Culture is something South Africa boasts in great abundance. The country has distinct cultural influences from all walks of life, leading Archbishop Desmond Tutu to proclaim South Africa a 'rainbow nation'. There is not a singular culture, but rather a variety of different cultures, which are all respected under the South African Constitution and are ultimately unique to the country.

Art and music are intrinsic to this diverse nation. Art, for example, can range from the rock paintings in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Mountains, to the brightly painted huts of the Ndebele tribe. Traditional artwork includes intricate beadwork, ceramics and tapestry.

There is also a eclectic mix of music available. Johnny Clegg sings in Zulu and Abdullah Ibrahim is a smooth jazz maestro, along with trumpeter Hugh Masekela. Lady Smith Black Mambazo has also received critical acclaim, as has Miriam Makeba. Musicians can range from traditional music, pop, rock and reggae to the distinctive sound of Kwaito.

South Africa also has seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Robben Island, and the Cradle of Humankind. There is also an abundance of museums and cultural villages, informing visitors about tribal traditions.

Even football has its own culture, with a distinct South African flavour.

The National Arts Festival is held at the end of June/ beginning of July in Grahamstown, near Port Elizabeth.