South Africa Travel Guide
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.
Sample a meaty Manzanilla olive at this thriving farm.
Unusual gifts made with spirited South African innovation can be found at this eclectic three-story housewares and apparel shop, set among the hipster clubs and backpackers’ haunts of Long Street.
From Mrs. Ball’s chutneys to locally harvested rooibos teas, this gourmet shop stocks a wide selection of South African food products.
Colorful ceramics by local artists fill this small shop in the seaside village of Kalk Bay, a hub of South African creative culture. Dating back to 1901, the Victorian white-stucco building that now houses the store was originally built as a community washhouse.
This winery is located on the Cluver family’s De Rust Estate, a nearly 6,000-acre property that includes fruit orchards, a concert amphitheatre, and a restaurant serving fresh produce from an on-site garden.
Make sure to pick up a souvenir from their line of belts, bags, and clutches.
The museum, south of the city center, is an invaluable primer on apartheid-era race divisions, as well as the 19th-century gold rush that brought prospectors from around the world.
Located in a whitewashed townhouse in the city center, this contemporary art gallery showcases the work of midcareer local photographers, such as Roger Ballen and Jurgen Schadeberg, as well as international photographers like Jan Smith from Mexico and Nicola Vinci from Italy.
The property’s contemporary- art collection is a carefully edited selection of some of South Africa’s finest working artists. Take an extravagant wine tutorial in the state-of-the-art tasting lounge, with flights of Delaire reds and whites and organic food pairings.
For an otherwordly experience, there's nothing like a game drive in the African wild. The 185,000-acre Madikwe Game Reserve, in the northwestern corner of South Africa, is part Kalahari desert, part bush country.