We are proudly South African, and have made it our mission to build a footprint that includes some of the country’s most spectacular destinations.
South Africa stands true to its slogan as being the Rainbow Nation, packed with cultural and scenic diversity. Scenery, wildlife, adventure, incredible people and a very attractive currency are just some of the features which attract millions of tourists from around the world every year.
We have put together a few highlights and essential tips (with the help of South African Tourism) for travellers.
CLIMATE AND GEOGRAPHY
South Africa is known for having one of the most spectacular climates. It is of course known as ‘Sunny South Africa’ and you can expect long sunny days here all year round. There is predominantly summer rainfall, excepting in the Western Cape which has winter rainfall.
Situated at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa is 1,233,404km² in size and is edged on three sides by nearly 3,000km of coastline, with the Indian Ocean to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The country is bordered in the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and also encloses two independent countries, the kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland.
South Africa has 11 official languages, and although only 10% of the population has English as their home language it is the most widely spoken language in country next to Afrikaans and isiZulu.
South Africa’s three major international airports are OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg); Cape Town International Airport; and King Shaka International Airport (Durban). There are also many regional airports that connect visitors easily and efficiently to their preferred destinations around the country.
Most of South Africa is malaria-free. However, the Kruger National Park and low-lying parts of northern KwaZulu-Natal are considered malaria areas and visitors are advised to take precautions in the form of prophylactic medications after consultation with their medical practitioner.
For visa requirements, please contact your nearest South African diplomatic mission.
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South Africa is home to the Big Five – buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino. To see the Big Five, your best bet is to head for the Kruger National Park or Sabi Sand Reserve in Mpumalanga. You could also opt for the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West, Marekele National Park in Limpopo, or head for any of the private lodges or parks in northern KwaZulu-Natal, which is famous for its rhino populations.
South Africa has some of the most beautiful, pristine beaches in the world, and Cape Town’s famous beaches, such as Clifton and Muizenberg, along with Durban’s glorious beaches are extremely popular. If you take yourself off to the Eastern Cape’s aptly named Wild Coast, or northern Zululand’s remote coast, you could well find yourself all alone with just surf, sand and sea to keep you company. There are Blue Flag beaches, family-friendly beaches, beaches with African penguins, and beaches where you can watch whales breach and blow. And, of course, beaches where you can dive, snorkel, waterski, kayak, canoe or indulge in almost any water-based activity
The Cape Winelands offer unexpectedly lush scenery, the opportunity to sample excellent wines and superior dining in renowned restaurants, many of which are on wine farms.
THE GARDEN ROUTE
For those who enjoy to drive, the Garden Route is a must.
This route takes visitors East along the coast from Cape Town, past spectacular coastal scenery and through indigenous forests surrounding the beautiful town of Knysna. End your Garden Route trip with a visit to the Addo Elephant National Park near Port Elizabeth, where you are guaranteed good sightings of these lumbering giants and can even feed or ride the elephants.