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Mention South Africa and visions of Table Mountain, game parks and white sandy beaches rush to your mind. This country has so much to offer that you need to experience the ethnic diversity personally, revel in the incredible scenery or take on some of the adrenalin-packed adventure to understand it.
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South Africa consists of the provinces: Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape, North West, Kwazulu-Natal, Limpopo, Guateng, Free State and Mpumalanga.
South Africa’s achievement of democracy has set worldwide standards in respect for the freedom of mankind. The Mandela Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island Museum off Table Bay are testimonial to that struggle. Museums, battlegrounds and cemeteries in Kwazulu-Natal follow the historical Anglo-Boer War and Zulu battles e.g. Rourke's Drift, for more see our complete list of Tourist Attactions. You might visit a Bantu village or a farm to get to know the locals, wherever you go, you will be pleasantly surprised by the vibrant, multicultural, generosity of the people. Music and rhythm are never far from any activity and vibrate with eclectic style, unique to this nation. You will not be disappointed with the night life in the cities or with the casinos.
Johannesburg also known as eGoli (place of gold) and although not the capital, is the largest city in SA. That distinction going to nearby Administrative capital Pretoria.
South Africa offers abundant, unspoiled, natural beauty along 2,800 km of spectacular coastline. The Garden Route, The Elephant coast, the Wild coast, Durban for fantastic surf and family beaches, Cape Town, the most cosmopolitan city and sometimes compared to New Orleans, is also the capital of the wine producing area. The Great Escarpment, the ring of mountain ranges further inland, is home to the Drakensberg Mountain Range and Blyde River Canyon, better known as God’s Window, which is a wonderful example of the panoramic views to be enjoyed.
Surfers flock to Durban on the East Coast whilst in Cape Town in the South tourists can travel by Cable Way to the top of Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope.
South Africa was the host nation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. South Africans also pride themselves on their Rugby the national side known as the Springboks
A great all year climate has made South Africa into a major wine producer
, producing fine wines to be drank alongside some fine steaks on a braai, or barbecue.
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The different altitudes and climates allows for enormous variety of ecosystems; subtropical vegetation on the lush east coast and autochthonous Fynbos in the Western Cape. Here you will find one of the six known Floral Kingdoms of the earth where the Protea originated. Wild life is protected in the numerous nature parks, some of which are classified as World Heritage Sites such as the iSimangaliso Wetlands in Kwazulu-Natal, of exceptional biodiversity. The tourist industry in South Africa gives support to conservation projects and you may contribute to this by consuming responsibly or by simply visiting some of the many listed parks. There are 30 major nature reserves although the Kruger National Park is unique as it holds the highest game stock in the world. Recent Eco Tourism projects making SA a place to travel for Safaris and game: Lions, Giraffes, Hippos, Impalas, Elephants, Zebras, Crocodiles and much more. The Cradle of Mankind in Guateng has a vast reserve of fossils, providing us with evidence of human evolution over 3 million years.
South Africa definitely does not lack in entertainment opportunities. You will find that entertainment fills every aspect of South African life and that is reflected by the diverse culture, age groups and taste. South Africa has no shortage of theatres, live music venues, bioscopes (cinemas), nightclubs, and drive-in cinemas (in those places where the weather permits).
Grahamstown for example is both a leading cultural and academic center and home to Rhodes University, one of South Africa's top tertiary institutions. Every year, thousands of people travel to Grahamstown for the annual Standard Bank Arts Festival.
Cape Town also has a number of excellent theatres and art cinemas, including the Nico Theatre Centre in DF Malan Street. The Nico is the performing arts center in Cape Town. It has an opera house, arena theatre, a coffee shop, and undercover parking. Another good bet for great entertainment is the Baxter Theatre.
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The Labia Theatre in Orange Street specializes in the screening of art and festival films.
Maynardville Open Air Theatre has Shakespeare season in January and ballet season in March, while the Three Arts Theatre, in Main Road, Plumstead has regular rock and pop concerts. For the more discerning listener, the City Hall has symphonic concerts.
Johannesburg has lots of theatres and live music venues, these include Alhambra Theatre, the Market Theatre (Newton Cultural Centre), and the Civic Theatre Complex. Other attractions include the Johannesburg Library's Africana Collection and the 'living museum' of Gold Reef City. Pretoria is the home of the State Theatre.
The center of Durban’s cultural life is the Natal Playhouse, the City Hall also serves as a cultural venue for choral and symphonic concerts.
The Sand du Plessis theatre complex is in Bloemfontein in Markgraff Street. It is a main attraction, not only for the shows and concerts there, but also for the décor and art works displayed in the foyers.
South Africa might be known for exporting gold and diamonds, but the country is a world leader in mining platinum, manganese, chrome and vanadium. Regarded as one of the emerging nations, the country shows steady business growth, including an active stock exchange and a solid financial infrastructure. Trade is important with EU, USA, China and the border countries: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Two further independent countries are located within the borders of the country, Lesotho and Swaziland.
World class facilities are available in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban with superb congress venues, as well as smaller units around the country. South Africans will know how to spoil you, either in the one of the excellent five star hotels and Spas dotted around the country or by offering genuine hospitality in one the many bed and breakfast sites available across the country.