South Africa

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Facts About South Africa

Regional Population: 44,344,136

Elevation: 3,408 meters

Local Currency: ZAR

Latitude: -26.21667

Longitude: 28.36667

South Africa is located at the southern tip of Africa. It is bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland, and it completely surrounds the tiny country of Lesotho. South Africa is a vast country with widely varying landscapes, eleven official languages and equally diverse peoples. It is renowned for its wines and is the world's largest producer of gold. South Africa has a strong economy and is an influential player in African politics. In 2010 South Africa will host the first World Cup ever to be held on the African continent.

South Africa is a paradise for anyone interested in natural history. A wide range of  wildlife species may be encountered in parks, farms, private reserves and even on the roads. For this reason, South Africa is a major safari destination. There are hiking trails available in almost all the parks and around geographical places of interest.

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Articles About South Africa

Nelson Mandela’s Madiba Trail

Visit key sites in Nelson Mandela life, from his youth to his freedom from jail.

Drinking Up South Africa’s Winelands

Don’t miss these excellent winery tours and non-winery options on your visit to the wine region of the Western Cape, which also is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

South African Winelands Food Fix

Don’t miss these recommended venues for tasty treats to accompany your Cape wine tasting, from full-service gourmet meals to best places to grab a bite for the road.

Hotel Discounts, Free Kids Camp, Columbus Day Music Festival

This week’s deals are for a Branson hotel, free Florida kids camp and golf, a music festival in Aruba, and family retreat discounts for Utah or South Africa.