2008 News Archive - Holidays - South African breaks 'a bargain'

03 11 2008

South Africa is the most "viable destination" this winter according to one travel writer, because of the strength of the pound against the rand.

The Sunday Times reports that while the pound may be down against the euro and the dollar, it reached a high against the rand last week meaning South African winter sun holidays could offer excellent value for money.

For those looking to get away from the cold Christmas weather in the UK, South Africa is an appealing option, as their southern hemisphere summer means that cities like Johannesburg can average highs of 26 degrees C in January.

According to the Pretoria News, South African tourism minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk said in a recent speech that despite the financial crisis, "significant progress has been made" in popularising South Africa as a destination.

Matt Rudd, the Sunday Times travel writer, wrote yesterday that South Africa's popularity as a winter sun destination could increase with the current exchange rate.

He said: "It's not as if it's any less sunny. Or the wine is any less agreeable."

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