South Africa is situated at the southern-most tip of the epic and mysterious continent of Africa. It has a land area of 1.2 million square kilometres that stretches from the great Limpopo River in the north to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas in the south. It is here that two great oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic, meet. The interior of the country is a high plateau, separated from the coastline by a chain of mountains giving South Africa an abundance of highly diverse and dramatic landscapes.
South Africa has had a turbulent recent history, with the release of Nelson Mandela from a 27-year jail sentence initiating the change from the apartheid regime to a multi-racial democracy. Home to approximately 49 million people, South Africa is a melting pot of culture, race, and ancestry with 11 official languages and 7 different ways of saying ‘South Africa.’ This diversity of languages gives an indication of the exotic combinations that makes South Africa truly unique.
This country is the epitome of African culture juxtaposed with the frenetic pace of world progress; a complementary blend of the third world and first world and a dynamic fusion of old-age customs and modern sensibilities.
South Africa’s contrasts are not limited to landscape, culture, and people but also found in flora and fauna. It is a fine depiction of Gondwanan distribution, the third most biologically diverse country in the world and the only country to hose an entire plant kingdom within its borders.
The Rainbow Nation is blessed with magnificent, unspoiled natural splendour and rich cultural heritage and is either a destination its own right or the perfect getaway to other African adventures.