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Ranamofana

Parc National de Ranamofana is one of Madagascar’s most biodiverse protected areas. It protects 160-square-miles of lushly forested slopes bisected by a surfaced trunk road offering good accessibility. A dozen lemur species include the Critically Endangered golden bamboo lemur, the discovery of which in 1986 led to the park’s creation five years later. Other wildlife …

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Ifaty – Mangily

The lightly-developed resort villages of Ifaty and Mangily stand on the Baie de Ranobe close to Toliara, the main air gateway to southwest Madagascar. Here, calm reef-protected waters offer ideal swimming conditions at high tide, while the idyllic palm-lined beach is serviced by a few laidback seafood restaurants and bars. There’s also great snorkeling and …

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Fianarantsoa

Founded in 1830 by Queen Ranavalona I of Imerina, Fianarantsoa has long been regarded as the political and intellectual capital of southern Madagascar. It houses the island’s oldest Lutheran seminary, and together with nearby Ambalavao, it is the center of its low-key wine industry. The main point of interest is Haut-Ville, whose sloping cobbled alleys …

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Andasibe-Mantadia

Only 90 miles from Antananarivo along a surfaced road, Parc National d’Andasibe-Mantadia is Madagascar’s most convenient and popular major wildlife destination. The park itself comprises two discreet sectors, the highly accessible Réserve Spéciale Analamazaotra and the wilder and more remote Parc National Mantadia. It is also abutted by several community reserves. At least 14 lemur …

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South African Street Art Johannesburg

Johannesburg

South Africa’s busiest flight hub, Johannesburg is the capital of Gauteng, a small but densely urbanized province that houses one-fifth of the country’s population. Although it tends to be treated as a transit point rather than an attraction in itself, Johannesburg is the country’s most integrated and forward-looking city, and it does offer some interesting …

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Tswalu Game Reserve

he largest private reserve in South Africa, and one of the most exclusive, malaria-free Tswalu extends across 440 square miles of Kalahari scrubland below the Korannaberg Mountains to the northwest of the small town of Kuruman. Tswalu has a semi-desert climate typical of Northern Cape province, but it nevertheless supports a varied large mammal fauna …

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Gansbaai

Set at the south end of Walker Bay, opposite the better-known resort town of Hermanus, Gansbaai is an unassuming fishing village named for the geese that once nested in the vicinity. Today, it is best known as the venue for thrilling year-round cage dives to see great white sharks. The surrounding cliffs also offer superb …

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Eastern Cape

The malaria-free reserves of the Eastern Cape form a convenient, time-efficient and cost-effective safari add-on to visitors whose itinerary is focused on Cape Town and the Garden Route. The regional centerpiece is Addo Elephant National Park, a vast Big Five destination ideally suited to self-drivers. In addition, a superb selection of owner-managed private reserves offers …

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Drakensberg Park

A mixed natural and cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site, uKhahlamba-Drakensberg is Africa’s largest protected montane wilderness, running for more than 100 miles along the border with Lesotho. The imperious Afro-montane landscapes make it a popular destination with hikers and ramblers, but uKhahlamba-Drakensberg also protects a wealth of prehistoric rock art and a long list of …

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Cape Winelands

Cape Winelands

The mountains and valleys immediately inland of Cape Town form the traditional center of South Africa’s prodigious viniculture industry. Wine-tasting tours are the most popular activity in this scenic region of neat vineyards set below craggy mountains and sunny African skies, but it also hosts several historic towns, many fine examples of traditional Cape Dutch …

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Cape Town

Cape Town One of the world’s most engaging cities, Cape Town has a truly sensational setting, sandwiched between imperious Table Mountain and the depths of the Atlantic. An agreeable Mediterranean climate makes it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, yet as the oldest city in South Africa, it also has a rich cultural life and pervasive …

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Garden Route

One of South Africa’s most beautiful coastal destinations, the Garden Route between Mossel Bay and Storms River is most often explored on a guided tour or as a self-drive excursion starting in Cape Town and flying out of George or Port Elizabeth. Encompassing unspoiled sandy beaches, deep blue lakes, towering cliffs, indigenous forests and fields …

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