What does Madiba say?
“I believe that South Africa is the most beautiful place on earth. Admittedly, I am biased, but when you combine the natural beauty of sunny South Africa with the friendliness and cultural diversity of our people, and the fact that the region is a haven for Africa’s most splendid wildlife, then I think even the most scrupulous critic would agree that we have been blessed with a truly wonderful land.
I would like to extend a personal invitation to you to come and see for yourself the splendour of South Africa. I know that my people will be delighted to welcome you and I think you will be enchanted by their warmth and hospitality. I am equally sure that you will enjoy our culture, our cuisine and the warmth of our people.”
TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK – one of the world’s largest game reserves
THE 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.
THE GARDEN ROUTE – two hundred km of beaches, forests and mountains
KWAZULU NATAL PARKS AND MOUNTAINS – from the game reserves of Zululand to the majestic Drakensberg peaks.
Each of South Africa’s nine provinces offers important attractions whether you be a casual visitor, shutter bug, history buff, bird watcher, museum goer, beach comber, sports fan, big game seeker or casino crawler.SA has to be one of the premier tourist destinations in the world – especially in the wake of the sharp depreciation of the rand at the end of 2001. South Africa has to be one of the premier tourist destinations in the world. Visitors spending hard currency, especially the US Dollar and the British Pound, find first class restaurants and hotels downright cheap. Potential investors and businessmen and women can only be impressed by how inexpensive it is to do business here. In terms of office space, homes and other costs of doing business, South Africa is the fifth least expensive place in the world and the second least expensive in Africa. But it is not only inexpensive, the standards are exceptionally high. Shopping malls, cinemas, restaurants, hotels, resorts, and sports facilities are all modern, clean and five star standard. For those who want to eschew the big hotels, bed and breakfast places in the cities and off the beaten track are readily available.
The Kruger Park, about the size of Israel, is one of the largest game reserves in the world. Good, clean facilities and good roads make the search for the big five – lion, rhino, leopard, buffalo and elephant – a pleasant as well as an exciting venture. For those who prefer a little more comfort, there are many up-market and luxurious private reserves where one can see an abundance of wild life in natural settings. Some are within a short drive of the bigger cities.
But South Africa is more than wildlife and modern shopping malls. For the sport minded, it offers some of the best golf courses in the world (at prices that in US$ terms seem ridiculously low). Soccer is a national passion as are cricket and rugby. And at almost any time of the year there is an international match in progress in one of those sports. There are hiking trails along the coast and in the mountains, beautiful beaches, horse riding, camping grounds and venues for many other sports like jogging and tennis or sailing.
The country’s advanced infrastructure makes it easy for the visitors to design their own programmes. Roads, telephones, bus service, railroads, airlines and communications are modern and reliable. One can rent a car and drive from one side of the country to the other on good roads. Or take the luxurious Blue Train or Rovos Rail. Or get Sable Executive Services to organize your programme for you.
South Africa has a fascinating history that can be captured at its many battlefields and museums. Music and the arts thrive. One can find classical music or township jazz, ballet or Zulu dancing. Concert halls and theatres in the major cities offer a great variety of local and international artists, year round.
In short, almost any pursuit of interest to the tourist is available and at reasonable prices.
Tourism as an industry is well advanced in South Africa and South African Tourism, a government body, is the key body for promoting tourism. The organization works closely with the private sector to make South Africa better known as an exceptional destination for business and tourism. The number of overseas visitors coming to South Africa each year is growing, especially from the key markets of UK, US, Germany, France and the Netherlands. The number of cruise ships visiting Cape Town and Durban has increased substantially as has the use of time shares in South Africa. The World Travel and Tourism Council estimates that travel and tourism contributed about 4.5% to GDP in 2001 and projected that it could reach between nine and ten per cent by 2011. South Africa has the attractions and the infrastructure to support that kind of growth.
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