Cities in South Africa

Cities in South Africa
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Largest Cities in South Africa
City NamePopulation (2010)City NamePopulation (2010)
Cape Town827,218Ibhayi255,826
Durban536,644Port Elizabeth237,500
Mitchell's Plain398,650Pietermaritzburg223,519

Cities in South Africa

South Africa is located on the extreme south of the Africa Continent and is one of the most famous countries in the world. It is famous for its beaches and wildlife. Some of the popular cities of South Africa are:

Cape Town: Cape Town is one of the three capitals of South Africa. However, in terms of population, it ranks number one. It has a Mediterranean climate. The summers can be a bit hot, but the winter months are very pleasant. Maximum tourists come here between November and March. It also has a bustling art culture. You will find plenty of galleries and theaters throughout the city. Cape Town is also a food lover's paradise. It has been labeled by many as “the best city in the world”. Majority of the people speak Afrikaans here, but English is also very popular.

Cape Point is one of the most popular tourist destinations in not only Cape Town, but also in entire South Africa. It offers a spectacular view of the entire waterfront. You will also find some restaurants here, serving awesome local delicacies. Cape Town is also historically very significant. To learn about the past, you can visit Robben Island. Here, all the prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, were kept during the Apartheid era. You can also visit the cell where Mandela lived.

Johannesburg: Johannesburg is also one of the most visited places of South Africa. In terms of size, it is huge, and is the second biggest city of Africa. The climate here is also quite pleasant, with the average temperature around 21 Degrees. Johannesburg was founded in 1986 and is a relatively new city. However, it has become economically very strong, because of its rich mining history.

Large quantities of golds and diamonds were exported from here. Johannesburg is also well known for its Kwaito music. It is a different kind of music, which originated in the '90s, and the lyrics are about the local culture of the city.

In Johannesburg, the most popular tourist spot is The Apartheid Museum. Through the help of several photos, video clips and newspapers, it will take you through the entire journey of the life of the nationalists, during Apartheid. In order to get a sneak peek into the mining history, many tourists also visit the Gold Reef City. It has several buildings, shops and restaurants, which will take you back to the old days.

Bloemfontein: It is situated in the Free State of Africa. Because of its amazing location, it serves as the capital of the Free State. Compared to the other major cities, here, the population is a bit low. But because of the presence of some reputed universities, you will find a large number of students residing here.

Bloemfontein is also extremely famous for its rose festival. It has a lot of historical significance as well. It was originally founded by a British leader and they settled there initially. Here, the winters can be a bit cold, but overall, the climate is quite pleasant. Rugby is a famous sport in Bloemfontein.

The most popular tourist attraction here is The Cheetah Experience. It is a wildlife sanctuary, which is just twelve kilometers from Bloemfontein. Here, tourists can take photos with endangered animals like cheetahs and leopards. Apart from that, many tourists also visit The National Museum. It is a great place to learn about the history of the region. It also features several tools and weapons, which were used in the Stone Age. There is also an astronomy section inside the museum.

Durban: Durban is the most visited city of South Africa. With a population of around 3 million, it comes second only to Cape Town. Because of its comfortable climate, plenty of people come here to enjoy the beaches. The average summer temperature is 24 Degrees, and in the winter season, it is around 17 Degrees. Rain is quite a rarity here. You can expect sunshine throughout the year. It is also a major manufacturing hub and accounts for a large portion of the total revenue of the country.

A trip to Durban is incomplete without visiting the uShaka Marine world. It has a huge aquarium, where you can see sharks and other rare marine creatures. There are also several amusement parks inside. It even has a shopping center and some top quality restaurants. Durban is also quite famous for its happening and vibrant nightlife.

Other major South African cities include Alberton, East London, Kimberley, Newcastle, Port Elizabeth, Paarl, Pretoria and Midrand.

South Africa Cities have emerged as cities of global stature, visited by people from all over the world.


Last Updated on: June 17, 2017

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