Often described as ‘a world in one country’, South Africa offers visitors a breath-taking variety of scenery, from desert and lush forest, to soaring mountains and vast empty plains. Culturally as diverse as the landscape, many visitors are drawn to experience for themselves the miracle of the peaceful overthrow of apartheid. Others are attracted by the endless golden beaches, big game, diving or snorkelling, or bird watching. Visitors will find South Africa positively inviting, with world-class infrastructure, transport and accommodation.
A country of contrasts
Whilst boasting cosmopolitan and sophisticated cities such as Pretoria, Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town, the country also has a striking natural beauty. South Africa has some of the world’s most breath-taking scenery, and features an amazing display of bird and wildlife species, including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino). The country is ranked as the third most biologically diverse in the world. There are numerous game reserves, parks and nature trails that offer a taste of Africa’s natural appeal. Due to the diversity of people and cultures in South Africa, the country offers a variety of cultural experiences. The history of the country also holds strong appeal for tourists, from the discovery of gold in Johannesburg to the Robben Island prison where icons of South Africa’s political struggle against apartheid, such as Nelson Mandela, were detained. Tourism in South Africa is a thriving sector, with millions of tourists from around the world entering the country annually. The country boasts a wide selection of restaurants, hotels, guesthouses, shopping centres and other tourist facilities.