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The real South Africa: Get under the skin of this fascinating country with the people who know it be

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video  There’s never been a better time to visit South Africa. The vibrant holiday destination is just 12 hours away from London, presenting an exotic and unrivalled variety of experiences to create a holiday of dreams.  Steeped in a cultural history, against a backdrop of bustling cities and stunning beaches, there is still so much to be discovered in South Africa.  Meet local guides from South Africa to get a better idea of what is waiting for you. Jonas Barausse    Parts of Durban are undergoing another revitalisation and boast a hip coffee shop culture and is becoming a real hub for entrepreneurs to cut their teeth. Jonas Barausse is keen to spread the word that South Africa isn’t just a big safari. Advertisement Advertisement  ‘People aren’t aware that South Africa is a superpower on the continent with amazing, cosmopolitan cities to rival the Americas, Asia and Europe,’ he says.  One of Jonas’ many recommendations is to visit Durban, as it’s a great base to discover the rest of the country, but before you go anywhere, to try the local fusion food and its world-class distilleries. Not to mention the weather – it’s summer and more summer.  Durban forms an ideal base to discover South Africa, from game parks just a two-hour drive away. Or, you can fly to Cape Town which is a few hours by plane or Johannesburg, which is an hour trip. Charles Ncube    When you think of South Africa, you’ll undoubtedly think of Johannesburg, also known as Jo’burg. It’s come a long way since it was a ‘no-go area’, and its residents are proud to show it off.  Street art in the city bears significance, as Charles reveals: ‘Murals are how artists showcase their skills and how the city shows off its culture. But before, during the dark time under Apartheid, art was a way that people communicated when they had their freedoms restricted. Today, the centre of the art scene is Maboneng, which is one of the most successful regeneration projects in the world. You’ve got galleries, boutiques, amazing bars and restaurants like Pata Pata.’  Jo’burg is recommended as one of the best places to learn about South Africa’s history, with Constitution Hill being a good place to start as it was formerly a prison, where Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi were imprisoned. Advertisement Advertisement  The nearby township of Soweto is flourishing despite its difficult past. You can even bungee jump and quad bike at the Soweto Towers, or take a tuk tuk tour or bike ride from Lebo’s Backpackers.  Charles says, ‘The wounds are the scars of the past are still open in this township, but nobody’s crying here. It’s one of the most vibrant parts of the whole country.’ And he invites you to come and see for yourself. James Seymour    Adrenaline junkies will find everything their hearts desire in the Drakensberg. Not only does the area boast the biggest number of trails in the whol

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