SOUTH AFRICA’S NEW DAWN

City-hop­ping through a re­vi­tal­ized South Africa proves to be an eye- open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence filled with glim­mer­ing beaches, lush green land­scapes and vi­brant ur­ban cen­tres brim­ming with lo­cal flavour

S/ - - TRAVEL - BY JES­SICA PADYLUK

Eleven of­fi­cial lan­guages, nine dis­tinct prov­inces, to­pog­ra­phy that ranges from rugged moun­tain ranges to wind­ing coast­line and a vastly mul­ti­cul­tural pop­u­la­tion make South Africa dif­fi­cult to pin down. It’s not a place you can visit once and im­me­di­ately com­pre­hend or de­fine in a few sen­tences. In many ways, South Africa is a place that de­fies def­i­ni­tion. It’s a coun­try emerg­ing from the shell of apartheid, re­defin­ing it­self in ways that would not have been pos­si­ble even three decades ago. It’s this on­go­ing process of rein­ven­tion that gives South Africa a unique edge, al­low­ing it to be many things and to of­fer much to trav­ellers seek­ing an atyp­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, one with the po­ten­tial to con­tin­u­ally sur­prise.

Well-known as a sa­fari des­ti­na­tion for those hop­ing to catch a glimpse of the Big Five (ele­phant, lion, buf­falo, leop­ard and rhino), there’s so much more to South Africa than its abun­dance of wildlife; a fact I dis­cover on a whirl­wind trip through the cities of Jo­han­nes­burg, Cape Town and Dur­ban.

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