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Meet South Africa

WWhether you’re seeking a vibrant city stay in the cosmopolitan heart of Cape Town, a hike up Table Mountain, exploring the open expanses of the Northern Cape or the lush, dramatic coast of the Eastern Cape, planning a trip around a country with so much to offer is exhilarating. It’s your country, enjoy it!

Our country is home to the most awe-inspiring travel experiences in exquisite settings and you’d be hard pressed to find such diversity and natural beauty in such close proximity anywhere else in the world. Part of this beauty and uniqueness is that our country lies geographically in an area that naturally experiences low rainfall. In the last few years water scarcity has become more of a challenge in various parts of the country.

But water scarcity does not mean you should delay or cancel your trip – it’s about travelling responsibly and saving like a local when heading into an area that is experiencing shortages.

You can still head up Table Mountain or take a guided tour or a leisurely stroll through Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town’s Garden of Eden, to admire the beauty of our country’s indigenous plant species such as savanna, fynbos, karoo and others.

Whether you are making your way to the Mother City for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, Two Oceans Marathon or Absa Cape Epic, take the opportunity to visit and support local tourism centric business whilst you are at it – they have implemented water saving initiatives and are open for business! Check out the Cape Town Big 7

Take a #shotleft to the Eastern Cape and take advantage of the multitude of adventure activities from hiking, mountain biking, bungee jumping and paddling down Storms River. Visit our very own Garden of Eden in Tsitsikamma and Knysna, or head in to the Karoo and find yourself in the Valley of Desolation or visit small towns rich with culture and history.

Our Northern Cape province is home to the exquisite Richtersveld, incredible opportunities to star gaze, vast, quiet expanses of the great Karoo and a sublime opportunity to lose yourself and find yourself.

Whatever your preference, if you are worried that your visit will put extra pressure on water demand, here are some handy tips and suggestions for making the most of your trip by being a Water Wise Tourist.

HOW TO BE A WATER WISE TOURIST

When travelling to the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape where water restrictions are in place, make use of these water saving tips, which can help you enjoy a wonderful stay in South Africa.

Find and book eco-friendly accommodation. A number of hotels, lodges and Airbnb owners are already supporting the #WaterWiseTourism initiative through collecting rainwater, recycling water, and employing other water conservation strategies.

To save water, don’t have your towels washed every day. You are urged to wash clothes when there is only a full load instead of washing one or two items at a time, or pack enough clothing to sustain you for your trip.

When brushing your teeth, don’t leave the tap running as this can save up to six litres of water per minute.

Take shorter showers - visitors to Cape Town specifically urged to keep them down to 90-seconds. Local South African artists have created a selection of shower songs to make keeping time in the shower fun.

Visit http://www.waterwesterncape.com for latest news, tips and FAQ’s on being a Water Wise Tourist.

In his state of the nation address, President Ramaphosa called on South Africans to open their hearts and homes to tourists, and you too can play your part by showing international guests how to save like a local. Cape Town and South Africa are heavily reliant on tourism to sustain businesses and create much-needed jobs.

WWHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Water is available in all areas where water restrictions are in play through the regular sanitary and hygiene systems for taps, showers, and toilets. In Cape Town specifically, water consumption is being carefully monitored to eliminate wastage while promoting responsible water usage by locals and travellers. If you extending your trip outside of Cape Town, this helpful map will give you clarity on which areas in the Western Cape are experiencing water shortages.

Travellers to Cape Town should reduce their consumption to 50 litres per person, per day -- which is the water restriction limit recommended by the World Health Organization for places around the globe that are managing water shortages. This is how locals are using their water responsibly.


CAPE TOWN IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Cancelling a trip will place strain on a region that depends heavily on tourism with visitors contributing R40 billion to the local economy, and creating over 300 000 jobs, which adds over 7.5% to the city’s total GDP. This spending helps significantly to fund the ongoing water saving projects being implemented and reducing this significant contribution by tourism to South Africa’s economy will create further challenges and financial strain.

Places to go

Luxury in South Africa

Luxury in South Africa

With a rich cultural history, some of the finest wines in the world, gourmet food and enchanting adventures, let South Africa show you why it is a shining jewel of luxury travel.

Explore the rugged, intensely beautiful mountain ranges of South Africa

Breathtaking scenery
Explore the rugged, intensely beautiful mountain ranges of South Africa

From the flattest to the tallest to the oldest to prettiest to the most dramatic,South African mountain ranges are astounding.

Tankwa Karoo National Park - sweet silence and solitude

Breathtaking scenery
Tankwa Karoo National Park - sweet silence and solitude

Over the Tankwa Karoo National Park, clouds sketch your thoughts onto a clear blue sky.

You've heard about the Big 5. Now meet the Big Seven!

Wildlife safari
You've heard about the Big 5. Now meet the Big Seven!

With two-thirds of our country surrounded by coastline, a trip to South Africa is not complete without seeing Southern Right whales and Great White sharks.

Party the night away at top South African nightclubs

Bustling city life
Party the night away at top South African nightclubs

South Africa has a vibrant nightlife and all the major cities offer something different.

Top 10 beaches in the Western Cape - the best places to spend a sunny day

Sun-soaked coasts
Top 10 beaches in the Western Cape - the best places to spend a sunny day

Soak up the sun at one of the Western Cape’s most pristine beaches.

The Otter Trail - the trail of a lifetime

Breathtaking scenery
The Otter Trail - the trail of a lifetime

From your first steps to your last, with river crossings, lush forests, sandy beaches and breathtaking vistas, the Otter Trail will change your life.

Born to be wild at these top private game reserves

Wildlife safari
Born to be wild at these top private game reserves

Explore our fascinating wildlife ecology in the wide open, pristine and natural environments when you visit one of these phenomenal nature and game reserves.

Art and science - The Cape Town Museum and Planetarium

Vibrant culture
Art and science - The Cape Town Museum and Planetarium

A walk up the beautiful Company’s Garden, at the top of Cape Town, takes you to the South African Museum.

Paradise for nature lovers - Cape Point Nature Reserve

Breathtaking scenery
Paradise for nature lovers - Cape Point Nature Reserve

It is one of the most beautiful parts of the African continent where you can enjoy ocean views that stretch for miles.

Pollsmoor Prison - ‘A tent of blue which prisoners call the sky’

Vibrant culture
Pollsmoor Prison - ‘A tent of blue which prisoners call the sky’

The Iziko Slave Lodge tells a story of slaves who were captured in South East Asia and brought to the Cape by the Dutch East India Company.

Retrace the steps of Nelson Mandela at the 27 for Freedom Race

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Retrace the steps of Nelson Mandela at the 27 for Freedom Race

Celebrate Nelson Mandela’s historic walk to freedom at the 27 for Freedom Race event held at the Drakenstein Correctional Centre.

A symbol of peace and a token of reconciliation - a piece of the Berlin Wall in Cape Town

Bustling city life
A symbol of peace and a token of reconciliation - a piece of the Berlin Wall in Cape Town

Cape Town, the only city in Africa that is home to an enduring symbol of the Cold War - the Berlin Wall.

Explore St George's Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in southern Africa

Vibrant culture
Explore St George's Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in southern Africa

St George's Cathedral kept its doors open to people of all races throughout the apartheid era.

Mandela Rhodes Hotel - Old-world glamour meets new-age charm at the Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa

Bustling city life
Mandela Rhodes Hotel - Old-world glamour meets new-age charm at the Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa

Old-world glamour meets new-age charm at the Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa.

Drakenstein Correctional Centre

Vibrant culture
Drakenstein Correctional Centre

Drakenstein Correctional Centre

Fort Hare was the first university in South Africa to accept black students

Vibrant culture
Fort Hare was the first university in South Africa to accept black students

Fort Hare was the first university in South Africa to accept black students.

The ‡Khomani Desert San – SA’s ninth World Heritage Site

Active adventure
The ‡Khomani Desert San – SA’s ninth World Heritage Site

The ‡Khomani San and their lands have been awarded the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ninth such site in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela Youth & Heritage Centre - Reliving the early years of Nelson Mandela’s life

Vibrant culture

The Bhunga Building - Home of the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha

Vibrant culture
The Bhunga Building - Home of the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha

Built to house the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha, the Bhunga Building hosts a number of exhibitions in its three wings.

Tuynhuys - Steeped in history and with architecture that tells the tales

Bustling city life
Tuynhuys - Steeped in history and with architecture that tells the tales

Feed your hunger for all things beautiful with a visit to Cape Town.

Nelson Mandela Burial Site - The final resting place of Nelson Mandela

Vibrant culture
Nelson Mandela Burial Site - The final resting place of Nelson Mandela

For the first time since his death, Nelson Mandela’s gravesite will be open to the public.

Mandela Memorial Square (Stellenbosch)

Vibrant culture
Mandela Memorial Square (Stellenbosch)

There’s much more to Stellenbosch than wine. The town is also an arts primer, boasting the Mandela Memorial Square among other artworks.

Steve Biko Centre, a journey of remembrance and discovery through our struggle history

Vibrant culture
Steve Biko Centre, a journey of remembrance and discovery through our struggle history

The Steve Biko Centre is located in Ginsberg, King William's Town in the Eastern Cape, and entrance is free.

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