Quick Guide to Southern Africa Tourism

The Southern Africa Tourism infographic shown below represents the members of the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) – a Southern African Development Community (SADC) body responsible for the development of tourism and regional destination marketing across 15 Southern Africa countries: Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

RETOSA aims to increase tourism to the region through sustainable development and initiatives, effective destination marketing, and improved regional competitiveness. To achieve this, RETOSA works in close cooperation with the member states’ ministries of tourism, national tourism organisations, the private sector, media partners such as, and international cooperating partners.

These 15 countries offer unique opportunities for business or leisure trips. You will be enchanted by the region’s warm people, its beauty and natural wonders, and its unmistakable pulse – sometimes slow, sometimes thrilling, and always invigorating!

Experience the African DreamDiversity, Humanity, Climate and Wilderness.

Travelling in Southern Africa is an unforgettable experience. It’s a world in 15 countries. Expect vibrantly contrasting colours, scents, tastes, textures and sounds against a backdrop of endlessly varying topography, climate and tradition. A multi-country journey in this enticingly diverse region promises to be the holiday or business trip of a lifetime. Here, you will make the kind of memories that you will carry with you always – memories that will bring you back again and again.

There are 18 Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) that cut across the major eco-regions of SADC member states. These are cross-border conservation areas aimed at preserving wildlife corridors and promoting sustainable management of natural resources and biodiversity. TFCAs represent some of the most important ecosystems in the region, covering an area of around 500 000km².

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