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SOUTH AFRICA


South Africa –  World in One Country.  Vast empty spaces, wilderness, glorious beaches, dramatic scenery and the warmest of welcomes. From the scorched plains of the Kalahari desert to the rich fynbos; and from the great game reserves teeming with lions, elephants, thousands of antelope, the elusive leopard and the endangered wild dog, to the biggest night skies filled with millions of stars - South Africa offers abundance.

It’s the country where two oceans meet and converge providing a spectacular coastline, much of it rimmed with vast golden beaches enjoying the seductive warmth of the Indian Ocean and the great rollers of the Atlantic. It is also the ideal place to see the greatest creatures of the deep during the whale-watching season and is one of the few places on the planet where you can spy penguins on the sands.

Add to this the gentleness of the Garden Route, the splendour of the Drakensberg mountains, and the riches of the Kruger National Park, which supports more species of wildlife than any other in Africa and affords the traveller views of the Big Five at close quarters. Also, there are the sophisticated cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg with their world-class restaurants, cafes, bars and superb galleries and shops

 


 GENERAL FACT FILES


South Africa occupies the southernmost part of the African continent, with a surface area of 1 219 090km², Situated 150km south east of the Cape of Good Hope is Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of the country and the African continent.

The country can be divided into 3 geographical regions, namely the narrow coastline, the Great Escarpment and interior plateau. The Drakensberg Mountains are the highest mountains in the Great Escarpment with the Cathedral Peak (3 360m) the highest peak. Wide plains with an average height of 1 200m above sea level characterize the plateau itself.

The three main rivers are the Limpopo (1 600km), The Oranje (2 000km) and The Vaal River (1 250km). Most of South Africa’s rivers are irregular in flow and are dry during much of the year, hence used for irrigation & water supply. The warm south-flowing Mozambique-Agulhas Current and the cold north-flowing Benguela Current influence the climate and vegetation of the country.


South Africa has three capital cities, Pretoria (1 541 300 inhabitants) the administrative capital, Bloemfontein (378 000 inhabitants) the legal capital and Cape Town (3 140 600 inhabitants) with the parliamentary headquarters.
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TOP REASONS TO VISIT SOUTH AFRICA


AFFORDABLE: During these tough times, who doesn’t want an affordable holiday? In South Africa you can even afford luxury and have spending money for shopping and other treats!

 

NATURAL BEAUTY: South Africa’s scenic wonders are legendary. From Table Mountain to God’s Window, our mountains, forests, coasts and deserts will feast your eye and lift your spirit…

 

WORLD-CLASS FACILITIES: Whether you opt for Afro-chic or authentic Africa, you’ll find it easy to get around, find a comfortable place to stay, have a great meal, connect.

 

ADVENTURE: South Africa is the adventure capital of the world. With over 130 adventures and counting, there is something for everyone from mountain walks to shark cage-diving!

 

GOOD WEATHER: In sunny South Africa, our great weather invites you to enjoy the outdoors, play golf year-round and take advantage of the nearly 3000km coastline…

 

RAINBOW NATION: The Rainbow Nation celebrates all its African and immigrant cultures. Find out how friendly our people are whilst you try your tongue at 11 official languages!

 

DIVERSE EXPERIENCES: Go almost anywhere in South Africa and experience the ultimate combo of nature, wildlife, culture, adventure, heritage and vibe – you’re spoilt for choice, so pack it in!

 

WILDLIFE: Warning! Watching wildlife is addictive. First you start with the Big Five in so many ways, then whales, penguins, meerkats, wild dogs, birds, dung beetles…

 

FREEDOM STRUGGLE: Discover a nation’s struggle for freedom whilst following the footsteps of Mandela, Hector Pieterson and many other celebrated revolutionaries. It will touch and inspire you.

 

RESPONSIBLE TOURISM: In SA you can travel with care as you explore our protected areas, contribute to social and conservation projects, buy recycle art and stay green.

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