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.
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.
The 37-year-old Cape Argus Tour is billed "the world's largest timed cycle race". In its first year, 525 entrants rode the route. Now, it attracts 35 000 ardent cyclists, including big Tour de France names.