Located on the Southern Tip of Africa, South Africa is a country of many wonders. You will get mesmerized by the Zulu and Xhosa cultures and dance, the Bushmen way of life, the struggles for freedom between the South African blacks and the British and later with the Boers. With diverse wildlife and many other attractions you won't want to to leave the country.
The country boasts a coastline that stretches from Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean and is neighbor to Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe in the north; Mozambique and Swaziland to the east; and within it lays the enclave nation of Lesotho.
If you are planning to make a visit to this great nation, you will need to know the following:
1. Kruger National Park is South Africa's most exciting safari destination and a must for any traveler to the country.
2. Nelson Mandela is a topic that many South Africans enjoying talking about. He was the leader of the country during its transition years and was one of the countries most important figures
3. Yes, the Cape of Good Hope is southerly, nay, it is not the most southern tip of Africa - Cape Agulhas is. It is located about 170 kilometers south east of Cape of Good Hope.
4. There is one street in South Africa that has produced two of the world's greatest men. Both Bishop Desmond Tutu and the now deceased former South African President Nelson Mandela hail from Vilakazi Street and they are both Nobel Peace Prize Winners.
5. South Africa's Kalahari Desert has a space shuttle emergency landing strip. The 4.9 kilometers in the Upington airport of the Upington town is also one of the longest runways in the world.
6. In 1879, the British Army under Commander-in-Chief Lord Chelmsford was embarrassingly defeated by bare foot Zulu military who wielded short spears in the present day Kwa-Zulu Natal Province. Of the 1800 soldiers brought to fight the Zulus, 1300 of them were dead by the end of the day.
7. In South Africa's Limpopo village, there are Baobab trees that are centuries old and you can literally drink water from the tree by piercing its barks.
8. Know the Alcatraz Prison? Well, South Africa has its version of the prison. It is called the Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was jailed for 18 out of the 27 years he was imprisoned.
9. If you love wildlife safaris, you will get to see plenty of the Africa's big five that include the lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant on a two day safari in South Africa's wild.
10. For your information, South Africa has penguins. Check them out at Boulders Beach or Simon’s Town.
You visit to South Africa will be an eye opening experience. It is gateway to a very beautiful continent that most westerners are yet to see...
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