Cape Town, South Africa

The 'Mother City' has welcomed sailors since the Portuguese navigators first rounded the Cape of Good Hope in the 15th century. Take a cable car ride to the summit of massive, flat-topped Table Mountain, the city's dominating landmark, for a panoramic view of the Cape from 3,300 feet. At nearby Stellenbosch, the university town famous for its Cape Dutch architecture, sip crisp local vintages at one of the well-known wine estates.

Durban, South Africa

African and Oriental cultures merge harmoniously in the cosmopolitan city of Durban. Zulu rickshaw drivers beckon passengers along Durban's Marine Parade. Silks and gold-threaded saris tempt visitors at the Oriental Arcades. In addition to miles of golden beaches, Durban offers a fascinating history. The drumbeat of tribal dance is testimony to the enduring traditions of the Zulus. Here, among the beehive huts of tribal villages, we can explore their customs.

Richards Bay, South Africa

Once a military outpost built to protect British settlers, this charming city with its superb beaches is now a magnet for the world's top surfers. There's unusual architecture, as well, and a nearby reserve
offers a look at the varied wildlife.