It's all happening at Durban beachfront, where babes strut their stuff in bikinis, traditional healers collect bottles of water for medicine, and even busy executives find time to catch a wave before or after work.
Take your next tipple a quarter of a kilometre underground in what used to be a donkey stable in one of the worlds richest and deepest gold mines.
Johannesburg's Apartheid Museum, assembled by a multi-disciplinary team of architects, curators, film-makers, historians and designers, takes the visitor on a powerful emotional journey into South Africa's past, bringing to life the story of a state-sanctioned system based solely on racial discrimination.
From early missionary hymns and jazz to kwela, kwaito, mbaqanga and bubblegum pop, South African musicians have always given international trends an unmistakable flavour of their own.
Community tours will give you an authentic South African experience. Heritage sites such as the Apartheid Museum and Robben Island will give you a glimpse of the violence of South Africa's past - and the miracle of our reconciliation. And don't forget where it all began: the Cradle of Humankind.
Joburg is a big, sprawling city and you need wheels to get from one side to another. Luckily, there is plenty of public transport on offer, from the ubiquitous minibus taxis to the sleek Gautrain, from the bumpy tuk-tuks to the smooth Uber rides.
OR Tambo International Airport in Ekurhuleni, situated east of Joburg, is the busiest airport on the continent - and the air transport hub of southern Africa.
There's more than one way of getting to South Africa. If you're really adventurous, you could sail here or, if you have the time, travel over Africa overland. Flying, of course, is the most practical choice.
If you're not used to driving long distances, buses and trains offer comfortable alternatives, allowing you to relax and enjoy the landscape. Both budget and luxury options are available.