South Africa boasts amazing views, beautiful waterfalls and historical sites and museums.
South Africa is a true tourist's gem, enticing travelers from all over the world with its natural and cultural beauty as well as its rich history that dates back to the beginnings of humankind. Visitors to South Africa can enjoy the sparkling waters along the nation's coastline as well as the views from its rising peaks. While many tourists come to South Africa to enjoy the country's attractions and beauty, globally minded tourists recognize the far-reaching implications of their visits to South Africa, as the tourism industry provides a significant boost to the South African economy.
South Africa is abundant with natural attractions ranging from waterfalls to long stretches of beaches. One of the most popular attractions is Tugela Falls, located within the Drakensberg Mountains. This waterfall is the second-highest in the world, boasting a 3,110 foot drop over three different tiers. Other waterfall attractions in South Africa include Berlin Falls, Lisbon Falls, Howick Falls and Mac Mac Falls.
Blythe River Canyon is one of the world's largest canyons. Formed by the Blythe River, the area has a remarkable biodiversity and offers whitewater rafting and other water sports.
The South African coastline includes some of the cleanest and safest waters in the world. In fact, South Africa is home to 19 Blue Flag beaches. Blue Flag, a program operated by the Foundation for Environmental Education, promotes the sustainable development of beaches along with environmental protection, safety and education. Along the Eastern Cape, visitors can stroll along Dolphin Beach, Hobie Beach, Humewood Beach, Kellys Beach, Kings Beach and Wells Estate. Beaches along the Western Cape tend to be quieter, offering excellent opportunities for long, relaxing walks.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee cites the following eight sites in South Africa as having cultural and natural importance:
South African National Parks manages 21 national parks that give visitors a chance to see African animals in their natural habitat. Addo National Park is a sanctuary for 450 elephants and may provide the best opportunity to see these magnificent beasts up close. Kruger National Park is one of South Africa's renowned parks and holds the title of the largest wildlife area in South Africa. Tourists can enjoy one of many safari adventure opportunities, including a romantic wedding safari, a luxury fly-in safari, a spirit of adventure safari or a luxury game safari.
South Africa's more than 300 museums offer travelers a taste of South Africa's rich cultural and social history. Visitors to Cape Town can explore the Iziko South African Museum, which provides glimpses into South Africa's natural, cultural and artistic history. The Robben Island Museum gives visitors the chance to tour the prison that housed Nelson Mandela and Robert Sobukwe. A tour of Maropeng, located within the so-called Cradle of Humankind, walks visitors through the history of human evolution.
Tourism provides a glimmer of hope to South Africa's economy and citizens. In fact, reports suggest that tourism is set to become the single-largest contributor to Southern African GDP, as well as the most significant source of new jobs. Ecotourism is set to have the greatest impact on the citizens and environment of South Africa. CC Africa is South Africa's largest ecotourism group, providing mobile safaris, lodging, large tours and destination management. While CC Africa provides sustainable employment to 3,000 people, it also created the Africa Foundation to educate tourists and lodge guests about local projects designed to enhance the quality of life in South Africa. Guests support these endeavors through their mere presence in Africa but may opt to participate in projects such as building schools.