Many people go to South Africa in search of the Big 5… the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo. But have you heard of The Marine Big 5? They are just as intriguing. Mighty whales, toothy sharks and playful seals, penguins and dolphins that live in the country’s coastal waters make up this captivating bunch.
Did you know? The “Rainbow Nation” not only applies South Africa’s people but also to its cuisine. For the adventurous diner, there are delicacies such as fried caterpillars and crocodile steaks. For the mildly adventurous, there is biltong, bobotie, bunny chow and boerewors.
The best time to go to South Africa? Anytime between January and December! South Africa has a delightfully temperate climate year-round, so your decision about when to go should rather be based on the types of experiences you would like to have.
South Africa’s townships are infused with the spirit of Ubuntu, which means: “I am, because we are.” A term for neighborliness, and a proudly South African humanist philosophy, it is a wisdom widely embraced by all South Africans today. The townships of South Africa are where the heart of the nation beats. This is the real South Africa.
One by one, furry little heads appear above the water’s surface. The critters pop up and down like kids in a bounce house. And they’re having just as much fun.
Wander along a Cape Town beach and you’ll probably see their large, long, unmistakable footprints in the sand. African Clawless Otters are the most widely distributed otter species in Africa. Also known as Cape Otters, these clever creatures are as amusing as they are cute. They are playful and energetic, often swimming, playing with their food and play-fighting just for kicks. You might also catch them basking in the warmth of the sun.
Style mavens, it’s here! The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2017 starts today. Even better, this year’s venue is Camps Bay, Cape Town’s chichi spot to see and be seen. Set at the Camps Bay Sports Complex, the Fashion Week tent emulates the likes of Bryant Park for New York Fashion Week, and this edgy setup houses a host of exciting experiences from the 23rd through the 25th of March 2017.
Does the thought of going on vacation inspire feelings of joy? It should! There are nine secrets to a happy vacation, according to the new “Road to Happiness Study,” which quantifies the connection between happiness and travel. Results of the study revealed some key elements of the happiest vacations. We think our range of experiences in South Africa make a perfect fit!
Fly South African Airways from Washington Dulles or New York’s JFK to Johannesburg.
Tip #1: Plan Ahead
When you plan ahead, you get a double benefit: better prices and more availability. A recent CheapAir.com report monitored 4 million flights and found that the average lowest fares surfaced 54 days before travel. And, according to the Road to Happiness Study, 90 percent of the happiest vacationers planned more than a month in advance, leaving plenty of time to savor the delicious pre-vacation anticipation.
Discover why Travel + Leisure magazine named Cape Town the #1 city to visit in Africa and the Middle East at the 2016 “World’s Best” Awards!
African penguins at sunset near Cape Town, South Africa.
Beautiful beaches, breathtaking mountains, world-class cuisine, captivating wildlife, adventures for beginners & experienced thrill-seekers…and we haven’t even mentioned the South African wines or the city’s cultural riches!