South Africa is one of the most rewarding places on earth. It is ranked among the world’s most biologically diverse countries, with easiest access to most species. South Africa has more kings of wild animals than North and South America, or Europe and Asia, together. It has one-sixth of the world’s marine species, with easy sightings of whales, dolphins and Great White sharks. It has the world’s riches floral kingdom and is an important destination for birdwatchers.

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South Africa’s top tourist attractions:

Kruger National Park - one of the world’s largest game reserves.

Cape Peninsula - including Table Mountain, Cape Point, the Waterfront and the winelands.

Sun City – a Las Vegas in the bush, where one may sail, swim, gamble, play golf or view game.

Garden Route – two hundred kilometers of beaches, forests and mountains.

KwaZulu-Natal – parks and mountains – two hundred kilometers of beaches, forests and mountains

The Blyde River Canyon – one of the world’s most spectacular green canyons

A Drakensberg resort – in the country’s most spectacular mountains

The country’s nine provinces cover just over 1,2 million km2 - an area three times the size of Texas, five times that of Great Britain, but only 4% of Africa. Each of South Africa’s provinces offers important attractions:

Eastern Cape – Wild Coast, the Oceanarium in Port Elizabeth, Addo Elephant Park, fishing, sailing, golf, Tsitsikamma National Park, unspoilt beaches.

Free State – Boer War museums and battle grounds, Golden Gates Highland National Park, cultural villages, and in Bloemfontein the National Women’ Memorial, War Museum, Old Presidency and First Parliament Building.

Gauteng – Soweto, Gold Reef City, Sterkfontein caves, Krugersdorp Nature Reserve, Museum Africa and the Newtown precinct in Johannesburg, Pretoria’s Union buildings, Zoo, Kruger and Smuts Museums, Voortrekker Monument, golf, equestrian sports.

KwaZulu-Natal – Durban’s Golden Mile and Sea World, golfing, diving, swimming, game reserves, Zulu culture, climbing and trout fishing in the Drakensberg, St. Lucia wetlands, Zulu and Boer war museums and battlefields, south coast beaches.

Mpumalanga – Kruger National Park, Pilgrim’s Rest, trout fishing, bird watching, Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, cultural villages, golf, hiking.

Northern Province – Bird watching at Nylsvlei Nature Reserve, Warmbaths’ hot springs, Kruger National Park (northern section), Northern Sotho and Tsonga culture.

North West – Sun City, Pilanesberg National Park, Mafikeng (Boer War), golf

Northern Cape – Kimberly’s Big Hole, game viewing and bird watching, San paintings and culture, Namaqualand flowers (in Spring), Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, Augrabies Falls National Park.

Western Cape – Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope, Hermanus (whale watching), Stellenbosch winelands, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the Garden Route, Parliament, museums, golf, bird watching, scenic drives and coastal villages on the south and west coasts, and more.

Helpful hints for tourists:

Banking – Most major commercial banks offer foreign exchange services and automatic teller machines, and are open from 9:00 to 15:30 on weekdays and 8:30 to 11:00 on Saturdays.

Currency – The currency unit is the rand, denoted by the symbol R1. R1 = 100 cents. South Africa has recently introduced new notes and coins, but the old currency is still in circulation.

Electricity – Current is 200/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. Adaptor plugs should be brought for razors and hair dryers.

Health and medical care – Vaccinations for cholera and smallpox are not required, but travelers from a yellow fever zone must have a valid certificate. Visitors to game parks must take anti-malaria tablets, which are available across the counter at any pharmacy. Medical treatment and hospital fees must be paid direct. Special travel insurance is recommended. Most hotels have a list of doctors, whose names may also be found in the “medical” section of telephone directories.

Malaria regions include Northern Province, Mpumalanga and northeast KwaZulu-Natal. It is important to consult a pharmacist for advice on the best drug or drug combination to take. In a malaria region, avoid wearing perfume or after-shave lotion, and wear long sleeves and trousers at night. The bilharzia parasite is present in streams, rivers, lakes and dams in some of the northern and eastern parts of the country, and visitors should therefore avoid contact with the water in these regions. The Eastern Cape is bilharzia-free.

Security – Crime is prevalent in the big cities. Don’t walk in deserted areas or alone at night and don’t carry large sums of money or expensive cameras in city centres. Use the hotel safe deposit box for valuables. Police have advised visitors to take elementary precautions for their own safety.

Time Differences – Throughout the year Standard Time in South Africa is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, one hour ahead of Central European Winter Time, and seven hours in advance of U.S. Eastern Standard Time.

Water – Tap water is quite safe to drink throughout South Africa.

Pocket Guide to South Africa

South African National Parks

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