Lay of the Land
As the tip of the African continent, South Africa acts also as a metaphorical catchall, with myriad cultures and climates. Predominantly located on a plateau (the highveld), the land includes dramatic cliffs falling into the sea as well as verdant interiors, home to myriad wildlife.
Southwestern Cape Town is the country’s seaside darling, offering colonial architecture, a cool vibe and a vibrant cultural scene. A forty-five minute drive to the east lie the Winelands; grapes flourish in this climate. Extending east of Cape Town along the coast is the Garden Route, beloved for its wide variety of wildflowers, coastal views and famously mild climate. A must-stay spot for honeymooners and couples is the fishing village of Hermanus, home to the acclaimed Birkenhead Hotel (about a two-hour drive from Cape Town). Families looking for a nature-based escape should consider Grootbos, a fantastic eco-preserve about a two-hour drive from Cape Town.
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Need to Know: Entry Requirements
Entry requirements to South Africa have changed and now require birth certificates for all minors. They must be the originals and state the names of both parents.