Africa Activities Tour - South Africa's scenic beauty, magnificent outdoors, sunny climate, cultural diversity and reputation for delivering value for money have made it one of the world's fastest growing leisure – and business – travel destinations. The country is highly diverse in terms of its climate, culture, tourist activities and infrastructure, catering for every tourism niche, from business, eco - and cultural tourism through to adventure, sport and paleo-tourism. Tourism is regarded as a modern-day engine of growth and is one of the largest industries globally. In 2012, G20 heads of state recognised tourism as a driver of growth and development, as well as a sector that has the potential to spur global economic recovery. South Africa’s spectacular scenery, friendly people, world-class infrastructure make it one of the most desired destinations in the world. The sector was given a massive boost by the successful hosting of the World Cup in 2010, when the country received a record-breaking 8.1-million foreign visitors. Despite tough global economic conditions, tourism grew in 2011, with 8.3-million international tourists. The regional African tourist market is South Africa’s important tourist markets, contributing more than 73% of total tourist arrivals and more than R50-billion in revenue in 2011. Domestic tourism is also an important source of revenue and employment, contributing 52% of total tourism consumption. Cruise and rural tourism are focus growth areas. South Africa plans to grow tourism by allowing travellers to move more freely and efficiently. Measures would include e-visas, regional visa schemes, and visa waiver programmes between key source markets.Tourism service excellence standards have been devised and implemented by the SA Bureau of Standards and the National Department of Tourism.
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Travel to South Africa and Visit These Top Attractions. Travel information about South Africa's top attractions include Cape Town, Knysna, the Drakensberg, Durban, Soweto, Kruger National Park, Hogsback, Hermanus and the Cape Winelands. Find out what to see and where to stay at each of these destinations.
Cape Town, Western Cape - When you visit Cape Town you'll see a huge slab of sandstone, 1086m high and 3km long, smack in the middle of town - that is Table Mountain. Table Mountain's top is often shrouded in clouds commonly known as the mountain's "tablecloth". The mountain is home to more than 1400 unique species of plants as well several mammals and over 100 invertebrates. The views of Cape Town and its coastline from the top are spectacular (if the mountain doesn't have it's tablecloth). You can even see Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. There are cable cars to get you to the top but if you're fit it's worth attempting the 3 hour climb up one of the many trails. If you are interested in paragliding down you can do that too. There's a restaurant and a souvenir shop at the top of Table Mountain for your convenience.
Johannerburg, Gauteng - Founded on a gold rush; it’s the financial and entertainment epicentre of the country. Jozi rocks in more ways than one. Geographically at the heart of South Africa, Gauteng is effectively made up of the cities of Tshwane (Pretoria), one of the South Africa's three capitals, Johannesburg, the economic engine that drives the country, and Soweto, the vast pulsating political heartbeat of the nation.
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - If you’re looking for a hot destination - Durban is it! From its sultry nightlife, weather, beaches and heady cultural mix to its famous curries, Durb’s is scorching! Durban is the principal city and port of KwaZulu-Natal province, but you don't really need to know anything more about it other than there's a strip of golden bay, lapped by a swathe of warm blue sea. Durban is filled with things to do, places to stay and to go, there's also lots of historical interest - some that might surprise you.
Pretoria - Seemingly stately with numerous international embassies, monuments and museums, this city, is sports-mad with plenty entertainment in theatres, music venues and nightclubs. Pretoria (Tshwane) is South Africa's administrative capital and is located in Gauteng Province. Over 2 million people live in Pretoria and this is also where all the foreign embassies are located. It's a well planned out, large city. The main street, Church Street is 26 km (16 miles) long. Many of the hotels, museums and restaurants are in the center around Church square, to the east in Arcadia and south in the upscale suburb of Waterkloof.
Bloemfountein - At the heart of the Free State you’ll find historic, hospitable Bloemfontein, known as the ‘City of Roses’. Known as the “City of Roses”, Mangaung is a picturesque and charming city with a peaceful atmosphere. It has a unique quality of life that is preserved by the warm and humble nature of the people who live there. Mangaung, as the judicial capital of South Africa, is an important city that has a wealth of architectural and historical heritage, most notably along the beautiful tree-lined President Brand Street, a national monument. The city also offers a variety of entertainment, restaurants and quality accomodation. Mangaung is not all calm and tranquility, the people are passionate about their sport and the city comes alive on match day.
Nelspruit Mpumalanga - Gateway to the Kruger National Park and the world-famous game reserves of Sabi-Sabi, Nelspruit is a thriving lowveld metropolis. If the Japanese hadn't got there first, Mpumalanga would probably be calling itself the 'land of the rising sun', but as they have, they settle for 'the place where the sun rises' - the literal translation of the state's name in Swazi, Xhosa and Zulu. Tucked into the northeastern corner of South Africa, bordering Gauteng, Limpopo, Swaziland and Mozambique, it covers 76 495 square kilometers (29,435 sq miles) or 6.3% of South Africa.
Polokwane, Limpopo - Meaning place of peace, Polokwane opens the way to the Great Limpopo Transfronteir Park and the mystical, eco-adventure landscapes of Vhenda. Limpopo was formerly known as the Northern Province and many still refer to the province as the Great North. Many of the town names have also been changed in recent years. The Limpopo is an area of many contrasts where one can easily travel through five different landscapes within a distance of 300 km, creating the illusion that one is visiting many different countries at once. This rich mosaic can be experienced on virtually every level imaginable. Tourists come from all over the world to marvel at the diversity of its wildlife, its scenery and its cultural and historical landmarks.
Kimberley, Northern Cape - Kimberley may be a small town, but with that many diamond millionaires in town, there was no shortage of patrons for the arts. It was a local MP, William Humphreys, himself a passionate art collector, who became the guiding light behind the first art gallery in town.
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal - This KwaZulu-Natal hinterland city is cherished for its history, colonial character and picturesque countryside. Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second-largest city in KwaZulu-Natal. It was founded in 1838 amid the forested hills and rolling countryside of the Natal Midlands. Pietermaritzburg has a strong colonial heritage and is one of the best-preserved Victorian cities in the world, yet today this vibrant city boasts an eclectic mix of Indian, isiZulu and English-speaking residents.
When to Go to South Africa
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South Africa Travel Information
South Africa travel information including health and safety tips, visa requirements, national holidays, currency, weather, transport to and around South Africa and more.
South Africa's Climate and Weather
Find out average annual temperatures, rainfall, and today's weather in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. There's also information about the climate in the Drakensberg Mountains and Karoo Desert.