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Not only does South Africa boast the strongest and largest economy on the African continent, but it also stands out as one of its leading tourist destinations, with excellent and relatively affordable facilities to complement a varied hand of attractions. Johannesburg, the largest city and most common port of entry, is of limited touristic interest, though the nearby Cradle of Humankind provides a fascinating insight into our evolutionary past. Prominent natural attractions include the vast and wildlife-rich Kruger and Kgalagadi Parks. The smaller Hhluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and Greater St Lucia Park in Zululand also offer great ...

Not only does South Africa boast the strongest and largest economy on the African continent, but it also stands out as one of its leading tourist destinations, with excellent and relatively affordable facilities to complement a varied hand of attractions. Johannesburg, the largest city and most common port of entry, is of limited touristic interest, though the nearby Cradle of Humankind provides a fascinating insight into our evolutionary past. Prominent natural attractions include the vast and wildlife-rich Kruger and Kgalagadi Parks. The smaller Hhluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and Greater St Lucia Park in Zululand also offer great game-viewing, and can be combined with a cultural visit to a traditional Zulu village. Hikers are attracted to the green footslopes of the craggy uKhahlamba-Drakensberg for its spectacular mountain scenery and profusion of prehistoric rock art, while the spring wildflowers of Namaqualand rank as one of the world's greatest floral spectacles. Highlights of a stunning 2,500km coastline include the legendary Garden Route in the southern Cape, and Cape Town itself, which has a spectacular location below Table mountain, and offers easy access to the alluring Cape Winelands and whale-watching nirvana of Hermanus.

Philip Briggs
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Philip Briggs has written or contributed to 50-plus editions of Bradt, Insight, AA and Berlitz guidebooks to African destinations.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Southern Africa, southern tip of the continent of Africa
  • Language: IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, Afrikaans, Sepedi, English, Setswana, other
  • Currency: South African Rand
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall