The wonderful country of South Africa represents some of the best the continent has to offer. Tourism there is rising as an increasing number of people are traveling to South Africa to take in its amazing sights. Before you jet off though, make sure you have everything in order, including your passport. If you are bringing your children, don’t forget that they will need one too so apply for a child or infant passport right away.

If you follow soccer, then you know that the 2010 FIFA World Cup is being held in South Africa this year. The worldwide popularity of this month-long soccer tournament has thrust South Africa into the international public eye and piqued an interest among potential visitors there. In addition, the World Cup has been a catalyst for the country to make improvements that will be valuable for tourists for years to come, including increasing security, improving the transportation and building new hotels and other tourist accommodations.

If you are looking for a bustling city atmosphere where culture abounds, Johannesburg, one of the largest cities in South Africa, will be sure to please. Street vendors abound for some wonderful shopping and the city’s art galleries will give you a true sense of the local culture. This is one stop you won’t want to miss, so get your passports now to experience this wonderful city.

Another not-to-miss city is Cape Town. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town sits at the foot of Table Mountain. Located right in the center of town, Table Mountain is a giant slab of sandstone that is home to thousand of special of plants and animals. You can take cable cars or trails to the top for breathtaking views of both Cape Town and its coastline. Cape Town is also famous for its many famous wineries and national landmarks.

You can’t go to South Africa without taking part in a real African safari tour. Home to some of the most diverse wildlife and plant species on Earth, South Africa possesses natural beauty that’s hard to find anywhere else. Some not-to -miss spots are the Waterberg, which is a famous natural reserve with lots of wildlife to awe and amaze, the Timbavati Game Reserve, where you can see the world famous white lions, and finally, the bushveld. Located in the northern region of the country two hours from Johannesberg, the bushveld is home to hundreds of species of wildlife, including giraffes, rhinos, leopards and hyenas.