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THE WORLD IN ONE COUNTRY






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"A WORLD IN ONE COUNTRY" is the famous slogan used by the South African Tourism (Satour) to market the wonders of this beautiful country to potential overseas visitors. A more apt description would be difficult to find. South Africa is truly a country with a vast and diverse tourism product. Apart from the many scenic wonders, the rich variety of fauna and flora, plenty of sunshine, great infrastructure, and value for money, South Africa also has many different influences from the East and West and -Africa, which together mirror many cultures of the world. When a person thinks of South Africa as a tourist destination, many top tourist attractions (icons) spring to mind.


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WESTERN CAPE
Table Mountain

One of the most famous icons of the world is Table Mountain, at the southernmost tip of Africa in the city of Cape Town. Other icons in this province include Cape Town's Waterfront, Robben Island, the famous Winelands, the sixth mammal of the Big Six: Whales, the beautiful Garden Route, Cango Caves and Ostriches, some unique birds of South Africa, and of course Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, part of the floral kingdom of the world.

MAPUMALANGALions in Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is also a world renowned and is situated half in the province of Mpumalanga and half in the Northern Province. Here an amazing variety of animals and birds may be found, including the Big Five (rhino, elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard). Also in Mpumalanga are a number of beautiful waterfalls, Bourkes Luck Potholes, God's Window, And Blyde River Canyon (third largest of canyons in the world)

KWA-ZULU NATALDrakensberge

Aspects of interest in this province include the mighty Drakensberg Mountains and the rich cultural history of the Indian people, the British colonial era and the great Zulu Nation. This province also has great beaches and a rich variety of animals and birds in the Umfolozi/Hluhluwe/St Lucia corridor. Sodwana Bay is renowned for great diving.

FREE STATEGame Viewing

The Free State boasts the Golden Gate National Park and spectacular scenery in the eastern Free State. Especially in spring the colour blends of cosmos flowers and autumn provides a stunning atmosphere

NORTH WESTLost City

The North West province is famous for Lost City, an oasis of immense proportions in the middle of an old volcano, and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve

LIMPOPOBaobab Tree

Among the attractions of the Northern Province are the amazing legends of the Venda people, Modjaji the Rain Queen, and incredible cycad forests

EASTERN CAPEEastern Cape

Icons of the Eastern Cape include the Addo Elephant National Park and the Tsitsikamma National Park, and the Wild Coast Sun where visitors can strike it lucky at the casino

NORTHERN CAPENamaqualand

The Northern Cape province is known for its vast open spaces, the Augrabies waterfall, the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, the incredible history of the San people (Bushmen), and the Big Hole in Kimberley. An unforgettable sight is the blanket of wild flowers which covers the Namaqualand area every spring

GAUTENGPretoria

The Gauteng province boasts the Sterkfontein Caves, where Mrs Ples (Plesiainthropus Transvaalenis) was found, Soweto and Gold Reef City. The seat of Government, the Union Buildings, is situated in the capital city of South Africa, Pretoria

TOP TEN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

According to Satour's Winter 1997 Survey, the top 10 tourist attractions in South Africa are (in order of popularity): Cape Town Waterfront, Cape Point, The Wine Route, The Garden Route, Kruger National Park, Table Mountain, Durban Beachfront, Kirstenbosch, Botanical Gardens, Ostrich Farms,and the Blyde River Canyon.

These top tourist attractions (icons) are not all that makes South Africa such a pleasure to visit. It is the whole experience a visitor may discover. The warmth of the people, the vibrant colours of the surrounding countryside, the sunshine which adds a glow to everything, the cuisine, cultures and traditions of South Africa's Rainbow Nation, the sounds of the African bush, the songs of the large variety of birds, the beauty of our flowers, the soft, sandy beaches, the power of a thunderstorm, and the smile on the faces of our children.

With recognition to SATOUR



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