Cities of South Africa
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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.
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