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Many Nations - One Atmosphere: Plotting the Path to Sustainability                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       29 September - 4 October 2013, Cape Town International Convention Centre

south africa

A world class travel destination

Often described as 'a world in one country', South Africa offers the visitor a breath-taking variety of scenery, from desert and lush forest, to soaring mountains and vast empty plains. Culturally as diverse as the landscape, many visitors are drawn to experience for themselves the miracle of the peaceful overthrow of apartheid. Others are attracted by the endless golden beaches, big game, diving or snorkelling, or bird watching. Visitors will find South Africa positively inviting, with world-class infrastructure, transport and accommodation.

A country of contrasts

Whilst boasting cosmopolitan and sophisticated cities such as Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town, the country also has a striking natural beauty. South Africa has some of the world's most breath-taking scenery, and features an amazing display of bird and wildlife species, including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino). The country is ranked as the third most biologically diverse in the world. There are numerous game reserves, parks and nature trails that offer a taste of Africa's natural appeal.

Due to the diversity of peoples and cultures in South Africa, the country offers a variety of cultural experiences. The history of the country also holds strong appeal for tourists, from the discovery of gold in Johannesburg to the Robben Island prison where icons of South Africa's political struggle against apartheid, such as Nelson Mandela, were detained. Tourism in South Africa is a thriving sector, with millions of tourists from around the world entering the country annually. The country boasts a wide selection of restaurants, hotels, guesthouses, shopping centres and other tourist facilities.

For tourist information on South Africa, refer to the following useful links:

"I believe that South Africa is the most beautiful place on earth. Admittedly, I am biased, but when you combine the natural beauty of South Africa with the friendliness and cultural diversity of our people, and the fact that the region is a haven for Africa's most splendid wildlife, then I think even the most scrupulous critic would agree that we have been blessed with a truly wonderful land.

I would like to extend a personal invitation to you to come and see for yourself the splendour of South Africa. I know that my people will be delighted to welcome you and I think you will be enchanted by their warmth and hospitality. I am equally sure that you will enjoy our culture, our cuisine and the warmth of our people"
Nelson Mandela - previous President of South Africa (1994-1999)

Local information pages are provided as a courtesy service to attendees of the 16th IUAPPA World Clean Air Congress. Every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate and current; however no guarantees are expressed or implied. The National Association of Clean Air and their partners, or the Local Congress Organising Committee cannot be held responsible for out-of-date or incorrect information. Attendees with specific questions should contact the appropriate South African authorities.