CapeTownSA Tourism must be delighted that Telegraph Travel is doing its marketing at no charge! What better publicity than to get an article with ’25 reasons to visit South Africa right now’ written for free!

Obviously the benefit of the weak Rand relative to the pound sterling (R22) in terms of good value drives the article, but 24 other reasons are provided too:

  1. The exchange rate, having made South Africa cheaper by half since 2010! But we are in competition with Brazil, Russia, Turkey, Malaysia, Norway, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, and Hungary, all of which have seen weaker currencies relative to pound sterling.
  2. The weather! Cape Town’s forecast of 25C is referred to, Johannesburg’s 40C is not!
  3. Cape Town is the world’s best city!
  4. The Big Five animals, as well as giraffe, zebra, meerkats, kudu, and many more
  5. One might experience a crocodile and hippo fight, or hyenas taking on lions
  6. Whale watching ‘heaven’, especially in Hermanus which offers the best land-based whale watching in the world!
  7. The Sardine Run, an annual migration along the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal coasts
  8. Close to nature, even in Cape Town
  9. The Blue Train, one of the ‘best luxury train trips in the world’
  10. A budget train alternative, the Shosholoza
  11. The wine, in Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, and Wellington.
  12. The landscapes, such as The Valley of Desolation and Bourke’s Luck.
  13. Staying in the late Nelson Mandela’s house at Shambala Private Game Reserve
  14. Stay in a tree house in the Lion Sands Game Reserve in the Kruger Park
  15. Watch the ‘two oceans meet at Cape Agulhas‘, a controversial addition to the list, but let’s add Cape Point too!
  16. The beaches, highlighting Plettenberg Bay as having some of the best
  17. We drive on the left too!
  18. Minimal jet lag due to the small time difference
  19. Penguins at Boulders’ Beach
  20. Good hiking, especially in the Drakensberg
  21. Historic battlefields in KwaZulu-Natal
  22. Shopping, especially in Cape Town
  23. Eight World Heritage Sites, of which the Cape Floristic region, Robben Island, and The Richtersveld are in the Western Cape.
  24. The world’s fastest ‘zip slide‘, at Sun City.
  25. The largest cave system, the Cango Caves.

Eleven items on the list specifically relate to Cape Town and the Western Cape, the province with the most attractions on the list.

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