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South Africa in your eyes, ears…and heart

WSPID 2013 is taking place in glorious South Africa, home to more than 30 ethnic groups and some of the world's most amazing wildlife. Africa’s most prosperous nation has made tremendous strides over the last twenty years. After a long struggle, a stable peace was finally brokered in 1990. Since then, South Africa has come together as a nation. Though 11 distinct languages are spoken in this colorful melting pot, all South Africans are united by the desire for sustained economic growth and political freedom. If you’re not careful, this endlessly fascinating country might grab a hold of your heartstrings…and never let go!

Ride a whale, gaze into a cloud, sip a perfect wine

Cape Town is the second most populated city in South Africa after Johannesburg and the provincial capital of the Western Cape. After a day of stimulating scientific sessions at WSPID 2013, allow the many varied attractions of Cape Town to wash over you like a gentle autumn breeze.

Below, are the five most fabulous places to loosen your tie, kick up your heels and recharge your batteries:

Get Lost in the Clouds: Iconic Table Mountain is almost always engulfed in clouds. You can reach this national monument and take in the breathtaking vistas by way of cable car.

Have a Whale of a Time: November is whale-watching season at the Cape Overberg coastline, also known as the Cape Whale Coast. Observe these remarkable giants of the sea - the only mammal to have adapted to life in the open oceans.

Maximum Security History: Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town, is famous for the imprisonment of South Africa’s first democratic President, Nelson Mandela. Today, the island is a World Heritage Site and home to a museum.

Walk Tuxedo Beach: Go for a stroll on Boulders Beach, home to a colony of African Penguins. Boulders is arguably the prettiest of all Cape Town’s many lovely beaches.

Raise a Toast in Little Karoo: Thirsty? Well, there are some 560 wineries and 4400 primary producers of vineyards in the Cape. Drink in some premier libations from  South Africa’s very own wine country.

Listing all of Cape Town’s attractions is akin to counting the stars in the sky!

For many more tips on what to see and do while in the Cape, click here.