Sightseeing in South Africa

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
The country’s rich culture and its colonial past is being reflected by its historical places. Some of them are Robben Island, Cradle of Humankind, Apartheid Museum, Voortrekker Monument, Bo- Kaap, Castle of Good Hope.
Cultural
Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs

Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape

Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape

Robben Island

Nature
Cape Floral Region Protected Areas

Greater St Lucia Wetland Park

Vredefort Dome

uKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park

Religious
Cathedral of St George's in Cape Town – one of the most popular places Roman Catholic cathedral at Pella Mission station in Cape Town – an incredible sight.

Kimberley’s St Cyprians Anglican Cathedral – said to have the longest nave in the country.

Johannesburg’s oldest monument to Islam is the Jummah Mosque. However, one of the most significant mosques in the city is the Hamidia Masjid (found in Newtown).

In Durban the Juma Masjid (mosque) is a bold testament to Islam.

For information on Hinduism in South Africa, visit: Hinduism.co.za

For information on Islam in South Africa, visit: Jamiat.co.za

Thermal
Bela Bela is the destination for hot springs. Natural hot water springs also found near the town of Citrusdal in the Western Cape of South Africa.

Visit: The Baths.

Beach
South Africa has numerous beautiful beaches. Visit:Drakensberg

 

 

The country is a paradise for sea lovers. Visit: Tourism Office.

Winter Sports
Winter sports are not common in south Africa. Drakensberg in the eastern cape offers skiing options.
Outdoor Activities
Whale watching, shark-cage diving, reef diving, surfing, Bungee jump, fishing, hand gliding.

 

Visit: Adventure Activities in South Africa

Shopping
South Africa is renowned for its exceptional quality of gemstones and hand crafted precious metal jewellery. The country offers unique shopping experience of high end boutiques and shopping malls along with vendors selling local crafts. Visit:

 

African Craft Market

Gateway Theatre of Shopping

Red Shed Craft Workshop

Canal Walk

 
 

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Political Freedom
Widespread
Civil Liberty
2/7
Freedom of the Press
The press though protected in principle by the constitution does come at times under government pressure. Electronic press dominated by South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is accused of being unbiased and pro-government.
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2009 report : 33/175
Evolution: 3 places up compared to 2008
For Further Information, Consult Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders
Free Access to the Internet
Internet access is directly associated with economic access.
Freedom of Assembly
Existing, though police using force for dispersal also exists.
Rule of Law
Relatively widespread. The country is working towards reforming the system that matches up to international standards.
Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
Relatively Widespread, as it is protected by the country’s constitution. However, South Africa’s political rights rating has declined recently due to the ruling ANC’s growing monopoly on policy making and its increasingly technocratic nature.
Women's Condition
The constitution guaranteed equal rights for women. However, women suffer de facto discrimination with regard to marriage, divorce, and property rights. Domestic violence and rape are also serious problems.
For Further Information
Freedom House
Human rights report, US Department of state

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Religion

Degree of Freedom
Widespread
Beliefs
Almost 80% of the population follows Christianity. Small segment of the society follows Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and traditional African beliefs.
Role of Religion in Society
South Africa does not have a state religion. However, the Christian League of Southern Africa gained government support to counter antiapartheid movement.

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