South Africa is a dream destination in so many ways because of its incredible geographical diversity, superb infrastructure, legendary sunny weather, super-friendly people and affordability. Visit, and you’ll be spoiled by superb beaches, dramatic mountain ranges, sophisticated cities, quaint villages, historic battlefields, oceans, valleys, bushveld teeming with game, hundreds of species of birds, great and small semi-deserts, wide-open spaces and much more.
The country consists of nine provinces, of which the best known to international visitors are the Western Cape, home of Cape Town and the Cape Winelands; Mpumalanga, famous for its stunning scenery and the famed Kruger National Park; and KwaZulu-Natal, with its vibrant capital city Durban, historic battlefields and wonderful beaches. The other six provinces – the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Limpopo, North West and Free State – also offer their own unique experiences.
Roughly the size of Spain and France combined, South Africa is situated at the very southern tip of Africa. The Atlantic and the Indian Oceans wash its shores and meet at Cape Agulhas – one of the only places in the world where you can see two oceans meet.
Since its first democratic election in 1994 after which Nelson Mandela became president, South Africa is a fully integrated society of more than 50-million people with a rich, fascinating mix of cultures ranging from Zulu and Xhosa (pronounced koh-sa), to Afrikaans and English and many more. There are 11 official languages – but don’t worry, nearly everybody in the ‘Rainbow Nation’ understands and speaks English.
There really is something for everyone in South Africa.