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South Africa Travel and Tourism

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Republic of South Africa, also known by other official names, is a country located at the southern tip of the continent of Africa. The South African coast stretches 2,798 kilometres and borders both the Atlantic and Indian oceans. To the north of South Africa lie Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, to the east are Mozambique and Swaziland, while the Kingdom of Lesotho is an independent enclave surrounded by South African territory. Modern human beings have inhabited South Africa for more than 100,000 years. At the time of European contact, its indigenous peoples reflected migrations from other parts of Africa, where new tribes had become dominant. Two major groups were Xhosa and Zulu peoples. In 1652, a century and a half after the discovery of the Cape Sea Route, the Dutch East India Company founded a refreshment station at what would become Cape Town. Cape Town became a British colony in 1806. European settlement expanded during the 1820s as the Boers and the British 1820 Settlers claimed land in the north and east of the country. Conflicts arose among the Xhosa, Zulu and Afrikaner groups who competed for territory. The discovery of diamonds and later gold triggered the conflict known as the Anglo-Boer War, as the Boers and the British fought for the control of the South African mineral wealth. Although the Boers were defeated, the British gave limited independence to South Africa in 1910 as a British dominion. Within the country, anti-British policies among white South Africans focused on independence. During the Dutch and British colonial years, racial segregation was informal. Power was held by the colonists. In the Boer republics and subsequent South African governments, the system became legally institutionalised segregation known as apartheid, which established three classes of racial stratification. South Africa achieved its political independence in 1961 when it was declared a republic. The government legislated for a continuation of apartheid, despite opposition both in and outside of the country. In 1990, South African government began negotiations that led to dismantling of discriminative laws, and democratic elections in 1994. The country rejoined the Commonwealth of Nations. South Africa is known for its diversity in cultures, languages, and religious beliefs. Eleven official languages are recognised in the constitution. English is the most commonly spoken language in official and commercial public life; however, it is only the fifth most-spoken home language. South Africa is ethnically diverse, with the largest Caucasian, Indian, and racially mixed communities in Africa. Although 79.6% of the South African population is Black, this category is neither culturally nor linguistically homogeneous. People within this classification represent a variety of ethnic groups and speak a number of different Bantu languages, nine of which have official status. Midyear 2007, the South African population was estimated at 47.9 million. About a quarter of the population is unemployed and lives on less than US$ 1.25 a day.

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New Adventure Route on the Garden Route - Pretoria
New Adventure Route on the Garden Route 5 Day Tour Cape Town to Tsitsikamma Shark Cage Dive Touch a Cheetah Crocodile Cage Dive Open Jeep night Lion Safari 200 m Zip Line 216 m Bungi jump Lagoon snorkel dive Estuary / deep sea fishing Ostrich riding Caving Canoe trip open air BBQ's Beach Party 120m Absail mountain biking Forest Quad bike challance Beach walks Surf & body board lesson Speed boat cruise & ski lesson Accommodation and breakfast included Email - ecoafrika@gmail.com

Night Lion Safari 3 day Eastern cape - Pretoria
Night Lion Safari 3 day Eastern cape A safari that takes you to the edge Lion is the game and fear is no shame

Cape Town Minstrel Carnival - Pretoria
Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Cape Town Minstrel Carnival

Festival Country: South Africa Festival Type(s): Street Parade, Cultural The carnival has its roots in the creole culture that formed at the Cape over hundreds of years from the interaction and intermingling of indigenous African groups, European settlers, Muslim slaves from the Indonesian archipelago, and people from a variety of other backgrounds. Freed slaves in Cape Town developed their own cycle of festivals in December and January, among them the Tweede Nuewe Jaar (Second New Year), which is celebrated on January 2nd and is a kind of independence day for the coloured community. When American minstrels arrived at the Cape in ...

Big Five Marathon - Pretoria
Big Five Marathon Big Five Marathon

AN OUTSTANDING MARATHON SAFARI IN SOUTH AFRICA MARATHON & ULTRA HALF MARATHON (23 KM) 1st of July 2006

This is Albatros Travels latest development in the area of exotic and extreme marathon travels. Big Five Marathon® , which is the first Marathon in the world to be held among the wildlife of the African savannah, brings together long distance runners from all over the world in one of the most spectacular “Big Five” game reserves in Africa. In these magnificent surroundings, one can combine exciting game drives on board custom made Land Cruisers with one of the most challenging marathon routes on the Adventure Marathon® circu...

Visit South Africa - Pretoria
Visit South Africa Come visit South Africa before the socceer world cup in 2010 and avoid the rush