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Posted on: Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Top 5 South African Cities

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South Africa as a tourist destination certainly is all about giving visitors the max. There is an endless variety of attractions, activities and sights that all testify to the natural beauty and cultural heritage of a country that has weathered many a storm, both politically and economically. Today, South Africa stands proud, promising visitors a spectacular destination that will stay close to their hearts long after their departure.

Here are the top five cities of the country in terms of size and popularity:




Johannesburg (Gauteng)

In terms of population, this is South Africa’s largest city. Gauteng is the wealthiest province in the country and Johannesburg is its capital, making this a very important commercial and political hub. It is home to the OR Tambo International Airport, welcoming hundreds of thousands of international and national visitors every month. Jo’burg is a shopper’s paradise. (Find out more about Johannesburg’s Attractions).


Cape Town


Cape Town Western Cape

Affectionately known as the Mother City, Cape Town is the epicentre of South Africa’s culture and theatre. It is also extraordinarily beautiful, being home to the new Wonder of the World, Table Mountain, as well as magnificent beaches and glorious winelands. In fact, Cape Town has been recognised as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The beauty extends beyond its natural wealth. The city centre is brimming with old architecture in the form of city halls, museums and even monuments. It is a commercial hotspot and provides plenty in the way of adventure sports and activities for nature-lovers. (Find out more about Cape Town’s Attractions)




Durban KwaZulu-Natal

Known for being hot and humid all year round, Durban and its beaches are a firm favourite for travellers from all over the world. The warm Indian Ocean waters and long stretches of beautiful coastline lure visitors with irresistible charm. Foodies will relish the curries for which Durban is famous and those wanting to infuse their trip with a bit of culture will be well rewarded in this heritage-rich destination. (Find out more about Durban’s Attractions).




Pretoria Accommodation (Gauteng)

Pretoria is a historical city that is situated very close to Johannesburg, and is the administrative capital of South Africa. It showcases our culture and history with many monuments and museums, giving visitors a special insight into what has shaped our country and people. Pretoria is also known for its passion for sports. (Find out more about Pretoria’s Attractions).


Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth Eastern Cape

Known as both the Friendly City and the Windy City, Port Elizabeth is a seaside metropolitan that, while relatively large, maintains the small-town look and feel. Its gorgeous beaches and warm waters are ideal for families and honeymooners and the locals are known for their hospitality. Water-sports are a huge hit in PE, since it has a variety of beaches, lakes and rivers. (Find out more about Port Elizabeth’s Attractions).

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Amelia Meyer


Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

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1 comment about Top 5 South African Cities
  1. October 2nd, 2012 at 11:17
    Pieter van Zyl says:

    Yes politically and economically our country has gone through a lot,,BUT we survived.. I am proud to be South African