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South Africa, the southernmost country on the African continent, renowned for its varied topography, great natural beauty, and cultural diversity, all of which have made the country a favoured destination for travelers since the legal ending of apartheid (Afrikaans: “apartness,” or racial separation) in 1994.
South Africa’s remoteness—it lies thousands of miles distant from major African cities such as Lagos and Cairo and more than 6,000 miles (10,000 km) away from most of Europe, North America, and eastern Asia, where its major trading partners are located—helped reinforce the official system of apartheid for a large part of the 20th century. With that system, the government, controlled by the minority white population, enforced segregation between government-defined races in housing, education, and virtually all spheres of life, creating in effect three nations: one of whites (consisting of peoples primarily of British and Dutch [Boer] ancestry, who struggled for generations to gain political supremacy, a struggle that reached its violent apex with the South African War of 1899–1902); one of blacks (consisting of such peoples as the San hunter-gatherers of the northwestern desert, the Zulu herders of the eastern plateaus, and the Khoekhoe farmers of the southern Cape regions); and one of “Coloureds” (mixed-race people) and ethnic Asians (Indians, Malays, Filipinos, and Chinese). The apartheid regime was disdained and even vehemently opposed by much of the world community, and by the mid-1980s South Africa found itself among the world’s pariah states, the subject of economic and cultural boycotts that affected almost every aspect of life. During this era the South African poet Mongane Wally Serote remarked,
Eventually forced to confront the untenable nature of ethnic separatism in a multicultural land, the South African government of F.W. de Klerk (1989–94) began to repeal apartheid laws. That process in turn set in motion a transition toward universal suffrage and a true electoral democracy, which culminated in the 1994 election of a government led by the black majority under the leadership of the long-imprisoned dissident Nelson Mandela. As this transition attests, the country has made remarkable progress in establishing social equity in a short period of time.
South Africa has three cities that serve as capitals: Pretoria (executive), Cape Town (legislative), and Bloemfontein (judicial). Johannesburg, the largest urban area in the country and a centre of commerce, lies at the heart of the populous Gauteng province. Durban, a port on the Indian Ocean, is a major industrial centre. East London and Port Elizabeth, both of which lie along the country’s southern coast, are important commercial, industrial, and cultural centres.
Almost the entire country lies within the temperate zone, and extremes of heat and cold are rare. Its location next to a subtropical high-pressure belt of descending air produces stable atmospheric conditions over most of its surface area, and the climate generally is dry.
Because most of the country lies at fairly high elevation, which tempers the influence of latitude, even the tropical and near-tropical northern areas are much cooler than would otherwise be the case. High elevation and lack of the moderating influence of the sea produce large diurnal temperature variations in most inland areas.
The climate is greatly influenced by the oceans that surround the country to the east, south, and west. The temperate cyclones of the southern ocean exercise considerable influence on weather patterns, especially in winter, when their circulation moves northward. The cold northward-flowing Benguela Current not only cools the west coast considerably but also contributes to the dryness and stability of the atmosphere over the western parts of the country, while the warm southward-flowing Mozambique and Agulhas currents keep temperatures higher on the east and southeast coasts. The resultant warmer and less-dense air rises more readily, facilitating the entry of moisture-bearing clouds from the east.
South Africa and the adjoining ocean areas are influenced throughout the year by descending, divergent upper air masses that circulate primarily eastward, generally causing fine weather and low annual precipitation, especially to the west. During winter (June to August), cold polar air moves over the southwestern, southern, and southeastern coastal areas, sometimes reaching the southern interior of the country from the southwest. These polar masses are accompanied by cold fronts as well as by rain and snow. In summer (December to February), the Atlantic high-pressure system settles semipermanently over the southern and western parts of the country. Local heating of the landmass sometimes causes low-pressure conditions to develop, and rain-bearing tropical air masses are drawn in from the Indian Ocean over the northeastern region.
South Africa is generally semiarid; its precipitation is highly variable, and farmers often face water shortages. More than one-fifth of the country is arid and receives less than 8 inches (200 mm) of precipitation annually, while almost half is semiarid and receives between 8 and 24 inches (200 and 600 mm) annually. Only about 6 percent of the country averages more than 40 inches (1,000 mm) per year. The amount of precipitation gradually declines from east to west. Whereas the KwaZulu-Natal coast receives more than 40 inches (1,000 mm) annually and Kimberley approximately 16 inches (400 mm), Alexander Bay on the west coast receives less than 2 inches (50 mm).
Summers are warm to hot, with daytime temperatures generally from 70 to 90 °F (21 to 32 °C). Higher elevations have lower temperatures, while the far northern and northeastern regions and the western plateau and river valleys in the central and southern regions have higher temperatures. At night temperatures fall substantially in the interior—in some places by as much as 30 °F (17 °C)—while on the coast the daily range is much smaller. Winters are mostly cool to cold, with many higher areas often having temperatures below freezing at night but readings of 50 to 70 °F (10 to 21 °C) in the daytime; however, winters are warm on the eastern and southeastern coasts. Temperatures generally decline from east to west: Durban has an annual average temperature of 69 °F (21 °C), while Port Nolloth—at a similar latitude but on the west coast—registers 57 °F (14 °C).
The country contains more than a dozen national parks. The largest, Kruger National Park in Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, is noted for its populations of rhinoceroses, elephants, and buffalo, as well as a variety of other wildlife. Mountain Zebra National Park in Eastern Cape province shelters the endangered mountain zebra; Addo Elephant National Park, also in Eastern Cape, protects more of the elephant population; and Bontebok National Park in Western Cape contains the endangered bontebok (a type of antelope). Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal, inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1999, provides a protected environment for the Nile crocodile, a large hippopotamus population, and many species of birds, in addition to other animals. Regulated big-game hunting of elephants, white rhinoceroses, lions, leopards, buffalo, and many types of antelope is allowed in the country during certain months of the year. Grysboks, klipspringers, and red hartebeests (all varieties of antelope), giraffes, black rhinoceroses, pangolins (anteaters), and antbears are specially protected animals that cannot be hunted.
Conservation efforts in Southern Africa have been aided by the creation of transfrontier parks and conservation areas, which link nature reserves and parks in neighbouring countries to create large, international conservation areas that protect biodiversity and allow a wider range of movement for migratory animal populations. One such park is the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which links Kruger National Park with Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park. Another is Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which links South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok National Park with Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park.
Landing in Cape Town International Airport. Our representative will help you to transfer to your hotel. Check-in to your hotel. Rest of the evening at relaxation. You can explore the city around the hotel. After that come back to your hotel and have a comfortable overnight stay.
Have a delicious breakfast. Today is an energizing day with a 15 min helicopter ride over Camps Bay. After that enjoy a Full day city tour. Visit Company Gardens, Table Mountain - depend on the weather otherwise Signal Hill, SA Museum and Cape Castle. Then visit the V&A Waterfront where you can do some shopping Enjoy an awesome coastal drive through Clifton and Sea Point, Green Market Square (if time left), District Six, Walk through the Company Gardens (If time left) , and the beautiful City tour passing the Houses of Parliament, the City Hall, the Castle, and Slave lodge.
Have a wonderful breakfast and later entertain yourself with an entire day Cape Point Tour. Travel by means of the 12 Apostles and Hout Bay, as well as Chapman's Peak. Also, entertain yourself with a journey to Seal Island. Then Proceed to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. The hold reserve comes to an end at amazing Cape Point. Take the funicular to the vantage point from where they will almost certainly witness the "meeting of the two oceans". Subsequently, proceed to Simon's Town where you can opt to enjoy lunch at Fish Hoek Galley. Thereafter movement through the iconic naval base of Simon's Town where visitors will almost certainly visit a colony of African Penguins in their regular habitat at Boulders Beach. It is generally known as Boulders Bay. Later continue for Dinner at the GOLD RESTAURANT with a Drumming Session. After an amazing day come back to the hotel and have a comfortable overnight stay.
Have a delicious breakfast and check-out from the hotel. Move from Cape Town to Wine arrives by road. Enjoy a wine tasting session and a cellar tour. After that move to your hotel and check-in which is at Franschhoek and spend the remainder of the day at relaxation. Today enjoy a picnic lunch organized for you along the lakeside. After an amazing day come back to the hotel and have a comfortable overnight stay.
Have a delicious breakfast and check-out from the hotel. Move to the Garden Route. Arrive in Knysna and check-in to your hotel and go through the day at relaxation. Visit the Knysna Waterfront with numerous restaurants to eat delicious food. After that come back to your hotel and have a comfortable overnight stay.
After a delicious breakfast head to Knysna Lagoon for a featherbed Experience. Reach Featherbed. The staggering 4-hour eco-experience includes a return ferry. A 25-minutes ferry journey on the Knysna Lagoon toward the Western head (The Reserve is just accessible by ferry.) Upon entry, visitors board a Unimog drawn trailer and drive up to the highest point of the Reserve. An optional 2 km guided nature walk takes you through the forest, onto the cliffs, into the caves and along the beautiful coast. Once back in the Food Forest, a special outside restaurant situated under the Milkwood Trees. After lunch, the ferry comes back to the Featherbed Ferry Terminus on Remembrance Avenue. Explore the area and browse through the market for shopping and souvenir. After an amazing day come back to the hotel and have a comfortable overnight stay.
After a delicious breakfast check-out from the hotel. Continue to the Gondwana Game Lodge. On arrival check-in to your hotel, freshen up and have a delicious lunch at the hotel. After lunch continues for an afternoon game drive in an open safari vehicle. Enjoy dinner at the lodge. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Have a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy morning and evening game drives. Enjoy the dinner at the lodge. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After a lovely breakfast check-out from the hotel. Proceed to George airport to catch your flight back home with wonderful memories and awesome experiences.
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