More Brits trying South African holidays

More people are taking holidays in South Africa, despite the ongoing credit crunch, new figures have revealed.

Travel Wires reports on statistics from South African Tourism which show that international arrivals increased by six per cent during the third quarter of 2008.

Moeketsi Mosola, chief executive of South African Tourism, said that although this is not as high as the 12 per cent seen in the first three months, it is still a great achievement and added that he remains optimistic that this will increase still further.

He commented: “Growth should begin escalating again in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup and beyond as the international markets find an even keel again. The world is excited. People are looking forward to coming here.”

This could be because South Africa is a great place to take safari holidays.

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Robert Ure recently wrote about his trip to Johannesburg, where he joined a group headed by a Zulu tracker to help find some of Africa’s creatures, including zebras, lions and giraffes.

South Africa was also recently ranked as the best place in the world to take a gap year by the Year Out Group.

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