I've been to Southern Africa before (Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana). However, this was my first time to South Africa and the two African trips couldn't have been more different. The parts of South Africa where we visited were extremely Westernized and every stop was luxurious and incredibly beautiful.
First stop: Camps Bay, an exclusive beach-front community in Cape Town. Camps Bay is filled with gorgeous waterfront homes, hotels, and restaurants. The iconic flat-topped Table Mountain overlooks the community and the mysterious unfurling of the cloud "table cloth" happens regularly.
We took a ferry over to Robben Island, the island that housed the maximum-security prison where Nelson Mandela and other high-profile political prisoners stayed.
A gorgeous view of the Robben Island coast with Table Mountain in the background:
Another major highlight of the week was the drive down to Cape Point/Cape of Good Hope, the southwestern-most tip of Africa.2007 Where in the World is Matt Lauer tour, and really wanted to cross this off of my bucket list. I figured the hour drive from Cape Town would really just be barren land in the middle of a national park.
I was wrong. I had no idea the entire drive would be so stunning, similar to a driving version of Italy's Cinque Terre where you hop from scenic town to scenic town amidst gorgeous cliff views of the rocky coastline.