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The second-largest city in South Africa, beautiful Cape Town began as a supply station for Dutch ships sailing to eastern Africa, India, and the Far East. Today it is a showcase of Cape Dutch-style architecture and is one of the globe's most multicultural cities. Attractions include cable car rides up Table Mountain; Cape Point, the southernmost point on the continent; and Boulders Beach, known for its colony of African penguins. Other highlights: a vibrant waterfront area, ferry rides to see the Cape Fur Seal colonies, wine tastings at the Cape Winelands, and a variety of ocean life, including Southern Right, Humpback, Bryde's, and Killer Whales as well as Heaviside's and Dusky Dolphins.
The largest city in South Africa and the economic powerhouse of Sub-Saharan Africa, lively Johannesburg has been known as the "Gold Capital of the World" since the planet's richest gold fields were discovered in the 1880s. Approximately 6 million trees make it the largest man-made forest in the world. City highlights include multicultural SOWETO (South Western Township), the largest township in the country and part of South Africa's turbulent history; the homes of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Constitution Hill, site of the Old Fort Prison Complex, where many famous political activists were detained; and the memorable Apartheid Museum.
Bordering Mozambique to the east, Zimbabwe in the north, and Botswana to the west, South Africa's Kruger National Park is Africa's oldest national park and the second in the world, modeled after North America's Yellowstone. Famous as home of the "Big 5"-lions, rhinos, leopards, elephants, and buffalos-Kruger is also a natural wonderland for giraffe, crocodile, hippo, cheetah, and spotted hyena sightings as well as ostrich, kingfisher, owl, cormorant, hawk, stork, and several varieties of eagle.
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