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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 Year in South Africa - Pretoria
New Year in South Africa New Year in South Africa is celebrated with full fun and excitement. On 1st January, New Year in South Africa is celebrated. This is a public holiday and the local people as well as the foreigners celebrate this day with tremendous excitement. New Year in South Africa provides you with some exciting ideas on celebrating New Year. At the time of New Year in South African, houses are decorated with balloons and colorful lights. People like to spend the day with their friends and family members by partying altogether or by having a sumptuous meal at a good dining hall. South Africa is one of the best places to plan for a perfect New Year celebration. New Year in South Africa is celebrated on January 1, according to the...

Facts about South Africa - Pretoria
Facts about South Africa Facts about South Africa include some basic information about the country of South Africa. Located in the southernmost tip of the continent of Africa, South Africa spans over an area of 1,221,037 square kilometers which is equal to the combined areas of Germany, Italy and France. The country is known for its extensive coastline of 2954 kilometers and is the home to some of the most fascinating beaches of the world. Facts about South Africa help to explore and know the country better. Home to a population of 44 million people, South Africa has seven official languages. However, English is the most commonly spoken language of the country and most of the Africans speak English traditionally. Out of the population, 77% i...

Restaurants and Bars in South Africa - Pretoria
Restaurants and Bars in South Africa The Restaurants and Bars in South Africa serve its patrons with some really tongue titillating cuisines. Restaurants and Bars in South Africa is the ultimate venue to hang out with pals and relatives, once you are in the beautiful country of South Africa. If you want to get a taste of culinary delights of the country then you must visit the Restaurants and Bars in South Africa. Restaurants and Bars in South Africa are the ideal place to engage in chit-chat session with your associates and at the same some taste some mouth local and international cuisines. Moreover, the atmosphere of the Restaurants and Bars at South Africa is very relaxing. Among the various restaurants in South Africa, one of the popular restaurant...

Excursions in South Africa - Pretoria
Excursions in South Africa Excursions to South Africa unravel many mystical sights to the eye. South Africa is one of the most diverse and interesting countries in the world. Many of South Africa's attractions can be seen, while you are on your Excursions in South Africa. Some interesting place for South Africa Excursions includes - Cape Town - Cape Town, with its vibrant nightlife, stylish people and beautiful surroundings, is one of the most attraction destinations in the world. Some places in Cape Town which can be covered in a day's excursion in South Africa are: Cape Town Township Tour - This is a full day visit to the poverty stricken Townships of Cape Town. Cape Peninsula - This Tour a must for any visitor is a trip to Cape Point, t...

Sightseeing in South Africa - Pretoria
Sightseeing in South Africa Sightseeing in South Africa will present before you a wide gamut of tourist attractions that will leave you spell bound. The Republic of South Africa is the country at the southern tip of Africa. Loaded with amazing natural landscape and diverse wildlife, Sightseeing in South Africa mainly comprise of parks, sanctuaries and aquariums. South Africa is a popular tourist destination, and a substantial amount of revenue comes from tourism. Among the main attractions are the diverse and picturesque culture, the game reserves and the highly regarded local wines. One of the main reasons travelers visit South Africa is to experience the outdoors and see the wide range of wildlife. Sightseeing in South Africa is made easy by...