South Africa

It’s no secret that South Africa is one of the world’s most diverse, vibrant and beautiful countries out there. From its mountain peaks, down to its coastal curves, white-sand beaches and succulent vineyards; this tip of Africa is one that beckons you to visit and linger a bit longer. Get beneath its skin on inner-city street art walks, sample gourmet meals from top chefs, escape to the bush for a world-class safari or dive into the colorful history of this melting pot and its people.

In the summer months between December and March, picturesque Cape Town and vibrant Durban will call you to its beaches, the harvest of the vineyards will promise top cultivar wines after February, while the cold, winter months of May-October will offer the best game-viewing times in games reserves throughout the country (many malaria-free). The milder climates along the Garden Route, Wild Coast and Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands are still inviting after May and see many visitors enjoying coastal trails, natural wonders and river adventures. The extreme temperatures of the Northern Cape and the barren, beautiful Karoo often mean snowfall during the winter calling visitors and locals alike inland to ski and head to the mountains to enjoy the snow. Gateway to the Kruger National Park and cultural hub of this nation, Johannesburg is good all year round and warrants visit to its markets, theaters, artist hubs, gardens, museums and nightlife hotspots.