Tourism is a large, and continuously growing industry in South Africa, contributing a sizeable amount to the national GDP. It is also a major national employer with a direct and indirect connection to approximately 10% of the country’s jobs.
The country is full of beautiful cities that are popular destinations for both foreign and local tourists. For instance, in 2016 alone there were over 15 milloi . People from other countries jet into the country for different types of tourism. These include sports tourism, trade tourism, cultural exchange, scenery viewing and academic exchanges.
South Africa’s rich culture and diversity in all areas are great attractions for all who come to visit. Besides having a diverse people living together in the Rainbow Nation, the country has a wide range of beautiful flora and fauna.
The country’s rich and well rooted history is also a key contributor to its diversity. Mzansi has arguably the oldest documented history of all African countries. It also symbolizes resilience as exhibited by the long struggle for freedom and equality.
Tourists are also enticed by the monuments, symbols and landmarks.. Everyone wants to come see the home of the peerless Nelson Mandela and the world-beating Springboks. In 2010, the entire world dropped upon the South African nation for football’s biggest event- The World Cup. (Shame they didn’t love the Vuvuzela that much). Earlier, the Rugby world dropped by too.
There are two major visiting seasons for tourists visiting the country; April-November (dry winter) forms the popular season for animal lovers because of the thin foliage within plants. November-February is a great time for flora lovers and bird watchers.
France, UK, USA, Netherlands, and Germany are among countries whose tourists have a soft spot for South Africa. Within the continent, Southern Africa (SADC) countries contribute the largest chunk of tourists coming to South Africa.