SANParks: Unparalleled Diversity of Adventure Tourism Opportunities

South African National Parks (SANParks), manages a system of parks which represents the indigenous fauna, flora, landscapes and associated cultural heritage of the country. Of all the national parks, most have overnight tourist facilities, with an unrivaled variety of accommodation in arid, coastal, mountain and bush-veld habitats. National parks offer visitors an unparalleled diversity of adventure […]

South Africa’s Weather and Climate

South Africa is a subtropical region, moderated by ocean on two sides of the triangle-shaped country and the altitude of the interior plateau. These account for the warm, temperate conditions so typical of South Africa – and so popular with its foreign visitors. The country is bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean and […]

Ecotourism | TIES Definition and Principles 2015

Effective January 1, 2015, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) has revised its definition and principles, created by the founding members in 1990. Read the full articles announcing the revisions. What is Ecotourism? Conservation: Offering market-linked long-term solutions, ecotourism provides effective economic incentives for conserving and enhancing bio-cultural diversity and helps protect the natural and cultural heritage of […]

Green Flag Hiking Trails of South Africa

Green Flag Trails is a voluntary quality and sustainability eco-label for nature trails. More than 40 hiking and walking trails in South Africa, Austrailia and South America have recieved Green Flag accreditation. Green Flag Trails work towards sustainable development, where the trails accredited meet strict criteria. Green Flag Trails is a system that recognizes trails […]

National Symbols of South Africa

Countries around the world all have their own national symbols; these represent a nation; its people, culture and history. Besides a national coat of arms, seals and flags; flowers, trees, birds and other animals have cemented their role as global ambassadors. Below are the fauna and flora that represent South Africa: NATIONAL FLOWER: GIANT or KING PROTEA Protea cynaroides The […]

Botanical Gardens of South Africa

A botanical garden (or botanic garden) is a garden dedicated to the collection, cultivation and display of a wide range of plants labelled with their botanical names. It may contain specialist plant collections such as cacti and succulent plants, herb gardens, plants from particular parts of the world, and so on; there may be greenhouses, shadehouses, […]

Blue Flag Beaches of South Africa

BLUE FLAG is an international annual award which focuses on the environmental management of our coastline and coastal waters to help tourism growth and development. Although it`s a voluntary eco-label, it’s become an international symbol of quality for beaches, boats and marinas that meet a standard of excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness, environmental […]

Airports of South Africa

Remember to plant a tree or three to help minimize your carbon footprint, it`s the right thing to do! See Trees for Tourism | Precious Tree Project | Greenpop There are over 20 International airlines that fly to South Africa. SAA (national carrier) fly all over the world and have flights on all major routes. Flying to South Africa […]