The wife and I had a remarkable trip to South Africa: A 4 day safari in Kruger (We saw the big 5 plus many more), 4 days touring the wine coutry (Franshhoek) and the Garden Route (Knysna and Plettenberg Bay) and we finished off in Cape Town for 4 days (including Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai).
What a beautiful country with a bad reputation. Some of the friendliest people we had ever met, and we never felt threatened or unsafe (We even took a township tour). The only negative things we heard was about the poor conditions in Johannesburg. Many people from Zimbabwe have migrated there illegally causing a rise in unemployment and crime. We only spent one day there so I couldn't really assess the situation.
The people in SA are really trying to promote their country and gear up for the World Soccer Championship. I hope the World Cup of Soccer in 2010 will show the world what a gem this place is.
Anyway, I had to get back on the bike this morning after 3 weeks. Ugh. Noodle-legs.