South Africa

A country of cultural contrasts and natural spectacle, South Africa has emerged from the shadow of apartheid to become a country ever more alluring to travellers.

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Big cats, beaches and breakthroughs

Observe first-hand how apartheid is being eradicated in South Africa, with a visit to the home of one of history's most inspirational figures. Enjoy the world-class beaches of Port Elizabeth, and come face-to-face with the fastest species on four legs!

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Western Cape

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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Eastern Cape

Known for its friendly people and exceptional beaches, Port Elizabeth is a perfect place to unwind. Visit Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum for a taste of culture, in an area which is also home to St George's Cricket Oval. Then take in the Red Location Museum, which documents the country's history of race relations and the attempts to overcome racism. Roughly 200 miles up the coastline is East London, the only river port in South Africa, where the Southern and Indian oceans converge. With its old-fashioned charm, sweep of white, sandy beaches and Nahoon Reef, this is a perfect place to relax.

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KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland

With its captivating national parks and untarnished coastal reserves, Zululand is the place to admire the rich green-and-grey majesty of the Drakensberg mountains. We'll take you into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal, with its traditional Zulu settlements. You’ll also visit to Swaziland, roughly 200 miles to the north, whose people have been present in South Africa since the 1400s. In addition to the Swaziland National Museum, where you’ll learn about the natural and cultural heritage of the Swazis, you’ll visit a village in the kingdom where you’ll meet the people and learn about the culture of the tribe.

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