South Africa has become an extremely popular travel destination, both for safaris and general travel. The growth in tourism has been phenomenal in the last decade.
South Africa has plenty to offer tourists, including numerous safari parks, fantastic beaches, rugged mountains, cosmopolitan Cape Town, the Garden Route, winelands and African culture, too mention just a few.
The best known of the National Parks, is undoubtedly Kruger National Park. This huge park is also one of the oldest and best managed parks in Africa. In addition, other game reserves offer diversity and variety for a safari. South Africa also has the only malaria free game reserves in Africa, namely Madikwe Game Reserve, Addo Elephant Park, Pilanesberg and Welgevonden.
Away from the national parks, many tourists have found Cape Town to be South Africa's shining gem: a beautiful city, within close range of fine beaches, and boasting an exciting nightlife, Cape Town is one of Africa's most popular cities. Visitors should not forget to visit Robben Island, the former political prison where Nelson Mandela was held until his release.
South Africa is the host of the 2010 World Cup soccer. This is a unique opportunity for Southern Africa to show the world some of its many undiscovered attractions.
- Capital: Pretoria
- Population: 42,768,000
- Government: Republic
- Official / National Languages: English, IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, Afrikaans, Sepedi, Setswana, Sesotho, Xitsonga
- Country Phone Code: +27