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Posted on: Thursday, 25 October 2012

10 Reasons Why People Visit South Africa

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In July this year the Tourism Minister announced an ‘exceptional growth in tourist arrivals’ for the first quarter of the year.

Between January and March 2 267 807 people landed on South African soil – 216 031 more than the same time in 2011. Overseas tourist arrivals were up by 17.8% and European arrivals grew by 11.9%. Visitors from the United States also grew by 16.1%.

But we’re also getting visitors from emerging markets like Brazil, India and China as well as from Africa, where growth of visitors has increased by 7.9%, and the Asian market, which grew by over 43%.

All this despite a recession.

South Africa is a land people love to visit. And they have good reason. Here are the Top 10 Reasons Why People Visit South Africa

  1. Kruger National Park

    Kruger National Park

    Plenty of sunshine

    By comparison to countries in the northern hemisphere, our winters are relatively mild, and our summers are up there with the best of them.

  2. It’s affordable

    Other currencies do well here and people can travel for less.

  3. Its geographical location

    At the tip of Africa. For the same reason, Cape Town is a firm favourite and one of the top destinations for tourists in the world.

South African Braai

South African Braai

  1. The beaches

    Diverse and wonderful coastline hug both the west and east perimeters of the country. The windswept rugged west coast, past the cold, crisp Atlantic through to the warmer seas of the Indian Ocean – all offer beauty and seaside attractions.

  2. The wildlife

    The Kruger National Park in the north east of the country is one of the biggest draw cards for tourists, but there are a myriad other game reserves and lodges throughout the country where one can see African wildlife.

  3. Wine and food

    Shark Diving

    Shark Diving

    Our culture of wine is renowned and there are several wine routes scattered throughout the country, wine festivals, wine estates and wine tasting to tempt the connoisseur. But our food culture too has awakened, and an emerging emphasis on local, handmade and organically grown has changed the face of local food markets.

  4. The scenery

    From the winelands and Cape fold mountains to the African bushveld and the arid Karoo, past the green hills of Natal – there are breathtaking elements everywhere.

  5. Outdoor lifestyle

    Golf, rugby, soccer, hiking, sky diving and braaivleis; South Africans know how to give visitors a good time.

  6. Diverse Culture

    Diverse Culture

    Great accommodation

    From top hotels, through guest houses, B&Bs, game lodges, farm stays, backpackers and township overnighters you can stay anywhere and in any kind of environment you choose.

  7. Diversity of culture

    From English speaking South Africans to Afrikaans, Tswana, Zulu and Xhosa, the people are as diverse as the languages, and yet they all live in the same country, sometimes only a suburb apart…

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1 comment about 10 Reasons Why People Visit South Africa
  1. October 28th, 2012 at 08:59
    Alex Smith says:

    I want try shark diving out. I wonder if it’s safe. I feel that it would be an exciting experience but I worry about being the shark’s meal. Watched Jaws too many times. Lol!