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Cities

SA Fact File

Cape Town (Western Cape) is the legislative capital of South Africa. Bloemfontein (Free State) is the judicial capital. Pretoria (Gauteng province) is the administrative capital.

Cape Town is known for its beaches, sports, mountain walks, day-trips, wine-tasting, sunsets and fine dining and is often voted one of the most beautiful cities in the world by international travel magazines.

Johannesburg (Gauteng) is the economic hub of South Africa and the most common entry point into Southern Africa.

Pretoria's (Gauteng) charm lies in its harmonious blend of African roots and European tradition. It is an important industrial centre, and has the second-largest number of embassies in the world after Washington DC.

Durban (KwaZulu Natal) is South Africa’s third-largest city and boasts the busiest harbour in the country. The city is well known for its pleasant climate and welcoming beaches.

Nelspruit (Mpumalanga) lies on the banks of the Crocodile River and is the primary gateway to the Kruger National Park.

Polokwane (Limpopo) is the largest city in the north and a major economic centre. Polokwane, which means “a place of safety”, is situated 60 km south of the Tropic of Capricorn and is home to just over half a million people.

Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape) is one of South Africa’s most important sea ports. It lies on the south-eastern coastline of South Africa and is known for its sunshine, temperate climate and golden beaches.

Bloemfontein (Free State) is the location of the Supreme Court of Appeal, the highest court in non-constitutional matters. The Constitutional Court in Johannesburg became the highest court in constitutional matters in 1994.

Kimberley (Northern Cape) is famous for its diamonds.

Upington (Northern Cape) is a good base to explore the Kalahari desert from.

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