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South Africa At A Glance

Welcome to South Africa Safaris. Let’s perceive South Africa At A Glance to get a better understanding of the country.

Basic Information

  • Official name: Republic of South Africa
  • Area: 21,219,090 sq. km
  • LENGTH OF COASTLINE: 2954km
  • Government: Unitary constitutional parliamentary republic

Borders

  • North: Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe
  • East: Mozambique, Swaziland

Capitals

  • Administrative: Pretoria
  • Legislative: Cape Town
  • Judicial: Bloemfontein

Provinces

  • Eastern Cape
  • Free State
  • Gauteng
  • KwaZulu-Natal
  • Limpopo
  • Mpumalanga
  • Northern Cape
  • North West
  • Western Cape

Population

Total: 57,73 million

Male: 28,2 million (49%)

Female: 29,5 million (51%)

Language

  • Official language: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
  • Languages spoken: Fanagalo, Hindi, Sotho, Tsotsitaal, Venda
  • Business Language: English and Afrikaans

Time Zone

UTC (Coordinated Universal Time Greenwich)+2   

Currency

  • Currency: South African Rand
  • ISO Code: ZAR
  • Credit cards: Yes
  • Cards: Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club
  • Traveler’s cheques: Accepted
  • Tips: Mandatory

Currency Exchange

Exchange Rate: €1=R10,0643

  • Airports
  • Banks
  • Hotels
  • Shops
  • Restaurants
  • ATMs

Economy & GDP

Real GDP Growth: 2,8%

US $ 363 910 425 628 (current US$ in 2010)

US $ 528 423 000 000 (PPP)

GDP per Capita

US $ 5 7280 (current US $ in 2010)

US $ 10 565 (PPP in 2010)

Key Economic Sectors

  • Mining
  • transport
  • energy
  • manufacturing
  • tourism
  • agriculture      

Transport

  • Excellent roads
  • Strong domestic and international rail and air facilities.
  • Public transport in major cities

Health

  • Top-quality public and private healthcare facilities are available throughout the country.
  • Malaria precautions are recommended for some areas.

For more information about South Africa Safaris and information regarding travel insurance, health guidelines, or any other necessary details, visit Gazelle Safaris Africa today.

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Quick Facts About South Africa

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Frequently Asked Questions

South Africa is known for its numerous safari destinations, but the most famous, and perhaps most impressive for the big five the Kruger National Park and its surrounding territory.

The best time to visit South Africa Safari is during the dry months of May to September. This is the best period for wildlife viewing as all the animals congregate around waterholes and rivers.

When in South Africa, going on safari is a must. All the traditional African safari experiences are just a couple of hours' drive from the city center.

A valid passport of a minimum of six months with two consecutive blank pages is mandatory for traveling to South Africa. Visa may be required depending upon your nationality. Just check the entry visa requirement at your nearest embassy.

South Africa is the hub of the most luxurious lodges in Africa along with boutique hotels and intimate guesthouses. These are beautiful traditional safari lodges in the middle of the bush. Also, some ledges offer rooms with their own plunge pool and deck.

You are required to declare all foreign currency in any form upon your entry or exit from South Africa. So, the wise thing is to change your money when required. There are lots of facilities for currency exchange in hotels and lodges.

Yes, South Africa is an excellent destination for families. The game reserves are malaria-free. See the Africa "Big 5" and go on exciting activities in Cape Town.

South Africa has 11 official languages. But the major languages are English and Afrikaans. English is spoken widely throughout South Africa.

South Africa Safari

South Africa Safari Itineraries

11 Days The Gem Of Africa Safari

Nairobi | Masai Mara Game Reserve | Lake Naivasha | Aberdares National Park | Lake Nakuru |

Kenya Wildlife Safari

11 Days From $ 3277
Gorillas & Golden Monkeys

4 Days Rwanda Gorillas & Golden Monkeys Safari

Kigali | Franco-Rwanda cultural Centre | Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Rwanda Gorilla Safaris

4 Days From $ 2,470
Gorillas-&-Golden-Monkeys

9 Days Chimps, Gorillas & Golden Monkeys

Kampala | Kibale Forest | Queen Elizabeth | Bwindi Forest | Mgahinga Park

Uganda Gorilla Safaris

9 Days From $4030
Cape Town

7 Days 6 Nights Cape Town & Johannesburg

Table Mountain Cable Way | Ameera Yacht | Cape Point | Funicular Train Ride | Seal Island

South Africa Luxury Safari

7 Days From $ 1037

7 Days The Kenya Adventure Safari

Nairobi | Meru National Park | Olpajeta Ranch | Lake Nakuru National Park | Masai Mara Game Reserve

Kenya Wildlife Safari

7 Days From $ 2297
Queen Elizabeth National Park

4 Days Queen Elizabeth National Park Express

Kampala | Queen Elizabeth National Park

Uganda Big 5 & Wildlife Safaris

4 Days From $1325

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