South Africa is a weird and wonderful place, as well as possessing some unique and marvellous, biological and geological attributes.
-> Area : 1 219 090 square kilometres
-> Capital : Pretoria (administrative) , Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial)
-> Offical Currency : One rand (R) = 100 cents
-> National day : 27 April (Freedom day, anniversary of the first non-racial elections, 1994)
-> Language: Afrikaans, English, North Sotho, Ndebele, Sesotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Venda, Tswana, Xhosa, Zulu. (eleven official)
-> Religions : Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and traditional religions
-> Major Industry : mining, finance, insurance, food, tourism
-> Climate : Winter season is between June and September
Summer season is December till March
-> People : 77% black, 10% white, 8% mixed race, 2.5% Indian or Asian descent.
-> Internet domain: .za
-> Time Zone : Two hours ahead of GMT
-> When to Go:
Best time to see wildlife is May - September.
Best time to visit Cape Town and Western SA is October - March
Best time to visit the North and Eastern SA, is May - October.
-> Electricity : The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.
World Heritage Sites of South Africa
-> The Cradle of Humankind
-> The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park
-> Robben Island
-> Ukhahlamba / Drakensberg Park
-> Mapungubwe, Limpopo
-> Cape Floral Kingdom
-> Vredefort Dome