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FFrom picturesque Cape Town and laid-back Durban, to friendly Port Elizabeth and bustling Johannesburg, here’s a rundown of the top 10 cities.

Cape Town, Western Cape

The “Mother City”, as it is fondly known is home to one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature - Table Mountain. This stunning city sits at the tip of Africa and has been named one of the top 10 surf cities in the world by Surfer (a surf culture magazine) for a reason, considering tourists flock to its pristine beaches, including Clifton Beach and Muizenberg.

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Situated on the east coast of the country, Durban is well known for its rich culture and delicious cuisine made by the locals. Think warm weather all-year round, world-class beaches and incredible eateries in-and-around vibey hangout spots and – that’s Durban for you.

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Johannesburg, Gauteng

Johannesburg’s Central Business District continues to evolve, with an on-going urban renewal and cultural regeneration programme breathing new life into the city. These new bustling districts include Maboneng and Braamfontein. What you'll love about the place is the multi-cultural cosmopolitan vibe and an attitude that says “let's party”.

PPort Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Also known as “The Friendly City”, Port Elizabeth is a beautiful urban hub that stretches for 16km along Algoa Bay. A highlight of this incredible city includes the Addo Elephant National Park.

Pretoria, Gauteng

A visit to this stunning city will leave you in awe of the beautiful jacaranda trees sprawled across most suburbs. It’s also known as “The Jacaranda City” for this very reason. There are many highlights of Pretoria including old yet significant buildings and fascinating museums.

 Bloemfontein, Free State

Bloemfontein is unique in that it's the size of a large African city, yet has the feel of a small country town, with thousands of rose bushes colouring the streets. The literal translation of Bloemfontein from Afrikaans is “fountain of flowers”, which gives the city its nickname, “The City of Roses”.

Nelspruit, Mpumalanga

Consider this city one of the country’s many gems, being the gateway metropolis to the Kruger National Park. One of the many things to tick off on your to-do list while passing through Nelspruit is a visit to the oldest caves on Earth and the city’s remarkable botanical garden.

East London, Eastern Cape

East London, affectionately called Buffalo City by the locals, is situated 1000km from Cape Town on the south-east coast of South Africa. Lying in between the Nahoon River in the north and the Buffalo River to the south it is the only river port in South Africa. The shores are lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and with its sub-tropical climate is a sought after tourist destination for local South Africans and international tourists alike.

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