You will be coming to a country where being an individual is a necessity!
Probably the most diverse element in South Africa is its people and their cultures. As a country with 11 official languages, namely Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, tshiVenda, and Xitsonga, you can imagine how vibrant, colourful and interesting life in South Africa can be.
South Africa, a country situated at the southern end of the African continent, is a quilt of landscapes, fauna and flora. Each of the country’s nine provinces offers visitors a unique view into some aspect of South African life, and that which Africa is so popular for, its natural wild side.
Each of South Africa’s provinces, the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, North West Province, Northern Province, Mpumalanga and Gauteng, is divided into one of the three identified geographical regions, namely, plateau, mountains and coastal belt.
Probably the most diverse element in South Africa is its people and their cultures. As a country we have 11 official languages, namely Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, tshiVenda, and Xitsonga.
South African cuisine has unusual variety, derived from the culinary traditions of its diverse population. Traditional foods include: bunny chow (curry in a half-loaf of bread), samp (corn) and beans, bobotie (a curried mince dish of Malay origin), milk tart, koeksusters (sweet syrupy deep-fried twisted pastries), and biltong (salty dried meat). South Africans are very fond of meat and enjoy a ‘braai’ (a barbecue which can include steaks, chicken, sosaties (marinated meat on a skewer), and boerewors (spicy sausage)). Potjiekos (meat & vegetable stew) and potbrood (baked bread), both cooked over coals in cast-iron pots, are also local favourites.
South African wines are among the best in the world, and there are also good local beers. There are a variety of restaurants in Port Elizabeth: including Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Italian, Greek and seafood restaurants, as well as numerous steak houses. There are also many coffee shops (which serve light meals) and fast food / take-away restaurants.
People who visit the country do not only take home a curio but also a little of the spirit of Africa. This spirit of Africa gets into your bones, into your soul and makes you remember this country of sweet sorrow, and amazement, which can leave you breathless at times.
South Africa is famous for its breathtaking scenery and abundance of wildlife. Wildlife does not roam free in cosmopolitan areas, but is confined to farms, uninhabited ‘veld’ fields, private game lodges and national parks.
Five famous inhabitants of the wild are especially popular, not only with tourists, but also with the locals. The ‘Big Five’, as they are known, are found mostly in the bigger national parks, however, in the last five years these animals can also be seen at some of the private game lodges. The Big Five includes: elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo. Other African icons like the hippo, giraffe, cheetah and whales can also be seen.
With over 200 mammal species it is hard to identify those that stand out, but the samango monkeys, baboons, dassies and meerkats are the most entertaining and interesting.
As a country that is bounded by the Indian Ocean in the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, it is no surprise that eight whale species can be viewed in South African waters. Another interesting fact about our waters is that 2000 other fish species, 16% of the world’s total, swim around in these waters.
South Africa’s economy is supported by a diverse variety of businesses. From big conglomerates and international companies to small, family businesses and street vendors, South Africa’s workforce is indeed as diverse as the country.