Africa Guide
Guide to Africa

South Africa Guide

Introduction

South Africa lies at the southernmost part of the African continent. It is bordered to the north by Botswana and Zimbabwe, to the northeast by Mozambique and Swaziland and to the northwest by Namibia. On the east coastline lies the Indian Ocean, the Southern coastline the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, and Atlantic Ocean on the western side. South Africa completely surrounds Lesotho.

Most of South Africa has elevations of over 914m (3,000 ft) and at least 40% of the surface is at an elevation of over 1,220m (4,000 ft). Parts of Johannesburg are 1,829m (6,000 ft) above sea level. Resembling an inverted saucer, the land rises steadily from west to east to the Drakensberg Mountains, the tallest of which is Mont-aux-Sources at 3,300m (10,823 ft).

South Africa is divided in 9 provinces and has over 2,700 kilometres of shoreline meeting the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The coastal belt in the west and south varies from 3 to 30 miles in width, is between 152m (500ft) to 182m (600ft) above sea level, and is very fertile, producing citrus fruits and grapes, particularly in the Western Cape. North of the coastal belt stretch, the Little and the Great Karoo, which are bounded by mountains, lie higher than the coastal belt, and are semi-arid to arid, merging into sandy wastes that ultimately join the Kalahari Desert.

South Africa, often referred to as the "Rainbow Nation", is a vast country offering such diversity. It is the perfect holiday, vacation, destination any time of the year and is ideal for families.

Some of the exciting inclusions in your South African holiday could be driving through the wine valleys of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, climbing Table Mountain, shopping in Cape Town, touring the Garden Route, safari in the world re-knowned Kruger National Park or Scuba Dive at South Africa's best dive sites. Whilst in South Africa you can add on a side trip to Botswana, Namibia and/or Victoria Falls.

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