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SOUTH AFRICAN INFORMATION

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Key Facts About Southern Africa

For the tourist, South Africa offers a dazzling variety of attractions-from sandy beaches to arid bushveld, from tropical wetlands to spectacular mountain scenery.

Whether you wish to laze in the sun, swim, view the Big Five, hike along the coast or in the mountains, see wildflowers in profusion, savour good food and wine or simply take in the history and culture of one of the world's most talked-about societies, South Africa has something special to offer you.

Area:
1,221,037 sq kms (= Germany+France+Italy)
Coastline:
Approx 3 000 kms long
Biggest cities:
Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban
Population:
43,5 million
Languages:
Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English (most common)
Best time to visit:
Sept/Oct (spring) Apr/May (autumn)
Nine Provinces:
  1. Western Cape
  2. Eastern Cape
  3. Northern Cape
  4. Free State
  5. North-West
  6. Gauteng
  7. Limpopo
  8. Mpumalanga
  9. KwaZulu-Natal
President:
Thabo M Mbeki
Main Economic Sectors:
Mining, manufacturing, financial services, tourism
Climate:
Summer rainfall area, except in the Western Cape
Highest Point:
Mont Aux Sources in the Drakensberg
Currency:
100 cents = R1(Rand)
Time:
GMT + 2
International Dialing Code:
+27


Temperature chart of the main cities
Cape Town Durban Johannesburg Port Elizabeth Bloemfontein
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Summer 14-25  -  57-77 19-27  -  66-80 14-25  -  57-77 15-24  -  59-75 13-29  -  55-84
Autumn 11-22  -  51-72 17-25  - 63-77 07-21  - 45-70 13-22  -  55-72 07-22  -  45-72
Winter 06-17  -  43-63 11-22  - 51-72 05-17  - 41-63 08-19  - 46-66 02-17  - 36-63
Spring 13-20  -  55-68 15-23  -  59-73 10-23  -  50-73 11-20  -  51-68 07-25  - 45-77