Situated right at the tip of the most magnificent, most mysterious,
wildest and most ancient of continents, South Africa is a
land of spectacular contrasts, both physically and socially.
Its here youll find the worlds oldest rocks,
the worlds oldest fossils, and the worlds newest
It was here that our distant ancestors became human, and from
here, that we went out to populate the world. And, like almost
every country on earth, weve had our bloody periods
in history and our shameful past, but we are moving on. Our
constitution has one of the best human rights clauses in the
world, and we are actively working together to achieve harmony
between, and a decent standard of living for, all our people.
We South Africans are mightily attached to our land and we
often retreat to the sanctuary of the mountains or the bush,
or take time out on our wonderful beaches. Our natural heritage
is truly spectacular. With vegetation zones ranging from scorching
desert to tangled forests, or snow-clad mountains to vividly
flower-bedecked plains, there is some beautiful vista just
waiting to be discovered around every corner.
The wilder areas of our country offer a truly unique experience,
where you can spend days watching an enormous variety of animals,
including impressive beasts such as giraffes, lions, elephants,
rhinos and many others. There is nothing quite like sitting
back, watching a big, red, sun go down over the African bush
while a herd of elephants saunters past.
But there really is more to us than beasts and bush and beach.
When you visit, do take the time to find out how we live and
who we are. Visit our museums and villages, listen to our
stories and dance to our music.
When you visit South Africa, youre not just visiting
a place, youre visiting a people.
Read more about South Africa on our Blog page