To get the most out of your time in South Africa, ditch any preconceived ideas about the country’s history and society. Groups including Brits, Boers, Zulu and Xhosa have jostled for position at the tip of Africa, resulting in today’s multicultural mash-up.
In a country with 11 official languages, you can learn to cook Cape Malay curries, visit a shebeen and catch some township jazz, see reed dances in Zululand, visit craft cooperatives in former homelands and eat samosas and bunny chow (a half or quarter loaf of bread hollowed out and filled with curry) in Indian-dominated Durban.
Meeting locals whose lives were directly affected by momentous 20th-century events you will hear stories laced with the courage and humour that got them through apartheid. Escaping the westernised bubble of the tourist trail rewards with a broader view of this fascinating, fragmented land.