Discover South Africa: With more than 11% of guests coming from across Europe, it's one of the most sought-after travel destinations at the moment:
WE CELEBRATE: SOUTH AFRICA IS STILL AMONG TOP LONG DISTANCE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS
We have reason to celebrate! South Africa's entry figures for 2017 have been published and again we were able to top our 2016 success year: Last year, 437,837 tourists traveled from the DACH region to South Africa. That is an 11% increase!
From January to December 2017, 349,211 Germans (plus 12%), 29,602 Austrians (plus 7.4%) and 59,024 Swiss (plus 7%) visited the Rainbow Nation. We were thus able to defend our position as one of the trending destinations for long distance travel.
Why do guests return to South Africa again and again? They return to a country whose hospitality and friendliness can hardly be surpassed. You will find a delicious cuisine, excellent wines and countless attractions to visit.
The weather is almost always perfect so South Africa is an all-season destination. During its 'winter' season there are unbeatably cheap deals for all types of travel. Additionally, one does not have to plan well ahead to get a table in one of the gourmet restaurants.
There is no need for a malaria vaccine in any of the national parks and reserves.
A non-stop flight from Europe takes about 11 hours and there is a maximum of 1 hour time difference.
Capital Cities: Pretoria (executive), Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial)
Area: 1,221,912 km²
Population: 54 million (in 2014), 42 citizens per km²
GDP per capita 2016: US$ 5261 (94th place worldwide); Switzerland: US$ 79,242 (2nd place)
Currency: South African rand (ZAR)
Independence: 31th May 1961 (from United Kingdom)
Time zone: UTC+2
Official languages: 11 languages; Afrikaans and English are most common
President: Cyril Ramaphosa