Economically, this country is by far much better compared to many other African countries. Mining of gold has played a major role in the economy of the country as well as its booming tourism industry. With a long history of apartheid, Nelson Mandela was the first black President but only ruled for one term due to his old age. Jacob Zuma is the current President. He made all African countries proud by hosting a peaceful World Cup Football meeting in 2010. The infrastructure in this country is excellent, allowing for favorable costs while hiring vehicles. You also get to enjoy smooth, comfortable and fast rides.
South Africa is full of natural beauty, striking wilderness, beautiful cities and a rich culture too. Cape Town is among the top holiday destinations that you must include in your list of places to visit. This town is situated along the ocean and has beautiful beaches and an impressive Table Mountain right in the heart of the city. The Table Mountain which is about 1,086m high is a popular highlight in Cape Town from where you can get a spectacular view of the city and the ocean. This mountain has more plant species on the mesa than Great Britain. Apart from the natural beauty, the restaurants in the town are of world-class standards and offer very good wines. This town is also the favorite picnic area for the local people where they get to show off their culture to tourists.
Another top destination that you must visit is the Apartheid Museum located in Johannesburg. Opened in 2001, this is the most popular museum in South Africa where history dating back to the 17th century is on display. It is a museum which offers emotional and disturbing experiences to both the old and the young generation. However, the construction of an isolation cell in the museum offers relief to all visitors since it explains how South Africa has changed since the time of apartheid. Soweto is another destination that you must not miss during your holiday in South Africa. Being the largest township in the country, it is located to the south of Johannesburg and is a home to about 3.5 million black people. Soweto is the place where much of the struggle against apartheid took place resulting in the deaths of hundreds of black people. The first home for the icon Nelson Mandela is also located in Soweto.
Robben Island which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site is another holiday destination. It is situated about ten kilometers from Cape Town and the former prison island is also located here. It is in this prison where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were held in captivity for many years. Today this island is a site symbolizing a free South Africa. The Garden Route which is about 350km long has various attractions for visitors which include white sand beaches, steep mountains, cliffs, semi-deserts, vegetation and thick forests. Other holiday destinations include Cape Wine lands, Kruger National Park, Sun City Resort and many more.