Gauteng

Gauteng is the smallest province in South Africa. However, it is the most densely populated. Because of its association with gold over the years, the province has become an economic hub and a powerhouse. The province alone accounts for one-third of the country’s GDP.

Facts about Gauteng

Gauteng has great dining spots, entertainment, and nightlife!
It’s home to over 70 local banks and the largest stock exchange in Africa.

It also has a massive manufacturing sector, with over 900 firms in the following industries

Heavy steel
Automobile assembly and parts
Food and beverages
Light Industry

Top Attractions

  • Lion Park, Gauteng
  • The Cradle of Humankind
  • The Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg
  • Pretoria National Botanic Garden
  • Pretoria's Historical Monuments
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Western Cape

The Western Cape has large beaches, historical landmarks, and excellent entertainment spots. The province has a population of over 6.2 million which amounts to about 11.5% of South Africa’s population.  The province is spread over 129,462-kilometre squares and is home to the largest native forests of the country.
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Facts about The Western Cape

The Western Cape is the 4th largest province of the country. And almost two-thirds of its residents live in the city ‘Cape Town’.

Western Cape’s capital, Cape Town has become an internationally known filmmaking destination.

The Western Cape hosts penguin colonies, nature reserves and more!

Top attractions
  • Table Mountain
  • Robberg Nature Reserve
  • Boulders Penguin Colony
  • Cape Point
  • Karoo National Park
  • Stellenbosch
  • The Wildflowers and Birds of West Coast National Park
  • Knysna Heads
  • Hermanus: Whale Watching and Water Sports
  • Cederberg Wilderness Area

Eastern Cape

English is rarely spoken here, with over 80% of the population speaking Xhosa (officially known as isiXhosa) and over 10% speaking Afrikaans. The Eastern Cape is situated at the south-eastern part of the South African coast. The region is glorious, it features rugged cliffs, thick green bushes, and rough seas. The province has 4 airports, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bhisho and Mthatha.
Fact about the Easter Cape

The Eastern Cape stretches 168,966 kilometre squares and has a population of about 6.5 million.

The province has ideal surfing locations, bird watching sites, sailing opportunities, and 2 National Parks.

Top attractions
  • The Valley of Desolation
  • Addo Elephant National Park
  • The Wild Coast
  • The Storms River Suspension Bridge
  • Mountain Zebra National Park
  • Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area
  • Port Elizabeth Beaches
  • Jeffreys Bay Surf Break
  • Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve
  • Grahamstown: Settler Country
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Northern Cape

This is the largest province in South Africa. It spans 31% of the country, and it’s a little bigger than Germany. At the same time, it is the smallest province in terms of population. The province features vast semi-desert land, diamond fields and more!
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Facts about the Northern Cape

Most people in the province speak Afrikaans with another considerable amount (33.4%) speaking Setswana.

The total population the Northern Cape is 1,225,600 and its total area is 372,889 kilometre square.

Top attractions
  • Kgalagadi (Kalahari) Transfrontier Park
  • Goegap Nature Reserve, Namaqualand
  • The Big Hole, Kimberley
  • The Kimberley Mine Museum
  • Augrabies Falls National Park
  • Mokala National Park
  • Belgravia Historic Walk
  • Quiver Tree Forest
  • Magersfontein Battlefield & Museum

North West

Lying in the northern region of South Africa, near the Botswana border is the 104,882 kilometre square North West province. The region is dominated by Setswana, with the second most spoken language being Afrikaans and the third most being Xhosa. This province is the home of the famous ‘Sun city’, South Africa’s biggest national park and a volcano crater that is 1000 million years old.
Facts about the North West

The North West is one of the biggest producers of white maize in the country. It’s also known as the platinum province due to its outrageous amount of mineral riches. The North West alone spits out a quarter of south africa’s gold.

Top attractions
  • Pilanesberg National Park
  • Sun City
  • Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary & Elephant Sanctuary
  • Madikwe Nature Reserve,
  • Magaliesberg Canopy Tour
  • Lesedi Cultural village
  • Rustenburg
  • Bojanala region
  • Hartbeespoort dam
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Kwazulu Natal

A popular tourist destination, Kwazulu Natal is a mixture of old Zulu traditions and modern elements. The province spans 94,361 kilometre square, featuring South Africa’s subtropical East coast and beautiful mountain ranges. This province is also called the Zulu Kingdom. And it doesn’t come as a surprise that over 80% of the population speak Zulu.
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Facts about Kwazulu Natal

This is South Africa’s second largest province in terms of population. It has approximately 11.3 million people.

It features one of the busiest harbours in Africa (Durban) and is the only province that has an official monarchy.

Top attractions
  • The Drakensberg
  • Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park
  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Sodwana Bay National Park
  • Kwa Cheetah Breeding Project
  • Nambiti Private Game Reserve
  • Sani Pass
  • Durban's Golden Mile
  • The KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields Route
  • Tatham Art Gallery

Free State

The Free State, has wide farmlands, mountains, goldfields and spread out towns. The province earns most of its revenue through mining, with its deep gold reserves. It’s also a large producer of diamonds.
Facts about the Free State

Most of the population speaks Sesotho, followed by Afrikaans and then finally Xhosa.

It spans out a total of 129,824 square kilometres with a population of 2,954,300

Top attractions
  • Basotho Cultural Village
  • Free State National Botanical Gardens
  • Gariep Dam
  • Golden Gate Highlands National Park
  • National Museum, Bloemfontein
  • Naval Hill
  • River Rafting
  • Vredefort Dome
  • Windmill Casino & Entertainment Centre
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Limpopo

Formerly known as the Northern Province, Limpopo borders three countries, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. This province falls in the Savanna Biome which is an area of mixed grassland and trees, also known as bushveld. And a large section the Kruger Park is situated here.
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Facts about Limpopo

More than half of the population speaks Sepedi with the remaining speaking Xitsonga and Tshivenda respectively.

The province has a population of close to 6 million people and is spread over just under 126,000 square kilometres.

Top attractions

  • Kruger National Park
  • Lake Fundudzi
  • Magoebaskloof
  • Makapansgat Valley
  • Mapungubwe
  • Marakele National Park
  • Modjadji Cycad Reserve

Mpumalanga

This is a major tourist point. Particularly because of the Kruger Park and its Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino and Leopard). Mpumalanga is full of grasslands and the Savanna. It has smooth roadways and is easily accessible for all tourists.
Facts about Mpumalanga

Swati is spoken mostly here, followed by Zulu and then Xitsonga.

The province has a population of about 4.5 million and covers an area of almost 76,500 square kilometres.

Top attractions 
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Kruger National Park
  • Sabi Sands Game Reserve
  • God’s Widow
  • Echo Caves
  • Three Rondavels
  • Mac Mac Falls
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