South Africa Holiday Guide

South Africa Tourist Information

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Renowned as Africa's 'Rainbow Nation', South Africa is the continent's leading tourist destination and has become a magnet for jetsetters from all corners of the globe. It has everything a tourist could wish for from beautiful mountains, the African bush, sweeping coastlines, sophisticated cities and lush green open spaces.

Cape Town, also described as 'the fairest cape of them all', is by far South Africa's most attractive tourist destination. Located at the base of the magnificent seaside Table Mountain, Cape Town boasts world-class beaches and is surrounded by the beautiful azure waters of the merging Indian and Atlantic oceans. Located at the southern tip of the peninsula is the Cape Point Nature Reserve, where many endangered plant and animal species are protected.

Garden Route, situated on the east coast of South Africa, is a stunning area of long sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and pristine primary forest that will impress the many visitors who flock to this awe-inspiring destination.

Many tourists to South Africa love to take part in the numerous water based sports on offer and Durban has them all. Situated further up the coast from Garden Route, this laid back coastal city is blessed with ideal sub-tropical weather all year round. Here visitors can choose from an array of water sports, including body boarding, surfing, sailing or scuba diving. If you are not a water sports lover, you can simply kickback and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.

Hailed as the richest city in Africa, Johannesburg's money generating character is reflected in its big city infrastructure and fast pace of life. Situated on the outlying fringes of the city, the famous township Soweto - which played a major role in the apartheid struggle - draws tourists from all over the world. Tours into the township can be arranged with travel agents within the city.

Owing to the beautiful purple blossom trees lining its avenues, Pretoria is often referred to as 'Jacaranda City'. This serene and laidback city offers travellers much insight into South Africa's past, having been significantly instrumental in both the Voortrekker and Apartheid eras. The city's many monuments and interesting museums are a great resource for those wishing to learn more about Pretoria's historical background.

South Africa is also home to many game reserves, where visitors can enjoy a wide range of safaris. You can also take part in whale watching trips or simply chill out on the beach.