Kruger National Park No trip to Africa is complete without time spent in the bush, getting an up-close look at nature’s exotic creatures in their own element. Kruger National Park, in the northern region, is one of the best spots on the continent to view the “Big Five” — lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo — and is home to a number of acclaimed private game lodges. Your days revolve around the wildlife; you’ll head out on early morning and late-afternoon game drives when the animals are most active. Prepare to be amazed at how close you can get.
Cape Town is nestled between the mountains and the sea on the continent’s tip. The Victoria and Albert Waterfront is a thriving harbor, filled with eclectic shops, stellar dining and a playful population of wild seals. Take a late-afternoon trip up iconic Table Mountain to watch the sun set over the ocean (keep an eye out for zebras and antelope that graze alongside the highway). On another day, join the locals on the sparkling Atlantic beaches.
Stellenbosch and South Africa Wine Regions South Africa is well-known for its wines, most of which come from the 100-mile stretch of hills and valleys called Winelands.