South Africa is one of the fastest growing leisure, business and travel destinations in the world. It is well known for its cultural diversity, +/-300 days of sunshine a year, mild winters, amazing scenery, safari game lodges, boundless wildlife, wide open spaces, life-changing experiences, world class sporting events, international conferences and expos, and a reputation for affordable tourism.
The Republic of South Africa (RSA) is situated on the southern tip of Africa, bordered by the warm Indian Ocean on the East and South, and the cold Atlantic Ocean on the West, meaning almost 3,000km of coastline. The Northern border is made up of Namibia (formerly South West Africa), Botswana and Zimbabwe, and on the northeast by Swaziland and Mozambique. The country of Lesotho is situated within the borders of South Africa sandwiched between the Free State, Kwazulu Natal and the Eastern Cape.
The country is highly diverse in terms of its climate, culture, tourist activities
and infrastructure, catering for every tourism niche, from business, eco- and
cultural tourism through to adventure, sport and paleo-tourism.
South Africa has 27 pristine Blue Flag beaches, natural forests, deserts, safari game lodges, mountains, adventure, game & nature reserves, first class cities, peaceful countrysides, nature and game reserves, a variety of cultures and a blend of tastes, colours and beautiful scenery.
South Africa is increasingly drawing business travellers, with its first-world infrastructure, sunny climate and breathtaking scenery, over 200 golf courses and top class accommodation for international congresses and conventions. There are well over a 1,000 world-class conference and exhibition venues with hi-tech convention centres. Most of these venues offer a all sorts of side-activities like tours, game-drives and more.
South Africa's conference industry moved up to 31st (2007) place in the
International Congress and Convention Association's top-40 list
of leading destinations.
South Africa is also one of the top long-haul destinations in the World, with Cape Town being one of the top long-haul destination cities. (Trend & Spends)
- Some international sporting events hosted in South Africa:
- 1995 Rugby World Cup
- 2003 Cricket World Cup
- 2005-2008 Women's World Cup of Golf
- 2007 World Twenty20 Cricket Championships
- 2006-8 Street Race A1GP World Cup of Motorsport
- 2010 Fifa World Cup
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