Data and Facts

South Africa...
...truly is a world within one country! South Africa is larger than France and Spain combined and stretches from the temperate Cape to the subtropical northern regions bordering with Zimbabwe and Mozambique. In the boundaries of South Africa are some of the world's most breathtaking landscapes; canyons, wildernesses showcasing game and cliffs dropping to the ocean.

South Africa is a developed country within the confines of Africa and boasts good infrastructure and roadways; yet exudes a multi-cultural charm that is unrivaled and often misunderstood. Visit the beautiful Cape Winelands, Garden Route Area or the awe-inspiring beaches in Durban and you will soon realise that this African country is not to be forgotten. Due to the strong European influence that exists in everyday South African Culture, it has become a resting place for many emigrants seeking that patch of greener grass.

Location, Geography, & Climate...
South Africa is located, as one might expect, on the southern tip of Africa. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west, the Indian Ocean on the south and east. Along its northern border, from west to east, lie Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, and to the northeast are Mozambique and Swaziland. Wholly-enclosed by South Africa, and situated in its eastern central plain, is the independent kingdom of Lesotho.

Almost all of South Africa's 472,000 square miles (1.2 million sq. km.) lie below the Tropic of Capricorn, and the country is geographically composed of three primary regions: an expansive central plateau, a nearly continuous escarpment of mountain ranges that ring the plateau on the west, south, and east, and a narrow strip of low-lying land along the coast. Most of the central plateau (and most of the country) consists of high (4,000-6,000 ft/1,220-1,830 m), rolling grassland known as highveld. The highest points of the mountainous escarpment are found in the stunning Drakensberg (dragon's back) Mountains, where the tips of dragon's back can exceed heights of 10,000 ft (3,050 m).

In the northwest, South Africa's Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, one of the continent's largest game reserves, extends into the red sands and scrub grasslands of the great Kalahari Desert. In the northeast, the highveld plateau descends to the Bushveld and Limpopo River basins. The Bushveld comprises South Africa's extensive savanna, in which is found the country's marvelously rich and diverse game reserve, the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

Although South Africa's climate varies considerably across its various regions and environments, temperatures remain comfortable throughout the year. The best time to visit for safari is between May to August, when there is less rain and much less dense vegetation, making animal sightings far more frequent.

Airline
http://www.flysaa.com

Capital:
Pretoria

Biggest Cities:
Cape Town(ca. 2,5 Mio.)
Johannesburg (ca. 2,3 Mio.)
Durban (ca. 1.3 Mio. )
Pretoria (ca. 1,3 Mio.)
Port Elizabeth (ca. 1,0 Mio.)

Provinces:
9 Provinces: Limpopo, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, North-West, Northern Cape, Western Cape

Time:
MEZ + 1 (UTC + 2)

Languages:
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele, Nordsotho, Südsotho, Setswana, Swati, Tsonga and Venda.

Currency:
1 Rand = 100 Cents
Exchange Rate Swiss Franc/Rand
Exchange Rate Euro/Rand
Exchange Rate Table

Populatoin:
45.2 Mio. inhabitants

Internet:
Provider:
M-Web www.mweb.co.za, I-Africa www.iafrica.com and Sangonet www.sn.apc.org.

Cell:
Provider: Cell C www.cellc.net, (GSM 1800), MTN www.mtn.co.za, (GSM 900) and Vodacom www.vodacom.co.za, (GSM 900).

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