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Meet South Africa

WWhether you’re seeking a vibrant city stay in the cosmopolitan heart of Cape Town, a hike up Table Mountain, exploring the open expanses of the Northern Cape or the lush, dramatic coast of the Eastern Cape, South Africa is waiting to welcome you.

South Africa is proudly home to the most awe-inspiring travel experiences in exquisite settings and you’d be hard pressed to find such diversity and natural beauty in such close proximity anywhere else in the world.
Part of this beauty and uniqueness is that South Africa lies geographically in an area that naturally experiences low rainfall. In the last few years water scarcity has become more of a challenge.

But water scarcity does not mean you should delay or cancel your trip – South Africa is ready to welcome you on a once in a lifetime adventure while encouraging visitors to use water responsibly when travelling through our beautiful country.

You can still head up Table Mountain or take a guided tour or a leisurely stroll through Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town’s Garden of Eden, to admire the beauty of South Africa’s indigenous plant species such as savanna, fynbos, karoo and others.

Take the time to visit the iconic V&A Waterfront, which attracts more than 23 million visitors a year. From the Waterfront, travellers can catch a boat ride to the Robben Island, shop, eat, watch movies, book a hotel room, and do a host of exciting activities at this iconic tourist destination. View more information on the water saving initiatives at Cape Town’s Big 7 tourist destinations here.

Experience the wild beauty of the Eastern Cape and take advantage of the multitude of adventure activities from hiking, mountain biking, bungee jumping and paddling down Storms River. Visit our very own Garden of Eden in Tsitsikamma and Knysna, or head in to the Karoo and find yourself in the Valley of Desolation or visit small towns rich with culture and history.

Our Northern Cape province is home to the exquisite Richtersveld, incredible opportunities to star gaze, vast, quiet expanses of the great Karoo and a sublime opportunity to lose yourself and find yourself.
Whatever your preference, if you as a potential visitor are experiencing uncertainty and are worried that your visit will put extra pressure on water demand,we have put together some handy tips and suggestions for making the most of your trip by being a Water Wise Tourist. 

HHOW TO BE A WATER WISE TOURIST

When travelling to the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape where water restrictions are in place, make use if these water saving tips, which can help you enjoy a wonderful stay in South Africa.
Find and book eco-friendly accommodation. A number of hotels, lodges and Airbnb owners are already supporting the #WaterWiseTourism initiative through collecting rainwater, recycling water, and employing other water conservation strategies.

To save water, tdon’t have your towels washed every day. You are urged to wash clothes when there is only a full load instead of washing one or two items at a time, or pack enough clothing to sustain you for your trip.

When brushing your teeth, don’t leave the tap running as this can save up to six litres of water per minute.

Take shorter showers - visitors to Cape Town specifically urged to keep them down to 90-seconds. Local South African artists have created a selection of shower songs to make keeping time in the shower fun.

Visit www.waterwesterncape.com for latest news, tips and FAQ’s on being a Water Wise Tourist.

The South African government has called on locals to welcome visitors with open arms and assist them deal with the water restrictions. Cape Town and South Africa are heavily reliant on tourism to sustain businesses and create much-needed jobs. The tourism sector only consumes 1.2% of all water consumption in Cape Town and the city has already cut its usage in half over the past three years, from 1200 mega litres a day in 2015 to 540 mega litres a day currently.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Water is available in all areas where water restrictions are in play through the regular sanitary and hygiene systems for taps, showers, and toilets. In Cape Town specifically, water consumption is being carefully monitored to eliminate wastage while promoting responsible water usage by locals and travellers. If you extending your trip outside of Cape Town, this helpful map will give you clarity on which areas in the Western Cape are experiencing water shortages.

The South African government is encouraging locals and travellers in Cape Town to reduce their consumption of water to 50 litres per person, per day -- which is the water restriction limit recommended by the World Health Organization for places around the globe that are managing water shortages. This is how locals are using their water responsibly.

Be part of the solution and join the movement of #WaterWiseTourism to be part of the conversation. There is no need to stay away from Cape Town or South Africa as climate change and drought conditions are a global issue and not only isolated to South Africa and Cape Town.

CAPE TOWN IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Cancelling a trip will place strain on a region that depends heavily on tourism with visitors spending approximately R40 billion, and creating over 300 000 jobs, which adds over 7.5% to the city’s total GDP.
This spending helps significantly to fund the ongoing water saving projects being implemented and reducing this significant contribution by tourism to South Africa’s economy will create further challenges and financial strain.
Don’t delay - visit Cape Town and South Africa and experience the beauty and the warmth that our country has to offer. Join the conversation on social media using #WaterWiseTousim.

Places to go

Active adventure

Afriski - snowy slopes in Africa

Active adventure
Afriski - snowy slopes in Africa

Come play high in the Mountains of Africa, skiing and snowboarding, then relax in one of the bars at Afriski.

Vibrant culture

Top 10 historical sites in the Western Cape - a rich heritage

Vibrant culture
Top 10 historical sites in the Western Cape - a rich heritage

The Western Cape was the first place that Europeans settled in the country, in 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck’s three vessels landed at the Cape. As employees of the Dutch East India Company, they had come to establish a halfway station for ships travelling to and from the East. Their influence is evident in the buildings, some of which are 350 years old, and culture of the Western Cape.

Active adventure

Travel tips for pets - the unconventional family members

Active adventure
Travel tips for pets - the unconventional family members

Often our pets are part of the family. For some people that extends to travelling with their pets.

Vibrant culture

South Africa’s top 10 cultural villages

Vibrant culture
South Africa’s top 10 cultural villages

Experience music, dance and food from across the country, as well as Tsonga crafts and Zulu beer-brewing; and don’t forget the magical clicking language of the San people.

Wildlife safari

Surgery and safari in South Africa

Wildlife safari
Surgery and safari in South Africa

When it comes to post recovery and recuperation, going on safari is a good choice.

Breathtaking scenery

Paternoster - a definitive Cape West Coast fishing village

Breathtaking scenery
Paternoster - a definitive Cape West Coast fishing village

Paternoster is a peaceful town lined with fishermen’s cottages, where great seafood and the local lifestyle become all-consuming pastimes.

Active adventure

Train journeys - an unforgettable experience with someone special

Active adventure
Train journeys - an unforgettable experience with someone special

What can beat that feeling of going to sleep with a Karoo moon in the sky outside, and waking up to a pot of fresh coffee, surrounded by Cape vineyards as the Blue Train makes her stately way into the Mother City?

Bustling city life

Eating out in Cape Town - an eclectic mix of restaurants

Bustling city life
Eating out in Cape Town - an eclectic mix of restaurants

You will discover a bold, experimental and contemporary food scene in Cape Town.

Vibrant culture

Grahamstown - a town of artistic and academic expression

Vibrant culture
Grahamstown - a town of artistic and academic expression

Explore galleries and museums, and then relax at one of the restaurants and pubs set in the wide, tree-lined streets before setting off to enjoy one of the many plays on offer at the world-renowned National Arts Festival.

Sun-soaked coasts

Seven secret coastal towns in South Africa

Sun-soaked coasts
Seven secret coastal towns in South Africa

Everyone loves a little beach time and it’s even better if you don’t have to share it with a crowd.

Breathtaking scenery

The fascination of South African cave adventures

Breathtaking scenery
The fascination of South African cave adventures

South Africa offers a variety of caves for you to explore, from hominid fossil sites and ancient San cave paintings.

Breathtaking scenery

There’s so much to do in Franschhoek

Breathtaking scenery
There’s so much to do in Franschhoek

Let’s be honest, you are probably here to drink wine. Whether you’re at a wedding, on a family outing, a friends’ get together or a romantic weekend away, it’s most likely that you will land up at one of the amazing wine farms in the area.

Bustling city life

Quirky hotels - trailers, ox wagons, tree houses and even a castle (3)

Bustling city life
Vibrant culture

Music of South Africa - discover the rhythmic heartbeat

Vibrant culture
Music of South Africa - discover the rhythmic heartbeat

The music culture in South Africa is made up of diverse genres, from jazz, hip hop, kwaito and gospel to pop and alternative rock.

Breathtaking scenery

Put a spring back in your step – Riemvasmaak Hot Springs

Breathtaking scenery
Put a spring back in your step – Riemvasmaak Hot Springs

Dating back millions of years, Riemvasmaak is a place of haunting beauty.

Active adventure

A farm stay - a wonderland of stars, flowers, fossils and welcoming people

Active adventure
A farm stay - a wonderland of stars, flowers, fossils and welcoming people

A farm stay in the Northern Cape is like nowhere else on earth

Vibrant culture

Ceremonies and traditions - food of South Africa

Vibrant culture
Ceremonies and traditions - food of South Africa

We really love eating, so join us at the table and tuck in.

Active adventure

Fearfully great lizards - the hunt for dinosaur fossils

Active adventure
Fearfully great lizards - the hunt for dinosaur fossils

South Africa is one of the best countries in the world to view evidence of dinosaurs.

Breathtaking scenery

The Cango caves - this 4500-million-year-old cave of stalactites and stalagmites will astound you

Breathtaking scenery
The Cango caves - this 4500-million-year-old cave of stalactites and stalagmites will astound you

Open throughout the year, take the tour into the cave to view the various formations of dripstones and learn more about the people who lived here over the millennia.

Vibrant culture

11 South African drinks you’ll definitely love

Vibrant culture
11 South African drinks you’ll definitely love

From soft red tea leaves and fermented milk to home-made beers and pub-favoured shooters, these are some of South Africa’s finest drinks.

Breathtaking scenery

The Cape Wine Route - explore, discover and enjoy

Breathtaking scenery
The Cape Wine Route - explore, discover and enjoy

If you’re looking for a unique experience, then the many wine farms in the Western Cape have exactly what you need.

Vibrant culture

Shebeens – your uniquely South African local tavern experience

Vibrant culture
Shebeens – your uniquely South African local tavern experience

The first shebeens in South Africa were local bars and taverns where mostly working-class urban males could unwind, socialise, and escape the oppression of life during the Apartheid era.

Breathtaking scenery

The Western Cape and its 10 most beautiful natural attractions

Breathtaking scenery
The Western Cape and its 10 most beautiful natural attractions

Ten most beautiful natural attractions that the Western Cape has to offer.

Wildlife safari

A safari adventure for the whole family

Wildlife safari
A safari adventure for the whole family

Taking your children on safari is an amazing adventure for the whole family to enjoy together.

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