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South Africa guide
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South Africa is located at the southern tip of the continent. It borders include the Indian Ocean to the south and east; the South Atlantic and Nambia to the west; Mozambique to the east; Botswana and Zimbabwe to the north. Enclosed within South Africa is the Kingdom of Lesotho.
The Dutch East India Company established a small settlement at what is now Cape Town in 1652. The Africa-born descendants of the early European settlers became known as Afrikaners, who establish a social order based on segregation that became official law in 1948 as Apartheid.
For decades South Africa was synonymous with apartheid but its end in 1990 with the repeal of apartheid laws signaled a new democratic era for the country.
Population and language
South Africa has a population of 51.7 million, nearly 60 percent of which are black. Minority groups include white, Indian, and Asian. There are 11 official languages: IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, Afrikaans, Sepedi, English,Setswana, Sesotho, Xitsonga, siSwati, Tshivenda, and isiNdebele.
There’s an equally diverse range of religions, with 36 percent of the populace following some Protestant denomination. Minority religions include Catholicism, Islam, and other Christian orders.
Major cities and tourist destinations
South Africa has many major cities including Johannesburg (pop: 3.6 million); Cape Town (3.4 million); East Rand (3.1 million); Durban (2.8 million); and the capital, Pretoria (1.4 million).
South Africa is filled with attractions. It has a huge number of wildlife parks and refuges, none more famous than Kruger Park. Established in 1898, the 7,700 square mile national park offers visitors spectacular animal diversity.
The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world but unlike the Grand Canyon’s barren rock, South Africa’s canyon is a lush, green expanse.
South Africa has a beautiful coastline that offers beautiful white sand beaches as well as most rugged terrain.
The beaches at Plettenberg Bay are popular for swimmers and sunbathers looking to relax. There are many hiking opportunities throughout the country including the Otter Trail along the Tsitsikamma coastline, the De Hoop reserve, and in the Cedarberg and Drakensberg mountains.
Whale watching occurs between September and November at the coastline between Cape Town and Arniston.
Located in the Southern Hemisphere, South Africa’s summers, from mid-October to mid-February, are hot and sunny. Winter lasts from May to July and is characterized by sunny days and cool evenings, with temperatures occasionally reaching freezing.
South Africa is considered an emerging market with an abundant supply of natural resources, possessing around 90 percent of the platinum metals on earth; 80 percent of the manganese, 73 percent of the chrome, and 41 percent of the gold. Other exports include diamonds. Imports include petroleum products, scientific instruments, and food products. South Africa has a gross domestic product of $402.1 billion and its unit of currency is the rand.
South Africa has several major airports including OR Tambo in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport, and King Shaka International in Durban.
Travel inside South Africa can be done by bus, train, or rental car. For example, CABS Car Hire is a national company with offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and George.
To get around cities, taxis are available but only by calling to request a pick up.
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