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South Africa

It may be an ideal place to find big game, but in South Africa, the name of the game is diversity—in language, culture, landscape, and wildlife. Kruger National Park is home to the greatest variety of wildlife species on the African continent and the setting of the incredible lion-buffalo-crocodile battle watched on YouTube more than 75 million times. The country’s legislative capital, Cape Town, is arguably one of the world’s most scenic cities, from its coastal plains to the top of towering Table Mountain. After World War II, the leadership of South Africa instituted Apartheid, a series of segregation laws designed to limit the rights of the non-whites. But Apartheid activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu named the newly integrated South Africa the ‘Rainbow Nation,’ fitting for a country with 11 official languages and people of all colors, races and creeds living in a vividly colored and sculpted landscape.

Fast facts
  • South Africa is home to 59 million people.
  • Official languages are Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhose, and Zulu.
  • South Africa borders Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland. Uniquely, it also completely surrounds the country of Lesotho.
  • South Africa held its first true democratic election, which was won by Nelson Mandela and the ANC, in 1994.

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