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africa SOUTH AFRICA SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM bicycles, horses & wonderful experiences South Africa offers a veritable cornucopia of experiences— a vacationer’s delight that challenges travelers to venture that extra mile beyond roads less traveled and to places where visitors are few. Horseback riding along South Africa’s shorelines is one of many off-the-beaten-path activities. sergio ortiz With an extraordinary allure and magnificent terrain, certain destinations within South Africa are so familiar that, generally speaking, they have reached the saturation point and are locked within the usual tourist field of vision. In fact, tourism to the country has soared to unprecedented levels. According to the annual report of the Tourism Enterprise Partnership, tourism in the country grew at a rate of 10.2 percent in 2012, more than 1 percentage point from the previous year and more than the 4 percent that had been forecast by the U.N. World Tourism Organization. Those figures aren’t surprising to Sthu Zungu, president of South African Tourism, North America, who says: “Our kaleidoscope of authentic experiences—from heart-pounding adventure to aweinspiring wildlife to captivating history and cultures, combined with the friendliest people you will ever meet—compels travelers to come back year after year. You peel back the layers of South Africa only to find there is no end to discovery—the experience is transformative.” But even those who consider themselves “old South Africa hands,” will be astounded by myriad ways to “rediscover” South Africa if the surface is scratched just a little deeper. A galaxy of new experiences await those willing to bypass the usual shark diving, surfing and game watching cliches associated with travel in South Africa. 28 august 2013 28-31 AF.indd 28 two-wheel adventures Consider exploring the country on a bicycle. That’s probably as close as one can fully realize and come into contact with the full South African experience. Jens Deister, co-founder of Cape Town-based African Bikers Tours, now celebrating its 20th anniversary of operations, agrees. “A bicycle is the best and most leisurely way to get to know the country,” he says. The tour company’s most popular package, dating back to when African Bikers Tours began as a small but ambitious enterprise, is an 18-day adventure unwinding along the country’s spectacular Garden Route starting and ending in Cape Town. There are two options: “Route A” runs in March and October, while “Route B” takes place in February and November. Tours (from approximately $200 per day pp; bike rentals range from $35 to $40 per day) are intentionally scheduled to take place during the South African spring and summer when the weather in that part of the world mirrors California’s and the scenery is at its most splendid. After pedaling through a natural and striking wonderland, bikers spend nights in quaint inns that reflect the rich South African heritage. 7/23/13 7:39 AM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend August 2013

Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: Dan Hotels, Israel
Tour Talk: Jacada Travel
Avalon Expression
Cruising the Rivers of Southeast Asia
Girls & Guys Getaways in Las Vegas
Kimpton Takes Center Stage in San Francisco
South Africa: Bicycles, Horses & Wonderful Experiences
A French Twosome with SLH
Bogota, Colombia
Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto
Westin Grand Cayman
Grand Case Beach Club, St. Martin
Aruba Marriott Resort

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