"An emblem of brightness and splendour. It symbolises the promise of rebirth, the active faculties of reflection, knowledge, good judgment and willpower. It is the symbol of the source of life, of light and the ultimate wholeness of Humanity."
The Rising Sun
Our abundance of sunshine make South Africa an ideal tourist destination. The mild climate and many local attractions make it a hard to resist destination for Europeans, as well as the locals. Midwinter occurs in June and July, midsummer in December and January. The climate ranges from Mediterranean on the Cape Peninsula to subtropical on the KwaZulu Natal Coast, the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and the Northern Province. The perennially sunny climate makes South Africa a pleasure to visit throughout the year.
Names like Friendly City, City of Gold, Sunshine Coast and Coast of Flowers, tell it all - Sunny South Africa is the place to be.
Sunshine Coast - between Storms River and East London on the Eastern Coast, offers more sunshine hours than anywhere else in South Africa and has 500 km of the world's finest beaches, on the warm Indian Ocean. It features the convergence of five eco systems. Dolphin watching; wildlife game viewing, including lion, elephant, giraffe, rhino, zebra, buffalo and a number of buck and birdlife; nature trails, yachting, water sports and angling are but some of the attractions of this region.
Garden Province is the name given to KwaZulu Natal and covers the region from Port Edward to the Mozambique border. It is considered a green-belt area and includes Durban, City of Sun, one of the main coastal holiday resorts in the country. It also features protected indigenous forests along its subtropical coastline and the famous Drakensberg mountain range on its western border.
Cape Province features Cape Town with its world renowned Table Mountain, and is fast becoming the major attraction for tourists to South Africa. This so-called Mother City has so much to offer the visitor, that even the beaches of Durban are threatened by its tourism boom. The Cape Province is one of the six floral kingdoms of the world and the local fynbos, which includes the Protea, contains more plant species than the entire Europe.
Whilst April and May are considered generally to be the best months countrywide, the weather can differ vastly from region to region.
These are but three of South Africa's many attractions, featured for its sunny dispositions, but there are many other parts of the country which offer other diverse attractions for the welcome visitor to our sunny shores.
Further reading at www.southafrica.net/satour/index.html