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Number of Brits travelling to South Africa in sharp decline


Since the World Cup 2010, the number of Brits travelling to South Africa has reduced, the managing director of Africa Travel has claimed. Holiday bookings to South Africa fell by over 20% in August compared to last year's figures.

The Post Office reported a decrease in demand for rand, the country's local currency, suggesting a decrease in the number of Brits travelling to South Africa. Higher air fares and the increase in hotel prices during the World Cup have put Brits off booking a holiday to South Africa.

During the World Cup, some Brits reported that hoteliers tried to charge them five times the normal rate, which has led people to believe that South Africa is no longer an affordable holiday destination. In fact hotel rates are at their lowest in years, but soaring air fares are unlikely to fall. The hike in Air Passenger Duty (APD), which is set to rise in November this year, will only compound the problem.

Flights to South Africa with British Airways and South African Airways are considerably high. Anyone that is looking to travel to South Africa could save money by flying via the Middle East.

South Africa has so much to offer. Cape Town is a lively city with lots to see and do. Climb Table Mountain for a lofty view of the city, or head down to the marina to embark on a shark cage diving adventure. There are also boat tours to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner during the apartheid.

Kruger National Park offers fantastic game viewing opportunities, while the Cape of Good Hope and the Garden Route offer spectacular scenery on South Africa's coastline. South Africa is also the perfect place to take part in adrenaline activities such as sky diving, bungee jumping, quad biking and abseiling.

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