The southern most country on the continent is truly the giant of Africa, and as the marketing slogan goes, ‘a world in one country’. And since the dawn of a new era in 1994 when the country emerged from its Apartheid past, South Africa has been truly welcomed back into the international community. Blessed with a well-developed transport and tourism infrastructure, the country offers an array of exciting possibilities linking wilderness, coastal and city attractions, all within comfortable distances of each other. Cape Town, renowned the world over as one of the most captivating cities, is a must, while the Kruger Park and the private game reserves and lodges of Mpumalanga offer outstanding game-viewing options. The Garden Route takes in some of the most enchanting coastal drives to be enjoyed anywhere, and the Drakensberg Mountains, the Karoo plains and Kwa-Zulu Natal are all fantastically scenic destinations.