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South Africa Travel Wiki

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Travel to South Africa

With almost 3,000 miles of coastline to enjoy, South Africa gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy the Atlantic and Indian Oceans with just one visit.  It’s a country that has 11 official languages, and since 1994, each group has had some level of representation within the government.

Some of the oldest artistic objects in the world today have come from this country, with multiple cave paintings available for viewing. You can go from a hot air balloon ride to horseback riding on the beach all on the same day. Have an intimate dinner in the Winelands or have an upbeat evening in Johannesburg at one of the many lively nightclubs.

No matter what your preferences may be, South Africa offers an opportunity for everyone to relax in their own way. One of the unique experiences you can find in South Africa is the opportunity to rent a motorcycle. Go off-roading along the Cederberg Mountains or cruise along Chapman’s Peak Drive to enjoy incredible views without the crush of the nation’s popular resorts.

If you prefer walking on two feet instead of riding on two wheels, then South Africa offers numerous safari options to enjoy as well. Guides can help you find native plants, animal tracks, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences with local wildlife. Most game reserves in South Africa offer at least one safari package for you to enjoy.

South Africa has open up its doors to provide warm and friendly hospitality to every visitor. Take the time to enjoy the vistas and culture and it will be one of the best experiences of your life.

Best of South Africa

More information about South Africa.

Visit South Africa and welcome, in 11 official languages, to the rainbow nation located at the southern tip of Africa. South Africa is bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho.

Travelling this vast country you will notice a very varying landscape populated by, probably one of the worlds most diverse populations.

Cape Town

Located at the top of the Cape Peninsula, Cape Town is probably the most popular destination in South Africa. Overlooking Cape Town is the prominent landmark of Table Mountain. Table Mountain is a level plateau with steep cliffs surrounding it which resembles a table. Frequently covered in clouds, these appear to hang over the edge of the mountain like a table cloth. There are some great beaches around Cape Town. Beaches on the Atlantic Coast have much cooler water than on the Indian Ocean Coast, with up to a 10 degree temperature difference. A short ferry ride away is Robben Island which served as a maximum security prison up until 1991, and is now a museam.

Cape Winelands

Close to Cape Town are The Winelands, popular with wine lovers and a great location for weddings. The Winelands are full of picturesque vineyards that produce some of the worlds best wines. There are six different wine regions, with the most famous being the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Hermanus wine regions. It is well worth going on one of the many wine tours in the regions.

The Cape Winelands is a beautiful region of picturesque mountains and fertile valleys – ideal for producing wine. Home to many world renowned South Africa wine estates, The Cape Winelands are located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, under and hours drive away from Cape Town. There are said to be over 200 wine cellars in the region, giving plenty of choice when it comes to sampling!

Stellenbosch Wine Region

The Stellenbosch Wine Region is probably the best known wine producing region in The Cape Winelands. It was the first region to set up a wine route back in the early 1970s. There are many great wine estates to visit in the region including: Spier, Zevenwacht, and Zorgvliet. The town of Stellenbosch was founded by Simon van Der Stel in 1679, and is the second oldest town in South Africa. The heritage of the town has been preserved well, with many of the original historical buildings still in existence along the oak lined avenues. If you are interested in the history of the region there are several museums and monuments in the town.

Franschhoek Wine Region

Founded over 300 years ago by French Calvinists, The Franschhoek Wine Region is surrounded by the Franchhoek, and the Drakenstein mountains. The Franschhoek Wine Region is home to some of South Africa’s best restaurants such as The Monneaux at Franschhoek Country House and Le Quartier Francais, which are well worth a visit. There are many wine farms in the region including: Rupert & de Rothschild Vignerons, La Petite Ferme, Grande Provence Wine Estate and Freedom Hill wines.

Hermanus Wine Region

The Hermanus Wine Region has 45 wine estates. The best place to try all the local wines (as well as cheese and olives) is the annual Hermanus Wine and Food Fair, where all the local producers showcase their wonderful wines and cuisine.

Garden Route

The Garden Route is a popular and scenic route along the south coast of South Africa, starting at Mossel Bay and finishing at Storms River in the Tsitsikamma National Park. The best way to enjoy the scenic route is to hire a car, to really open up the route to exploration in your own time. For those who would prefer not to drive, Africa’s last remaining passenger steam train runs between Mossel Bay and George.


Oudtshoorn is surrounded by the Outeniqua Mountains to the south and the Swartberg Mountains to the north, and situated in the centre of the Klein Karoo plains. Oudtshoorn is known as the ostrich capital, with vast numbers of the birds in the region. Four farms offer daily tours: Highgate, Safari, Oudtshoorn and Congo. The Cango Caves are one of the most spectacular attractions in the area. The Cango Caves are 3 limestone caverns covering a great distance, and filled with fascinating stalactites, stalagmites and helictites. It is also a great wine producing region, and forms part of the world’s largest wine route!


The town of Knysna is situated between lush indigenous forests and the peaceful shores of the Knysna lagoon, and has some of the most impressive scenery in Africa. You can enjoy the scenery up close by riding on horse back, or cycling through the forests. As well as the impressive scenery, there is an abundance of things to do whilst you are there, from cruising out to the Knysna heads, or playing a round of golf down by the estuary.

Plettenberg Bay

Plettenbery Bay is one of the most beautiful resort areas in South Africa, with mile upon mile of white sandy beaches. The climate stays warm throughout the year, making it a great location to relax and unwind. The Plettenberg Bay is teaming with all kinds of marine life. Of particular note are the large schools of dolphins and whales that are a common site during breeding season. These can be seen on one of the regular whale watching tours that are run from the bay.

KwaZulu Natal

KwaZulu Natal was formed from the provinces of Kwazulu and Natal and is set against the Indian Ocean with a sub tropical climate, is a great all year round holiday destination. The Drakensberg Mountains (which translated means Dragon Mountains) are highest in the KwaZulu Natal region. With spectacular scenery, they are great for hiking or for biking. Zululand is home to the largest concentration of battle sites in South Africa, between the British, Boers and Zulus, and there are tours available of the historic sites. A visit to the region isn’t complete unless you take in the culture and traditions of the hospitable Zulus.

The Drakensberg Mountains

The Drakensberg Mountains (a World Heritage Site) are South Africa’s highest mountains. The Drakensberg Mountains were referred to as the Dragon Mountains by early settlers. The mountains are home to many nature reserves, including Mount-aux-Sources, and uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. One of the most spectacular sites in the Drakensberg Mountains is that of Tugela Falls. Tugela Falls is the second highest waterfall in the world and is a magnificent sight to behold! On the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains are a series of caves with primitive paintings on the walls, for those interested in ancient history and art. The Drakensberg Mountains offer beautiful walking trails, cascading waterfalls and great fishing, ideal for the outdoor enthusiast.

Zululand Battlefields

Zululand contains some of the most famous battle sites from the Anglo-Zulu and Boer wars. Some of the most well known Anglo-Zulu battle sites are at Isandlwana, Rorke`s Drift and Fugitives Drift. Boer war sites include Talana Hill (the site of the first battle of the Anglo-Boer War), and Spioenkop (where both Winston Churchill and Mahatma Gandhi were present).

Kwazulu Natal Game Reserves

Kwazulu Natal features some of the oldest game reserves in South Africa, and is a great way place to experience the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino! Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park (established in 1895) is the oldest game reserve. Set in the heart of Zululand, it is a large and incredibly scenic park with rippling hills covered in low acacia bush. The park is particularly famous for its conservation of endangered black rhino and the largest population of white rhino in the world. Other game reserves in the area include Ithala Game Reserve Area, and Tembe Elephant Park.

South Africa Safari

South Africa is home to some great malaria free safaris. Sabi Sands Game Reserve situated on the western border of the Kruger National Park has excellent guides, luxury accommodation and fine cuisine. The Madikwe Game Reserve situated on the Botswana border, is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa, with many superb lodges to stay in. The Shamwari Game Reserve is located on the Garden Route with many great lodges to stay in. Safari’s in Waterberg have some of the most exceptional scenery as a back drop to your wildlife experience.

City Guides

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Bloemfontein, capital of South Africa

Bloemfontein Travel Wiki Travel to Bloemfontein Bloemfontein is one of the three national capitals of South Africa and is often referred to as the “City of Roses.”  Founded in 1846 as a British fort, it has grown to become a fantastic starting point for a number of potential adventures for all visitors. You’ll find numerous guided aerial adventures are available, including skydiving, paragliding, and hot air ballooning. A visit to the Gariep Dam is also popular, especially for those who love to...

Cape Town, capital of South Africa

Cape Town Travel Wiki Travel to Cape Town Located along the southern coast of South Africa, the harbor of this great city might just be its most popular feature. On the shores of Table Bay, this community has been a trading port for nearly 500 years thanks to its unique location near the southern tip of the African continent. It has a good climate, plenty of natural settings to enjoy, and an infrastructure that is well-developed. A journey through Cape Town often...


Durban Travel Wiki Travel to Durban Durban may not always be on the radar of tourism opportunities to South Africa, but it should be. Thanks to its extensive beaches, calm waters, and bustling port, it is a unique opportunity to get outside and explore a well-developed city without the same crush of like-minded visitors who want to experience the same things you do. Of course, a trip to Durban must include the golden beaches. There are world-class malls and shopping precincts to...

East London

East London Travel Wiki Travel to East London Found on the Eastern Cape, the city of East London lies along the Indian Ocean coast. It’s situated between the Nahoon and Buffalo Rivers, which also makes it South Africa’s only river port. Founded in 1836, you’ll find that the double-decker bridge which crosses the Buffalo, completed in 1935, is the only bridge of its type in all of Africa. Resorts are the reason why many tourists flock to this coastal community. More than...


Johannesburg Travel Wiki Travel to Johannesburg As one of the largest urban areas in the world, Johannesburg is filled with numerous opportunities to explore. Whether you love history, culture, or outdoor adventure, there is something that can be found for you here. Established in 1886 thanks to the discovery of gold on a local farm, you’ll find that South Africa’s economic powerhouse has a vibrant personality that you’ll want to get to know. Affectionately known as Jozi, there are plenty of opportunities...


Kimberley Travel Wiki Travel to Kimberley Located in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, Kimberley has been influential in the diamond mining development of the region. It was the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to establish electric street lights and numerous additional firsts, including the first South African stock market, have their roots in this city. Because of the emphasis on mining in the region, you’ll find the aftermath of several mines are still around to explore. One of the...


Matjiesfontein Travel Wiki Travel to Matjiesfontein Matjiesfontein is a mixture of unabashed freedom and traditional civilization. Founded in 1884 by a railway man from Scotland, this village quickly established itself as a place of Victorian relaxation and fun on the way to Cape Town. A visit here will take you through exquisite historical buildings, help you find peace, and let you enjoy a quiet piece of Africa as you enjoy the best of yesterday. Matjiesfontein is full of attractions to enjoy. There...


Nelspruit Travel Wiki Travel to Nelspruit Located on the Crocodile River, Nelspruit was founded in 1895 by a family who wanted to graze their cattle in the region during the winter. It is also on the road between Swaziland and Mozambique, so it acts as a natural stay-over point, the local place to purchase groceries, or can act as a base of operations for visiting Kruger National Park. One of the main activities that you’ll find in this city is at the...


Pietermaritzburg Travel Wiki Travel to Pietermaritzburg Pietermaritzburg is often referred to as the “Birthplace of Legends,” and it is easy to see why when you first see this incredible city. Located in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, it is a base of operations for anyone who seeking a little adventure. It is also one of the best-preserved Victorian cities in the world today. A quick trip to the Bisley Valley Nature Reserve will help you be able to enjoy local wildlife...

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth Travel Wiki Travel to Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth is known commonly as the watersports capital of South Africa and home of Ironman Africa. There are many cruises offered from the harbour from sunset cruises to view dolphins to whale watching tours. Travel and vacation in Port Elizabeth, South Africa Here you can find information about travel and holiday trips to South Africa. You will find travel deals as well as general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts about South Africa....

Pretoria, capital of South Africa

Pretoria Travel Wiki Travel to Pretoria Pretoria is a South African city that is filled with monuments, landmarks, and museums. This is the place to be if you wish to explore the culture and history of the nation. Let your journey begin at the Voortrekker Monument, which was raised to commemorate those who left Cape Colony between 1835-1854. It features a large amphitheater, an impressive historical frieze, and a Cenotaph Hall where much of the interior of the monument can be viewed. Next...

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Biggest City South Africa

Facts about South Africa, Biggest city What are the name of the biggest city South Africa, and how big are city by population. Easy overview of the informations in the sortable table below. Please note that the informations comes from various sources,if you are using the informations professional you should get confirmation that the figures are actual. Last update august 2017

Bloemfontein, Bram Fischer International Airport

Bram Fischer International Airport Bloemfontein Free State South Africa Airport Website IATA: BFN ICAO: FABL ARRIVAL DEPARTURES Bram Fischer International Airport is the main airport for Bloemfontein, mainly domestic flights operates here. The airport is located just outside the city centre.

Cape Town International Airport

Cape Town International Airport Matroosfontein Cape Town Western Cape, South Africa Airport Website IATA: CPT ICAO: FACT ARRIVAL DEPARTURES Cape Town International is the main airport for Cape Town. It is the second-busiest airport in South Africa and third-busiest in Africa. The airport is located approximately 20 kilometres from the city centre. The airport has direct flights from South Africa's other two main urban areas, Johannesburg and Durban, as well as flights to smaller centres in South Africa. Internationally, it has direct flights to several destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. SAFETY ADVICE TRAVELLING TO AND FROM THE...

Johannesburg – For the love of steam trains

See more about South Africa by steam locomotive. Reefsteamers is a non profit Company that operates steam trains to different locations in South Africa. See and hear about workshop activities, the collection of steam engines and rolling stock Possibilities for hiring of the trains on website 

Johannesburg, O. R. Tambo International Airport

O. R. Tambo International Airport Kempton Park Ekurhuleni, Gauteng South Africa Airport Website IATA: JNB ICAO: FAOR ARRIVAL DEPARTURES Formerly known as Johannesburg International Airport and Jan Smuts Airport (these old names are still commonly used), is the main airport for Johannesburg. The airport is located 21 kilometer from Johannesburg city center, it is the busiest airport in Africa and the connecting hub for flights to other cities in Southern Africa. There are many flights to Johannesburg from international hubs, notably London, Paris and Frankfurt. Most flights from Europe are...

Look at South Africa from above

South Africa from above South Africa seen in birds eye view, have a flight from Kruger National Park, Pretoria, & Johannesburg. We begin at the Drakensberg Mountains and fly across to Cederberg Mountains, taking in all the sights, history and culture that we can along the way. See this very nice video, video is narrated. We find the best drone and HD footages of the country, have a look and be inspired. You can see and write comments, and recommend other...

Money South Africa, Local Currency, Rand

Money in South Africa (notes and coins) South Africa’s legal tender is called Rand (ZAR). 1 Rand = 100 cent. Coins in circulation: Rand R1, R2 and R5 and 5c, 10c, 20c and 50c cent coins Notes in circulation: Rand R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200 URCard for tourists UR card is similar to using cash, but without having to carry money around. A travel money option, highly recommended for foreigners in South Africa, URCard is a prepaid debit card designed specifically for tourists. The card can be loaded...

National Tourist Information South Africa

Traveladvisor in South Africa: Are you going on a vacation you can get lots of free and professional help, traveladvice and information from the National Tourism Organisation. Discover the country and the cities getting the most out of your vacation with the professional help from the people who knows their country and their culture the best. South Africa Tourism Authority WEBSITE FACEBOOK TWITTER YOUTUBE FLICKR INSTAGRAM GOOGLE+ PINTEREST VIMEO About South Africa South Africa is a paradise of exotic wildlife, beautiful scenery, and incredible culture. Plan your South Africa vacation and see...

News from South Africa

News from South Africa - Stay updated ! Watch and listen to news resources from South Africa. There are several ways, radio, tv, written and social media, to stay updated on what is happening right now in the country, find some selected news sources in the menu below. If you have found a news source you think is missing, you can read or write comments and ask questions in the disqus field below. Other recommended news:

South Africa Holidays

South Africa Public Holidays See the calendars for national South Africa holidays year by year. Find and just click on the year you for which you need more information about South Africa holidays, and the calendar for the year will open. When is the non working days for the year. Public / national days, see the calendar for the country here.

Official holidays

When are holidays and no working days in the country ?

1 JanuaryNew Year's Day
21 MarchHuman Rights Day
VariableGood Friday
VariableFamily Day
27 AprilFreedom Day
1 MayWorkers' Day
16 JuneYouth Day
9 AugustNational Women's Day
24 SeptemberHeritage Day
16 DecemberDay of Reconciliation
25 DecemberChristmas Day
26 DecemberBoxing Day
South Africa

Which are the largest cities ?

Listing of the most important and largest cities in the country

6Cape Town433,688
14Port Elizabeth312,392
15Mitchells Plain310,485
16East London267,007