch, the home of several first-class wineries.
If you’d like to visit one of the world’s most exciting, most
hospitable and least expensive countries, make South Africa
The following itineraries are just a few possibilities for a 12-day stay in South Africa. Given
the highly favorable exchange rate between the South African rand and the U.S. dollar**,
you can experience significant savings during your trip.
When is the best time to go? Because it is in the Southern Hemisphere, South Africa’s
seasons are the flip side of ours; North America’s winter is South Africa’s summer. But South
Africa has a temperate climate year-round, giving you a wide range of choices for when
to plan your trip.
Cape Town’s breathtaking setting between the
mountains and the sea rivals that of Rio de
Janeiro. A short aerial tramway ride takes you
from downtown up to Table Mountain. The trip
offers panoramic views of the city, miles of
beaches and the sea.
Cape Town, wineries and Cape of Good Hope (five days)
Among Cape Town’s most important sites are
the Company’s Garden, created by the Dutch
East India Company in the 1600s; museums
displaying African art and culture; the city’s
infamous slave quarters; St. George’s Mall,
with local art, clothing and souvenirs; and the
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront District,
bustling with trendy shops, celebrated culinary
fare and nightspots.
From the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the
waterfront, you can take a 30-minute boat ride
to Robben Island and the notorious prison where
Take one day for the Cape of Good Hope.
The drive takes you past cloud-capped
mountains and seaside villages. You might see
small baboons by the side of the road, penguins
at Boulders Beach and hundreds of fur seals
at Seal Island. The Two Oceans restaurant
provides a sweeping view of the turbulent
waters where cold Atlantic and warm Indian
ocean currents converge.
Near Cape Town are the celebrated South
African wineries and Dutch colonial towns
of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, both dating
back to the 1600s.