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Provinces in South Africa: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, North-West, Northern Cape, Northern Province [ now Limpopo ], Western Cape 

Cape of Good Hope, Cape peninsula, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria / Tshwane, Robben Island,  Soweto, Sun City, Table Mountain, Wine Country

South Africa is bordered to the north by Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, to the north-east by Mozambique and Swaziland. Lesotho is contained entirely inside the borders of South Africa.

National Capital City of South Africa: Cape Town
Administrative Capital: Tshwane [ Pretoria ]

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Car Rental South Africa


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Hotels in South Africa / Apartments / B & B

  Booking  -  Hotels in South Africa 
Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Camps Bay, Stellenbosch, Port Elizabeth, Somerset West, Constantia, Bantry Bay, Barberton, Hermanus, Salt Rock, and more ...

  Fountains Hotel, ****, 1 St. Georges Mall, 8100 Cape Town
This comfortable city hotel offers high-standard, luxurious accommodation within walking distance of the Cape Town Convention Centre and the prestigious V&A Waterfront.
The hotel is situated just a short drive from Cape Town's beautiful beaches and the spectacular scenery of Table Mountain.
  The Westcliff *****, 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, 2193 Johannesburg
The Westcliff is situated on an enclosed private estate in Johannesburg's most exclusive residential suburb, with spectacular views over the forested areas of Johannesburg and zoological gardens where guests often see Elephants and hear the roar of Lions by night – all in the middle of a city! The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service every throughout the day to Rosebank, Sandton City and Melrose Arch.
  Grande Provence Estate
Grande Provence Estate wears her 300-year history with dignity. Sitting in the magnificent Franschhoek Valley in South Africa's Western Cape, her lush vines spread across 30 hectares with gentle vistas over the valley floor, at odds almost with the rugged mountains beyond. This is heartland South African wine country.

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Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

Holiday Rentals

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Search their unique selection of holiday villas, boutique apartments, luxury guest houses, hip hotels and safari camps. They offer stylish accommodation as well as your choice of holiday lifestyle.

Travel Companies / Tour Operators / South Africa Specialists

 G Adventures
*   Kruger Camping Adventure
A classic five-day wilderness adventure that can be enjoyed on its own or as the perfect add-on to another trip. Track the 'Big 5' through the stunning wilderness of world-renowned Kruger National Park—one of the largest and most diverse wildlife areas in Africa. Add to the mix a visit to the village of Shalati to meet the beneficiaries of a Planeterra project, an up-close encounter with the region's rhythms, a traditional dinner—and you have a complete camping experience.

  British Airways
Take holidays to South Africa for safaris in the Kruger National Park, wine routes in the Cape Province and all -round natural beauty and holiday sunshine. As you explore South Africa's regions, you'll come across a diverse range of holiday experiences, all exuding a laid-back South African vibe
o   Holidays in South Africa: regions
On your South African holiday, visit the northern Limpopo region for game expeditions and the Western Cape to sample South Africa's premium wines. Follow the coast from George to Port Elizabeth for the scenic Garden Route. See Zulu rituals in KwaZulu-Natal to the east and the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng. The deserted Wild Coast and family-friendly Holiday Coast to South Africa's east are excellent for beach holidays.
o   City holidays in South Africa
o   Outdoor holidays in South Africa
o   Foodie holidays in South Africa  
Holidays from dozens of leading specialist tour companies and accommodations who are passionate about conserving Africa's wildlife and benefiting its people.

 Kuoni    -   Tours
Wide selection of tours in South Africa from 5 to 18 days, covering the best this fascinating country has to offer.

Thomas Cook     
Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Port Elisabeth
Offering pre-bookable South Africa Attractions, Experiences and Activities.

Travel Guides South Africa / Related books

The Rough Guide to South Africa - ISBN 1848364334  Dorling Kindersley   -    

  Lonely Planet Publications
South Africa family Guidebook, Cape town city guide, South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland travel guide.

The Rough Guide to South Africa
Barbara McCrea (Author), Tony Pinchuck(Author), Ross Velton (Author)
The Rough Guide to South Africa is the most comprehensive and informative guide available to this spectacular country. You┬'ll find detailed information on everything from hiking in the mysterious Drakensberg to sampling wine in the many Western Cape┬'s estates. Updated specifically for travellers visiting South Africa for the football World Cup in 2010, Lesotho and Swaziland have been excluded from the book allowing for more in-depth information on how to tackle the World Cup in this edition. Whether you want to wander the pastel -coloured streets of the Bo-Kaap, explore the Garden Route┬'s dramatic Storms River Mouth, or get spine-tinglingly close to lions and other big game in Kruger National Park, this guide will lead you to the best attractions in South Africa. The Rough Guide to South Africa features up-to-date reviews of all the hottest new places to stay from hotels in South Africa to community minded accommodations and tour companies. Find the best restaurants, shops, bars and clubs in South Africa across every price range giving you balanced reviews and honest, first-hand opinions. Explore all corners of South Africa with authoritative background on everything from local cuisine to desert wildlife, relying on comprehensive maps and practical language tips.
Paperback: 696 pages; Publisher: Rough Guides; 6 edition (14 Jan 2010); ISBN-10: 1848364334; ISBN-13: 978-1848364332.

Transportation  / How do I travel to South Africa

Johannesburg International Airport   -   24 km from Johannesburg
  Airports in South Africa  [ Cape Town Airport, Durban Airport -  others domestic airports are at Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Kimberley and Upington. ACSA also operates Pilanesberg International Airport in the North-West Province ].

  British Airways   -   Flight tickets to Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth

Virgin Atlantic   -   flights from London and Manchester to Cape Town and Johannesburg

  Ebookers   -   
Book cheap flights to Johannesburg at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares. View their latest offers and book your flights, accommodation, car hire and insurance online

   -   Flight tickets Johannesburg

  Airline Tickets South Africa / Bargain Flights 
Flight tickets South Africa, Price comparison possible.

  Blue Train   -   Route between Cape Town and Pretoria
  Shogologo Dune Express
Experience the magic of Namibia and South Africa in an affordable and fun filled way aboard the Shongololo Dune Express. In seventeen days see the most popular attractions of Namibia and the remote and stunning western part of South Africa.
  South African Railways   -   Spoornet
Long-distance passenger services are operated by Spoornet's Main Line Passenger Services division (MLPS ). The flagship train is, of course, the world-famous Blue Train. This continues to run (at a price!) on its traditional route between Cape Town and Pretoria, although there are now occasional trips to the Eastern Transvaal and Victoria Falls as well.

  Bazbus   -   coach travel in South Africa
  Greyhound   -   travel by bus

  Map of South Africa [ Uni Texas  -  Perry-Casta˝eda Library  -  Map Collection ]


  Government   -   South Africa Government Online

  Cape Town   -   Legislative Capital City of SA

  Pretoria   -   Administrative Capital of SA   -   situated in the province of Gauteng
50 km north of Johannesburg. It lies in a warm, well sheltered, fertile valley, surrounded by the hills of the Magaliesberg range. Since 2000 it has been incorporated into the metropolitan area of Tshwane.
Many of the city's streets are lined with Jacaranda trees that blossom mauve (purplish blue) in spring, giving rise to the city's nickname "Jacaranda City".
  Bloemfontein   -   Judicial Capital of SA   -   capital of the Free State province
The city's Sesotho name is Mangaung, which means "the place where cheetahs dwell". Although the area had been inhabited earlier, it was first pronounced an urban settlement in 1850, four years before the official founding of the Republic of the Orange Free State.

  Eastern Cape
The western interior is largely arid Karoo, while the the east is well-watered and green. The Eastern Cape offers a wide array of attractions, including 800km of untouched and pristine coastline along with some of the world's best beaches.
Formed in 1994 out of the "independent" homelands of Transkei and Ciskei, as well as the eastern portion of the Cape Province. It is the traditional home of the amaXhosa tribe, and the birthplace of many great South Africans, such as Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.
Cities: Bisho [ capital city ], Aliwal North, East London, Port Elizabeth, Umtata, Grahamstown
  Free State   -   Orange Free State
The Free State lies in the heart of South Africa with the Kingdom of Lesohto nestling in the hollow of its bean -like shape.  Between the Vaal River in the north and he Orange River in the South, this immense rolling prairie stretches as far as the eye can see.
The capital, Bloemfontein, has a well-established institutional, educational and administrative infrastructure and houses the Supreme Court of Appeal.  The Province has a well-known university and many other training institutions.
Important towns include Welkom, the Heart of the Goldfields and one fo the few completely pr-planned cities in the world;  Odendaarsrus, another gold-mining town; Sasolburg, which owes its existence to the petrol -from-coal installation established there; Kroonstad, an important agricultural, administrative and educational centre; Parys on the banks of the Vaal River; Phuthaditjhaba, well-known for the beautiful handcrafted items produced by the local people, and Bethlehem, gateway to the Eastern Highlands of the Free State
  Gauteng   -   Capital City Johannesburg   -   Gauteng Provincial Government
The province was formed from part of the old Transvall province after South Africa's first all-race elections on 27 April 1994.  Tourism: see Gauteng Tourism Authorities.
In the seSotho languages 'Gauteng' means 'Place of Gold', which is appropriate as the province has its economic and historic roots in the thriving gold industry that was sparked off by the discovery of gold in Johannesburg in 1886.
Municipalicites: City of Johannesburg, Tshwane (Pretoria), Nokeng sa tae mane, Kungwini, Ekhurunleni, Lesedi, Midvaal, Emfuleni, Westonaria, Merafong, Randfontein, Mogale
  KwaZulu-Natal   -   Government Kwazulu Natal
South Africa's most populous province is aptly called the garden province and is the home of the Zulu nation. It extends from the borders with Swaziland and Mozambique to the Eastern Cape border in the south. Inland it is bound by the Kingdom of Lesotho, and the Free State and Mpumalanga provinces.
The coast of Natal was first sighted by Europeans by Vasco da Gama on Christmas Day 1497. Christmas in Portuguese is Natal, this gave the original name to the region.
Capital City: Pietermaritzburg. Other cities: Durban, Ulundi
Limpopo Province is the northernmost province of South Africa. The province was formerly named the "Northern Province".
  Mpumalanga   -   formerly Eastern Transvaal   -   Mpumalanga Government
Mpumalanga lies in the east of South Africa, north of KwaZulu-Natal and bordering Swaziland and Mozambique. The capital is Nelspruit.  For Tourism see
  North-West   -   Capital City is Mafikeng
Includes parts of the former Transvaal province and Cape Province, as well as most of the former Bantustan of Bophuthatswana.
  Northern Cape 
Kimberley [ capital city ]. Other main centres Upington, Springbok, De Aar, Colesburg. Other towns Kathu, Olifantshoek, Kuruman, Douglas, Danielskuil
  Western Cape   -   Government Western Cape Province
Cities: Cape Town [ capital Citu ], other main centers Hermanus, George, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, Worcester, Robertson, Knysna, Swellendam, Stellenbos, Oudshoorn, Paarl,  Matjiesfontein

  Boulders Beach, Cape Town  
"Where else can you swim and sunbathe with penguins? It's magic - you've heard of people watching, well this is more like penguins' people watching - it's hard to know who's watching who! In fact some even seem to smile when photographed! Simply wonderful."
  Cape Peninsula National Park   -   in this park 'Kaap de Goede Hoop' is situated
Sitting at the south-western tip of Africa, the Cape Peninsula National Park (CPNP) encompasses the incredibly scenic Peninsula mountain chain that stretches from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south - a distance of some 60km. This narrow finger of land with its many beautiful valleys, bays and beaches is bound by the cold waters of the Atlantic ocean in the west and the warm waters of False Bay in the east
  Cape Winelands
  National Botanical Institute
Kirstenbosch (Cape Town), Free State National Botanical Garden (Bloemfontein), Harold Porter National Botanical Garden (Betty's Bay), Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden (Worcester), Lowveld National Botanical Garden (Nelspruit), Natal National Botanical Garden (Pietermaritzburg), Pretoria National Botanical Garden (Pretoria) en Witwatersrand National Botanical Garden (Roodepoort)
  Robben Island Museum
  Table Mountain Aerial Cableway 
  The Ultimate South African Adventure
  The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront   -   in Cape Town between Robben Island and Table Mountain

  Big Five Marathon
Nestled in the heart of Big Five country in South Africa's Limpopo province lies Entabeni Game Reserve with 12.000 hectares of pristine African Bush veldt and bustling with a huge diversity of mammal and bird species. This enchanting landscape is dominated by the majestic sandstone rock formation 'Entabeni' and is the scene for our "Big Five Marathon", where we will actually be running among Africa's famous big five: elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard, a good incentive to better your personal best!
The marathon will include a steep run up the escarpment, over a number of small hills and easy river crossings.
  Cullinan Diamond  -  the largest gem diamond ever found
Discovered near Pretoria at the Premier Mine on January 26, 1905.

Cuisine  -  South African Foods / Recipes

  South African Cuisine

  South African Wine 

  Cultural Profiles Project   -   Eating the South African Way

South African Cookbook - ISBN 1919750592 South African Cookbook
The Classic Cooking Guide with All Your Favourite Recipes
Vincent Lerous (Editor)
The food in this book reflects the diversity of the country - and the spirit of adventure which has awakened in the South African kitchen in recent years. The first part explores many new culinary boundaries and also includes those traditional dishes which have endured through changes in lifestyles and eating habits. The recipes, whether new or traditional, have been contributed by some of the top cookery writers in South Africa. Experts have also provided food preparation tips which apply specifically to South Africa and have adapted many international classics so that local cooks can have everything of the best.
Hardcover: 400 pages; Publisher: Reader's Digest,South Africa (7 Jan 2009); ISBN-10: 1919750592; ISBN-13: 978-1919750590.

History of South Africa

Independence: 31 May 1910 (from UK)

South Africa is one of the oldest nation-states in Africa. The area that is now South Africa was inhabited by the Khoi, San, Xhosa, Zulu and various other native tribes, when Dutch settlers arrived in 1652. Great Britain progressively encroached, leading to the Anglo-Dutch War and the two Boer wars. In 1910 the four main republics in the region united as the Union of South Africa. In 1931 South Africa became a fully sovereign and self-governing dominion under the British crown. In 1961 it became a republic.

  South Africa's History   -   Wikipedia
 Prehistory, Early Dutch colonization, British incursions, The Boer Wars, British rule, Union of South Africa, Apartheid, The Soweto riots,  The Cold War, Transition to majority rule, The post-apartheid era

A Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela 
Nelson Mandela
Paperback 808 pages (October 12, 1995);  Publisher: Abacus;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0349106533
  Kruger House [ Pretoria ]
The Kruger house is a house museum, i.e. it attempts to recreate the ambience of a historic period, event or person. The house has been refurbished to look almost as it did at the time when President Paul and Mrs Gezina Kruger's lived there.

Music, Art & Culture, Events in South Africa

The South African music scene includes both popular (jive) and folk forms. Pop styles are based on two major sources, Zulu a cappella singing and harmonic mbaqanga. See for more Music of South Africa.

  Culture of South Africa
  Department Arts and Culture, South Africa

  Artscape   -   drama, music, dance, agenda, events archive, and more
  Cape Philharmonic Orchestra   -   Cape Town Orchestra
  Design Indaba
  Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra
  Market Theatre
The Mission of the Market Theatre Foundation is to create an authentic South African cultural experience which is committed to providing the highest level of artistic excellence in all aspects of the performing and visual arts in which the education and development of a diverse community of artists, audiences and technicians is assured.
  Performing Arts Centre of the Free State
  Playhouse CompanyState Theatre
  Windybrow Centre for the Arts

  National Library of South Africa
The National Library of South Africa is the leading national library and information centre of excellence in Africa and the world.

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