South Africa is one of the most diverse and interesting countries in the world. Tourists flock to South Africa for its natural beauty, wildlife and sunshine. South Africa's immensely varied terrain supports a rich diversity of animals, birds, and plant-life and offers an incomparable range of experiences.

Whether you're in South Africa on safari or to enjoy the beaches, breathtaking drives, whale-watching or unspoiled wilderness, strives to help you experience the very best that the country has to offer, including finding the ideal Cape Town accommodation or the perfect accommodation in South Africa for your holiday.

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South Africa's Provinces

Nature has worked a special magic on the South African landscape. Although culture and history are an integral part of the South African experience, it is nature which is the true jewel in the crown. Wind, sun and rain have sculpted vistas ...

South Africa's Tourist Attractions

Exotic combinations of landscapes, people, history and culture offer the traveller a unique and inspiring experience. With wildlife parks such as the Kruger National Park, 8 World Heritage Sites, some of the best and least crowded beaches i...

Visa Requirements for South Africa

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Visiting South Africa

South Africa is located on the southern tip of the African continent, bordered by northern neighbours Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It encompasses the independent mountain kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland and is flanked by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the warm Indian Ocean on the east - giving the country its spectacular range of biodiversity.

South Africa enjoys a temperate and pleasant climate, with warm sunny days most of the year. The seasons of the southern hemisphere are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere so our Summer runs from November to February, when most of the country is characterised by warm to hot weather.

South Africa is a year-round destination so when you visit depends on what you intend and prefer to do. The best time for game viewing is in early spring (August to October). The southern right whales can be seen off our coasts from June to the end of October, and the humpback whales from August to December. Holiday-makers stream out of the cities from mid December to late January and resorts and national parks are heavily booked during these times (so we advise you book your accommodation in South Africa for these holiday periods early, to avoid disappointment).

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South Africa's 8 World Heritage Sites

Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. World Heritage Sites recognise and protect areas of outstanding natural, historical and cultural value. Given South Africa's diverse c...

Game & Nature Reserves

South Africa boasts a huge collection of wildlife regions and game parks - both public and private - encompassing every possible landscape from deserts to forests, mountains to coast, teeming with wildlife species - including Africa’s Big 5...

Things To Do in South Africa

Whether you're in South Africa for leisure or business, strives to help you experience the very best that South Africa has to offer. Search our extensive collection of things to do and find animal and bird sanctuaries, cultura...

Whale Watching in South Africa

For those of you who haven't yet sat in a boat, or stood on land, and marvelled as a whale the size of a jumbo jet rises out of the water just in front of you, or glides past and 'catches' your eye, then you have yet to become obsessed with...

The People and Languages

South Africans have been referred to as the 'rainbow nation', a title which illuminates the country's cultural diversity. The population of South Africa is one of the most complex and diverse in the world. Of the 45 million South Africans, nearly 31 million are Black, 5 million White, 3 million Coloured (a term used peoples of mixed African, Asian and White descent) and 1 million Indian. The population density is 32.9 people per sqkm.

There are 11 officially recognised languages, most of which are indigenous to South Africa.

English is spoken everywhere you go. English is the language of the cities, of commerce and banking, of government and official documents. All our road signs and official forms are in English and at any South African hotel, Bed and Breakfast or Guest House the service staff will speak English. Other languages you can expect to hear are Xhosa, Zulu and Afrikaans. In the following section, you will also find commonly used phrases in these languages (to get you started) and, so you don't get too confused, a list of popular 'South Africanisms'. Find out more, go to South Africa languages and culture.

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