South Africa

Things to do in South Africa

A safari operator with 70 camps in nine countries, Wilderness has been a champion of responsible travel in Africa for nearly 30 years. Overseeing a portfolio of more than 7.4 million acres of protected land, Wilderness supports 40 projects that benefit 1,250 endangered species, i

To sample the region's best Cabernets and Merlots, drive seven miles west to Tradouw Valley's vineyards.

The water may be colder on the Atlantic side of the Cape peninsula, but the beaches are definitely hotter. An upmarket and well-toned crowd gathers here, for sun and sand during the day and sundowners by night at beachfront bars.

This gallery and shop showcases artworks and indigenous crafts from all over the African continent. Carved wooden masks, figurines, and abstract sculptures; elegant beadwork and painted clothes; and handwoven and printed textiles are just some of the treasures worth browsing here.

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.

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.

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.