Officially the Republic of South Africa, situated at the southern tip of Africa is bordered in the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and also wraps itself around two independent countries, the Lesotho and Swaziland. South Africans come from a wide variety of backgrounds, belief systems and walks of life – and there is no hard and fast way that you can define them other than to say they are united in their differences, passionate about who they are and always ready to welcome everyone to their colourful country.
Cape Town, South Africa’s second-largest city, ranks among the most beautiful in the world. With its larger-than-life mountain overlooking the City Bowl, harbour, white beaches and Robben Island beyond, this is a tourists’ playground of note. Two World Heritage Sites, sprawling winelands, nature reserves, botanic gardens and a buzzing waterfront are just the start of the adventure.
In the centre of historic Cape Town at the entrance to the famous pedestrian precinct, St George’s Mall.
Fly to Cape Town International Airport
Best time to visit
South Africa’s winter months (June, July, August) – which have the least rainfall, except for the Western Cape with its Mediterranean climate – are a peak time for game viewing as a shortage of water means animals gather at watering holes. Reduced foliage makes game spotting easier. Summer is the best time to enjoy beautiful beaches and outdoor activities, whereas visiting the wine-lands during winter remains a special treat.