Africa

South Africa

vital statistics
  • It has three: Pretoria. Bloemfontein and Cape Town
  • 55 million
  • Afrikaans, English, Southern Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
  • South African rand
about South Africa

It’s well known for safaris and sunsets, savannahs and strife. South Africa often makes wish-lists due to the Big Five, yet it doesn’t take much research to discover there’s a lot more to this complicated nation.

Head north for the best wildlife reserves, east for the coastline and south for the wine. Cosmopolitan Cape Town and its coast is a must-see, and opportunities to go cage diving with sharks or whale watching shouldn’t be missed. Take the time to explore the lush Drakensburg Mountains. Xhosa, Zulu and other indigenous cultures remain strong, and adventure sports and the braai (barbecue) rule everyday life. You may even grow to like biltong (dried meat). Try the zebra variety, cut paper thin and sprinkled with spices.

History is unavoidable in South Africa, whether it’s in visiting the sites of Mandela and the Freedom Fighters or going to a township where inequality is still rife. In the townships’ shebeens (unlicensed bars), you’ll banter with the locals while sipping the homebrew. Overall you’ll find a South African spirit that has been salvaged from the wilds of apartheid.

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