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.
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
offers a look at the varied wildlife.