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Flexibility gets you far in South Africa

 

One of the things people say about last minute holidays is ‘you have to be flexible’. Of course, there’s another way of looking at it: ‘take a last minute holiday and you never know where you might end up’. When it comes to South Africa, you’re always lucky, wherever you end up. You are able to find numerous luxury and budget hotels, hostels and apartments.

Cape Town

Cape Town holds an irresistible allure for the international traveler. With a population of 3.5 million it is the second most populous city in South Africa, and the legislative capital of the country.

Famous for its beautiful harbour and natural landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point, Cape Town is Africa’s most popular tourist destination. It is one of the most multicultural cities on earth, drawing immigrants and expatriates from the rest of the African continent, and from across the world.

 

Johannesburg

With a population of around 3.9 million, Johannesburg is the biggest city in South Africa. Known variously as Joburg, Egoli and Jozi, it is the capital of Gauteng, the country’s wealthiest province, and boasts the largest economy of any metropolitan area in Sub-Saharan Africa. Johannesburg claims to be the lightning capital of the world, and the planet’s largest city not located on a river, lake or coastline. As well as the standard shopping trips – an essential part of any destination – there are plenty of things to in Johannesburg keep you busy.

Famed for its gold and diamond economies, Joburg owes its rich mineral wealth to the mountain range known as the Witwatersrand. The city is home to South Africa’s Constitutional Court. Historically, the city owes its size to the gold industry, which supported many native Africans whose townships on the outskirts of the city became incorporated over time.

Taken as a whole, the urban region of Gauteng – comprising Johannesburg, Tshwane and the East Rand – will be home to around 14.6 million people by 2015, according to projections.

Johannesburg Airport is "O R Tambo International Airport" and is located 22 km. (14 miles) on the east of Johannesburg. South African Airways (SAA) (http://www.flysaa.com) is the national airline company. You may easily find direct and indirect flights to Johannesburg by the major airline companies from all over the world. Approximate flight times; i.e. 11 hours from London and 19 hours from New York. There are several budget airways making cheap flights to Johannesburg.

Johannesburg weather is relatively dry, and about six million trees, including the largest man-made forest in the world - with trees planted in the nineteenth century to provide wood for the mining industry. The best summer times in Johannesburg is between November and February. Average temperature is 25C. The coldest times is between July and August with an average temperature of 10-17C  daytime and 4C at nights.

Johannesburg offers clean and comfortable accommodation opportunities all year round for the visitors. It is easy to find accommodation, guest houses, B&B and Johannesburg hotels.

Durban

Less popular with international tourists, but still full of charm and beauty, the port town of Durban is the busiest port in South Africa. The warm subtropical climate and stunning beaches make it a must-see for anyone planning on seeing the country in all its various guises.

 
 
   
 
   
 
 
 
 
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