On the extreme southern tip of the Dark Continent lies the nation of South Africa. Now that policies of apartheit have been abolished, South Africa has made the difficult transformation to a land of majority rule. Itís a journey fraught with challenge, and this proud land continues its attempts combat the AIDS epidemic, the grim specter of poverty and the escalation of criminal activity.
Still, South Africa maintains such a vast wealth of resources that it is a natural choice for tourism. There are a number of different ways to experience the quintessential African safari. At the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve one can hop aboard a 4x4 at dusk, have drinks in the bush, then go on a spotlight safari as the sun fades. Adventure tourists can raft the Zambezi River. Art lovers can tour the Ribolla Route in Limpopo, and take in the talents of the local painters, sculptors, gardeners, and dancers whose homes and studios are on the path. South Africaís wine district has plenty of vineyards that open their doors to sightseers. The Pink Route runs through the Western Cape, offering a selection of gay-owned accommodations along a picturesque landscape. The large list of opportunities in South Africa is a daunting to narrow down.