South Africa

South Africa

Things to do - general

South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game. The Western Cape offers beaches, lush winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table Mountain.

Country South Africa
Languages spokenZulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English, Northern Sotho, Tswana, Southern Sotho, Tsonga, Swazi, Venda, Southern Ndebele
Currency usedRand
Area (km2)1,221,037

Nature

South African National Parks. With more than 20 South African National Parks, including two of the world's most renowned wildlife reserves, the Kruger National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, plus almost as many regional parks, the country is a wild life & eco-destination second to none.

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Culture and history info

The oldest art objects in the world were discovered in a South African cave. Dating from 75,000 years ago, these small drilled snail shells could have no other function than to have been strung on a string as a necklace. South Africa was one of the cradles of the human species. One of the defining characteristics of our species is the making of art (from Latin 'ars' meaning worked or formed from basic material).

The scattered tribes of Khoisan peoples moving into South Africa from around 10,000 BC had their own fluent art styles seen today in a multitude of cave paintings. They were superseded by Bantu and Nguni peoples with their own vocabularies of art forms. In the 20th century, traditional tribal forms of art were scattered and re-melded by the divisive policies of apartheid.

New forms of art evolved in the mines and townships: a dynamic art using everything from plastic strips to bicycle spokes. The Dutch-influenced folk art of the Afrikaner Trekboer and the urban white artists earnestly following changing European traditions from the 1850s onwards also contributed to this eclectic mix, which continues to evolve today.

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Adeo Bed & Breakfast

Adeo Bed & Breakfast

Bloemfontein
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African Relish Cooking School

African Relish Cooking School

Western Cape
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Jenny's Guest House

Jenny's Guest House

Eastern Cape
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