South Africa, Endless Diversity

South Africa is a fairly large country. It is about the size of western europe and about 5 times larger than Britain.

South Africa has a very distinctive topography. A large interior forming a great plateau surrounded by mountains known as the Great Escarpment. The Great Escarpment almost encompasses the entire coast of South Africa and divides the narrow coastal bent and the interior.

This contrasting landscape offers a rich diversity in vegetation and geology. This in turn creates a wealth of habitates for wildlife.

South Africa has a rich abundance of game reserves and the Game Lodges found in these reserves are world class, often winning international awards. From 5 star excellence to the modest 3 star lodge, one can find the right accommodation to fit your taste and enhance you vacation in South Africa.

Quick Reference

Currency: 1 Rand= 100 cents
Capital: Legislative: Cape Town and Administrative : Pretoria
Time: GMT +2
Main Languages: English & Afrikaans (SA has 9 other official languages)
Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz. Round 3 pin and 2 pin plugs

Currency

1 Rand (ZAR) = 100 cents. Monetary notes are in denominations of R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1,50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.

Language

There are 11 official languages in South Africa. English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu being the most spoken.

Climate

The climate in South Africa is generally sunny and warm. Winters are usually mild with occasional cold periods; the WesternCape and some of the coastal areas are wet and cold withsnow falls on the mountain ranges.KwaZulu-Natal is very hot and humid in summer with mild pleasant winters along the coast, occasional snow falling in the mountains around the north west.