South Africa stands out as one of the world's leading tourist destinations, according to the country's tourism minister.
Tourism in the country grew at more than double the world average last year, something which Marthinus van Schalkwyk attributes to its unique and varied landscape.
Visitor numbers jumped 10.5% in the period between January and November 2012, compared to a global average of 4%.
"South Africa still remains a story of hope, a story of inspiration, and a story of the future," said Schalkwyk. "That's why more and more people want to come to our country and see it for themselves."
Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa, is the perfect destination for tourists who want to sample what the country has to offer.
More than 40 art galleries are situated in the city, as well as a plethora of cultural institutes, studios and theatres.
Visitors can also learn more about the traditional cultures in Johannesburg at the various cultural villages or centres dotted about the place.
The city is also one of the premium shopping destinations in Africa, while a host of nightlife hotspots provide the perfect way to end the day.
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