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South Africa - Introduction

South Africa Map

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-known 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


RECOMMENDED TRAVEL BOOK
The Rough Guide to South Africa The Rough Guide to South Africa
Buy in USA    Buy in Europe
The full-colour section introduces the country's highlights, from the game trails of Kruger National Park to the picturesque Garden Route towns of the Western Cape and seclusion of the Eastern Cape. The guide takes a detailed look at South African history, literature, culture and wildlife with expert background on everything from Cape dutch architecture to Zulu traditions.
 
     
RECOMMENDED TRAVEL MAP
Footprint South Africa Handbook 2001 Globetrotter Travel Map of South Africa
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Published by New Holland Publishers (U Series Globetrotter Travel Maps
A revised map of South Africa which caters specifically for the needs of tourists and visitors. Special features include: nature reserves, parks and places of interest; highlighted scenic routes; town maps of major tourist centres, including hotels; and legends in English, French and German.

 
 
   
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