Did you know?
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
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