South Africa has one of the world's most diverse tourist offerings. Attractions range from stately Cape Town with majestic Table Mountain, to the scenic winelands around Stellenbosch, and the world-renowned Kruger National Park and adjacent private reserves. With hundreds of different national parks and reserves, Africa's longest coastline, and several of the region's oldest and most vibrant towns, visitors are often dazzled and confused by the array of options. This compact Highlights guide, written by South African resident and travel expert Philip Briggs, focuses on the genuine 'must-see' sights, and will aid anyone planning their first trip to this magnificent country.
Africa expert Philip Briggs has written more than ten Bradt travel guides and has contributed to numerous other books, travel, and wildlife magazines.
The FIFA World Cup has boosted tourist interest.
The demise of apartheid in the 1990s has transformed South Africa from international pariah to probably the most popular tourist destination in Africa, and this solid growth continues on a year-to-year basis. This is down to the combination of world-class tourist amenities, relative affordability, and a host of natural attractions including excellent uncrowded beaches, several ‘Big Five' reserves including the legendary Kruger Park and Sabi Sands, wonderful mountain scenery from the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg to the Cape Peninsula, and Cape Town and the Winelands.