More Aussies are taking holidays in South Africa, figures show

A growing number of Aussies are taking advantage of the best exchange rates between the dollar and the South African rand, new figures have suggested.

According to South Africa Tourism, 107,000 Aussies headed to the African country in 2010 and the number of visitors grew by 39 per cent between 2005 and 2010.

It seems that many holidaymakers are not only attracted by the beautiful scenery and fantastic safari opportunities, but also the favourable rates of exchange, as one dollar currently gets you 8.14 rand.

South Africa's minister of tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk recently spent three days in Melbourne and Sydney, as he looked to promote the country as a leisure and business travel hub. He suggested that Aussies are so attracted to South Africa because of its diversity and plethora of things to see and do.

"We actively need to work at improving seasonality by exposing and promoting South Africa's all-year, easy-to-do and value-for-money experiences," he commented.

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