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South Africa Flag The Republic of South Africa (Afrikaans: Republiek van Suid-Afrika) is a country located at the southern tip of the African continent. It shares borders with Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and in the case of Lesotho, completes encloses it as an enclave surrounded by South African territory. South Africa's coastline stretches across three sides (West, South, and East) of the country, and borders the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean.

As of 2009, South Africa had an estimated population of 47,432,000. Because of the diversity of its population, South Africa has been called the "Rainbow Nation" - a phrase by coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, but later adopted and popularized by President Nelson Mandela.

The largest city in South Africa is Johannesburg, which as of 2001, was home to about 3.2 million people. However Johannesburg is not one of the country's three capitals. South Africa's capital cities are in fact:
  • Bloemfontein - Judical Capital -

  • Cape Town (Afrikaans: Kaapstad; Xhosa: iKapa) - Legislative Capital

  • Pretoria - Executive Capital
Map of South Africa

South Africa Country Details


Country Name South Africa
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Southern Africa
Flag South Africa Flag
Principal Languages
  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Zulu
  • Capital Bloemfontein/Cape Town/Pretoria
    Major Towns/Cities
  • Bloemfontein (Capital)
  • Cape Town (Capital)
  • Durban
  • East London
  • East Rand
  • Johannesburg
  • Pietermaritzburg
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Pretoria (Capital)


  • Web Sites about South Africa


    Cape Town, South Africa
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    Sea shore in Cape Town, South Africa

    Books about South Africa


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    South Africa Travel Guide: How and when to travel, wildlife, accommodation, eating and drinking, activities, health, all regions and South African history
    By Alex Pitt

    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
    Paperback (194 pages)

    South Africa Travel Guide: How and when to travel, wildlife, accommodation, eating and drinking, activities, health, all regions and South African history
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    Are you planning a trip to South Africa? Thinking of visiting the beautiful Southern Africa country?
    Then this travel guide book is for you!
    This book will tell you all about the Republic of South Africa - for both experienced and inexperienced travelers; for people who have visited South Africa before and those who have not. The book will give you useful facts about the country, where, how and when to go, how to get around, where to stay, what to eat and drink, fun and interesting activities, such as festivals and sports, how to stay safe and healthy, an overview guide of each region, a short history of the country and more!
    I am Alex Pitt - adventurer, climber, survivor, nomad, traveler and writer and I would like to present to you the fascinating country that is South Africa.
    This book includes:
    • An introduction and facts about South Africa
    • Where to go, when to go, how to go and how to get around
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    • The Western Cape
    • The Northern Cape
    • The Eastern Cape
    • KwaZulu-Natal
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    • Gauteng
    • North West Province
    • Mpumalanga
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    Lonely Planet South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Alan Murphy & Simon Richmond

    Lonely Planet Publications
    Paperback (640 pages)

    Lonely Planet South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

    Lonely Planet South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Hike to the summit of Table Mountain, enjoy the diverse wildlife at Kruger National Park, or power down in a traditionally designed rondavel; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland:

    • Full-colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including local customs, literature, history, art, politics, landscapes, music, cuisine
    • Free, convenient pull-out Cape Town map (included in print version), plus over 75 colour maps
    • Covers Cape Town, the Garden Route, Hermanus, Knysna, Durban, Maseru, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Kruger National Park, Limpopo, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, North West Province, and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland , our most comprehensive guide to South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

    • Looking for a guide focused on Cape Town? Check out Lonely Planet's Cape Town & the Garden Route for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer.
    • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Southern Africa for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.

    Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, James Bainbridge, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Lucy Corne, Alan Murphy, Matt Phillips and Simon Richmond.

    About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

    Lonely Planet guides have won the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 in the Favorite Travel Guide category.

    Fodor's South Africa: with the Best Safari Destinations (Travel Guide)
    By Fodor's Travel Guides

    Fodor's Travel
    Released: 2015-05-12
    Paperback (592 pages)

    Fodor s South Africa: with the Best Safari Destinations (Travel Guide)
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    From urban and lively Cape Town and Johannesburg to the dramatic scenery and wildlife of Kruger National Park, South Africa offers an amazingly wide range of experiences. Fodor's South Africa helps travelers sort through their many choices and select the best adventure based on their own interests, whether that involves wildlife viewing, wine tasting, resort stays, or exploring South Africa's rich cultural legacy.
    The Rough Guide to Cape Town, The Winelands and The Garden Route
    By Rough Guides

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    Released: 2015-01-19
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    The Rough Guide to Cape Town, The Winelands and The Garden Route
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    The Rough Guide to Cape Town, the Winelands, and the Garden Route is the ultimate travel guide to South Africa's most captivating city and its surrounding region. Full-color photography illustrates the finest of Cape Town's colonial architecture, vibrant neighborhoods, and iconic setting.

    This guide will show you the best this cosmopolitan city has to offer — from fascinating museums, cutting edge fashion, and fine dining to whale watching, bungee jumping, and wine tasting. It's no wonder that Cape Town is an award-winning city, and The Rough Guide to Cape Town, the Winelands, and the Garden Route uncovers it all. Easy to use maps for each neighborhood make getting around easy. And, detailed chapters feature all the best hotels, restaurants and bars, live music and clubs, shops, theater, kids' activities, and more.

    You'll be sure to make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Cape Town, the Winelands, and the Garden Route.

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: South Africa
    By DK

    Dk Pub
    Released: 2015-11-03
    Paperback (464 pages)

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: South Africa
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    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: South Africa is your in-depth guide to the very best of South Africa. From exploring the Palace of the Lost City to seeing the "Big Five" on safari in Kruger National Park to experiencing the multifaceted culture of a country with 11 official languages, visiting the "Rainbow Nation" is an adventure you will never forget.

    To help you make the most of your adventure, this guidebook includes a field guide to South Africa's wildlife and the safari experience with detailed information on safaris, wildlife preserves, and local species.

    Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: South Africa:

       • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
       • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
       • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
       • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
       • Area maps marked with sights .
       • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
       • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

    With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: South Africa truly shows you this country as no one else can.

    Recommend: For a pocket guidebook to Cape Town, check out DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Cape Town & the Winelands, which is packed with dozens of top 10 lists, ensuring you make the most of your time and experience the best of everything.

    Fodor's The Complete Guide to African Safaris: with South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda & the Seychelles (Full-color Travel Guide)
    By Fodor's Travel Guides

    Fodor's Travel
    Released: 2015-06-09
    Paperback (656 pages)

    Fodor s The Complete Guide to African Safaris: with South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda & the Seychelles (Full-color Travel Guide)
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    An African safari is considered the trip of a lifetime for many, and recent continent-wide expansion of low-cost airfares has made many African destinations more affordable to reach. Fodor's The Complete Guide to African Safaris provides the most comprehensive and engaging information on the most popular game-viewing regions in Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Namibia, and Zambia.
    COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE: Other guides cover part of the process, but only Fodor's deals with all aspects of the planning, picking, and preparing for safaris around Africa.
    National Geographic Traveler: South Africa, 3rd Edition
    By Richard Whitaker

    NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
    Released: 2017-03-07
    Paperback (320 pages)

    National Geographic Traveler: South Africa, 3rd Edition
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    This guide covers all the main towns, cities, and parks of one of the most beautiful countries on Earth. Travel information and tips for the hot spots of Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, and Durban are all extensively updated for this latest edition. The book also includes spotlights on food and drink, shipwrecks, surfing, diving, and wild animals to help travelers get the most out of their time in this multifaceted destination. Kruger National Park, the Kalahari, and the Western Cape wine lands are featured, and readers can also enjoy a Footsteps to Freedom walk, a Maloti Mountains drive, and luxury train trips through the Transvaal.

    The National Geographic Traveler guidebooks are in tune with the ever growing trend toward experiential travel, providing inspiring photography, insider tips, and expert advice for a more authentic, enriching experience of the destination. The guides provide information, historical context, and cultural interpretation not available online.
    Insight Guides: Pocket South Africa (Insight Pocket Guides)
    By Insight Guides

    INSIGHT GDS
    Paperback (144 pages)

    Insight Guides: Pocket South Africa (Insight Pocket Guides)
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    This fully revised and updated Insight Pocket Guide is packed with all the information you need to enjoy South Africa, in a genuinely pocketable format. Be inspired to visit this beautiful country by the brand new Insight Pocket Guide South Africa, a concise, full-colour guide that combines lively text with vivid photography that brings this country to life.

    Inside Insight Pocket Guide South Africa:
    Where To Go details all the key areas in the area, from the Cape Town to Robben Island, while handy maps on the cover flaps help you find your way around, and are cross-referenced to the text.
    Top 10 Attractions gives a run-down of the best sights, including Cape Peninsula and Wine Country. � Perfect Tour provides an itinerary for a perfect week on South Africa.
    What To Do is a snapshot of ways to spend your spare time in South Africa, with detailed suggestions including shopping, entertainment and dining.
    Essential information on South Africa's culture, including a section on the country's history.
    Eating Out covers the South Africa's best cuisine.
    Curated listings of the best hotels and restaurants.
    A-Z of all the practical information you'll need.

    About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-colour print guidebooks and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.

    'Insight Guides has spawned many imitators but is still the best of its type.' - Wanderlust Magazine


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