South Africa Travel Guide

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The world's largest producer of gold, and one of the most influential countries in African politics, South Africa is the southernmost country on the African continent, and is one of the most diverse African countries to be found. With 11 different official languages and a completely diversified culture made up of ethnic and cultural differences handed down over the generations, this democratic nation has a distinctly British feel to it as a result of its many years under British rule, although it has been independent since 1961. In the 21st century South Africa is known for being the gateway into Africa, and is famous not only for its cuisine and its culture, but for its wine, which is rated as some of the finest in the world.

Looking at South Africa on a map doesn't do the country justice. From the cosmopolitan seaside around Cape Town to the ravines and rivers snaking their way through Tsitsikamma National Park, or the mountains of the Drakensberg with its epic waterfalls and Xhosa villages along the Wild Coast, there is simply too much to experience in just one trip.

While the country is a vast landscape of natural beauty and amazing cultural and ethnic traditions, South Africa is not without its own issues. Crime rates are exceptionally high, and the country has one of the highest HIV/AIDS infection rates on the planet. It's easy to miss the festering underbelly that sprawls beneath the sheen of tourist infrastructure and the glamour of natural beauty, but if you strike out beyond the main cities you'll find a country that is stricken with poverty and hunger.

South Africa is safe for all types of travelers, but precautions should be taken in smaller cities, especially after dark. Accommodations will depend upon whether or not you're staying in the main cities or the outlying hubs. Cape Town is the best place to start, and has plenty of vineyards, coasts, and countryside nearby to explore. From here, you can stretch your legs out into the rest of the country.

Cape Town #1 most popular location
The iconic image of Cape Town centers around a severe drop off, from the top of the magical, inspiring peaks of Table Mountains right down to the seal laden beaches and shark-infested waters …
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Johannesburg #2 most popular location
Sadly for Johannesburg, if there’s one thing that it’s known for internationally, it’s the quite incredible murder rate. Certain parts of the city see body bags appearing on an all-but …
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Durban #3 most popular location
Durban is a culturally rich city in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. With a population of about 3.5 million and a subtropical climate with beautiful long stretching beaches it's ea…
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Pretoria #4 most popular location
The Administrative capital of South Africa is a beautiful city famous because of the blooming Jacaranda's in October where the whole city with over 100 000 Jacaranda Trees turns purple, and t…
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Knysna #5 most popular location
Knysna is one of the Southern Cape coast's best known holiday destinations, situated between lush forests and the shores of the peaceful lagoon - it offers many activities and attractions of …
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Stellenbosch #6 most popular location
Stellenbosch is largely a university town in the heart of the Cape winelands. Would you want much more as a visitor? Great parties and great wine. There are some superb wine farms, restaurant…
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Port Elizabeth #7 most popular location
Port Elizabeth (or PE for short)is part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality it is a popular destination for South African tourists based on its friendly people (it is called t…
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Plettenberg Bay #8 most popular location
Plettenberg Bay or "baai" in Afrikaans, is a resort town for many South Africans. It is a quaint town set aside the ocean on a hill, with lots of shopping, restaurants, and outdoor activities…
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Bloemfontein #9 most popular location
Bloemfontein, settled in the heart of South Africa, in th Free state. Bloemfontein is rich with history from the Anglo Boer war and the historic buildings are there to prove it. If traveli…
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Franschhoek #10 most popular location
Franschhoek was originally a settlement of the French Huguenots who came over to South Africa to avoid persecution. They settled and started to produce wine. Great job too. Franschhoek ne…
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Oudtshoorn #11 most popular location
Oudtshoorn, South Africa (Old Horn directly translated into English), is located approximately 1 hour (by car) north of George, which is the location of the closest airport and approximately …
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Kempton Park #12 most popular location
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Nelspruit #13 most popular location
Nelspruit is the provincial capital of Mpumalanga Province in South Africa. It is one of the major South African tourist destinations, due to its proximity to the world-famous Kruger National…
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Umhlanga #14 most popular location
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Hoedspruit #15 most popular location
Hoedspruit borders on the Kruger National Park and lies in the heart of the central Limpopo lowveld. Hoedspruit is conveniently situated to explore the many game lodges, game reserves and oth…
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Somerset West #16 most popular location
A town encircled by exquisite mountains and hills covered in vineyards, with views of the nearby ocean, sandy beaches, this is Somerset West. It is a veritable paradise for all who appreciate…
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Hazyview #17 most popular location
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Mossel Bay #18 most popular location
Situated halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, beautiful Mossel Bay is a coastal village and harbour of the World Famous Garden Route. This popular holiday town is surrounded by a sun…
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Kruger National Park #19 most popular location
One of the largest game reserves in Africa along the borders of Mozambique and Zimbabwe, Kruger National Park is a unique place in the African landscape which is also part of the Kruger to Ca…
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Wilderness #20 most popular location
Located at the famous Garden Route of South-Africa Wilderniss is a small village that packs a big punch. The village is located at the a long beach with the more warmer indian ocean. The Gard…
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Gansbaai #21 most popular location
For many years Gansbaai was this tiny village which hardly anyone used to now about. With the main industry being Fishing. Then Gansbaai experienced a tourism boom with the attraction of S…
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Paarl #22 most popular location
Paarl is a growing town located in the breathtakingly beautiful area of Berg river valley. The scenery is absolutely inspiring with mountains, rivers and many flowers. The scenic beauty of th…
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Simon's Town #23 most popular location
Simons Town is on the Cape Peninsula, between Cape Town and Cape Point. It is home to Boulders Beach, where you can see plenty of penguins and is also the main naval base for South Africa. T…
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George #24 most popular location
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Addo #25 most popular location
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Gordon's Bay #26 most popular location
Gordon's Bay is a beautiful coastal town at the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains and the False Bay Coast. The town is +- 40 minutes drive from Cape Town and +- 30 minutes from the air…
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Edenvale #27 most popular location
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Hluhluwe #28 most popular location
Hhluhluwe-Umfolozi's main focus is the protection of the black rhino, but all of Africa's big five can be seen info on
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Komatipoort #29 most popular location
Komatiport is a town located few kilometers from south gates of Kruger National Park, near rivers Komati and Crocodile. Crocodile Bridge Gate to Kruger National Park is located only 8 km fro…
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Montagu #30 most popular location
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Boksburg #31 most popular location
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Jeffreys Bay #32 most popular location
Jeffreys Bay is a very pleasant, small town located in South Africa's Eastern Province, on the country's South Coast. The beaches are beautiful and long. As a result Jeffreys Bay is famous…
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Phalaborwa #33 most popular location
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Sun City #34 most popular location
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Ballito #35 most popular location
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Skukuza #36 most popular location
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Saint Lucia Estuary #37 most popular location
The St Lucia wetlands is a protected nature reserve, which is also a Unesco World Heritage site. Watch out for the crocodiles and hippo's!
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Malelane #38 most popular location
Malelane (or Malalane) is farm town located just besides southern borders of Kruger National Park, by one of the most important routes N4 which connects Johannesburg and Maputo (Mozambique). …
Upington #39 most popular location
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Richards Bay #40 most popular location
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Grahamstown #41 most popular location
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Cape Point #42 most popular location
Cape Point is located at the southeast corner of the Cape Peninsula, a mountainous and scenic landform that runs north-south for about thirty kilometres at the extreme southwestern tip of the…
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Langebaan #43 most popular location
About a one hour drive from Cape Town along the R27, you will find the picturesque town of Langebaan on the shores of the Langebaan Lagoon with azure-blue waters bordered by white sandy beach…
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Polokwane #44 most popular location
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Graaff-Reinet #45 most popular location
Sabie #46 most popular location
Graskop #47 most popular location
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Kimberley #48 most popular location
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Madikwe Game Reserve #49 most popular location
Tzaneen #50 most popular location
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