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Africa Travel Planner Intro
North Africa
West Africa
East Africa
South and South-Central Africa
Deciding When to Go
Calculating Currency Exchange
Learning Local Languages
Determining Time Differences
Making Telephone Calls
Planning Your Safari
Taking Public Transportation
Packing Your Suitcase
Clearing Customs
Dining Out
Finding a Place to Stay
Staying Healthy
Staying Safe
Saving Money
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South and South-Central Africa

South and south-central Africa offer a mix of lively cosmopolitan cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town, and wildlife-rich countryside for safaris in Botswana, Zimbabwe, and beyond. Adventurous spirits can tackle the rapids of the Zambezi River, while history buffs will want to visit places such as the Robben Island Heritage Site, where former South Africa president Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. Other memorable experiences include a day-trip to Soweto, the all-black Johannesburg township where political energy helped put an end to apartheid; and wine tastings in South Africa (the seventh largest producer of wine in the world), most notably in and around Cape Town.

Related Web Resources:

South Africa Travel
Safaris, wine routes, wine tastings, and more.

South Africa Online Travel Guide
History, culture, tours, game reserves, attractions, and more.

Lonely Planet—South Africa
Hotels, tour operators, and restaurants.

Tourism in Botswana
National parks, accommodations, public transportation, visa requirements, currency, and more.

Lonely Planet—Botswana
Safari operators, restaurants, hotels, culture, and more.

Welcome to South African Tourism
Adventure travel, medical facilities, airlines, banks, beaches, and more.

South Africa Sports Tourism
Sporting events and more.

Lonely Planet—Zimbabwe
Hotels, restaurants, culture, history, and more.

A Quick Guide: South Africa's Wine Regions
An overview of South Africa's major wine routes.

South African Wine
Where to buy South African wine, vineyard tours, and wine routes.

Recommended Reading:

Africa: Biography of a Continent, by John Reader (Vintage Books, 1999)
Photojournalist John Reader chronicles the evolution of African people, animals, and plants.

Wines and Vineyards of South Africa, by Wendy Toerein (New Holland/Struik, 2001)
A guide on the best wines and vineyards in South Africa, written by the former editor of Wine magazine.

South African Wine: A Celebration (New Holland/Struik, 2001)
An introduction to South Africa's wines—plus tips on wine tasting, deciphering wine terminology, and more.

African Laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe, by Doris Lessing (Harper Collins, 1993)
A true story about a British writer who returns to her roots after her exile from old Southern Rhodesia.

The Lost World of the Kalahari, by Laurens Van Der Post (Harvest Books, 1977)
An account of the author's journey to find the ancestors of the Kalahari bushmen.

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela (Little Brown and Company, 1995)
A revealing account written while Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years on Robben Island by South Africa's apartheid regime.

South Africa—The Beautiful, by Brian Johnson Barker (BHB International, 1997)
A colorful description of Africa's flora and fauna.

Songs to an African Sunset: A Zimbabwe Story, by Seki Nzenza-Shand (Lonely Planet, 1997)
The true story of a woman who returns from Australia to her homeland and sees the effects of AIDS, drought, polygamy, and witchcraft.

My Traitor's Heart, by Rian Malan (Grove Press, 2000)
A South African who was exiled returns to face his country, his tribe, and his conscience.

Check out more books on Africa in our Travel Library.

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