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
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.