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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, South Africa is waiting to welcome you.

South Africa is proudly 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 South Africa lies geographically in an area that naturally experiences low rainfall. In the last few years water scarcity has become more of a challenge.

But water scarcity does not mean you should delay or cancel your trip – South Africa is ready to welcome you on a once in a lifetime adventure while encouraging visitors to use water responsibly when travelling through our beautiful country.

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 South Africa’s indigenous plant species such as savanna, fynbos, karoo and others.

Take the time to visit the iconic V&A Waterfront, which attracts more than 23 million visitors a year. From the Waterfront, travellers can catch a boat ride to the Robben Island, shop, eat, watch movies, book a hotel room, and do a host of exciting activities at this iconic tourist destination. View more information on the water saving initiatives at Cape Town’s Big 7 tourist destinations here.

Experience the wild beauty of 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 as a potential visitor are experiencing uncertainty and are worried that your visit will put extra pressure on water demand,we have put together some handy tips and suggestions for making the most of your trip by being a Water Wise Tourist. 

HHOW TO BE A WATER WISE TOURIST

When travelling to the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape where water restrictions are in place, make use if 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, tdon’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 www.waterwesterncape.com for latest news, tips and FAQ’s on being a Water Wise Tourist.

The South African government has called on locals to welcome visitors with open arms and assist them deal with the water restrictions. Cape Town and South Africa are heavily reliant on tourism to sustain businesses and create much-needed jobs. The tourism sector only consumes 1.2% of all water consumption in Cape Town and the city has already cut its usage in half over the past three years, from 1200 mega litres a day in 2015 to 540 mega litres a day currently.

WHAT 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.

The South African government is encouraging locals and travellers in Cape Town to reduce their consumption of water 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.

Be part of the solution and join the movement of #WaterWiseTourism to be part of the conversation. There is no need to stay away from Cape Town or South Africa as climate change and drought conditions are a global issue and not only isolated to South Africa and Cape Town.

CAPE TOWN IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Cancelling a trip will place strain on a region that depends heavily on tourism with visitors spending approximately R40 billion, 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.
Don’t delay - visit Cape Town and South Africa and experience the beauty and the warmth that our country has to offer. Join the conversation on social media using #WaterWiseTousim.

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.

Cape Winelands - fruits of the vine (3)

Cape Winelands - fruits of the vine (3)

The Cape Winelands is an unforgettable Western Cape visitor attraction where you can choose one of a multitude of official routes.

Art and science - The Cape Town Museum and Planetarium (1)

Art and science - The Cape Town Museum and Planetarium (1)

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 (1)

Paradise for nature lovers - Cape Point Nature Reserve (1)

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

Explore the rugged, intensely beautiful mountain ranges of South Africa

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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.

Discover nature’s full majesty at Kirstenbosch Gardens.

Discover nature’s full majesty at Kirstenbosch Gardens.

Kirstenbosch Gardens are one of South Africa’s oldest national botanical gardens and can be found on the slopes of Table Mountain.

Houses of Parliament –The heart of Cape Town

Houses of Parliament –The heart of Cape Town

Houses of Parliament –The heart of Cape Town

Cape Town City Hall – A grand old building.

Cape Town City Hall – A grand old building.

Cape Town City Hall – A grand old building.

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

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

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

From marine life to history, discover more at the Port Elizabeth Museum

From marine life to history, discover more at the Port Elizabeth Museum

From marine life to history, discover more at the Port Elizabeth Museum

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.

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

Drakenstein Correctional Centre

Drakenstein Correctional Centre

Drakenstein Correctional Centre

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

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

Chavonnes Battery, Cape Town

Chavonnes Battery, Cape Town

At the V&A Waterfront, visitors can view the ruins of the Chavonnes Battery, which has a remarkable story to tell about the early occupation of the Cape by the Dutch East India Company. But the battery also has much more to offer the visitor ...

Explore South Africa while sowing the seeds of rural upliftment

Explore South Africa while sowing the seeds of rural upliftment

Have you heard of Agritourism? This is a category of tourism that provides visitors the opportunity to experience everyday life on working farms, ranches, wineries and agricultural industries.

Something’s sizzling at Mzoli’s Palace

Something’s sizzling at Mzoli’s Palace

Something’s sizzling at Mzoli’s Palace

Touring Cape Town’s art galleries

Touring Cape Town’s art galleries

Touring Cape Town’s art galleries

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