CLIMATE

South Africa is blessed with a fantastic climate, which never ceases to amaze the first-time visitor. Our winters compared to that of the northern hemisphere are very mild and sunny.

Our springtime starts on the 1st of September, summer on the 1st of December, autumn on 1 March, winter on 1 June and we are back at springtime again. Spring/summer day temperature average from 25º - 43º (70º - 110º F) depending on local geography and autumn/winter between 7º - 23º (35º- 75º F). Average rainfall ranges between 100mm – 1500mm (4” – 60”) annually depending on geographical weather.

GEOGRAPHY

Namibia borders South Africa in the northwest, Botswana in the north, Zimbabwe in the northeast and Mozambique in the east. The country is sub-divided into 9 provinces all with their own unique ethnic groups, plants and wildlife.

The east of the country is blessed with high rainfall and subsequent green and lush plant and animal diversity. This is also the area where the world known Kruger National Park is situated. This lush “greenbelt” is roughly divided from the rest of the country by the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains running from north to south.


The central part of the country has wide-open plains ideally adapted for grain farming and stock grazing, as well as herds of plains game. Farming, after mining and tourism is our country's third biggest income generator.

The far western part is very arid as well as to the north, towards Namibia, Botswana and the Kalahari Desert. In the south lies the semi-arid Great Karoo and in the west, the West Coast with the cold Atlantic washing onto its beach with its own unique assortment of people and wildlife.

On the east, right around the Southern coast up to the west, South Africa has a lovely coastal area of roughly 4 600km (3 000 miles). The warm Indian Ocean borders the east and south and the Kwa ZuluNatal area has proud beaches and coral reefs where divers can enjoy underwater splendors.

INFRASTRUCTURE

South Africa prides itself on an excellent infrastructure, actually the best on the African Continent. All modern modes of transport are available. Tarred roads and highways link virtually every city, town, village and hamlet. All the bigger cities have airports and many of the towns their own airfields.
Many of the world's biggest hotel groups are presented and literally thousands of informal guesthouses and private hotels are available. Banks are represented in all towns and cities and due to our cultural diversity, many different styles of cuisine that will suit the most finicky.

WILDLIFE
South Africa prides itself with an astonishing array of diversity. There are more than 900 species of birds, more than 338 species of mammals of which 30 antelope species and which also includes the “Big Five” (elephant, rhinoceros – black & white, lion, leopard and buffalo).

There are also hundreds of reptiles and literally thousands of insects. All these, well, nearly all, can be viewed and seen in our more than 5,5 million hectares of National Parks and 70 Provincial Parks as well as areas being controlled by the government.

Our plant life is so varied that it actually boggles the mind and a large part of it can be seen in the National Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where there is something for everyone.

Please consider that the best time for game viewing is during autumn and winter (especially in the eastern parts of the country), as vegetation is not as lush and thick as during spring and summer, which is from March – October. This period also constitutes the best time for hunting.

POPULATION

South Africa is worldwide known for its ethnic kaleidoscope. With 11 indigenous black tribes, white Afrikaans and English speaking people as well as a good sprinkling of Asians, forms a real mixture of different languages and customs. The 2007es counted 48million people.

POLITICS
Since 1994 the African National Congress Party is governing South Africa. The white minority National Party was ousted after nearly 45 years of reign. At present there are 9 main political opposition parties and approximately 5 smaller ones.  
CURRENCY

South Africa's economy runs on the Rand and Cent currency, worth an average of about R7.00 to $1 US and / or ±R11.50 to £1 British Sterling, at the time of publishing (2010-11-20) and is subject to change. Trophy prices are currently based on US $ (DOLLAR) or € (EURO).

HEALTH

Hospitals, both state and private as well as clinics are plentiful and visitors will be well cared for if the need arises.
Rawhide Safaris packs a first aid kit on every safari.

 

** IMPORTANT NOTICE **
Visitors' from abroad must take provision and embark on a very necessary prophylactic course of medicine against malaria. Especially for tourists keen on wildlife tours who want to visit the eastern parts of the country, this is absolutely ESSENTIAL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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