Every country in the world displays some diversity, but South Africa, stretching from the hippos in the Limpopo River to the penguins waddling on the Cape, takes some beating. It befits its position at the southern end of the world's most epic continent, with more types of terrain than photographers can shake their zoom lens at. There's the deserted Kalahari, Namakwa's springtime symphony of wildflowers, iconic Table Mountain and Cape Point, Kruger National Park's wildlife-stalked savannah and, running through the east of the country and into Lesotho, the Drakensberg. KwaZulu-Natal's iSimangaliso Wetland Park alone has five distinct ecosystems, attracting both zebras and dolphins. If you're interested, hit the nightclubs on Cape Town's jumping Long St. When it's time to reflect on it all, do it over seafood on the Garden Route, curry in Durban's Indian Area, a sizzling Cape Malay dish, or a braai (barbecue) in the wilderness, accompanied by a bottle of pinotage produced by the oldest wine industry outside Europe.
Republic of South Africa
Constitutional parliamentary republic
Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (judicial) and Cape Town (legislative)
In 2011 census was composed by Black African at 79,2%, White at 8,9%, Coloured at 8,9%, and Indian or Asian at 2,5%.
In total, 11 languages are official. The major are English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, Isixhosa and Iisizulu.
The Christian community makes up more than 80% of the population and the rest are Muslims, Hindus, Jews or practice traditional religions.
BO Kaap - Cape Town
Cape of Good Hope
Kalk Bay Fish Market - Cape Town
Whales - Hermanus