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Africa is the land of unlimited adventure and unimaginable natural beauty. It is a continent that attracts millions of tourists form all across the world.
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Africa Overland TripsAfrica Overland Trips
Overland safari tours is still the most exicting and economical way of travelling through africa
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Africa Camel Trekking SafarisAfrica Camel Trekking Safaris
Unforgettable Camel Trekking Experience around Africa Deserts Kenya, Egypt
Africa  Beach HolidaysEast Africa Excursions
Several short safaris and excursions are available for those who have a limited time to see the African attractions Nairobi,Mombasa,Zanzibar
Africa Flying Safaris
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Africa Cultural Safaris
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South Africa Travel Information

South Africa has an area of 472,281 square miles (1,223,208 square kilometers). It lies at the southern end of the African continent, bordered on the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Swaziland; on the east and south by the Indian Ocean; and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. The independent country of Lesotho lies in the middle of east central South Africa.

Country Full Name : The Republic of South Africa

Population : 43,800,000

Languages Spoken : Official: Zulu, Afrikaans, English, Swazi

Government : Political life in black African communities centered on the hereditary chieftaincy, in which the senior son of the highest or "great wife" of a chief succeeded his father. In practice, succession was not straightforward, and brothers, older sons of other wives, and widow regents all competed for power. Building large states or polities was difficult under those political conditions, but a number of African chiefs founded national kingdoms, including King Shaka of the Zulu.

European political life began with the Dutch East India Company in the Cape; this was more a mercantile administration than a government. With the transfer of the Cape to Britain in 1806, a true colonial government headed by an imperial governor and a parliamentary prime minister was installed. The legal system evolved as a blend of English common law and European Roman-Dutch law, and people of color, except for the few who attained the status of "free burgers," had few legal rights or opportunities to participate in political life. In the 1830s, the British Crown Colony of Natal was founded on the coast of Zululand in the east. A decade later, Afrikaner emigrants from the Cape (voortrekkers), established the independent republics of the Orange Free State and the Transvaal, ruled by an elected president and a popular assembly called a volksraad. The founding and development of European colonies and republics began the long and bitter conflicts between African chiefs, British and Afrikaners, and whites and black Africans that have shaped the nation's history. Since 1994, the country has had universal voting rights and a multi-party nonconstituency "party list" parliamentary system, with executive powers vested in a state president and a ministerial cabinet.

Travel Warning : Foreigners should be on high alert at airports and bus stations where criminal gangs are reportedly in operation, particularly at Johannesburg International Airport. Muggings and carjackings are regularly reported in Johannesburg's city centre.

In May, Johannesburg and Durban were been hit by a wave of xenophobic violence as mobs of locals roamed the city centre and surrounding townships in search of foreign refugees and migrants. Dozens of people were killed, and the government deployed the army to contain the disturbances. Travellers should steer well clear of any street clashes in these cities.

Getting There :

Although about 30 airlines now fly to South Africa, it still isn't exactly a hub of international travel and the fares reflect that. Johannesburg International Airport remains the main international airport, but there are an increasing number of flights to Cape Town and a few to Durban. There's an airport departure tax of US$6.00 for domestic flights, US$10.00 for flights to regional (African) countries and US$30.00 for other international flights. The tax is usually included in the ticket price.

Getting Around :

South Africa is geared towards travel by private car, with some very good highways but limited and expensive public transport. If you want to cover a lot of the country in a short time, hiring or buying a car might be necessary. If you don't have much money but have time to spare, you might organise lifts with fellow travellers and, if you don't mind a modicum of discomfort, there's an extensive network of minibus taxis, buses and trains.

Two major national bus operators cover the main routes and will usually be pretty comfortable. The hop-on hop-off Baz Bus is cheap and convenient for backpackers.

When To Go

South Africa can be visited comfortably any time. Winter (June to September) is cooler, drier and ideal for hiking and outdoor pursuits. This is also the best time for wildlife-watching. Spring is the best time to see vast expanses of Northern Cape carpeted with wildflowers.

More of a consideration than weather are school holidays when waves of vacation-hungry South Africans stream out of the cities, with visitors from Europe and North America adding to the crush. Accommodation is heavily booked, and prices can more than double. It's essential to book in advance. On the plus side, the high summer months offer some great festivals, including the Cape Town New Year Karnaval, and Swaziland's Incwala ceremony.



Africa Culture & People
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Africa Top Safari Destinations
Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo, Mt Kenya- Kenya
Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Mt Kilimanjaro- Tanzania
Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls - Uganda
Kruger park, Cape Town - South Africa
Mahe Island - Seychelles
Cairo - Egypt
Africa Top Safari Activities
Africa Honeymoon Experience Africa Honeymoon Safaris
Enjoy the most Romantic Experience in your lifetime at Africa beaches. Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Seychelles,South Africa
Africa Mount Climbing Africa Mountain Trekks
Experience the most daunting challenge to world lovers of mountaineering in:
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Africa Gorilla Trekking Gorilla Trekking/Trails
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Uganda, Rwanda
Africa  Beach HolidaysAfrica Beach Holidays
Africa beach Holiday destinations a rustic paradise to enjoy
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Tented Camp Africa Camping Safaris
Explore Africa major attractions and enjoy your staty at luxurious camps. Kenya, Tanzania
Africa Migration Safaris
Enjoy the 7th Wonders of the world

Kenya, Tanzania
Lioness Africa Luxury Lodge Safaris
Take an Africa Visit to major parks and Game Reserves and enjoy your stay at luxurious Lodges. Kenya, Tanzania
East Africa Combined Safaris
Kenya, Tanzania
Africa Adventure Safaris
Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa