South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game. The Western Cape offers beaches, lush winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table Mountain.
Languages: IsiZulu 23.8%, IsiXhosa 17.6%, Afrikaans 13.3%, Sepedi 9.4%, English 8.2%, Setswana 8.2%, Sesotho 7.9%, Xitsonga 4.4%, other 7.2%
Ethnic Groups: black African 79%, white 9.6%, colored 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5%
Belief Systems: Zion Christian 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.2%, Catholic 7.1%, Methodist 6.8%, Dutch Reformed 6.7%, Anglican 3.8%, Muslim 1.5%, other Christian 36%, other 2.3%, unspecified 1.4%, none 15.1%
Population: 51.2 million people (World Rank: 24th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 109 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 174th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 0.479 %/yr (World Rank: 165th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 56.9 years (World Rank: 207th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 25.2 years (World Rank: 112th) (2010 estimate)
Sites for More Information:
Map of South Africa
Current News About South Africa
U.S. Library of Congress profile of South Africa
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for South Africa
South African Embassy
in Washington D.C.
South Africa Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links
by Gunnar Anzinger.
Traveling to South Africa
Comprehensive travel information from africaguide.com