Situated at the southern tip of the vast African continent, South Africa presents a dizzying array of natural beauty; proudly preserving and presenting wildlife in their natural environment. Jump on board a park safari and hold your breath in eager anticipation of sighting the big five. This is Africa, southern style.
It was the Dutch who first established a settlement in 1652 at what would later become Cape Town, with the city becoming a British colony in 1806. A century later, the Union of South Africa was created in 1909 as a dominion of the British Empire. However after fifty years of allegiance to Britain, South Africa became a republic in 1961. Today, South Africa navigates the challenges of the modern world as it negotiates a post-apartheid society that prides itself on equality for all.
South Africa is a large country with varying climates and weather systems. On the coast at for example Cape Town the mercury rises in summer to around 26 degrees, while in winter the temperature peaks at an average of 17 degrees. Whereas in the Kruger National Park temperatures rise to 34 degrees in January and peak at 26 degrees in winter. Summer is considerably wetter than winter.
South Africa hosts many festivals and events throughout the year. In March the Cape Town International Jazz Festival celebrates music, whereas the Woodstock Music Festival is the largest youth-orientated music event. One of the oldest events in the country is the Ficksburg Cherry Festival, while Arts Alive in Johannesburg celebrates dance, visual art, poetry and music.