South Africa

Information and Tourism

The Republic of South Africa attracts more tourists that any other part of sub-Saharan Africa and comprises an especially diverse landscape, with gigantic cities and truly breathtaking natural panoramas. South Africa is the perfect destination for lovers of wildlife and is edged by the Atlantic Ocean and also the Indian Ocean, along with the African countries of Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

The South African economy is by far the largest in the whole of Africa and the ethnically mixed communities speak more than ten different officially recognised languages. In just the space of 24 hours, it is possible to check out the historic vineyards around the Western Cape and then journey to the vast Kalahari region, or to enjoy time exploring a Zulu village before heading to the capital city of Cape Town and dining at one of its many restaurants, which are plentiful around its beautiful Victoria and Albert waterfront.

Of course, many tourists come to Africa to visit a safari park and experience wild African animals. The Kruger National Park is amongst the most popular, and those who choose to safari here can see elephants, giraffes, lions and zebras, roaming around in their native habitat. Alternatively, head to the coast, where you will find some truly world-class surfing conditions and glorious beaches. Those wishing to volunteer in Africa, as part of conservation and charity work, will find many like-minded people and be assured of both a memorable and rewarding trip.

Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport (JNB Airport) serves as the main international gateway into South Africa and is actually the busiest airport in the whole of Africa.

World Guide to Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town really is a very unique city, since it features a huge mountain within its very centre. This epic landmark goes by the name of Table Mountain and is now an iconic symbol of Cape Town, along with its vibrant Victoria and Albert Waterfront.
World Guide to Durban, South Africa
The second-largest of South Africa's cities after Johannesburg, Durban is almost always sunny. As a result of this fine weather, Durban's beachfront has become directly responsible for its popularity, particularly around its Golden Mile.
World Guide to Johannesburg, South Africa
Often advertised to tourists as the 'City of Gold' due its to historic gold-mining past, Johannesburg (Jo'burg) was founded in the late 19th century. Johannesburg has grown at a tremendous pace and is now South Africa's financial capital.
World Guide to Pretoria, South Africa
Famed for its wealth of flowering Jacaranda trees, Pretoria functions as South Africa's administrative capital and is within close proximity to Johannesburg. The city enjoys a relatively sheltered situation, with the Magaliesberg hills in the background.
World Guide to Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Located within the Eastern Cape Province of northern South Africa, Port Elizabeth is a busy transport hub boasting some fine stretches of beach and views across Algoa Bay. Port Elizabeth is a modern city, although some historic architecture is also to hand.

South Africa Information and Fast Facts

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