Destination South Africa: the Go-to Place for Tech Tourism

January 22, 2020 | Katrina Hinrichsen


We’re excited to be holding the next edition of our Women in Tech World Series at the CCCC in Cape Town, Africa on March 18-19, 2020. The event is Africa’s biggest celebration of the successes and innovations being engineered by women from across the tech sector. 

Women in Tech Africa 2020 is the perfect place to meet and hear from world-class tech companies, including speakers from Facebook, Microsoft, Code for Cape Town, PayU and more. With 1,200 attendees from all over the continent and even overseas expected to be visiting the event in Cape Town, take a look at what this cutting-edge country has to offer and plan your visit now.


What does South Africa's tech scene look like?

South Africa is one of the African continent's most advanced tech ecosystems, home to one of the largest information and communications technology (ICT) markets in Africa by value. It evidences technological leadership in the fields of security software and mobile software, as well as electronic banking services.

South Africa is also one of the four countries in the “innovation quadrangle”, according to research conducted by Briter Bridges and the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator programme, with close to 80 active tech hubs. The Western Cape, Gauteng and Durban in particular are at the core of the country’s thriving tech hubs scene.

Without a doubt, there are a wealth of business opportunities for locals and visitors to discover in this region. You can compare South Africa to other tech hubs across the continent with our interactive infographic:

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What can I do as a tourist in South Africa?

In addition to a buzzing tech landscape, the country is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet, teeming with idyllic beaches, rugged mountains and game-filled reserves. Its cities are abundant in both culture and history, and the local people are among the friendliest you’ll ever meet.

Cape Town alone is rich in sights and activities to explore if you don’t have time to tour the rest of the country. For wildlife lovers there’s Boulders Beach, where you’ll find wild penguins; art fans can check out the Norval Foundation or Zeitz Museum; while foodies and shopaholics can spend days delighting in the Neighbourgoods Market, Kalk Bay and Mzoli’s. Not to mention that there are numerous places to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, including Robben Island and Cape Town City Hall.




How should I prepare for my visit?

For advice on getting to South Africa or Women in Tech Africa 2020, take a look at the Venue page on our website. Here you will find travel information, notes on accessibility at the Century City Conference Centre, suggestions for accommodation and other FAQs.

Of course, when touring South Africa it's also important to pay attention to safety be sensible and don’t flaunt your wealth. Keep your camera, mobile phone and other valuables hidden where possible. Choose a guesthouse or hotel in a reputable part of town and always book tours and travel with trusted local operators. Discover more tourism safety tips from the Western Cape Government with their Tourism Safety and Support Programme.


Want to find out more?

If you have any general enquiries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we can assist you with your journey to and within South Africa. 

Book your pass now for Women in Tech Africa 2020 and be inspired by vibrant and talented women in the African tech community:



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