The rainbow nation of South Africa is a colorful tapestry of languages, backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, and cuisine. Located on the continent’s southern tip, South Africa’s appeal is seemingly boundless. A burgeoning culinary scene mingles with longstanding Afrikaner traditions like braai barbecue and simple, fresh seafood caught and served on the Cape Town coast. Mountain trails and single tracks are framed by wild corridors of fynbos, the South African shrubbery peppered with flowers in citrus shades and prehistoric-looking plants. The Winelands, renowned for their perfect wine-growing microclimate, are replete with distinctive Pinotage varietals and charming Dutch-influenced towns.
Learn from locals in South Africa’s proud townships, pedal right to the Atlantic Ocean in Hout Bay, and spin on the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive for gorgeous views of Table Mountain and beyond.
Braaivleis (barbecued meat), biltong jerkey, pap (a type of polenta), and mieliebrood (cornbread with a South African spin)
Local Savanna cider, award-winning South African wines including Cabernet and Syrah, and especially the indigenous varietal Pinotage