The former colonial pearl of the British Empire, and today the independent state of South Africa is one of the richest countries in Africa. There are deposits of precious stones, gold and platinum, the extraction of which provides South Africa with considerable income.
The tourism industry is well developed – dozens of high-class hotels welcome guests. The best beaches of East London and Port Elizabeth are well equipped. Excursions to colonial Pretoria or Cape Town are organized at a decent level.
People go to South Africa for spectacular views of the Dragon Mountains, the legendary Cape of Good Hope, for the atmosphere of numerous festivals and holidays, for an unimaginable mixture of traditional African lifestyle, colonial times and modernity. The country is very popular with Europeans and American tourists.