Distance from Baltimore: About a 20-hour flight with stops Why it's hot: Known as the most scenic and cosmopolitan of South Africa's cities, it boasts good restaurants and a stunning southern coast. It is surrounded by wineries and freckled with quaint towns such as Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl, with their pretty Cape Dutch homesteads. In Cape Town, tourists can climb (or drive up) Table Mountain for stunning views, or take a boat trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned before he became president. Don't miss: Take a dramatic coastal drive from Cape Town to Agulhas, the continent's southernmost point, taking in Cape Point and the rugged Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and lighthouse. Information: Go to capetown.travel.
Mary Ann Anderson, MCT