Currency:Rand (ZAR) – 100 cents equals one Rand
Official languages:South Africa has 11 official languages: English, isiZulu, isiXhosa, isiNdebele, Afrikaans, siSwati, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Tshivenda, Xitsonga
Religion:Christians accounted for 79.8% of the population, with a majority of them being members of various Protestant denominations and a minority of Roman Catholics and other Christians. There are an estimated 200,000 indigenous traditional healers in South Africa, and up to 60% of South Africans consult these healers, generally called sangomas or inyangas. These healers use a combination of ancestral spiritual beliefs and a belief in the spiritual and medicinal properties of local fauna and flora, commonly known as muti, to facilitate healing in clients. South African Muslims comprise mainly those who are described as Coloureds and those who are described as Indians. They have been joined by black or white South African converts as well as others from other parts of Africa.
Souvenirs: Beadwork crafts and wood carvings are available anywhere in South Africa, from curio shops to street corners. The products are all handmade and range from almost any animal you can think of. Handmade baskets have become extremely popular in interior decor and South Africa is the place to take your pick. Baskets are available in all shapes and sizes, colours and styles.
The creamy Amarula liqueur made from the fruit of the African marula tree, is possibly the best known South African drink. Serve it over ice or at room temperature and, for those that like to indulge, it’s delicious over ice cream.
Best time to visit: The best time for a Cape Town beach holiday is from late January to late April, the tail end of the city’s dry summer months. Cape Town enjoys a temperate climate with warm, dry conditions from October to April.
Best time for a safari in the Kruger region is during the dry winter season (May – September) when animals congregate around water sources, making for good game viewing. Day temperatures are pleasant with cold nights below 10 degrees.
This does not mean, however, that game viewing is impossible during the summer season (October to March). November and December marks the calving months which are an excellent time to witness nature’s own timetable of regeneration. Summers (particularly from December through to February) can become exceptionally hot, and rain may make some roads muddy and impassable.
Population:56 millions (2017, estimate)
Density:42,2 per km2
MaTakaTaka Top 5 places to visit:
1. Kruger National Park
2. Blyde River Canyon
3. Cape Town
4. Garden Route