More people have booked flights to south Africa so far this year than in 2011.

Despite the global economic downturn, people still want to book flights to Cape Town, Johannesburg and other South African destinations.

According to the official tourism figures, the country received 4.4 million visitors in the first six months of 2012 – a 10.5 per cent increase on the corresponding period last year.

South Africa has received more tourists from the UK, China, India and Brazil so far this year and tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk believes this is due to a better aviation infrastructure and improved marketing efforts.

General manager of South Africa Tourism Australasia Lalia Ngozi recently told Travel Today that the country is now encouraging visitors to draw up a bucket list of things to do in the country before they get there.

There are a number of unique wildlife experiences on offer in South Africa including whale watching and shark diving, while those who want to stay inland could head out to chase the big five on safari.

Written by Ruth Norris

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