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Facts about Cape Town and South Africa

“A world in a country” as it is called in the South African tourist brochures, South Africa has everything to offer: green hills, rolling grass plains, desert landscapes, mountains, and the dramatic beauty of the lovely coastline. Gauteng's rich deposits of gold and diamonds, Cape Peninsulas wonderful wines and Natals vast sugar plantations, add to that - excellent national parks with their rich fauna.

South Africa is larger than Germany, France and Italy combined. The country has more wild species than the whole of North- and, South America, Europe and Asia together. It has one-sixth of the world's marine wildlife and the world, by far the richest fauna.

South Africa has more cars, phones, ATM machines and industries than the entire African continent together. GDP is larger than Egypt, Nigeria and Kenya together. The country controls large parts of the world's diamond trade with the leading company De Beers Diamonds. Besides diamonds, the country is a leader in the production of gold, platinum, chromium and magnesium.

South Africa has the world's largest living mammal (elephant), the smallest (shrew, a finger-tip size), the longest (giraffe), the fastest (cheetah). The world's heaviest reptile (Leatherback turtle), the largest antelope (eland), the largest bird (ostrich), heaviest flying bird (Kori Bustard) and 6,000 spider species, 175 species of scorpion and 100 species of snakes.

South Africa has 900 species of birds representing 10% of all Earth's species.Map of South Africa

South Africa is a very beautiful part of Africa, located just south of the tropics. Johannesburg is not far south of the tropics, but its altitude (about 1700 m – 5577') and the distance to the coast makes the climate pleasant.

Population: 43,3 mil.

The populattion density: 35,4 indb./Km2

Area: 1.221.037 Km2

Capital: Pretoria

Currency: ZAR Rand

Provinces: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West, Western Cape

There are eleven official languages in South Africa. Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Pedi, English, Tswana, Sotho, Tsonga, Swati, Venda, Ndebele.

Time Difference GMT: + 2 hours

Visa: South Africa has tightened its visa requirements for certain categories of visitors. Only visitors on tourism, short business consultations, or in transit do not require visa.

Does the Cell Phone work
: It really depends on what kind of phone you have

Internet Cafés: There are some Internet cafes in South Africa. Most are in Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg. Most Internet cafes have about ten computers available and in many places is a bar or a cafe in the connection.

Hours: Banks are open 9:00 to 15:30 (Monday to Friday) and 9:00 to 11:30 (Saturday) Shops are open 8:30-17:00 (Monday to Friday) and 8:30-13:00 (Saturday). Many stores are also open on Sundays 9:00 to 13:00. Offices are open 8:00 to 13:00 and 14:00-17:00 (Monday to Friday).

Photography: Feel free to shoot wherever you want in South Africa. If visiting religious places, find out if special rules apply. You should also ask for permission before photographing individuals.

Weights and Measures: South Africa uses the metric system

Electricity: 220/230 volts AC, 50Hz Parts of Pretoria has 250 volts

Potable Water: The
Tap Water is perfectly safe to drink

Safety: Figures that are talking about high crime in Cape Town is unfortunately a bit misleading, most of the crimes are done in the slums in the townships. It is then often deals between various gangs, which then contributes to a skewed statistics. Of course you should be cautious without getting paranoid. With a common sense Cape Town is not more dangerous than any other major city.

The region's infrastructure is measured by African standards, extremely well and communicate effectively. Add to that the country produces excellent wines and prices in general are reasonable and you get a country with good potential to become a great tourist country.

: 77% black, 10% white (60% of the white Africans are of British origin, 8% mixed origin, 2.5% of Indian or Asian origin.

Holidays: January 1 New Year's Day, March 21 Human Rights Day, April 27 Freedom Day, May 1 Workers' International Day, June 16 Youth Day, July 18 Mandela Day, August 9 Women's National Day, September Heritage Day 24 , December 16 Day of Reconciliation, 25 December Christmas Day - benevolence day, 26 December Float Only family holidays Today, in early April, Good Friday, in late March or early April.

Disabled travelers: In resorts and in the larger cities there are usually good facilities for the disabled. But it's not a good idea to go to national parks or the mountains if you have a disability, unless you are with a group or with an assistant.

National Anthem: You can listen to South Africa's National Anthem here.

Tourist Bureau: Cape Town Tourism Centre
Clock Tower Precinct, V & A Waterfront
Cape Town, South Africa.
Tel: +27 (0)21 405 4500 — Fax: +27 (0)21 405 4524