South Africa has become a great destination for visitors wanting to explore its scenic outdoors as well as those who want to discover the local flavour of the big cities. Its cities are a must for travelers looking for an authentic African experience because each place has its own unique tales and attractions.

Did you know?

Around 90% of South African taxis are minibus taxis. Only 10% are metered taxis.

South Africa is an exceptionally beautiful country filled with beautiful rugged landscapes, warm, diverse peoples and a richness in its fauna and flora. From the beautiful mountain views of Table Mountain in the Cape and the Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, to the dry desert of the Kalahari and Karoo, and the pristine coastlines of the Garden Route and Wild Coast, South Africa is a country with attractions worth exploring because of its diversity and culture.

If you explore South Africa’s city life, you'll not only have fun but also discover our turbulent historial past. Pretoria is the administrative capital, Johannesburg the economic hub, Cape Town the seat of Parliament, Bloemfontein the judicial capital and Durban offers the largest port.

South African cities have their own unique attractions and vibrancy. Together they reflect the full spectrum of contemporary South African life and all offer travellers a variety to satisfy every need. Whether you’re traveling north, east, south or west – South Africa has a city in every direction to meet the needs of even the most demanding traveler.

Take in the lush green hills of the Natal-Midlands when you venture out in Pietermaritzburg, or go for an adrenaline rush by kite-surfing in East London. Experience the Big Five up close in Polokwane and wind down an evening at the Lost City near Rustenburg. Whatever your travel taste, South Africa’s cities serve up fun and entertainment for any kind of trip so be sure to make SA your next travel stop.

Take a tour of the great cities and indulge in the rich culture and history that has shaped the heartland of South Africa and raised it to be a first class tourist destination on the African continent.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Contact the relevant city tourism office

How to get here

South Africa's majot cities are all connected by air, road and rail

Best time to visit

While South Africa's winters are relatively mild, the summer months from September until March are usually high season.

Get around

Exploration of individual cities is best conducted by car

Length of stay

South Africa is a huge country and each city will take several days to explore. Bargain on at least two weeks.

What to pack

Even if you are only visiting cities, pack sunblock, head wear, sunglasses and binoculars

Where to stay

Each major city offers a range of accomodation from hotels to Guest Houses, B&B's and backpackers

What to eat

Choose between expensive restaurants, fast food outlets or family restaurants