Sixteen miles off the coast of Tanzania, the exotic islands of Zanzibar were once the center of trade between Africa, India, and the Middle East. These days, the beach-fringed former sultanate is a huge draw for tourists looking to snorkel on its colorful coral reefs and savor sunset cruises on the Indian Ocean.
Most people visit Cape Town, South Africa’s Mother City, for the breezy beaches, decadent vineyards, and picture-postcard views of Table Mountain. The appeal is easy to see. But if you focus your stay solely on Cape Town, you risk missing out on all the secret attractions along the scenic Cape Peninsula, stretching out to the south of the city.