South African Tourism
#MeetSouthAfrica through our cultural stories, stunning sights, and incredible wildlife.
Come as you are. Leave as you'll never be again. South Africa is a country like no other. It's a place with an unparalleled natural beauty and diversity of experiences where visitors can choose from a wide range of affordable luxury options. Travelers to South Africa enjoy connecting with our warm, welcoming and authentic people and leave feeling inspired, enriched and rejuvenated. Our destination offers travelers a wide variety of experiences in close proximity including exhilarating wildlife safaris, 19 vast national parks, nine UNESCO world heritage sites, breathtaking landscapes and scenery, vibrant metropolitan cities, nearly 2,000 miles of pristine coastline, inspiring heritage and cultural immersions, and active pursuits for adventurers. Vacations in South Africa offer impressive value for time and money at any budget. Learn more by contacting your Virtuoso advisor.
Insider TipUSA and CAN passport holders visiting South Africa for 90 days or less for tourism or business do not need visas for entry.
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In South Africa, responsible travel and sustainability are in our Destination DNA. Throughout the 20th century, areas like the Kruger National Park were set aside for conservation and innovative public-private partnerships were forged to ensure that a large portion of the safari tourism revenue was re-invested into both wildlife protection and community development.
In 1996, South Africa became the first in the world to adopt responsible tourism as an official policy; prioritizing the conservation of wildlife and natural resources, protection of the environment and respect for local cultures while maximizing the benefits to local communities. That mission continues today.
South Africa is a veritable wonderland of natural treasures and their protection and preservation for future generations is a priority. This, of course, includes conservation efforts to protect our world-famous wildlife, but it also means preserving our nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, our 19 national parks, 1,700m of pristine coastline, and amazing variety of flora and fauna.
This natural heritage, combined with our rich cultural heritage, is the foundation for South Africa’s tourism sector. Within South Africa’s tourism industry, conservation takes a holistic approach - it’s about preserving natural wonders AND positively impacting the lives of both travelers and the communities they visit for the better; it’s about reducing environmental impact while lifting up people and preserving history and culture.