Visit the lighthouse here, as well as the point where the Indian and Pacific oceans meet.
We stopped for lunch at the Pelican's Harbour Cafe in nearby Struisbaai, where I had the best (and cheapest! If you're up for more sightseeing (and a little extra driving) in the afternoon, consider heading north of Gansbaai to the Walker Bay wine region.
From Cape Town to Kruger National Park, you'll get the perfect introduction to South Africa even if you don't have a ton of vacation time.
Most people would probably have you start your South African adventure in one of the country's major cities like Johannesburg or Cape Town.
One of my favorite parts of the waterfront is the Watershed, which is essentially a large converted warehouse that now houses more than 150 vendors selling everything from original art to vintage clothing.
The V&A Waterfront is also where you'll find the ferries that will take you out to Robben Island, which is home to the prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years of political imprisonment.
You can easily swap Days 2 and 3 if the weather isn't cooperative.
(And, if for some reason you don't have enough time to spend multiple nights in Gansbaai, you *can* book a cage diving tour from Cape Town.) Now that you've settled into the South African pace of life, it's time to head to the Mother City: Cape Town.
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In the past few years, South Africa has raced to the top of many travelers' must-visit lists.