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South Africa is one of the world’s most remarkable travel destinations. For years in the Apartheid-era, South Africa was a pariah state. Racism and divisiveness ruled the country and the tourism industry suffered. In many ways, this terrible part of South Africa’s past preserved some of the best parts of the country from development. There are still hidden gems to be found in South Africa.

The dark days of the Apartheid-era are long over. There are ton of great things to do in South Africa. Cape Town is solidly one of the world’s great cities with amazing natural beauty, world-class dining and a long, storied history. Two of the world’s greatest wine regions (Stellenbosch and Hemel-en-Aarde) produce some remarkable vintages that are in high demand around the world (and are some of our absolute favorite wines). And most importantly, national parks and nature preserves offer the chance to go on safari and see Africa’s best animals up close.