This wonderful country at the southern tip of the African continent is the most European of African countries and an excellent starting point for the first-time visitor to Africa. Many visitors like to kick-start their South African adventure in Cape Town, home to the world-famous Table Mountain. The city is a bustling metropolis that is popular for its cultural mix, urban sophistication and great vistas. South Africa’s abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery is a big draw but many visitors are also interested in the country’s history. You can’t leave Cape Town without a visit to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was prisoner during the Apartheid era. Here you will learn more about South Africa and its troubled past.