South Africa

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Name: Republic of South Africa
Population: 55 million
Capital: Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial), Pretoria (executive)
Language: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, Northern Sotho, Venda, Tsonga, Swati, Ndebele
Currency: South African Rand
Time Zone: UTC +2

Country Information
South Africa is a vast country with an incredible variety in landscapes, people, traditions, languages, cuisines and more. The country is often referred to as the “Rainbow Nation” due to its population diversity. The country is also renowned for its wines, so make sure not to miss these while you are here!

While big cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg can look quite first worldly, most of the country has remained underdeveloped. This is a perfect example of the economic inequality that exists in the country.

South Africa is an ideal destination for those interested in nature and it is incredibly varied in terms of landscapes. The country boasts a large number of National Parks such as Kruger, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which is located in the desert, Addo Elephant National Park, Simangaliso Wetland Park and many more. It is also a great place to spot the “Big Five” (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros) as well as a wide range of other species.

All in all, South Africa is an ideal place to start if you wish to travel in southern Africa and get a good insight into the region.

Climate
The climate in South Africa ranges from area to area. The southwestern corner of the country receives a Mediterranean climate, the northeastern regions are subtropical, the interior plateau is quite temperate and even a small area in the northwest has a desert climate.

Winter: South Africa is situated at a high altitude and during winters, temperatures can get very low. The coldest months are June, July and August.

Summer: During the summer months, most of the country receives rainfall and thunderstorms during the afternoon are not uncommon. Rain is heavier and more frequent in the eastern part of the country than in the west. The only exception to this rule is the Western Cape area, where rain is more common during the winter.

Culture
South Africa is often dubbed the “Rainbow Nation” due to its multicultural diversity. While 80% of the population is made up of Black South Africans, they all belong to different ethnic groups. To add up to this, South Africa is extremely diverse due to its colonial past. A large number of Afrikaans (descendants of Dutch settlers) reside here, as well as many British descendants. Moreover, in 1600s, Germans, Portuguese and French Huguenots brought in a large number of slaves from India and what is now Indonesia. Islam and Hindu traditions are also a huge part of daily life in South Africa.

South Africa is so diverse that there are eleven officially recognized languages in the country, English being one of them. Another one of the official languages is Afrikaans, which is derived from Dutch.

Gastronomy
The food in South Africa is one of the highlights of most visitor’s time in the country. A great variety of restaurants serve both modern and traditional food. It is almost impossible to write about the cuisine of South Africa in brief as it is incredibly varied due to its multicultural sources. The diversity of dishes is a great reflection of the cultural differences in the country. To summarize a bit, let’s divide it into two categories:

Traditional cookery, which is mostly prepared by indigenous people and roots back to the precolonial period. The food is generally cooked over an open fire and meat is one of the main ingredients, either stewed or grilled. Typical dishes include morogo, chakalaka, amadumbe and don’t forget to try tripe, a traditional treat that is considered a regional delicacy in the Cape.

Settlers cookery, which was introduced during and after the colonization periods. A popular style of South African cuisine is called “Cape Dutch” and is characterized by its use of spices. A famous dish, which is often regarded as the national dish, is babotie. It consists of spiced minced meat baked with an egg topping.

Transportation
By Plane
South Africa is well developed in terms of inland air travel, with airports in all major cities. Numerous domestic airlines operate within the country and it is often the fastest way to get around albeit not the cheapest.

By Bus
Bus is a great alternative to get around the country, although distances are often great. Major companies such as Greyhound and Intercape Mainliner operate between major cities with stops along the way.

Another option for you is Baz Bus, which offers a hop-on-hop-off service along popular tourist routes from one major city to another major city. It will also pick you up and drop you off at many accommodation options (including hostels and guest houses).

By Train
Trains are a another alternative to travel around the country, with a national rail available. Budget options are available as well.

For more information on South Africa check out the South Africa Tourism Board website here.

  • Big 5 Conservation Experience in South Africa

    Sidbury, South Africa

    50 people
    14 days
    Code: ZAVCN1
    Activity and Adventure, Big Cat Conservation, Botany Conservation, Elephant Conservation, Habitat Conservation, Rhino Conservation, Volunteering Abroad
    Suitable for 18 to 30 year olds
    Get face to face with Africa's Big Five and immerse yourself in nature on a volunteer conservation project in South Africa and make a real difference to the local wildlife and environment.
    From £795Member Price £770
    More Info £25 off
  • Teaching Volunteer Project in South Africa

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    50 people
    35 days
    Code: ZAVTC1
    Activity and Adventure, English, Maths, Primary, Science, Teaching, Volunteering Abroad
    Volunteer in South Africa on our teaching project and help educate children in English as well as maths, science, sports and other subjects, providing much needed support in the community. This ...
    From £995Member Price £970
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  • Sports Coaching Project in South Africa

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    50 people
    35 days
    Code: ZAVSC1
    Activity and Adventure, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Sports Coaching, Swimming, Tennis, Volunteering Abroad
    We deliver the sports sessions in over 80 schools in South Africa, using sport for much more than just a kick about. Your participation in running coaching workshops for kids will help us improve ...
    From £995Member Price £970
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  • Care Work Volunteer Project in South Africa

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    50 people
    35 days
    Code: ZAVCW1
    Activity and Adventure, Care Work, Children, Community, Orphanage, Volunteering Abroad
    Volunteer in South Africa on our care work project and help look after orphans and vulnerable children at a community centre providing much needed support and love. This project is ideal for ...
    From £995Member Price £970
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  • Wild Kruger Camping

    South Africa,

    16 people
    4 days
    Code: UBAC
    Activity and Adventure, Short Break, Tours, Wildlife
    Answer the call of the Kruger, South Africa's vast and famous game park that is simply teeming with Africa's most iconic creatures. This four-day safari puts you right in the thick of the park's ...
    From £415Member Price £405
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  • Kruger Experience – Lodge (4 days)

    South Africa,

    16 people
    4 days
    Code: UBAD
    Activity and Adventure, Short Break, Tours, Wildlife
    Get a taste of one of the most famous game reserves in the world on this 4-day safari in Kruger National Park. Staying in a beautiful lodge just outside of the park, spend days searching out the ...
    From £645Member Price £625
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  • Kruger & Cape Town by Plane

    South Africa,

    12 people
    11 days
    Code: UBAF-C
    Activity and Adventure, Short Break, Tours, Wildlife
    Enjoy an incredible African adventure on this journey from Kruger National Park to the rugged beauty of sophisticated Cape Town. Feel the thrill of spotting one (or more!) of Africa’s Big Five ...
    From £2,040Member Price £1,990
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  • Kruger Experience – Lodge (3 days)

    South Africa,

    16 people
    3 days
    Code: UBAI
    Activity and Adventure, Short Break, Tours, Wildlife
    No holiday to South Africa would be complete without a safari - a chance to spot Africa's Big Five and to wander the vast open savanna. Join us as we heed the call of the Kruger and embark on a ...
    From £570Member Price £550
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  • Kruger Experience – Lodge (5 days)

    South Africa,

    16 people
    5 days
    Code: UBAJ
    Activity and Adventure, Short Break, Tours, Wildlife
    Embark on a thrilling journey into the vast, game-filled Kruger National Park. Head out on game drives to spot lions, zebras, buffaloes, cheetahs and elephants during the day, and relax in a ...
    From £775Member Price £755
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  • Cape Town and Winelands

    South Africa,

    12 people
    5 days
    Code: UBAP
    Activity and Adventure, Short Break, Tours
    Walk, munch and sip your way through Cape Town and the Cape Winelands. Boasting the best wines in South Africa, journey along the stunning Cape Peninsula to Stellenbosch and take a step back in ...
    From £1,215Member Price £1,185
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  • Kruger & Cape Town by Train

    South Africa,

    12 people
    11 days
    Code: UBAT-C
    Activity and Adventure, Getting Around, Rail Journeys, Short Break, Tours
    Enjoy an incredible African adventure on this journey from Kruger National Park to the rugged beauty of sophisticated Cape Town. Feel the thrill of spotting one (or more!) of Africa’s Big Five ...
    From £1,795Member Price £1,755
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  • Africa Experience

    Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, United Republic Of, Zimbabwe,

    13 people
    37 days
    Code: UBKAC
    Activity and Adventure, Camping, Discovery, Overland, Tours, Wildlife
    This trip delivers adventure and comfort in equal measures. Travel through these welcoming nations, past stunning scenery, tiny farming villages and modern cities abuzz with activity. Get a dose ...
    From £14,450Member Price £14,400
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  • Amazing Southern Africa

    Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe,

    13 people
    22 days
    Code: UBKEC
    Activity and Adventure, Camping, Discovery, Overland, Tours, Wildlife
    Travel to Africa and jump onboard an exhilarating journey through the magnificent nations of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Southern Africa is bursting with a diverse array of ...
    From £5,795Member Price £5,745
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  • Namibia Discovery

    Namibia, South Africa,

    13 people
    13 days
    Code: UBKN
    Activity and Adventure, Camping, Overland, Tours, Wildlife
    Travel to Namibia and discover one of the most sparsely populated countries on earth. Crossing the border from South Africa, encounter Namibia's treacherously beautiful coastline, its soaring ...
    From £3,115Member Price £3,065
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  • Kruger & Coast

    South Africa, Swaziland,

    16 people
    9 days
    Code: UBOE
    Activity and Adventure, Overland, Tours, Wildlife
    Sample the best of two stunning southern African countries on an eye-popping tour like no other. From busy Johannesburg, travel into Kruger National Park for an out-of-this-world African safari ...
    From £1,007Member Price £977
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With breath taking landscapes, enriching history and captivating wildlife, South Africa will take your senses to another level. Do not miss South Africa as part of your career break journey.

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