Experience South Africa

Posted on: 26 March 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Get the most out of your visit to South Africa.

The size of France and Spain combined, South Africa is as big a country as it is diverse. Old world charm, spectacular scenery and wildlife jostle with excellent beaches, vineyards and inspiring cities for the affection of visiting tourists. There is an abundance of things to see and do in South Africa, so much so in fact that for visitors to get the most out of the country, a guidebook should not be an an optional item, but an essential.

Below are our recommended guides for anyone travelling to South Africa:

The Rough Guide to South Africa

This detailed guide to South Africa takes in the whole expanse of the country. From the Garden Towns of the Western Cape to the sub-tropical coast of KwaZulu-Natal in the North, the Rough Guide to South Africa offers a detailed introduction for anyone embarking on a visit to the 'Rainbow Nation.' This book makes much of South Africa's excellent infrastructure, such as excellent hotels and road links.

Contrary to what you might have read about crime in South Africa, the guide explains in simple terms what areas are more crime ridden than others and what precautions to take while travelling. The book also contains some fascinating background information regarding some of South Africa's most well known tourist attractions. A must for anyone visiting South Africa now or in the future.

Buy The Rough Guide to South Africa at Amazon.co.uk

The Time Out Guide to Cape Town

Cape Town is the major tourist destination in South Africa, so if your trip to SA centres around this fascinating city a guidebook highlighting the best places to visit in Cape Town makes for a sound investment before your departure. Cape Town is where South Africa's mixture of cultures is perhaps most evident. Old world splendour rubs shoulders with exotic Africa to create a city that is quite unique, even by African standards.

The Time Out guide is quick to illustrate that Table Top Mountain and good beaches are not the only things worth seeing in Cape Town, listing all the attractions, hip hangouts, shopping malls and restaurants that when combined make Cape Town the most vibrant and by far the most exciting city in South Africa.

Buy The Timeout Guide to Cape Town at Amazon.co.uk

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