It lies in the continent of Africa’s southern tip and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and by the Indian Ocean on the south and east. South Africa’s neighbors are Zimbabwe and Botswana in the North, Mozambique and Swaziland in the northeast and Namibia in the northwest. The beautiful country is divided into nine provinces and 367 magisterial districts. Provincial Departments, National Departments, as well as the Local Government at the district level represent the government.
South Africa is the economic powerhouse of the region and one of the most successful and stable countries in Africa. Cape Town, in particular, is a microcosm of the Rainbow Nation: Besides the obvious splendor of its natural beauty – spectacular mountains, both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, long, sandy beaches, bright blue skies, extensive wine farms, to list but a few – Cape Town offers a unique melting pot of cultures, people and backgrounds. It is African, with obvious European influences, and is becoming more cosmopolitan on an almost daily basis as this cultural diversity and unique integration increases. Sport plays a major role in the life and culture of the majority of South Africans. It hosted both Rugby and Cricket World Cup tournaments, and most significantly FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup.
While the English Language Travel industry is relatively new in South Africa when compared to other destinations, it has grown rapidly over the last five to ten years, and is continuing to become a significant player on the global market as a viable, alternative destination for language travelers..
South Africa has a vibrant higher education sector offered at hundreds of private universities. These institutions are registered with the Department of Education to confer renowned degrees and diplomas. Many of South Africa’s universities are world-class academic institutions, at the cutting edge of research in certain spheres. Although subsidized by the state, the universities are autonomous, reporting to their own councils rather than government.
Summer: 20.4°C – 32.4°C
Winter: 9.5°C – 26.1°C
1. Hiring a car is the safest and most convenient travel mean in South Africa since the public busses and trains depart infrequently and to limited destinations. There are also cheap, but often dangerous mini-busses, and well maintained taxis in every big town.