It befits its position at the southern end of the world’s most epic continent, with more types of terrain than photographers can shake their zoom lens at. There’s the deserted Kalahari, Namakwa’s springtime symphony of wildflowers, iconic Table Mountain and Cape Point, Kruger National Park’s wildlife-stalked savannah (scene of the famous lion-buffalo-crocodile battle watched more than 40 million times on YouTube) and, running through the east of the country and into Lesotho, the Drakensberg. KwaZulu-Natal’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park alone has five distinct ecosystems, attracting both zebras and dolphins.
At the very tip of the continent, this country is an excellent introduction to Africa. South Africa is the continent’s most developed country and is many worlds in one: modern bustling cities, ancient rock art, gorgeous beaches, fabulous game lodges, and national parks, mountain ranges, desert, wildlife, and Winelands. South Africans are among the most welcoming people, and the country’s emergence from its turbulent past provides a dramatic history and the promise of something new every time you visit.