In South Africa you can choose from no less than 8 UNESCO World heritage Sites, come face-to-face with the Big 5 on safari, visit pristine Blue Flag beaches, championship golf courses, award winning restaurants, glorious winelands, diverse culture and heritage and a dazzling cultural and arts scene.

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You can sample traditional African cuisine, including 'chisa nyama' (barbequed meat) under the stars at a local township shebeen.

Why South Africa?
A visit to South Africa is all about expecting the unexpected as the destination offers a powerful combination of experiences.

Whether you are stargazing in Sutherland, hunting for fossils in the Free State or dining at a world-class restaurant in the wine lands, a visit to South Africa is an enlightening and enriching experience.

Outstanding infrastructure and accommodation in South Africa
Amidst a rich culture, fantastic scenery and phenomenal wildlife, South Africa offers world-class facilities, infrastructure and communication services.

Accommodation in South Africa is excellent, with a wide choice on offer that rivals the best in the world. Whether you’re looking for a business hotel, a boutique establishment, self-catering apartments or a delightful bed and breakfast – there is something for everyone.

All the establishments recommended in this guide have been graded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa using a star grading system. Establishments featured in this guide are either 4 or 5-star graded.

Star grading is an independent assessment of what guests can expect to find at a conference venue or accommodation establishment. It’s based on the overall quality and takes into account the facilities you’d expect to accompany a particular star grading. The star grading runs from 1 to 5 stars, with 5 stars denoting the very best of quality.

Diverse leisure experiences
South Africa certainly offers a powerful combination of experiences: eco-tourism combined with world-class infrastructure; traditional cultures combined with urban vibes and unparalleled adventure married to affordable luxury. Here you can jump from the world’s highest bungee by day and eat at a Michelin-star restaurant by night; view elephants from a hot-air balloon and enjoy a Vegas type show soon afterwards, and study ancient San rock art.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

South African Tourism Contact Centre
Tel: +27 (0)83 123 6789

Cape Town & Western Cape Information Centre
Tel: +27 (0)21 405-4500

Eastern Cape Tourism Board
Tel: +27(0)43 701-9600
Fax: +27(0)43 701-9649

Free State Tourism Authority
Tel: +27 (0)72 982 1421

Gauteng Tourism Authority
Tel: +27 (0)11 639 1600

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal
Tel: +27 (0)31 366 7500

Limpopo Tourism & Parks Board
Tel: +27 (0)15 293-3600

Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency 
Tel: +27 (0)13 759-5300/01

North West Parks and Tourism Board
Tel: +27 (0)18 397-1500

Northern Cape Tourism Authority
Tel: +27(0)53 832-2657/2643