The birthplace of Nelson Mandela, Cape Town, is synonymous with the first black president of South Africa. Visit Madiba's home and stop to see the gate that symbolised his walk to freedom in 1990. The spectre of apartheid has not been wholly eradicated and the Amy Biehl Foundation strives for equality. Visit some of its after-school centres, meet the young people and watch them engaging in arts, crafts and performance. From traditional dance and playing musical instruments to creating Kwaito, a fusion of hip hop and house music – you can even take part.
There is an astonishing variety of flora and fauna in this region. Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and admire the splendour of more than 3,000 plant types. Get up close and personal with the big cats at the Cheetah Outreach centre. And visit an ostrich sanctuary in Oudtshoorn, where you'll learn about these remarkable flightless birds. Later, watch an amazing aquatic species in Hermanus, on the spectacular south coast, where from an incredible vantage point you'll gasp at the awe-inspiring sight of up to 100 whales.
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