With its beaches and mountains, wildlife and wine – and let’s not forget vibrant culture and cosmopolitan Cape Town (rightly regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities) – South Africa has long been one of the world’s most alluring countries. Crawling with iconic African wildlife, big and small, South Africa’s national parks and reserves are premier safari destinations, and these adventurous forays into incredible wilderness cost a fraction of those elsewhere. In 2018, the country’s many attractions will be bolstered by “Nelson Mandela Centenary 2018: Be the Legacy,” an official program of events – some sporting, some educational, others devoted to the arts – honoring the legendary late South African activist and former president. There is more to see than ever before, and favorable exchange rates, making 2018 a phenomenal year to visit South Africa.
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa » Don’t Miss Take a self-drive safari in South Africa’s 7,500-square-mile Kruger National Park: wait at zebra crossings, pause for breath at rhino crashes, and skirt carefully through the long shadows of elephants.