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South Africa Accommodation

Sun City and The Lost City Resorts are one of the prime tourist destinations in the country. The complex, which is set on the slopes of a picturesque valley in the Pilanesberg mountains, captures the essence of a mythical African kingdom in its...

The Western Cape forms the most southerly portion of South Africa and has an extensive coastline bordered by both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The terrain is varied, from spectacular mountain ranges in the Southern Cape to the semi-desert...

The Republic of South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of Africa, with a 2,798 kilometers coastline on the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. To the north lie Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe; to the east are Mozambique and Swaziland; while Lesotho is an independent country wholly surrounded by South African territory.

South Africa is known for a diversity in cultures and languages. Eleven official languages are recognised in the constitution. Two of these languages are of European origin: Afrikaans, a language which originated mainly from Dutch that is spoken by the majority of white and Coloured South Africans, and South African English. Though English has a large role in public and commercial life, it is nevertheless only the fifth most-spoken home language. South Africa is ethnically diverse. About four fifths of the South African population is of black African ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different Bantu languages, nine of which have official status. South Africa also contains the largest European, Asian, and racially mixed communities in Africa.

South Africa is a constitutional democracy in the form of a parliamentary republic; unlike most parliamentary republics the positions of head of state and head of government are merged in a parliamentarily dependent President. It is one of the founding members of the African Union, and has the largest economy of all the members. It is also a founding member of the United Nations and NEPAD. South Africa is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, Antarctic Treaty System, Group of 77, South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, Southern African Customs Union, World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, G20 and G8+5.

South Africa is divided into nine regions: Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State, North West, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu Natal.

Capital: 
Pretoria
Population: 
49,991,300
Area: 
1,221,037 km²
Language: 
Afrikaans, English, Southern Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Currency: 
Rand - ZAR
Major Airports: 
Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban
Other: 
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