South Africa is often called a world in one country – no wonder it is such a popular destination for tourists.
Its scenic beauty, magnificent outdoors, sunny climate, cultural diversity and reputation for delivering value for money have made it one of the world’s fastest growing leisure – and business – travel destinations.
The country is highly diverse in terms of its climate, culture, tourist activities and infrastructure, catering for every tourism niche, from business, eco- and cultural tourism through to adventure, sport and paleo-tourism.
FORM OF GOVERNMENT: Republic
CAPITAL: Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (judicial), Cape Town (legislative)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: English, Afrikaans and 9 others
MONEY: South African Rand
AREA: 1,221,037 square miles (471,443 square kilometres)
TIME ZONE: GMT +2 hours