A little inland are the great wine regions of Paarl and Stellenbosch. uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park has the highest mountain range in Africa south of Kilimanjaro, not to overlook its rare animals and ancient rock art.
And then there is the coast. More than 1,500 miles (2,500 km) of it starting along Nambia and desert area bordering the Atlantic Ocean, wrapping around the southern tip of Africa and all the way to the subtropical border shared with Mozambique on the Indian Ocean. There are beaches to sun on, beaches for surfers and beaches for penguins.
For entertainment and gambling there is Sun City, billed as "Africa's Kingdom of Pleasure". The "do-it-yourself" safari at Kreuger National Park enables you to see the Big Five along with all of the other animals everyone always mentions.
Johannesburg (or JoBurg to the locals) offers culture, beauty, excitement, shopping and museums. Amazingly, there are now even direct flights from the USA to JoBurg. And, direct flights from London to Cape Town where you can experience fabulous Table Mountain, then Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope.
With so much more to South Africa than just safaris, each region can easily be a vacation unto itself.
Mozambique has skyrocketed to the top of the list of up-and-coming destinations in recent years, thanks to its rustic-chic beach resorts.
According to Conde Nast’s Daily Traveler, Asilia’s Kubatana camp opens in the country’s Gorongosa National Park this summer, which might just help put the park, once the best in Africa, back on the map. Next door, Malawai, long overlooked, also has a crop of new hotels and resorts, including the newly redone Kaya Mawa, on its own island. There’s also Ghana, where a Kempinski hotel is scheduled to open in August, and Bom Bom Island, in Principe, a luxury eco-resort that recently underwent a major renovation. Neither one offers Big Five sightings, but for authentic African adventures, Ghana and Principe, certainly qualify.