South Africa – Fact sheet

Geography
Situated at the southern tip of Africa. It is bordered in the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and also wraps itself around two independent countries, the Lesotho and Swaziland.

Capitals
South Africa has 3 capitals: Cape Town (Legislative), Pretoria (Administrative) and Bloemfontein (Judicial).

Tourism
The country is strong on adventure, sport, nature and wildlife travel and is a pioneer and global leader in responsible tourism.

Population
The South African population of more than 49m people is extremely diverse. Africans are in the majority, approx. 80% of the population, followed by the white population approx. 4,4m; the coloured population approx. 4,2 million and the Indian/Asian population at approx. 1,2m.

Currency
South Africa’s currency is the rand, which offers visitors great value for money.

Climate
South Africa has a temperate climate and is known for its long sunny days, hence the title: ‘Sunny South Africa’. Winter is from June to August; Spring from September to October; Summer from November to March and Autumn is from April to May.

Languages
South Africa is a multi-lingual country and there are 11 official languages

Water
Tap water is potable. However, drink wine if you’re not sure!!

Electricity
The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts