• Officially: Republic of South Africa
  • Administrative capital: Pretoria

Facts

  • Population: 50.7 million
  • Languages: 11 official languages including English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, Setswana, Xhosa and Zulu
  • Religions: Christianity, Islam, indigenous beliefs
  • Life expectancy: 53 years (men), 54 years (women)
  • Currency: Rand

Geography

  • Area: 1.22 million sq km (470,693 sq miles)

Notes

  • South Africa is the second most popular African tourist destination after Morocco.
  • The sailing conditions around the southern tip of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope, are among the most dangerous in the world.

Tourism

  • On the verge of overtourism: Cape Town (World Travel & Tourism Council, 2019)

Weather

Overlanding

  • Kruger National Park (Map)
  • De Hoop Nature Reserve (Map)

Security & Safety

  • Security in the cities and urban areas is a concern. Call the police (10111 or 112 from a mobile phone) at the first sign of danger.
  • You may judge the amount of much crime in a many areas by the amount houses and businesses protect themselves with fences, barbed wire, guard dogs, security guards, and electronic alarm systems.
  • It is not advisable to walk anywhere at night. Even during the day, it is advisable do so in groups.ย Avoid isolated beaches and picnic spots.
  • When driving, keep to main roads. Avoid driving at night when visiting Northern KwaZulu Natal, and Zululand. Hi-jacking and robbery, particularly on isolated secondary roads, is common.ย Be vigilant on the approach roads to and from Kruger Park where there have been cases of car hijacking.
  • Due to thefts at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, consider vacuum-wraping or shrink-wraping luggage where regulations permit. Keep all valuables in carry-on luggage.
  • Hikers should stick to popular trails.ย There have been violent attacks on hikers and tourists on Table Mountain.

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