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There is much to see and do in South Africa. About the size of France and Spain combined, South Africa has a long history, spectacular landscapes, and remarkable diversity in people, flora, and fauna.

South Africa's Western Cape Province is perhaps the country's most developed region for tourism. One of its most popular attractions is Table Mountain National Park, which was named among the Seven Wonders of Nature. Others include, but are not limited to, the District Six Museum, the South African National Gallery, the Gold of Africa Museum, and the South African Rugby Museum. For music lovers, jazz is big in Cape Town, which hosts an annual jazz festival.

The Garden Route is a picturesque stretch of South Africa's southwestern coast that includes blockhouses from the Anglo-Boer War. Genadendal, a historic Moravian village, features a church and school built in the 1730s. The Genadendal Mission and Museum highlight the first mission in South Africa. The Dagbreek Museum, in Villiersdorp, dates back to 1845. The Little Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, an arts festival, is held in Oudtshoorn each year. The Cango Caves are one of the most popular tourist caves.

The Northern Cape Province is the largest and least populated of South Africa's provinces. It includes the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park. The province also includes the Ais-Ais/Richtersveld National Park, in Namaqualand, which is jointly managed by the local Nama people and the parks service. The Namaqualand region is also known for its daisies.

The Free State Province was once the Orange Free State Boer Republic. The National Women's Memorial remembers the women and children who died while in the concentration camps during the Boer Wars. At Harrismith, there are memorials to those who fought in the Anglo-Boer War, the South African War, and World War I. The Golden Gate Highlands National Park features spectacular rock formations, and the Vredefort Dome is the largest and oldest meteorite impact site in the world.

The Eastern Cape Province features a magnificent coastline, over sixty state-owned game reserves, and more than thirty private game farms. Also in this province is the Port Elizabeth Cricket Club and the 1882 Victorian Pearson Conservatory.

The Limpopo Province, the northernmost South African province, is characterized by contrasts, including the hot savanna plains, mountains hidden in mist, ancient indigenous forests, and modern cities. In this province, you will find the Marakele National Park, the Mapungubwe Archaeological Site, and Kruger National Park.

South Africa's North West Province includes Pilanesberg National Park, as well as several private game reserves. Other attractions are an Anglo-Boer War siege site, and the Mahikeng Museum. The Diamond Marathon Club hosts the Ottosdal Night Race.

The Mpumalanga Province is in eastern South Africa. Museums in this province include Belhaven, Fernlea House, and Stopforth House, each in Barberton, where the annual Diggers Festival is held annually. The annual Crocodile Canoe Marathon, held each February, begins in Schoemanskloof.

The Gauteng Province is the smallest in South Africa, and highly urbanized. Each Sunday, a team of Lippizaner stallions performs at the South African National Horsemanship Center in Kyalami. The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory are both popular destinations for those interested in the modern history of South Africa. The National Zoological Gardens are in Pretoria.

The KwaZulu-Natal Province includes the Municipal Botanical Garden in Durban, the indigenous forests and plantations of the Weza State Forest in East Griqualand, and the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park. For history buffs, the Battlefields Route in the northern part of the province includes the highest concentration of military sites in the country.

These are but a few samples of what South Africa has to offers in places to go and things to do.

The contemporary South African art scene is as diverse as its population, ranging from indigenous African art to the new media technologies that have been put into practice by its artists, and everything in between.

In its cities, libraries, museums, and theaters are not in short supply. Zoos and parks can be found in its most urbanized regions and throughout South Africa.

South African music includes both popular and folk forms. The country has given birth to several international musicians, and its larger cities attract musicians from all over the world to play scheduled concerts.

Soccer, cricket, and rugby are the most popular sports in South Africa.

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