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South Africa is a highly diverse country with eleven official languages and three different capitals. Each corner of the vast nation offers a distinctive mix of cultures and influences, which you will encounter in their food, art and customs. A great illustration of this rich fabric is the city of Cape Town –a lively metropolis surrounded by the sea, mountains, nature parks and vineyards. A holiday on the Cape of Good Hope is never short of things to do and see. Greet the penguins at Boulder’s Beach, scale the Table Mountain, and take a trip to the former prison of Robben Island. A flat island off the coast of South Africa, guided tours will take visitors through its dark history. Among numerous other political prisoners, Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison on Robben Island and visitors can still see the small cell in which he was held along with the rock pile that he started during his imprisonment.
For less known sights in the city, see the work of local South African artists at the World Art Gallery, experience the buzz of the Bay Harbour Market and watch the sun set over the Atlantic from the cosy beach at Oudekraal.
Johannesburg is another place of cultural, historical and natural beauty. A rejuvenated city that in the last couple of years has experienced rapid growth, Jo’burg holds a lot of gems across the city that are ripe for exploring. Visit the Apartheid Museum and go on guided tours to learn about the city and its importance in South African history. Visit some of the local nature parks, stop by the fashionable area Maboneng and check out the Market on Main on Sundays before taking in the skyline from the rooftop venue The Living Room.
East of Johannesburg sits the world-famous Kruger National Park. Get up close with the famous Big Five (elephants, rhinos, buffalos, lions and leopards), see crocodiles swim in the Limpopo River and pretend you’re Richard Attenborough while you film your very own experiences of the wild.
A holiday in South Africa is not complete without trying one of the country’s main activities, the braai. As much a social gathering as a barbeque, this is a main pillar in South African society. However, it’s not the only culinary experience that should be made here. Go on wine tours around Stellenbosch, sample a traditional boerewors sausage and try a true example of the rich diversity in the country in the form of the Cape Malay Curry.
Florence is a city of culture, history and stunning buildings and an eternal metropolis that retains its beauty throughout the year. Regardless of which season you are visiting, or indeed where you’re staying in the city, you’re never far from things to do and see. We’ve collected a few...