American exchange student Brendan Coli spent four months in South Africa in 2014, during which he filmed video every day. He has compressed his footage into a remarkable 11-minute 30-second video that reveals the remarkable character of the country, through an outsider's eyes.
There is more to Durban than its year-round perfect weather, big surf and golden beaches – though these are reason enough to visit. Durbs is a melting pot of Zulu, Indian and colonial culture, offering good food, great music, a long history and an active lifestyle.
In the Valley of Desolation in the Camdeboo region of the Eastern Cape, a global online crowdfunded project with huge ambitions is set to transform a community where four of every 10 people don't have jobs. This is South Africa's Giant Flag, a development project so big it will be visible from space.
On a recent holiday in Cape Town, Eric Chen, a director at Chinese aerial photography company DJI, flew his drone "quadcopter" off the top of Lion's Head for a stunning airborne GoPro-filmed tour of Table Mountain, the city bowl, rocky shores and smooth beaches, seals playing in the surf and great white shark cage-diving.
South Africa punches well above its weight in international luxury travel, according to year's prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards: the country garnered the top spot in the best 100 hotels and resorts, and Cape Town was voted fourth out of the world's 25 must-see cities.