South Africa: Dream Destination-Yes or No?

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WHILE SOUTH AFRICA has often been described as "the world in one country," describing both the country's physical and cultural diversity, many people ask us about personal security and whether it is a safe country to visit. The press often plays upon our fears, noting the supposedly high levels of violence within the country, the extent of AIDS in the region and the potential for racial problems.

Without any hesitation, we encourage interested travelers to experience this wonderful land. South Africa is a land of change, having undergone one of the most remarkable political and social upheavals that has overtaken any nation in modern times and having done so peacefully. After some 15 years of change, South Africa is beginning to re-appear as an economic force within the region with a stable government, a broadly-based educational system and an extremely secure environment within which people can live, work and travel.

South Africa is a land with quality hotels, a excellent network of quality roads, wonderful food and wines and one of the most diverse and beautiful physical environments that one can experience anywhere in the world. From the charms of Cape Town (surely a city with one of the most dramatic settings anywhere) to the wilds of Kruger National Park, we find magnificent beaches, tropical rainforests, temperate forests, unique flora, rolling farmlands, rugged mountains, picturesque vineyards and an endless variety of game parks and reserves. We will find peoples from virtually every cultural and racial background, living in harmony and sharing the bounty of this delightful land.

We have had the pleasure of operating escorted tours to South Africa for the past decade and, without exception, travellers return to Canada singing the praises of this unique land and all it offers.

They tell us about the kindness of the people, the glories of the food and the diversity of all they have seen and experienced.

Whether you plan to travel on an escorted tour or to travel on your own, you should allow sufficient time to become immersed into the social heritage that is South Africa today. Allow time and make the effort to interact with the many races that together make up this unique land--from the pretty streets of Soweto to the villages of the Zulu, from the exclusive resort areas of Plettenberg Bay to charming rural districts like Oudtshoorn and Caledon, from cosmopolitan Durban to the delights of Cape Town. …