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Capital: Pretoria
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +2 Hours
Population: 48,782,756
Languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Electricity: 220/230V, 50 Hz
Currency: South African Rand
Climate: South Africa has a climate that is mostly semi-arid, yet more subtropical along the east coast, and typically has many sunny days and cooler nights


South Africa is located at the southern tip of Africa. It has 2,500 kilometres (1,533 miles) of coastline (the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean). To the north of the country lie the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe; to the east are Mozambique and Swaziland whilst Lesotho is an enclave surrounded by South African territory. Based on land mass, South Africa is the 25th largest country in the world (roughly half the size of Algeria). With a population of just under 50m, South Africa is the 28th largest country in the world based on population and the 5th largest in Africa, behind the Democratic Republic of Congo (67.8m), Egypt (78.8m), Ethiopia (79.2m) and Nigeria (158.2m). However, based on GDP, South Africa has the biggest economy in Africa, although is relegated to 6th position when measured by GDP per capita. Unemployment is high in South Africa and, unlike many of the world's poorer countries, it does not have a thriving informal economy, as a consequence, it is ranked in the top 10 countries in the world for income equality.

Cape Town (Western Cape), Durban (KwaZulu-Natal), Johannesburg (Gauteng), Soweto (Gauteng), Pretoria(Gauteng), Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape), Pietermaritzburg (KwaZulu-Natal), Benoni (Gauteng), Tembisa (Gauteng), East London (Eastern Cape), Vereeniging (Gauteng), Bloemfontein (Free State), Boksburg (Gauteng), Welkom (Free State), Newcastle (KwaZulu Natal), Krugersdorp (Gauteng), Botshabelo (Free State), Brakpan (Gauteng), Witbank (Mpumalanga), Richards Bay (KwaZulu-Natal).

Although English is recognised as the language of commerce and science, it is just one of 11 official languages spoken in South Africa (Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Tswana, Tsonga, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu) and is spoken by less that 10% of the population. Many white South Africans speak at least on European language such as English, German, Portuguese and Greek. South Africa's sense of history is strong, and visitors have the chance to explore important historical attractions ranging from the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.

The highest peak in South Africa is in the Drakensberg at 3,450 metres (11,320 ft), which is about 4 hours drive from the capital Johannesburg, some 300km (186 miles) away. As a consequence of being some 1753 metres above sea-level, the climate in Johannesburg and on the Highveld is pleasant throughout the year and the favourable climate is one of Johannesburg’s main attractions. By contrast, Durban can be hot and humid in the summer and Cape Town, whilst very pleasant in the summer, can be very wet in the winter months.

Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula up to Cape Point is renowned for its beautiful beaches and scenic beauty. Top of the list for most visitors to Cape Town is Table Mountain, a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town. Table Mountain is approximately 3km (2 miles) wide and is 1,086 (3,563) above sea level. Visitors can choose to use the cable car of hike. The cable station is about 19 metres (62ft) lover that the highest point of the mountain. Aside from Table Mountain, Cape Town's other virtues include whale-watching; and a reputation for world class shopping (Victoria and Alfred Waterfront), an active nightlife, excellent food & wine; and a laid-back atmosphere. Another popular tourist attraction is of course Robben Island. The island’s most famous prisoner was Nelson Mandela and it is now a World Heritage Site and museum. Cape Town is as popular with local as it is with international travellers. Every year, at Christmas and New Year, thousands of people from Johannesburg will travel to the coast to visit Cape Town or Durban. It is estimated that Cape Town hosts more than 20m visitors every year, both international and local.

The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. It stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River. It includes towns such as George, Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley; with George, the Garden Route's largest city. The area is rich in natural beauty and charm, attracting adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts.

The Cape Peninsula has a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and dry, very warm summers. The The cool winter months have an average minimum temperature of 7.0°C and a maximum of 17.5°C. Summer temperatures are mild, with an average maximum of 26.5°C. Cape Town can be uncomfortably hot when the "Berg Wind", blows from the Karoo interior. However, this is only for 2 or 3 weeks in February or early March. Even though Cape Town is cooler than Durban, it has, on average, an extra 2 hours per day of sunshine.

For those with fun and sun on their minds, South Africa's sunshine city of Durban has something for the whole family, golden beaches, surfing and a superb marine park. Durban has a mild subtropical climate with hot, rainy summers and mild, moist to dry winters. The average annual temperature is 21°C, with daytime maximums peaking from January to March at 28°C and a minimum of 21°C, dropping to daytime highs from June to August of 23 °C and a minimum of 11°C.

Johannesburg is the wealthiest province in South Africa and has the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa. Johannesburg has a population of some 2m, which compares to Cape Town (3.4m) and Durban (3.1m). The former CBD is located on the south side of the prominent ridge called the Witwatersrand. Mining was the foundation of the Witwatersrand's economy, however its importance is declining as a consequence of dwindling reserves this has been substituted is part by service and manufacturing industries which have become more significant to the city's economy. The city enjoys a dry, sunny climate with late afternoon thundershowers in the summer months of October through to April. The average temperature in January is 25.6°C, which falls to a maximum of 16°C in the winter month of June. Johannesburg is one of the most modern and prosperous cities in South Africa, due in no small part to the fact that it is the centre of South Africa's industrial, financial, commercial and mining undertakings. Johannesburg has a number of modern and very large shopping complexes, many of which also house restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and even casinos. Johannesburg should be close to the top of the list for a fun city break.

One of the many jewels in South Africas's crown in undoubtedly the Kruger National Park. Established in 1898 to protect wildlife in the South African Lowveld, it is one of the largest game reserves in Africa measuring some 2m hectares. The park lies in the north east of South Africa, in the eastern parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. The climate of the Kruger National Park and Lowveld is subtropical. Summer days are humid and hot with temperatures often rising over 38°C. The rainy season is from September until May. Whilst all the 'Big Five' can be seen at the Kruger National Park, it is also home to many different species including 147 mammals, 507 birds, 34 amphibians and 49 fish. The best time to visit is during the dry season, when vegetation is more sparse and the animal are drawn to the waterholes.

Although South Africa has an impressive 90 airports, the principal airports are: Johannesburg: OR Tambo International Airport (JNB); Cape Town: Cape Town International Airport (CPT); Durban: Durban International Airport (DUR) and Lanseria Airport (HLA).


General information:

According to the latest published statistics, some 479,192 British Nationals visited South Africa in 2009. Although South Africa has a high rate of crime, risk of violent crime to visitors travelling to the main tourist destinations is generally low. However, incidents of vehicle hi-jacking and robbery are common and visitors need to be vigilant of the risks, particularly if driving after dark. They are advised to leave their car doors locked at all times (when travelling), to keep to main roads and park in well lit areas. A UK Driving Licence is accepted in South Africa for up to 12 months after entry; provided it carries the photograph and signature of the holder.

The standard of driving in South Africa can vary greatly and there are many fatal accidents every year. On highways overtaking can occur in any lane including, occasionally, the hard shoulder. On single lane roads the hard shoulder is also used by trucks and slower vehicles to allow faster vehicles to overtake. 'Four way' stops are commonly found at the quieter intersections and the first vehicle to arrive has priority. Road standards are mostly very good, but some roads in remote areas are less well maintained and potholes may be encountered.

As elsewhere, thieves operate at international airports, bus and railway stations. Due to theft of luggage at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, you should vacuum-wrap luggage where possible. All valuables should be kept in cabin luggage. Passport theft is common. It is generally opportunistic in nature and non-violent and normally occurs at airports on arrival or departure. There is a high incidence of credit card fraud and fraud involving ATMs.  You should be vigilant to ensure your PIN is not observed by others when withdrawing money from an ATM.

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