South Africa and tourism have long been wed – and no small wonder! Once wooed by the magic of South Africa, people from around the globe proclaim it a holiday destination of rank, and frequently, a travel choice second to none. Indisputably a top favourite with the world’s wanderers, South Africa has glittering strings of “bests” to its credit. During September each year, South Africa honours the importance of tourism as one of the mainstays of the economy.

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Table Mountain, Cape Town’s number one landmark

South Africa’s Gorgeous Cities
The oldest of South Africa’s cities, Cape Town, routinely clinches a place in the world’s top 10 cities. Talked about all over the world, Cape Town’s unique and glorious Table Mountain lords it over the city. Milk-white beaches, cool forests, centuries-old historic enclaves, a spectacular floral kingdom, the country’s oldest wine region, a gourmet food trail, buzzing nightlife, art and culture galore, retail opportunities ranking with the world’s best, and fine hotels and guesthouses make Cape Town a holiday extravaganza. See our choice of luxury Cape Town hotels.

Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg
Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg

Johannesburg – also fondly spoken of as Jozi – is the country’s largest city, a huge commercial and recreational hub grown from an initial gold-mining settlement. Its drawcards include the Apartheid Museum, Gold Reef City, a hop-on hop-off city sightseeing tour, scores of galleries, museums and neighbourhood markets, the sprawling Soweto township, fantastic shopping malls, restaurants and theatres. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, the world’s richest hominid site, is 50km north-west of Johannesburg. See our choice of places to stay in Johannesburg.

The coastal city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal has always been popular with holiday-makers, but has recently sky-rocketed on the popularity polls. For one thing, it has been named one of the Top 10 Oceanfront Cities by National Geographic. It’s a fun-seeker’s world that’s securely on the map, and is set to attract even more attention in 2016 as host of the World Aids Conference. Beach pleasures, boat trips, nature areas, culinary adventures are all part of the appeal. Where to stay in Durban and luxury getaways in KwaZulu-Natal

See the rest of South Africa’s Top 10 Cities.

Bucket List Inclusions for Your South African Holiday

Safaris South Africa

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An elephant sighting on safari in the Kruger National Park with Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Beach Holidays South Africa

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Tub with ocean view in the Presidential Suite at The Oysterbox KwaZulu-Natal

Garden Route South Africa

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The Garden Route spills over with indigenous forests, beaches and masses of leisure attractions. This is Lily Pond Country Lodge at The Crags

Spa Getaways South Africa

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Spa experience on safari at Camp Jabulani

Winelands Getaways South Africa

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South Africa’s wine regions offer supreme accommodation on historic wine estates. This is the Lanzerac Hotel & Spa in Stellenbosch

Nature Experiences South Africa

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Dinner al fresco in the magnificent Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in the Western Cape

When you visit South Africa, be sure to include an experience on Rovos Rail The Most Luxurious Train in the World and a Bill Harrop’s ‘Original’ Balloon Safari.   Mail us for advice and bookings, or call +27 21 797-7122.

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An unforgettable Bill Harrop’s Balloon Safari in South Africa

Provincial Tourism Authorities:

Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency

Free State Tourism

Gauteng Tourism Authority

KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Authority

Limpopo Tourism and Parks

North West Province Parks and Tourism Board

Northern Cape Tourism

Western Cape Tourism

Get the most from your holiday in South Africa. Mail us for holiday advice and bookings, or call +27 21 797-7122.