South Africa at a glance
Often promoted as a country alive with possibility, South Africa really does offer everything you could hope for, and more.
Strategically located at the tip of Africa, geographically and scenically diverse and home to more than fifty million people, it is the unique mix of languages and culture that make South Africa feel like a ‘world in one country’.
With the most advanced broad-based industrial sector on the continent, South Africa has a wide range of legislation promoting skills development and offers a large skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workforce across a range of sectors with a currency, the South Africa Rand, which compares favourably to investment internationally.
It is the ‘can do’ South African attitude that has helped ensure world-class facilities and infrastructure where you need it most, delivering a key advantage to this, the gateway to Africa.
- South Africa has 11 Official languages – English is widely spoken
- There are 9 Provinces of which 4 are ‘key’ marine hubs
- Capital cities: Cape Town (legislative), Pretoria (administrative) and Bloemfontein (judicial)
South Africa’s climate is one of its biggest draw cards with comparatively low average rainfall annually and plenty of sunny weather in most areas.
The varied geographical landscape influences the scenery from one part of the country to the other ranging from the semi-arid Karoo to sub-tropical Durban and the mild Mediterranean climate of Cape Town.
Spring: September – November
Summer: December – February
Autumn: March – May
Winter: June – August
South Africa’s currency is the Rand (ZAR), which offers visitors great value for money.
The Rand comes in a range of coin (R1 = 100 cents) and note denominations (R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200).
The fourth largest of the nine provinces, the Western Cape accounts for 60% of South Africa’s boat building activity.
South Africa’s premier tourism destination offers some of the countries most spectacular scenery, finest wines, best restaurants and most challenging golf courses.
Where to be seen:
Perhaps the most obvious place to visit has to be Table Mountain National Park which incorporates Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of Nature.
Other destinations of note include Cape Point and Boulders Beach where you can interact with the endangered African Penguin.
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The Cape Floral Region is one of South Africa’s eight World heritage Sites and supports some of the richest plant biodiversity in the world, representing 20% of the continents flora while comprising just 0.5% of its land area.
Well worth a visit is the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
The exclusive Erinvale Golf Club in Somerset West, Cape Town, offers a superb Gary Player designed golf course. The course hosted the World Cup of Golf in 1996 and the South African Airways Open Championships in 2003 and 2004.
If you consider yourself a bit of a food fundi you won’t want to miss out on Azure at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. Flanked by the Table Mountain National Park with superb views out to sea, the restaurant is a firm favourite with visitors. Other notable restaurants are The Test Kitchen at the Old Biscuit Mill and Aubergine restaurant in Gardens where Chef Harald Bresselschmidt has delighted diners for more than eighteen years.
For the more adventurous there’s False Bay, home to abundant marine diversity including the great white shark, humpback and southern right whales, dolphins and porpoises, seals and penguins, and occasionally orcas with local tourism activities including shark cage dives.
Other Adventure activities include diving, sand boarding, abseiling, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking, and zip slides.
And of course the Western Cape also boats a range of world-class shopping centres offering a range of international and local brands allowing you to ‘shop till you drop’.
A visit to the Western Cape wouldn’t be complete without a visit to any one of the fine wine farms to be found in this region. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur, a social drinker or simply there for the scenery, you’ll find there’s something for everyone’s taste.
Cape Town is also a stepping stone to other must-see regions including the Cape West Coast and Little Karoo.