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South Africa

Serious troubles with crime and public health remain, but South Africa's natural wonders and human history are staggering. Start with Cape Town's waterfront and Table Mountain (pictured). At Cape Point, near Africa's southernmost tip, keep an eye out for larcenous baboons. See the wine country ( around Stellenbosch and the beasts of Kruger National Park. See not only Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent most of his 27 years in prison, but also the remarkable Apartheid Museum in Soweto.Hoberman Collection / UIG / Getty Images