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I plan on exploring a lot of new destinations this year and want to focus on traveling to amazing places in the Southern Hemisphere, starting with…South Africa, where I’m headed later this week!

I'll be visiting Cape Town among other places.
I’ll be visiting Cape Town among other places.

We ran a Destination of the Week on Cape Town in 2012, and while I know I’ll be going to familiar places like Table Mountain and Robben Island, as well as Boulders Beach to see the African penguins and maybe even cage diving with great white sharks, I am definitely hoping for reader suggestions on what to do both during my time in the city (restaurant and cultural recommendations welcome!) and during the other parts of my trip.

In addition to spending a few days in Cape Town, I’ll be headed out to the Cape Wine Lands for a couple nights where I’ll stay in Franschoek and visit some wineries there and in Stellenbosch – so if you have any favorites, let me know, as well as what your favorite beach towns along the Cape coast and other outdoor activities you’ve enjoyed on your own trips.

I'm looking forward to tasting South African wines in Franschoek.
I’m looking forward to tasting South African wines in Franschoek.

I’ll be spending a single evening in Johannesburg and then catching a flight to Kruger National Park to visit the Sabi Sands reserve for a few days of safari before catching my flight back home. So if you have any recommendations for my night in Johannesburg or useful tips to help me prepare for my first safari, please share in the comments below!

Following reader recommendations on past trips has been a great way to see sides of destinations and enjoy experiences that I might otherwise have missed, so please comment and share your thoughts for my first trip of 2013!

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