South Africa

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News on where to stay . . . what to see . . . what to buy . . . south african seascapeFamous among the surfing set, the waves off South Africa's Long Beach, a half-hour drive from Cape Town, can reach 35 feet. It was while watching her surfer son...
Every summer when I was a child, my parents would pile us into the car and head up South Africa's Garden Route. From our home in Cape Town to Storms River, we'd stop to sail on the glistening lagoons, hike through tangled indigenous forests, and s...
See our slideshow of the Best Save-the-Earth Trips. At 3 a.m. on a moonless, steamy night, I trudged along a stretch of Caribbean coast, peering into the darkness. My sneakers sloshed with a mixture of wet sand and seawater; sand flies bit my ank...
Flying low over the grass runway, the pilot eyeballs conditions and banks for a turn. He announces cheerily that we'll have to make another pass. "Wild pigs snuffled up the strip," he says, lowering the Piper Cherokee's nose and bringing us to a s...
Once the epitome of elegant travel, cruising nearly vanished with the dawning of the jet age in the 1960's. But just as martinis and cigars are making a comeback, so too is cruising— albeit with a more youthful, adventurous spirit. In the course o...
Hiking Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite, California This rustic lodge’s 66 spacious cabins are just a five-mile trek from Carlon Falls, a secret swimming hole flanked by sky-high ponderosa pines. 33160 Evergreen Rd., Groveland; 800/935-6343; evergree...
Expense was evidently not a crucial consideration for the industrialist from India who visited South Africa's MalaMala Game Reserve earlier this year with his family and retinue—nannies, doctor, cook, and even barber, 32 people in all. But for the...
See our slideshow of Shoulder Season Travel Secrets. After the vacation crowds head home, you’ll find the smart traveler basking in good deals and wide open spaces. Quick: What’s the best time of year to visit Thailand?If you’re looking for grea...
It comes as no surprise that Europe remains the favorite destination of overseas-bound Americans and that England is the most popular country, with almost 4 million visits last year. We know it's not for the food. Could it be familiarity wit...
The Safari Lodge of the MomentThe big-game region of Welgevonden, a dramatic landscape of savannas, waterfalls, and craggy mountains, is home to South Africa's new Makweti Safari Lodge. Owners Dawn and Alan Kisner originally built Makweti as a vac...
An African Villa 19 Carstens St., Tamboerskloof; 27-21/ 423-2162; www.capetowncity.co.za/villa; doubles from $116, including breakfast. WHAT IT IS A stylish inn. the scoop This 12-room boutique property is discreetly set within thre...
Four decades ago David Halberstam took his first trip abroad. In the years that followed, as a foreign correspondent, he witnessed the conflicts that shaped the last century—in the Congo, Vietnam, and South Africa. Here the Pulitzer Prize–winning...
Newlands, an up-and-coming suburb of Cape Town, is now home to a cluster of irresistible new boutiques. The latest addresses: 1. PA KUA STUDIO (55 Main St.; 27-21/671-1553), a showcase of local furniture designers. 2. FRANÇOIS + LILLE (Shop 4, Ki...
When globe-trotting travel consultant Niels van Rheenen's collection of Art Deco furniture outgrew his Amsterdam house, he packed up his club chairs, modular bookcases, and French 1920's lamps and went in search of space. He found ample room in a ...
Six just-opened hotels that are setting new standards of style: NORTH AMERICA The West Coast's Kimpton Group is launching an East Coast invasion. Washington, D.C's Hotel Rouge (1315 16th St. NW; 202/232-8000; doubles from $125) is an ode to all th...