SA summary

South Africa in summary

Find out everything you need to know about South Africa at glance.Land surface area 1 220 813 km²Key economic sectors Mining services and transport Energy Manufacturing Tourism AgriculturePopulation Total: 56.52 million Male: 27.62...

Ostrich chases cyclists in Cape Town

Cyclists training for the prestigious Cape Town Cycle Tour were joined by a speeding ostrich. Oleksiy Mishchenko captured the precious footage on his head cam. The clip has gone viral globally and has received over a million views on YouTube already.

New national park for the Karoo

South Africa is set to proclaim its 22nd national park in the area surrounding Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape. The park has been made possible by the World Wide Fund for Nature SA, which donated the 14 500ha Karoo Nature Reserve - worth an estimated R23-million - to form the centrepiece of the project.

St Lucia’s R432m tourism boost

The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, the jewel of South Africa's north-eastern coastline, is set for over R400-million in development which will create thousands of jobs and make the World Heritage Site one of the country's premier eco-tourism destinations.

Life’s a beach in South Africa

It's summertime in South Africa, and time to head for the beach. The country has more than 2 500 kilometres of coastline, stretching from the cold waters off the arid West Coast region, southwards around the tip of Africa, and heading up again all the way to the lush St Lucia estuary in the east.

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Paragliding in South Africa

If you're into paragliding or hang gliding, South Africa has a real treat in store for you. From the amazing thermals of the hot Northern Cape to the fantastic ridge soar and scenic flying of the coastal provinces ... the sky is the limit!

Google Maps launches the Mzansi Experience

Across the globe, people can now explore the beauty of South Africa virtually through Google Maps. From the views from atop Table Mountain to animals grazing in the Kruger National Park, South Africa's natural wonders are on display for all the world to appreciate.

South Africa’s tourist info hotline

Thinking of visiting South Africa? Want information on how to get here, what to bring, where to stay, what to see ...? A one-stop call centre is here to assist you in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin or Portuguese.
cultural melting pot

A cultural melting pot

South African food celebrates the country's rich cultural heritage, as well as taking advantage of the natural bounty of seafood, meat, game and plants. All this food has got to be washed down with something, and our wine has been earning rave reviews internationally for 300 years.

Crowdsourcing the Serengeti: citizen scientists classify millions of photos online

Sometimes the best way to deal with mountains of data is to turn to the public for help. That's what Snapshot Serengeti did to classify millions of photos from savannah camera traps in Tanzania.

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