About South Africa
South Africa is officially divided into three capitals namely Pretoria(Executive), Bloemfontein(Judicial) and Cape Town(Legislative). South Africa plays hosts to quite a number a number of tourist attractions and it is highly recommended for tourists to visit during the hot, summer months which falls between November to February. However, for those keen on whale watching, the periods between July to November is recommended for them and the winter months of May to September for big game lovers.
There are about 10 major tribes in South Africa with the Zulu tribe consisting of about 22.7% of the South African population. They are closely followed by the Xhosa tribe. Other major tribes include Sotho, Tswana, Pedi, Venda, Ndebele, Tsonga, Pondo, Swati. Officially there are 11 languages being spoken in South Africa. Each tribe mentioned above has a language peculiar to their group. With the addition of English and Afrikaans, the languages spoken in South Africa are Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English, Northern Sotho, Tswana, Sesotho, Tsonga, Swati, Venda, Ndebele.
South Africa is mainly dominated by Christians with other minority faith such as Islam, Hindu, Buddhism, and Judaism. Popular delicacies such as Biltong, Bobotie, Sosaties, Frikkadel, Bredie, and Mealie are a must for tourists when visiting.
With a good road network and a functional rail system, travellers can enjoy a smooth commute through trains, coaches, taxis and car hire. However, tourist attractions in South Africa are spread all over the country in large distances and could be seen as constraints by travellers who don’t appreciate long road travels. Air travel would ease the burden of a long journey. South Africa has three major airports which are the Cape Town International Airport, Oliver Tambo International Airport, and King Shaka International Airport.
Crime rate, as well as xenophobic rates, are extremely high in South Africa, so tourists are advised to take precautionary measures while avoiding slum neighbourhoods.
South Africans never shy away from having a good time and that is reflected by their plethora of festivals and activities. From the Cape Town Fringe festival to the Port Elizabeth wine show, OppiKoppi Festival, AfrikaBurn, Footprints Festival, WordFest, Apollo Annual Film Festival e.t.c.
South Africans surely know how to have fun.
Asides from festivities, it’s notable tourist attractions are The National Botanical Gardens, The Game, and Nature Reserves, Kruger National Park, Drakensberg Mountains, The Wine Estates and it’s prestigious World Heritage Sites. Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban, Soweto are the major cities in South Africa and play host to some of the priciest hotels and apartments in the country. Other cities are Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit, Kimberley, Upington, Polokwane, and Bloemfontein. Some notable facts about South Africa are:
- It is the home to the largest themed resort in the world called The Palace of the Lost City.
- It is the home to two noble prize winners, Nelson Mandela, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
- It is the second largest producer of fruits in the world.
- It is the only country to have hosted Soccer, Cricket, and Rugby world cup.
- It is the home to the highest commercial bungee jump in the world.
- It encloses two landlocked countries which are Swaziland and Lesotho.
Wth over 8000 hotels in South Africa, there are endless choices for accommodation in the Rainbow Nation.
When Visiting South Africa it is important that you dress appropriately for the weather. If you are visiting during the summer then you would want to wear something light and airy. However, if you happen to be travelling to South Africa in winter (though the winters are usually mild) more layered clothing will be appropriate.
Common Questions Travellers Ask About South Africa
Question: Is South Africa safe for White tourists?
South Africa poses the same risk levels to all tourists regardless of colour. It is important for tourist to speak to the people around and know where to avoid. Another advice is to walk in the midst of company and avoid wearing flashy ornaments.
Question: Which is the safest city to live in South Africa?
Answer: The safest places to live in South Africa are Cape Town, Garden Route, The West Coast, Cape St. Francis and Port St John.
Question: What are some famous things to buy in South Africa?
Answer: Souvenirs hold a lot of value to tourists when travelling and these are the list of famous things you can only buy in South Africa.
- Toffee from Darling Sweet.
- Esona Wine.
- Nina Bosch jewellery.
- Pinda Statement furniture.
- Sapmok leather shoes.
- Wooden Indalo bag.
Question: What to wear in South Africa during winter?
Answer: Winter in South Africa begins in June and ends in September which is also ideally peak period for travellers. Due to the unpredictable nature of the winter season, It is advised to brink clothing for the hot, rainy and cold weather. Rainfalls are largely common during the winter season. While some dry winter days could see the temperature go as high as 70 degrees in the morning and as low as 10 degrees at night.
Question: What to wear in South Africa for Safari?
Answer: Experts recommend light clothing of neutral colours for a safari. Comfortable walking shoes for trekking are also important. Hat and a good sunblock for extremely hot days.
Question: What historical events happened in South Africa?
Answer: As rich as South Africa’s history is, it is also tumultuous and filled with a lot of horrific moments. Nevertheless, all these events are what’s helped build South Africa into the country it is today. Here are notable key events that happened in South Africa.
- British Colonization 1779 - 1975
- South African rebellion against the British 1809.
- Discovery of Diamonds 1871.
- The first war between the Boer tribe of South Africa and the British 1878.
- The second war between the Boer tribe of South Africa and the British 1899.
- Union of South Africa 1910.
- Birth of ANC which was the first all-black political party in South Africa. 1912
- Independence 1948
- Nelson Mandela elected as South Africa’s first black president in 1994.