South Africa, also known as the rainbow nation, is a country full of contrasts thanks to its diversity of cultures, religious beliefs and languages. In addition, its natural beauty arouses the interest of the tourist, who sometimes also opts for the southernmost country on the African continent attracted by the good weather and how cheap it is to spend a vacation there.
If you are going to visit South Africa and you want your experience to be unforgettable, I recommend that you take note of what I am going to tell you below, as I will tell you about their top ten cities. Shall we start?
Cape Town is the main tourist attraction in the country. It is a city where more than 400,000 inhabitants live and enjoy its beaches, especially that of Hout bay, which is far enough from the center for you to relax contemplating its privileged location.
It is the most populous city in South Africa, since they live there almost 4 and a half million inhabitants. That speaks to its importance and explains the fact that it is one of the few global cities in all of Africa. Although the tourism sector is also lived, the main business has to do with the extraction of gold and diamonds, so it is not surprising that it is the financial and economic center of the country.
The hottest ones love Durban, where some 600,000 residents live. Its climate is very pleasant and that invites you to visit its beaches day after day. In addition, it is a city with a lot of life at night where you will not have problems when it comes to eating out if you like the curry, since there are several restaurants specialized in preparing dishes with the famous mixture of spices.
It is a very complete city in which just over 750,000 people reside. It's easy to bump into monuments and museumsBut there is also time for leisure thanks to its nightclubs, music rooms and theaters. Sports fans also feel good in Pretoria, as they are crazy about rugby, which in South Africa is the national sport.
It is known as «friendly city“, Something that says a lot about the good atmosphere you will find in Port Elizabeth, where some 800,000 people live. Its main attraction is the beaches.
It is one of the three capitals of South Africa alongside Pretoria and Cape Town. If it is known for something, it is because of the large number of roses there. It is located on a plain about 1,395 meters above sea level and has a population of 400,000 inhabitants.
With just over 220,000 inhabitants, Nelspruit cannot be said to be a large city. Despite this, it deserves to be on this list for being the gateway to the Kruger National Park and to the Sabi-Sabi game reserves.
Just over 200,000 people also live here. It is close to the Orange River and is known for being the city where the Kimberlite rock was first found. Most of its citizens live on the mining, of the five great holes that were dug until they reached the kimberlite. One of them, the Big Hole («Big Hole»), is the one you can see in the image shown above these lines.
Polokwane means «place of peace«. With that good cover letter anyone would want to live there, but the truth is that it barely has 130,000 inhabitants. It is a place full of myths and legends that triumphs among those who value ecological tourism.
The list closes this city of 220,000 inhabitants that could be defined as historical and colonial. It was founded in 1838 and is also known as Maritzburg. They are specialists in the manufacture of aluminum, wood and dairy products. In addition, it is known for being a city in which Mahatma Gandhi had problems, since he was launched from a train in which he traveled in first class, something that was not frowned upon because he was an Indian.
Top 10 Cities of South Africa (2018) (August 2022)