South Africa

Things to do in South Africa

The gallery, known for contemporary South African art, is surrounded by 400 thirty-foot-tall variegated aluminum "fins" that reference a protective Zulu kraal, or livestock enclosure.

Order necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, made by artisans in South Africa, who are paid up to seven times the minimum wage. All profits go toward helping orphans in the region. Founded in 2005, all proceeds from this non profit organization go to Orphans Against AIDS.

A full range of spa services—from express mani-pedis, facials, and waxing to full-body table massages—is offered at this sanctuary. Fight off jet lag with a deep-breathing session at the on-site oxygen bar, where the blasts of pure O2 are infused with aromatherapy essences.

Visit the winery, established in 1880, for a tasting of ruby and tawny ports.

Many of Cape Town’s best contemporary galleries are in easy walking distance of one another in the city center. Begin at the AVA Gallery, a nonprofit multimedia gallery in historic quarters that gives special attention to Western Cape artists.

Make sure to pick up a souvenir from their line of belts, bags, and clutches.

Snag a table in the tree-shaded central courtyard for the "Canteen breakfast," with eggs, lamb sausage, mushrooms, and tomatoes.

The gallery features local contemporary work.

Best known as the former prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years, this island off the coast of Cape Town also served as a leper colony, mental institution, and military base over the past three centuries.