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The city of gold may be the economic capital of Africa, but there are dramatic landscapes, spectacular beasts and ancient fossils all around. Harriet Constable does some digging

Where to go near Hong Kong

The sights of one of the world’s most busy cities can be ticked off quickly. But, as Caroline Carter finds, it is well worth exploring the wilder reaches of Hong Kong’s hinterland


With its round-the-clock gridlock, Mumbai can feel like the world’s biggest car park. Leo Mirani seeks sanctuary from the hordes in some of the locals’ favourite haunts

Washington, DC

There may be more reasons than ever to flee the capital of the free world – but thankfully there are places nearby where nature and culture still rule. Charlie McCann steeps herself in their peace


You don’t have to travel far from Moscow’s bustling heart to find serenity, beauty and history. Noah Sneider heads out from the capital to experience peace and literary inspiration

Cape Town

Sun-seekers, who head south in their droves over Christmas and New Year, love Cape Town for its flat-top mountain and bounteous vineyards. But there’s plenty more to see off-piste, says Tim Butcher, an author and long-time Cape Town resident