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  • 2013-05-15

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Discover beautiful South Africa

From iconic Table Mountain and the international acclaimed winelands in the Western Cape, to the rugged and unspoilt coastlines of the Eastern Cape, and on to KwaZulu-Natal's mighty Drakensberg, visitors to South Africa have a smorgasbord of tourism activities to choose from to ensure a memorable visit.

The country has nine provinces, which vary considerably in diversity and activities. While the scenic beauty and wealth of wildlife of the Northern Cape, Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces will take your breath away, the Free State will entrance with its endless horizons. Further north is the political and commercial hub of Gauteng, where Johannesburg's vibrant city life has much to offer, while in the neighbouring North West province, spectacular game reserves and luxurious Sun City awaits.

South Africa's diverse population offers a wealth of cultural attractions, unique music and delightful cuisine. Shopping, nature, beaches, extreme and outdoor sport activities, cultural and culinary tourism: South Africa has something for every type of tourist!

Western Cape

The Western Cape offers world-class wine, magnificent whale watching, breathtaking landscapes, ample adventure activities, vibrant nightlife as well as the magic of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, which meet at Africa's most southerly point.

Visitors can discover a variety of natural attractions ranging from the soaring majesty of Table Mountain to the valleys of the winelands, the breathtaking Garden Route, and on to the stark beauty of the West Coast. The region also boasts two UNESCO World Heritage sites namely the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas and historic Robben Island.

The Western Cape is also home to some of the country's most alluring towns and cities, from the oak tree student town of Stellenbosch to the tourist hub of Cape Town.

Wine, food, hiking, struggle history, wildflowers, adventure sport, blue-flag beaches, whales and world class spas and hotels are just a few options to ensure an unmatched tourism experience.

For more information, please visit the website of Western Cape Tourism:


Gauteng is not only the economic and political powerhouse of the country, but also offers a fantastic tourism experience. It has glitzy cities, unique World Heritage anthropological sites, gold and diamond mines, the historically rich Soweto and an exciting nightlife.

The world-class cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane (Pretoria) offer fantastic shopping and entertainment through its network of malls, casinos, nightlife, flea markets, theatres and playhouses. Both cities have beautiful botanical gardens, parks and a variety of excellent museums.

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The home to the Zulu Kingdom lies between the Indian Ocean to the east and the Drakensberg to the west. The province has a sub-tropical climate, pristine beaches, the majestic Drakensberg mountain range and game reserves featuring the Big Five.

It also has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the uKhahlamba/Drakensberg Park, and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – and numerous other culturally and historically significant sites.

Wonderful Indian cuisine, proud Zulu culture, surfing, hiking, diving, fishing, old battlefields, the Big Five and endless white beaches, will leave any tourist awe-inspired.

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Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape is a place of unspoilt beauty which includes the world renowned surf beach of Jeffrey's Bay, the sensational Addo Elephant National Park, the lush Tsitsikamma Forest, the rocky Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, the arid terrain of the Great Karoo, and the southern slopes of the Drakensberg.

The Eastern Cape also heralds a colourful assortment of fauna and flora, including the Big Five, an abundance of birdlife, with hundreds of recorded species and a rich and varied marine life, including 27 species of whales and dolphins. Add to this the birthplace of Nelson Mandela and the rich culture of the Xhosa people and the region will not be forgotten soon!

For more information, please visit the website of Eastern Cape Tourism:

Free State

The Free State lies in the heart of South Africa with a flat boundless plain of grasslands which rises to sandstone mountains in the northeast. Most of the province's enchanting golden crop fields dominate much of the province's landscape.

In the northern part of the province is the Vredefort Dome, one of South Africa's eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which is the world's largest and oldest visible meteor crater.

The province offers a variety of cultural and historical attractions. The rugged terrain also serves as the perfect location for wildlife, adventure sports, fishing, hunting and hiking.

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Northern Cape

A place of stark beauty, the Northern Cape's vast unspoilt wilderness and sweeping vistas will captivate even the most experienced traveller. The Northern Cape is one of the largest, most sparsely populated regions in South Africa and home to a variety of natural wonders such as the beautiful Namaqualand wildflowers (August – September) and the Great Karoo.

With six national parks and six provincial nature reserves, as well as the Richtersveld World Heritage Site, this part of the country is known for its innumerable ecological and cultural attractions. Its tourist attractions also include the Kimberley diamond fields, Khoisan rock art galleries, Anglo Boer War battlefields, red sand dunes of the Kalahari, thundering Augrabies Waterfalls, exhilarating rafting on the Orange River, challenging 4x4 tracks and thrilling hunting opportunities.

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Limpopo Province

South Africa's most northern province is the home of the colourful Ndebele and the mysterious Venda people. It is an area of contrasting landscapes filled with Big Five reserves and an ancient mysterious history. It is further characterised by awe-inspiring rock formations, Stone Age archaeological sites, superb lodges and the wonderful Biosphere Reserve in the Waterberg Mountains.

Also noteworthy is the province's two UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely the lost Iron Age Kingdom of Mapungubwe, and the Makapans Caves (Potgietersrus) which no traveller should miss.

The province's close proximity to Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe furthermore makes it a perfect springboard for exploring the riches of our neighbouring countries.

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A place of almost mythical beauty which is filled with glorious mountains, panoramas, thundering waterfalls, rolling grasslands, lush valleys and meandering rivers. This is further the ideal setting for some of the most upmarket lodges and finest game reserves, including the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

The province also gives a visitor the chance to witness one of the most beautiful views in the world from God's Window, delve into the history of the 1870s gold rush at Pilgrim's Rest, indulge in some premier fly fishing, or become absorbed in the rich heritage of the colourful Ndebele people.

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