• South Africa

    Inspiring new ways

  • Full Country Name Republic of South Africa
  • Capital Bloemfontein, Cape Town & Pretoria
  • Language Afrikaans, English, IsiNdebele, IsiXhosa, IsiZulu, Sesotho sa Leboa, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga
  • Form of Government Constitutional Republic
  • President President Jacob Zuma
  • Population 51.77 million
  • Gross Domestic Product $6,482.8
  • Currency South African Rand

Welcome to South Africa

Exciting, diverse, unique, breathtaking, unexpected, South Africa has it all in any imaginable way…

The evidence is the incredible, heart-stopping beauty of South Africa, from Cape Town to KwaZulu-Natal, from the Kalahari to Namaqualand.

The first time you visit South Africa chances are that you ask yourself: Why on earth did I wait so long to visit this country? Whether your reason to visit are the Big 5, the wine, the whales, the landscape, food, beaches (you name it), South Africa´s offering and scenic wonders are legendary.

Experience the ultimate combination of nature, wildlife, culture, adventure, heritage and vibe; you will be spoilt for choices. An unforgettable trip of a lifetime.

 

Top Destinations in South Africa

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  • Icon for Airport location type Port Elizabeth
  • Icon for Airport location type George
  • Icon for Airport location type Durban
  • Icon for Airport location type Johannesburg
  • Icon for Airport location type Cape Town
  • Icon for City location type Cape Town
  • Icon for Other location type The Winelands
  • Icon for Other location type Garden Route & Klein Karoo
  • Icon for Other location type Cape Karoo
  • Icon for Coast location type The West Coast
  • Icon for Other location type The Kalahari
  • Icon for City location type Johannesburg
  • Icon for Park location type Kruger National Park
  • Icon for Other location type Panorama Route Mpumalanga
  • Icon for Other location type KwaZulu Natal
  • Icon for City location type Icon for City location type Cape Town
  • Icon for Other location type Icon for Other location type The Winelands
  • Icon for Other location type Icon for Other location type Garden Route & Klein Karoo
  • Icon for Other location type Icon for Other location type Cape Karoo
  • Icon for Coast location type Icon for Coast location type The West Coast
  • Icon for Other location type Icon for Other location type The Kalahari
  • Icon for City location type Icon for City location type Johannesburg
  • Icon for Park location type Icon for Park location type Kruger National Park
  • Icon for Other location type Icon for Other location type Panorama Route Mpumalanga
  • Icon for Other location type Icon for Other location type KwaZulu Natal
  • City

    Cape Town

    Renowned for its scenic beauty, Cape Town’s unique story begins with the birth of Table Mountain, eight hundred million years ago and the discovery of human footprints dating back 117 000 years.

    Today Cape Town is a colorful and harmonious fusion of ethnic diversity and a city overflowing with opportunity.

    While walking through the streets and meeting the locals, you will fall in love with its natural beauty, creative freedom and incredible spirit. Cape Town is the city where the unexpected is always just around the corner and the beautiful province of the Western Cape lies ready to be explored across the city border.

  • Other

    The Winelands

    Framed by sun-splashed vineyards and rugged mountain peaks, the picture perfect valleys of the Western Cape Winelands are famous for their grand old estates, pretty little towns, award-winning restaurants and, of course, their wine.

    A journey to the winelands is not to be missed and it will perfectly complement a stay in one of the world’s favorite cities.

    Should you wish to extend your visit, luxurious manor houses and secluded boutique hotels with the softest robes and the whitest towels make the Cape Winelands an obvious choice for a honeymoon or romantic break but it may surprise you to learn that kids love this area too. There’s a wide selection of family-friendly accommodation, outdoor activities such as mountain biking, horse riding and quad biking, and many wine estates have big picnic-perfect lawns for you to enjoy a day in the sunshine.

  • Other

    Garden Route & Klein Karoo

    This scenic stretch of the southeastern coast of South Africa is bustling with unique activities. It’s simple; this is Africa’s Garden.

    Rich in culture, natural beauty, adventure, fauna and flora, the Garden Route and Klein Karoo have a little bit of everything for everyone. Dusty roads, padkos (snacks in the car) and local restaurants dotted along the route make this a charming journey of discovery. And the biggest discovery will be the amazing people and their wonderful ways.

    Dig deep into Xhosa culture at Ma Betty’s Xhosa Cultural Experience in Oudtshoorn. What about a goose bump-inspiring shark cage diving experience? (get up close and personal with the magnificent Great White). Your journey would not be complete without exploring the Cango Caves, the only show cave in Africa. It’s an underground wonder that will make you feel small in the greater scheme of things.

  • Other

    Cape Karoo

    Bright stars, pristine landscapes and roads that go on and on and on… This is a special region.

    The Cape Karoo's windmill-peppered landscapes inspire poetry, the scenes resemble movie sets and it is the ultimate escape from the world of urgent phone calls and Facebook. Discover a place where you get to reconnect with nature, the people and yourself.

    This desert oasis has a colorful past, one worth discovering and exploring. Khoi and Xam (Bushman); rock art can be viewed in Nelspoort, Beaufort West -the site of the richest engravings or petroglyphs-. For those who love history, take a trip to the Anglo-Boer War graves and blockhouses; follow the skirmishes and routes of the battles that range from North to South of Prince Albert.

  • Coast

    The West Coast

    The West Coast offers charming fishing villages and delectable seafood to be enjoyed between whale watching outings, hiking and golf.

    Visitors can also enjoy vast carpets of flowers in spring, ancient San cave paintings in the Cederberg Mountains and fantastic bird watching, to name only a few activities. The West Coast has become a popular international holiday destination with its virgin beaches, dramatic mountain ranges and carpets of stunning spring flowers.

    The flower season occurs from July through to September and is a truly spectacular sight. The area is as well a bird watchers' paradise.

  • Other

    The Kalahari

    The evocative Northern Cape's Kalahari Desert evokes a picture of never ending red sand dunes, big, blue skies and undulating heat waves that descend unrelentingly on dry river beds.

    Despite this immaculate wilderness, the Kalahari is not a true desert, in the sense of being unable to support life. Parts of the Kalahari receive as much as 250 millimeters of rainfall, albeit erratically, throughout the year, and grasses and acacias easily support large species of antelope, hyenas, the famous black-maned lions of the desert, giraffe, warthogs, jackals and possibly the most endearing and iconic creature of the southern African deserts, the cheeky meerkat.

  • City

    Johannesburg

    With more than 4 million people calling this bustling metropolis home, Joburg or Jozi as some prefer to call it, offers visitors an experience as unique and diverse as the city itself.

    Whether you are on business, in search of a cultural encounter, an adrenaline rush or simply want to relax and unwind for a few days, the city of Johannesburg has everything you’re looking for and more!

  • Park

    Kruger National Park

    The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks within the best in Africa.

    Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.

    Man's interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries -from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela- is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasure represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the park and are conserved along with the its natural assets.

  • Other

    Panorama Route Mpumalanga

    One breathtaking view after another, that's South Africa's famous Panorama Route, where you'll experience mountains, sky, forests and the truly impressive Blyde River Canyon, one of the world's largest canyons.

    Although the visual element dominates on the Panorama Route, all your senses are enriched by the wealth of plant and animal life that the region supports.

    Mammals you might see along the Panorama Route include klipspringer, dassies, grey rhebuck, oribi, kudu, bushbuck, bushpig, monkeys, bushbabies, chacma baboons and black-backed jackals. This area is also rich in birdlife including eagles that might well look you in the eye.

  • Other

    KwaZulu Natal

    The garden province of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal is a subtropical region of lush and well-watered valleys, washed by the warm Indian Ocean.

    One of the country's most popular tourist destinations, the province stretches from Port Edward in the South to the borders of Swaziland and Mozambique to the North.
    Its western part is marked by the dramatic Drakensberg mountain range, with several peaks well over 3,000 meters. The range has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status for its dramatic natural beauty and the wealth of San Bushman rock art found in its caves, the richest concentration on the continent of Africa.

    Durban, the seat of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, is one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the world. Its harbor is one of the busiest in South Africa and one of the 10 largest in the world. Richards Bay is an important coal-export harbor.

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    Cape Town

    Renowned for its scenic beauty, Cape Town’s unique story begins with the birth of Table Mountain, eight hundred million years ago and the discovery of human footprints dating back 117 000 years.

    Today Cape Town is a colorful and harmonious fusion of ethnic diversity and a city overflowing with opportunity.

    While walking through the streets and meeting the locals, you will fall in love with its natural beauty, creative freedom and incredible spirit. Cape Town is the city where the unexpected is always just around the corner and the beautiful province of the Western Cape lies ready to be explored across the city border.

  • Icon for Other location type

    The Winelands

    Framed by sun-splashed vineyards and rugged mountain peaks, the picture perfect valleys of the Western Cape Winelands are famous for their grand old estates, pretty little towns, award-winning restaurants and, of course, their wine.

    A journey to the winelands is not to be missed and it will perfectly complement a stay in one of the world’s favorite cities.

    Should you wish to extend your visit, luxurious manor houses and secluded boutique hotels with the softest robes and the whitest towels make the Cape Winelands an obvious choice for a honeymoon or romantic break but it may surprise you to learn that kids love this area too. There’s a wide selection of family-friendly accommodation, outdoor activities such as mountain biking, horse riding and quad biking, and many wine estates have big picnic-perfect lawns for you to enjoy a day in the sunshine.

  • Icon for Other location type

    Garden Route & Klein Karoo

    This scenic stretch of the southeastern coast of South Africa is bustling with unique activities. It’s simple; this is Africa’s Garden.

    Rich in culture, natural beauty, adventure, fauna and flora, the Garden Route and Klein Karoo have a little bit of everything for everyone. Dusty roads, padkos (snacks in the car) and local restaurants dotted along the route make this a charming journey of discovery. And the biggest discovery will be the amazing people and their wonderful ways.

    Dig deep into Xhosa culture at Ma Betty’s Xhosa Cultural Experience in Oudtshoorn. What about a goose bump-inspiring shark cage diving experience? (get up close and personal with the magnificent Great White). Your journey would not be complete without exploring the Cango Caves, the only show cave in Africa. It’s an underground wonder that will make you feel small in the greater scheme of things.

  • Icon for Other location type

    Cape Karoo

    Bright stars, pristine landscapes and roads that go on and on and on… This is a special region.

    The Cape Karoo's windmill-peppered landscapes inspire poetry, the scenes resemble movie sets and it is the ultimate escape from the world of urgent phone calls and Facebook. Discover a place where you get to reconnect with nature, the people and yourself.

    This desert oasis has a colorful past, one worth discovering and exploring. Khoi and Xam (Bushman); rock art can be viewed in Nelspoort, Beaufort West -the site of the richest engravings or petroglyphs-. For those who love history, take a trip to the Anglo-Boer War graves and blockhouses; follow the skirmishes and routes of the battles that range from North to South of Prince Albert.

  • Icon for Coast location type

    The West Coast

    The West Coast offers charming fishing villages and delectable seafood to be enjoyed between whale watching outings, hiking and golf.

    Visitors can also enjoy vast carpets of flowers in spring, ancient San cave paintings in the Cederberg Mountains and fantastic bird watching, to name only a few activities. The West Coast has become a popular international holiday destination with its virgin beaches, dramatic mountain ranges and carpets of stunning spring flowers.

    The flower season occurs from July through to September and is a truly spectacular sight. The area is as well a bird watchers' paradise.

  • Icon for Other location type

    The Kalahari

    The evocative Northern Cape's Kalahari Desert evokes a picture of never ending red sand dunes, big, blue skies and undulating heat waves that descend unrelentingly on dry river beds.

    Despite this immaculate wilderness, the Kalahari is not a true desert, in the sense of being unable to support life. Parts of the Kalahari receive as much as 250 millimeters of rainfall, albeit erratically, throughout the year, and grasses and acacias easily support large species of antelope, hyenas, the famous black-maned lions of the desert, giraffe, warthogs, jackals and possibly the most endearing and iconic creature of the southern African deserts, the cheeky meerkat.

  • Icon for City location type

    Johannesburg

    With more than 4 million people calling this bustling metropolis home, Joburg or Jozi as some prefer to call it, offers visitors an experience as unique and diverse as the city itself.

    Whether you are on business, in search of a cultural encounter, an adrenaline rush or simply want to relax and unwind for a few days, the city of Johannesburg has everything you’re looking for and more!

  • Icon for Park location type

    Kruger National Park

    The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks within the best in Africa.

    Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.

    Man's interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries -from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela- is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasure represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the park and are conserved along with the its natural assets.

  • Icon for Other location type

    Panorama Route Mpumalanga

    One breathtaking view after another, that's South Africa's famous Panorama Route, where you'll experience mountains, sky, forests and the truly impressive Blyde River Canyon, one of the world's largest canyons.

    Although the visual element dominates on the Panorama Route, all your senses are enriched by the wealth of plant and animal life that the region supports.

    Mammals you might see along the Panorama Route include klipspringer, dassies, grey rhebuck, oribi, kudu, bushbuck, bushpig, monkeys, bushbabies, chacma baboons and black-backed jackals. This area is also rich in birdlife including eagles that might well look you in the eye.

  • Icon for Other location type

    KwaZulu Natal

    The garden province of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal is a subtropical region of lush and well-watered valleys, washed by the warm Indian Ocean.

    One of the country's most popular tourist destinations, the province stretches from Port Edward in the South to the borders of Swaziland and Mozambique to the North.
    Its western part is marked by the dramatic Drakensberg mountain range, with several peaks well over 3,000 meters. The range has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status for its dramatic natural beauty and the wealth of San Bushman rock art found in its caves, the richest concentration on the continent of Africa.

    Durban, the seat of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, is one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the world. Its harbor is one of the busiest in South Africa and one of the 10 largest in the world. Richards Bay is an important coal-export harbor.