(CNN) — Its human history is checkered, but South Africa’s natural wonders have never been less than glorious.
Then there are the man-made attractions, from rolling vineyards to plunging diamond mines, poignant Robben Island and Johannesburg’s Apartheid Museum to cosmopolitan Cape Town and Table Mountain and buzzing Jo’burg itself.
South Africa celebrates Freedom Day on April 27 — a commemoration of the first post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994.
To honor the occasion, we’ve put together images of the best places to see in the Rainbow Nation. Click through the above gallery for an eyeful of the best South Africa has to offer.