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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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Wildlife in South Africa - Pretoria
Wildlife in South Africa South Africa is known for its flora and fauna. Nature lovers from all over the world come to view the Wildlife in South Africa. The Wildlife in South Africa is beautifully protected in the national parks and in the nature reserves of South Africa. Wildlife in South Africa comprises of almost 300 species of mammal and more than 500 bird species of birds. Countless insects and reptiles are also found in South Africa. Wildlife in South Africa also includes various kinds of colorful birds. South Africa is one of the celebrated destinations for bird watching in the world. More than 500 different species of birds are found in South Africa. Some of the nature reserves of South Africa gives excellent facilities for bird watc...

Shopping in South Africa - Pretoria
Shopping in South Africa Shopping in South Africa will be full of fun and excitement. Shopping in South Africa is infact one of the main things to do while you are on your trip to South Africa. The people of South Africa love to shop, so you will find many shopping arcades ranging from boutiques to giant chain stores located in here. Shopping in South Africa include purchasing articles like designer clothes, perfume, electronic device or local handicrafts products. Some of the local craft products which can purchased while shopping in South Africa include embroidery works, basket ware, fantastic pots and intricate carvings. While you are touring South Africa, you can purchase clothing ranging from designer clothing to sports wear. In the de...

Nightlife in South Africa - Pretoria
Nightlife in South Africa The people of South African love to party hard. So, we can be assured that Nightlife in South Africa is vibrant and a happening one. Nightlife in South Africa lures travelers to spend their vacation here. Even small towns of South Africa boast of a happening nightlife. You can find numerous bars, pubs and nightclubs located in almost all the big and small cities of South Africa. South Africa has plenty of entertaining options for everyone. The country of South Africa loves flourishes all kinds of entertaining options at time. It can be said that the country of South Africa never goes to sleep. If the tourists want they can participate as well as listen to a drum session which is held in a drum cafe. If have a thrill...

Private Flying in South Africa - Pretoria
Private Flying in South Africa Private Flying in South Africa is a growing rage in South Africa. South Africa's sunny climate makes it an ideal destination for all flying enthusiasts. As most of the rainfall in the country occurs mainly between the months of October and March so for the majority of the year conditions are ideal for Private Flying in South Africa. Conducive climate for flying means clear blue skies. This ensures that the visibility is excellent thereby affording great views of the glorious countryside below. Pilots can take the liberty of flying low over the coastline of white beaches, steep cliffs and rocky bays and spot whales and dolphins frolicking in the sea or glimpse the skeletal outlines of shipwrecks. One can fly low enoug...