Every country in the world displays some diversity, but South Africa takes some beating. It befits its position at the southern end of the world’s most epic continent. There’s the deserted Kalahari, Namakwa’s springtime symphony of wildflowers, iconic Table Mountain and Cape Point, Kruger National Park’s wildlife-stalked savannah and, running through the east of the country and into Lesotho, the Drakensberg. KwaZulu-Natal’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park alone has five distinct ecosystems, attracting both zebras and dolphins.
Of course, it's impossible for travellers to South Africa to remain oblivious to the fact that, despite the rise of middle-class black folk, racial inequality persists here. Black and coloured townships face problems such as a horrific HIV/AIDS rate and xenophobic tensions caused by economic refugees from nearby countries.
Nonetheless, South Africans are some of the most upbeat, welcoming and humorous folk you’ll encounter anywhere.
Pretoria (administrative), Bloemfontein (judicial) and Cape Town (legislative)
Free 90 day entry permits issued on arrival to citizens of most Commonwealth countries, most Western European countries, Japan and the USA.
11 languages; English, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, Sepedi, Setswana, SeSotho, SiSwati, Tshivenda, isiXhosa, Xitsonga, and isiZulu.