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South Africa Travel Guide

by our South Africa expert Conrad Freethy
 
Conrad Freethy"Set me down blindfold on the veldt, after however long a journey, and I would know instantly that I was in Africa.” So claimed a travel writer describing the unmistakable scents and sounds of the South African bush. Big national parks like the Kruger – which contains many private game reserves with luxury lodges and well-maintained wildlife – or better-kept secrets like the Madikwe reserve. Seeking out the usual safari ‘Big Five’ of lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard is increasingly matched by a marine version of whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles and penguins, from coastal centres such as Hermanus or Simonstown on the Cape Peninsula. Historic Cape Town itself also boasts some pretty good ‘wild night-life’ as well as the breathtaking view of two oceans from the cable-car ascended Table Mountain. A short excursion from the city takes you to the palate delights of the Cape Wine Route vineyards. Further afield, the 600 km Garden Route fringing the Indian Ocean, is everything its name implies, while the imposing Kwa-Zulu’s Drakenberg Mountains offer spectacle or skiing (May-Sept) as you wish.

South Africa Facts

National Flag: South African Flag
Language(s): English
Afrikaans
Zulu
Xhosa
Pedi
Sotho
Tswana
Venda
Tsonga
Swazi
Ndebele
Currency: South African rand
Capital city: Pretoria (administrative capital), Cape Town (legislative capital), Bloemfontein, (judicial capital)
Total Area: 1,221,037 km2
Population: 47,850,700
Dialling Code: +27
Time Zone: GMT + 2
Tourism Website:
http://www.southafrica.net


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FCO Travel Advice for South Africa

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