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Officially the Republic of South Africa, the country has 9 official languages and is divided into 9 provinces. South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa, boarding Mozambique, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. It also boarders Lesotho which is completely surrounded by South Africa. The currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR). Temperatures year around can reach a high of 30 degrees with a low of 8 degrees in their winter (June/July). The most precipitation will arrive around January. Tipping is customary and the standard is 10%.

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South Africa contains some of the oldest human-fossil and archaeological sites in the world and is also one of the world’s largest producers of gold.

South Africa is famous for its wines. The winelands near Stellenbosch are well worth a visit. Stellenbosch is also the second oldest town in South Africa and provides a unique insight of colonial Dutch architecture. Unique train rides of South Africa include the Shongololo Express, the Blue Train and Rovos Rail. Any of these experiences will leave you captivated.

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One of the main focuses of travellers who visit South Africa is the viewing of the country’s rich wildlife. Major national parks including Kruger National Park and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park are located in the heart of the Kalahari desert and great for catching glimpses of wildlife. There are a few smaller parks which are also worth a visit such as Addo Elephant National Park, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Pilanesberg National Park.

Favourite attractions to the country are, the iconic Table Mountain as well as Robben Island, both found in Cape Town. Robben Island which is just off the coast is where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years. The Cradle of Humankind, near Johannesburg is a must see for anyone interested in where it all started. Here you can find a large collection of caves with hominid and advanced ape fossils. South Africa has a very rich history and stunning landscape which will intrigue the educated traveller.

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The Republic of South Africa, divided into 9 provinces, and offers travellers some of the world’s oldest human-fossils and archaeological sites!  Famous worldwide for its wines, South Africa’s winelands near Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second-oldest town, are worth travelling to, for sampling flavoursome reds and whites. Stellenbosch city gives travellers some historical insights of its colonial past with the town’s Dutch architecture.

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