South Africa

Key Country Facts

Population: 54.3 million
Historical & Interesting Facts:

South Africa is that it is home to Nelson Mandela, the leader of the South African anti-apartheid struggle

Top Activities and Places to Visit:

Kruger National Park, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Table Mountain, Twelve Apostles, Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, Simon's Town, Robben Island

Other Information:

Major exports: gold, diamond, platinum, and other metals and minerals

In South Africa, there are three capitals of the country, Pretoria, the legislative capital; Cape Town, the Parliamentary capital; and Bloemfontein, the judicial capital. There are approximately 54,300,704 people living here. South Africa is linguistically rich with 11 official languages! The official languages are isiZulu, isiXhosa, Afrikaans, English, Sepedi, Setswana, Sesotho, Xitsonga, siSwati, Tshivenda, and isiNdebele. The majority of the population practices protestant Christianity. The time zone is 6 hours ahead of EST.

South Africa is a country like none other both historically and geographically. When visiting, travelers cannot miss out on a safari at Kruger National Park, a park about the same size as Israel! If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see the Big 5: elephant, Black Rhinoceros, white rhinoceros, leopard, lion, and a Cape buffalo! Adventures also cannot miss out on visiting Cape Town for its scenic mountains and beaches. Try the ultimate challenge and climb Table Mountain, Twelve Apostles, Signal Hill, and Lion’s Head all in one day. The view from the tops of each mountain is incredible! Also don’t miss out on the penguins of beach at Simon’s Town!

A fun fact about South Africa is that it is home to Nelson Mandela, the leader of the South African anti-apartheid struggle. Apartheid was the system of racial and social inequality that plagued the country from 1948 to 1994.  During his lifetime, he fought to bring racial and social equality to the country. Visitors should visit Robben Island, the home of Nelson Mandela and many other anti-apartheid political prisoners during the apartheid era. While the island is no longer used as a prison today,  the prison itself is still standing.

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