According to the report released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), more than 1.5 million foreigners traveled to South Africa in January this year. "These travellers were made up of 764,049 South African residents and 1,552,234 foreign travellers," said Stats SA in its release of tourism and migration figures.
"January data for the past five years reveals that arrivals from other African countries have been quite stable unlike from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries that have been escalating since 2004. 91.8 per cent of foreign arrivals were admitted into South Africa on visitors temporary residence permit," it said.
Road transport was the most common form of entry, accounting for 65.1 per cent of travel. It was also found that for foreign arrivals, overseas travellers used air as a mode of travel 89.4 per cent of the time compared to 10.4 per cent using road transport.
More than two thirds of travellers to the country were from Africa and the number increased by 5.2 per cent from 626,404 in January 2007 to 658,900 in January 2008.
"Travellers from Africa comprised of 379,477 males and 278 281 females. The age distribution of foreign arrivals shows that travellers from Africa are generally younger compared to those from overseas.
"Overseas travellers came mainly from Europe with 68.5 per cent, followed by North America with 11.8 per cent, Asia accounted for 9.8 per cent, Australia and Central and South America 4.7 per cent and 3 per cent respectively," it said.
Overall, 91.1 percent of overseas travellers came to South Africa on holiday", said Stats SA.