Located in the continent of Africa, South Africa covers 1,214,470 square kilometers of land and 4,620 square kilometers of water, making it the 25th largest nation in the world with a total area of 1,219,090 square kilometers.
South Africa became an independent state in 1910, after gaining its sovereignty from The United Kingdom. The population of South Africa is 48,810,427 (2012) and the nation has a density of 40 people per square kilometer.
The currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR). As well, the people of South Africa are referred to as South African. The dialing code for the country is 27 and the top-level internet domain for South African sites is .za.
South Africa Safaris
South Africa is known as the adventure capital of the world and one of the fastest growing safari and holiday destinations on the planet. It is renowned for offering first-class beach holidays and traditional African safaris at only the best safari lodges.
Our top recommended areas in South Africa include the Kruger National Park for its incredible wildlife viewing and Big 5 safaris; and Cape Town for its breath-taking scenery, Table Mountain and white sandy beaches. Any combination of these will make a wonderful South Africa safari tour.
Another favorite is the scenic Cape Winelands and famous Garden Route situated along the east coast of South Africa.
South African Culture
South Africans are very warm and accommodating, very much like the country’s climate. Even though there are 11 official languages in reality English is most citizens’ second or third language, so visitors are able to get along fine if they are proficient in that language. The word “Mzansi” is a Xhosa slang word, used to indicate South Africa.
South Africa’s culture isn’t homogenous it’s a collection of different cultures, with different ones being predominant in different regions. Among the Bantu/African cultures the largest two groups are the Zulu (their homeland being in Kwazulu-Natal) and Xhosa (originating from the Eastern Cape). Among the other African cultures of the country are the Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Ndebele, and Pedi.
South Africa Facts
South Africa is a country that is located in the southernmost part of Africa. The official name for the country is the Republic of South Africa. South Africa has a population of 54,956,900 people, making it the 25th most populous country in the world. The country stretches across 471,445 square miles and is the 24th largest in the world.
South Africa is on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game. The Western Cape offers beaches, lush winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table Mountain.